As a young man I wanted to become a working Jazz musician, a drummer to be exact. Living in New York City, I had the opportunity to hear some of the great big bands, such as Count Basie, Maynard Fergerson, Buddy Rich to name a few. I also went to hear smaller groups such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and many others. I spent many nights going to Birdland to listen to all the greats. The Palladium was also a great place to hear many of the Spanish bands like Tito Puente, Machito, Eddy Palmeri and many others. I had been working around town playing in small groups earning a living.
Once while practicing in a music studio, no one else was around, I felt that someone was watching and listening to me practice for a about half an hour: it turned out to be the Great Jerry Mulligan. Things were okay at that time, a few of my friends were working with some great bands, unfortunately drugs had entered their lives, I already new I would never let that happen to me. The reason I knew I would not touch any drugs is simple: I had to have a minor operation after being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Before the operation they prep you with drugs, at that point I came to the realization that drugs is not the answer to anything, except laying around. My three older brothers were already married and out of my parents home, I was already taking care of our home at that point.
My Father had a massive heart attack. My dad died soon after the heart attack and I saw that the lack of enough Life Insurance did not give my mother many choices.I was approached by several life insurance companies to become a salesmen and thought I could make a real difference in peoples lives, and I have for over forty years. In the beginning I still played with several bands but after a few years concluded it was better to concentrate on helping people build real wealth and protection and Retirement Security!