vic fortezza
2 min readJun 16, 2024

Highlights from a article by Matthew Sedacca, reworded by yours truly: Eleven-year-old Joe Petraro, of East Rockaway NY, is graduating from high school seven years early, despite suffering Tourette’s Syndrome. In his own words: “My brain moves really fast.” He has written three kids’ books. He recently started a nonprofit, Joe’s Be Kind campaign. He has also raised money to build wells in villages in Nigeria so locals can have access to clean drinking water. In 2021 he was diagnosed with Leukemia and now has a clean bill of health. He plays on youth baseball and basketball travel teams and he has earned a black belt in karate. He has accepted an offer to attend remote classes at LSU. He is beyond remarkable. Live long and prosper, young man. Photo from NYP:

On the other end of life’s spectrum —never be surprised by how low a politician will go. Headline from “Texas Democratic candidate charged with faking racist comments to himself.”

Vietnam’s economy has been booming, inspiration for other countries that suffered war. According to the results of a Google search, it “is a developing mixed socialist-oriented market economy, the 35th-largest in the world (of 188, according to a Wiki chart) by GDP, and the 26th-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). It is a lower-middle income country with a low cost of living. Here’s a guy, lower center, fishing the Saigon river, photo by Thanh Hue, USN&WR, posted at

I wasn’t expecting much action at the Anti-Inflation Book Shop on Father’s Day, despite the perfect-ten weather. My thanks to the gentleman who bought a Queen CD, and to Lynn, who purchased Desperation by Stephen King; and to the woman who overcompensated me for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The latter was one of the first books I read from cover to cover.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.