My grandfather came to this country from Italy in the early 1920's. Yes...a long, long time ago. He came here to realize his American dream - becoming a citizen. He was definitely a REAL Italian, coming from the province of Calabria... hard working, honest, high moral values. In fact, he was one of the very first street car conductors in Tacoma, WA.
He did study and become a citizen after being here for a short time. He knew more about this country than any average American. And he was so proud to be here.
His picture is still proudly hung on the walls of one of the oldest asphalt paving companies in Tacoma, WA. They will easily tell you that he was the best worker they had every hired. I'm so proud of that!
I'm going to try to scan his passport picture and put it up here soon. Stay tuned!