I was born in the province of Calabria in Italy. I immigrated (legally) to the United States when I was a wee bit over one-year old and didn't learn fluent English until the nuns beat my native language out of me at six years old.
I learned how to play chess at age nine and became decent at the game (beating most of the grown-ups around me) by fourteen years old.
I volunteered and served in the U.S. Army and Reserves for a total of six years (four active, two reserves) as a tanker on M60A1s, M60A3s and M1 Abrams. That explains my avatar.
I enjoy reading books on history, international relations, law, spy thrillers and science fiction. Oh, and of course, chess.
I have several so-called "favorite" chess players, past and present. However, the list is too long. So its difficult to pick one favorite.
Through my years and as a result of experience and observation, I've learned that we as humans hate being wrong and we dislike having to say "I'm sorry" or "I apologize". So, I believe it actually takes some real courage to admit when we're wrong and to apologize to those we offend or hurt.
So, if I'm wrong, or if I offend or hurt someone on this site with what I write, call me to task, and I'll admit my mistake or if appropriate, apologize.