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  • Charlie Sacchetti

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The best practical jokes are always impromptu, and this one defied belief

From the time I was a little kid, I was always a fan of practical jokes played on my friends or even on me. It...

Bamboozled in the gift shop, but the laughs capped off a great vacation

In the early part of 1995, as our 20th wedding anniversary approached, I wanted to celebrate it as a family and do something a bit...

Sale of class rings: $150 windfall and a lesson in market economics

The price of gold had skyrocketed in 1980. Soaring interest rates, along with the hostage situation in Iran, were fueling fear and uncertainty. When events...

I’m an old-school baseball dinosaur – a little rough on the diamond

If there ever was a person who could be described as a baseball dinosaur it’s me. I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s when...

Business lunches I have known and loved – and still laugh about

If there is one lesson that I have learned over my 40 years in sales it is that you should never take a customer for...

A Bronx tale of my own: Take the cannoli, pay the man, leave the tip

During the year 2002, I had the pleasure of managing a fine salesman named Jeff LaFleur.  Jeff lived in Croton, N.Y., in Westchester County and...

For temperamental Uncle Freddy, words were flung before the projectiles

Funny how the mind works. While driving the other day, a thought came to me. It actually manifested itself just after some guy cut me...

Memories of an Italian-American Thanksgiving in Philly

Ever since I was a kid growing up in Southwest Philly, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I remember how it used to be...

Sometimes it’s the small, unexpected things that make a meal memorable

I am always amazed by the way many people react when they encounter some of nature’s smallest and weakest creatures. Watching a burly, macho man...

Of the summer I became a soldier, only the memories remain

I shall never forget the summer of 1970 because I experienced an amazing transformation. In just 120 days, I was changed from a baseball player...

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