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Salad Oil King; Stories of greed gone mad. Rip-off # 24.
How to create windfall profits in the black market.

During World War II every American contributed to the war effort by receiving and using ration stamps to ensure everyone shared the pain. But, there were those like Alfonso “Fonso” Gravenese and his Mafia cronies who made a handsome profit in the black marketing of goods and services through the use of... Learn More

DATE: Jan.16.2020 | CATEGORY: My Books

Controversial, new M.G. Crisci legal thriller, SHE SAID. HE SAID., feature selection at San Diego 54rd Annual Author Showcase.

Critically-acclaimed author, M.G. Crisci, Main Reception Hall, San Diego, CA M.G. Crisci’s debut selection at San Diego’s 53rd annual Author Showcase was Project Zebra—the top-secret story of a joint Russian-American military mission intentionally buried as classified. This year, Crisci’s latest book titled, She Said. He Said., has been made a featured selection at... Learn More

DATE: Jan.16.2020 | CATEGORY: My Books

Salad Oil King; Stories of greed gone mad. Rip-off # 17.
How to cheat school kids out of a free lunch.

It was a simple, despicable, immoral, elegant scheme. Alfonso Alfonso” Gravenese, AKA The Salad Oil King, paid off government officials to get awarded contracts to provide underprivileged kids with a balanced free lunch. Then to reimburse himself for the bribes, and make a crapload of “bonus” profits, Fonso reduced his operating... Learn More

DATE: Jan.06.2020 | CATEGORY: My Books

Salad Oil King; Stories of greed gone mad. Rip-off # 13.
How to always win at yo-yo contests.

Alfonso “Fonso” Gravenese AKA The Salad Oil King, loved to gamble...on sure things. Growing up Yo-Yo contests were held daily in Little Italy. The entry fee was 5 cents per play. Fonso knew his opponents were bigger and older, but he had a streak of larceny in his ice water veins. Minutes... Learn More

DATE: Dec.27.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

Story #54:
Wedding night at the Plaza

Our wedding was a grand affair in Westchester County with over 200 family and friends. The best part? Our guests gave us over $4,000 in cash (which was a lot of money in 1964). It was off to island of Jamaica for our honeymoon the next day. So, the 22-year old... Learn More

DATE: Dec.25.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

Story #12:
Whitey, Billy, The Mick, and Me

When I was in high school, I sold hotdogs and soda at the old Yankee Stadium, which fortunately for me, was only about eight blocks from my school. It was great making some spending money and wandering around the hallowed halls of the Stadium. I especially looked forward to Saturday day games. While... Learn More

DATE: Dec.21.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

Salad Oil King; Stories of greed gone mad. Rip-off #4.
How to overcharge customers for fresh fish.

When Alfonso “Fonso” Gravenese, AKA The Salad Oil King, was a 9-year old kid, his father asked him to help sell fresh fish from ice-filled cart to their neighbors on Spring Street in Little Italy after school. “Fonso” quickly learned if he stuffed ice into the fish’s mouth with some of the ice... Learn More

DATE: Dec.17.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

Project Zebra Diaries. Entry # 51:
Boys will always be boys.

(Circa 1944. Russian Zebra Captain pauses after winning a scooter race along the Project Zebra runway in Elizabeth City. Imagine Joseph Stalin and Theodore Roosevelt envision a top-secret mission at a conference in Iran? Imagine America factory workers in Philadelphia build 185 of WWII’s largest and deadliest warplanes? Imagine a select team of... Learn More

Summit #12:
Donny and Vladdy discuss resolution of the Syrian crisis.

Imagine Donald and Vladdy meeting in the latter’s presidential suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in central Damascus to share a song and a coke as they resolve their differences on how to end the Syrian Crisis. After a little friendly banter, the now good friends identify a way for each country to... Learn More