Hello again to all of the NewzBreaker readers around the world. I am happy to be here, happy to share some of what I lived through first hand, and happy to be able to write what should be a fun article. One of the funny parts of “The Life”, to me anyway, is the nicknames. I can be “friends” with a guy for 20 years, and never know his real name. Take “Fat Patty” an Orena soldier who we had targeted during the war on a daily basis. To this day, I don’t know his name. Like I said in my book, “he could have been baptized “Fat Patty” for all I know.
Some nicknames are given by family members or childhood friends when one is very young. Take Joe “Fish”, for example. His little sister could not say Joseph, she flip-flopped the last part turning it into Jophis, and Joe “Fish” stuck!
Others may get the name from associates. I was given the nickname “Legitimate Larry” by my fellow Wimpyboys because I elected to be on the conservative side when it came to what businesses and schemes I would dabble in. I also became known as “Skinny Larry” when “Fat Larry” joined the crew. A customer would come in to drop off a payment for Larry, and they would say it’s for either “Fat” or “Skinny” Larry.
Sometimes reporters give the nickname. John Gotti was tabbed “The Dapper Don” by the media because of his expensive and flamboyant way of dressing. Of course, his hair was always perfect too. They also named him the “Teflon Don” when the charges never stuck. The “Chin” was dubbed “The Oddfather”, for the crazy act he had played for years, by the news people.
The law renamed Gotti the “Velcro Don”, when they finally got all the charges to stick. The police gave Carmine Persico his “Snake” aka. Yet he was more affectionately known to his men as JR. or “The Little Guy”.
Some of the nicknames are obvious. ” Fat Larry” wasn’t given that nickname because he was an exercise and fitness guru. But then, “Vinny Gorgeous”, although a nice looking man, was given the name because he owned a hair salon called “Hello Georgeous”! Joe “Waverly” had a florist shop named “Waverly Florist”.
Georgie “Butterass” Di’Cicco, I’m not going there, but it was said he had a bad time in prison. Anthony “Tumac” Acceturro, he was named after the cave man in the movie One Billion Years B.C. He was the strongest male and after a hunt, he raked in the most meat saying,”Mine…Me…Tumac.” I was told that by one of his capo’s, Tommy Ricciardi.
Angelo “Quack Quack” Ruggiero, Gotti’s best friend, was given that name by John because Angelo had loose lips.
Joey “The Clown” Lombardo, was always telling jokes, even to the media. He once told the media he got his girl a “Canarly Stone” for her engagement ring. “Yea, ya canarly see it”.
Louie” HaHa”, is one of my favorites! I heard he always laughed after doing a “piece of work”. Then I heard he laughed whenever he heard about a wise guy dying? Either way, pretty nutty.
“Louie Bagels” Daidone, a goodfella with the Luchese’s and old racquetball partner of mine. You guessed it, owned a bagel joint.
Tommy “Karate” Pitera. Here’s a cold-blooded killer that actually went to Japan for years to learn the “discipline” of a true martial artist.
Frankie “Steal” Pontillo. He was a young guy that was on our side during the Persico/Orena War. “Steal” was his Italian Rapper name! In between numerous and daily conspiracies to murder, and actual attempts, he was recording rap songs with his band. I only learned his last name when we were both indicted. I’m meeting him for dinner this week.
Then there’s Joe “The Boss” Masseria. I guess there was no doubt! And “Tuff” Tony Corona. He was tuff, and he was from Queens. I don’t know his last name.
How can I leave out the movies? “Scarface” One for the Italians, Capone, and one for the Cubans, Tony Montana.
“Donnie Brasco”! With a name like that I would not have trusted him. It just sounds made up! Then you get Joey “Zsa Zsa” from Godfather 3. The only “Zsa Zsa” I know is Gabor! Then there was the gangster in “The Jerk”, “Iron Balls”, McGinty starring Steve Martin, who also starred in the gangster comedy, “My Blue Heaven”. I have to research “The Jerk” because I bet there were some other funny nicknames in it. If anyone has any nicknames they like, or would like to know how the name came about, throw it out there and let’s see if we can’t find it.
Even my Publisher on NewzBreaker is nicknamed “Bad” as in “Bad” Brad Berkwitt. But I heard though he is “Bad”, it was given to him by a famous ring announcer for actually being good. Good in the sense that he has always fought for the countless boxers he has interviewed over the years and always allowed them to be heard in their own words!
In the meantime, my partner “Jimmy Blue Eyes” is calling me. Yes, he has blue eyes. The prosecutor called them lifeless blue eyes! He’s still upset about that. I think he got a message from “Franky Mustache”. The guy never had a mustache in his life. I’m going to get to the bottom of that if it’s the last thing I do!
On a separate note… I did an interview with Jim Cooley for his Podcast Show “The Life”. I got a kick out of that because as you know my book is called “The Life”. “Bad” Brad will be posting a link to it very soon on NewzBreaker. I hope you all listen in and come back with some questions.
I want to thank you for the support of “The Mazza Report” and my book. Big things are coming! So, stay tuned to NewzBreaker where I will keep you updated. “The Life” is getting closer to being made into a movie or series.
Larry Mazza, is a former made guy in the Colombo Family, who was second in charge to “The Grim Reaper”, Greg Scarpa, SR. He is the Author of the book “The Life” that is a fascinating look into his life as a mobster. You can purchase a personally autographed copy which also comes with a DVD with the title song “The Life” and a short movie based on the book. Pick your copy up now by clicking here.
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