Jack Pancaldo was born in 1942 to Italian/American parents in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. At the age of six, he attended first grade and discovered that not all names end in vowels. It became interesting two years later when his parents transferred him to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Grammar School where he became proficient in punch ball and sliding on cement pavement. Surviving many beatings by Dominican nuns, in spite of his battles with ADD and dyslexia, he received a diocesan scholarship to St. Augustine High School only to be beaten by Christian brothers. “Let the beating continue until moral improves.” It went downhill from there!