i aM tHE gREATEST

How To? become The Greatest

  1. I Am ThE GrEatESt:    2) I Said REMEMBER::  
    3) wHo cOTrOLs  YoUr DeSTInY 4) FaKe It TilL YoU MaKe

Back in the day I kept running away; Trying to find a better world, a better place—but they kept picking me up until fed up they locked me up in a Reform School AT the end of 1961! There I was turning 9 years old in a place where the youngest age was 12! But it was there that on my first week I met Sonny Liston, then Floyd Patterson and by my 3rd month Muhammad Ali !!!!

Muhammad WAS Ali was “Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr” , “Cassius Marcellus” was a cool name to a Sicilian Italian like me! I Also Liked His “Cassius Clay” ring name. But you wanna know what he said to me? HE SAID ALWAYS FIGHT TO WIN AND ALWAYS SAY YOU ARE THE GREATEST.  AND THAT WAS IT.

He was not yet as big as both the major players Patterson or Liston at that time. It would be another three years ….also for me because i would get out after a few months and by 1964, while Ali was winning his world championship, i would make it to the Worlds Fair IN Flushing N.Y. and from there clean out of NYS to the mountains oF PENNSYLVANIA!!!  THEN GET CAUGHT and make it TO A HOSPITAL AND 60 DAYS OF SHOCK TREATMENT THEN BACK to this here reform school for a few more months, THEN  meet the champion him self AND have a 30 minute with him and never ever forget that one and FOREVER REMEMBER THAT I WAS 4 EVER THE GREATEST AT EVERYTHING I EVER WOULD EVER DO MY WHOLE LIFE!!  [in my mind mind you!!]

What truly was amazing was that I became the only other child in the history of REFORM SCHOOLS, besides  Floyd Patterson, to be locked up at an such an early age — and the first ever at that age — and, to top it, in that particular NY reform school, at such a young age! Floyd held the prior record! It was a fact that over a decade and a half before I was placed there—- Floyd Patterson had served time there at 10 years of age!

That fact soon caused Sony Liston, and THEN IN in ****1964, after my big I AM THE GREATEST RUNAWAY IN 1964 FOLLOWING ALI’S WORDS TO THE  Wordls Fair in Flushing Queens when i was 11, then to the Pocono Mountains, and I WAS SENT FIRST FOR 60 DAYS OF SHOCK TREATMENTS THEN BACK TO Warwick State Training School For Boys for another 6 mos TURNED INTO TWO MONTH [THANKS TO THE BOXING BOYS] stint, where I met Muhammad Ali AGAIN after his Victory over Sonny Liston, when Ali came up to visit the kids…AND ME I LEFT HOME ON THE MOST AMAZING JOURNEY THAT LASTED MY ENTIRE YOUTH UNTIL I ENLISTED!

YES, AS HOUSE OF CARDS DEMONSTRATES I HAD SOME TIMES WHERE I GOT P/U BUT I USUALLY GOT BACK OUT WITHIN A FEW MONTHS OR SO!!!! CAUSE????? I WAS THE GREATEST!!!!

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Thus IN THAT PARTICULAR reform school there were only two children whom had been in that reform school as young children, one at age of 10 & one at 9! The average youngest age was 12!!!! I sort of became a celebrity… but I had to learn real fast how to fight —for the REST OF MY “STAY” I had to get in the ring and face kids that were 2 years older than me or I would have suffered for my fame! And remember, I had came off MY braces LESS than 18 months before and was forced to wear THOSE special shoes!

The reason I am bringing this up is that by the time i got out REMEMBER i would be picked up for running away again at 11 to the Worlds Fair Then the Pocono Mountains, Placed in a hospital  For Shock Treatment To Get Me To Stop Running Away ….I would Flee Again And THEN To The Same Reform School Where I Met Ali After His Victory AGAINST LISTON! And I Learned That I Should Keep Keeping On –though ALI never knew my BACKGROUND! LOLOLOL!! At this time Ali was Casiuis Clay CONVERTING TO MUHAMMAD ALI –already he was calling him self “THE GREATEST” TOO….. by the time i was 11″ I BECAME THE GREATEST AT RUNNING AWAY!!!!!

There I was, still wearing those special shoes with steel inserts until i was officially 12. They had the eye hooks that went half way up my legs. I had to wear a special pair of them in the ring!  All the boxers were informed of my handicap. Yet I never ever made it anything in my way of doing anything except running. But I will never forget what Ali said!

                                              2) I Said REMEMBER::::::

“”””””YOU ARE THE GREATEST! ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT! LOSE A FIGHT! LOSE A CHALLENGE! FAIL AT ANYTHING! GET UP AND SCREAM I AM THE GREATEST! AND GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN! AND KEEP ON DOING IT—– CHALLENGING KEEP ON YELLING I AM THE GREATEST! ALWAYS DO THINGS BIG! WRITE IN CAPITOLS, SCREAM IN CAPITOLS, YELL IN CAPITIOLS, ALWAYS STAND TALL AND SAY I AM THE GREATEST! AND YOU WILL BECOME THE GREATEST!”””””

I Never Ever Forgot What He Said During That 30 Minute Talk! I went to one of his fights when he was IN his prime. The next time I saw Ali was in the late 1980’s and again in the early 1990’s. I was at his play [he was not in it] in Coconut Grove in mid 1990’s [he signed the play bill for me TWICE ] but I ALWAYS WRITE IN CAPS AND SAY IT IS BECAUSE OF MY EYES!!!!!  I ALWAYS SAY I AM THE GREATEST!!!  I BRAG ALL THE TIME AND I AM THE GREATEST AT WHAT EVER I DO!

                                                  3) wHo cOTrOLs  YoUr DeSTInY

Ok so, you do not have a stash of cash , you depend on others? no genuine inDEpeNdeNCE! man that is a bummer…LIVE WEEK TO WEEK,, EVEN DAY TO DAY???   I Know what that feels like.. yup It makes me wanna BE THERE ! SHT!  I LOVE THat there feeling CAUSE IT GETS ME GOING ! INDEPENDENCE MEANS HAVING CONTROL OVER ONES EVERY DAY LIFE! sO? WORK FOR YOU OR WORK FOR SOME ONE OTHER THAN YOU OR WORK FOR SOME ONE AND you>>>>>>>

IRWIN BERGERWITZE …… Yup a Jewish business persona who dabbled in the stock mkt while owning and operating a Phillip 66 gas station on the 125th st causeway of North Miami Beach. 9 pumps 2 bays = kick butt doing service for local patrons, sell gas while Irwin looks like a bum in greasy overalls  while dabbling in Chrysler stocks while Chrysler is going down hill. Over a 5 year period he makes 3.6 million [1973/76!!!]—- every one was selling for a few dollars . Man did I learn a heap over a summer/winter running two bays snapping snap on tools while repairing everything from ac on Vettes to engine ,jobs brakes and more. I was 9 months out of the USAF. I learned to take every job —even the ones I knew jack about cause I could go to the library get a book and study and do the job. If it took a week over the book hour so be it —–the bottom line I could clean the car and do say a tune up 4 free… In the end it was how good the entire car looked & ran & operated. I built a fortune in clients while I learned on their cars. \
Erwin had the second motto I learned. Ready for it!  Add this one to your mantra :

                                                4) FaKe It TilL YoU MaKe

Be positive and never lie! Rather, Study the books before you open your trap! Know what you are talking about and know if you can do the job ! am i moving too fast for you? applying for the job you know nothing about??? Not Good So Study For A Few Weeks At The Library

5) Here Is One That I Had To Get Hired To Have Access To The Machine Then Get Laid Off To Get The Real Job!  So, I wanted to move on up! looked for higher base pay with opportunity. see MULTIPLE Advertisements For 160 to 240 per week with bonus up to 400.00 per week every week just to align front ends on cars. if you get work and do the work you get bonuses yup to 1000.00 per week in 1973/4! So I see this one along with others:
 “Front end mechanic wanted Young Circle Firestone Hollywood Fla. must know how to run Latest Laser Wheel Alignment Tire Front End Alignment | Firestone Complete repair/alignment 4-Wheel Alignment: Camber, Caster, Toe in/out  170.00 take home plus commissions.
 
 So I go to library and read: toe in, toe out, caster camber. I read everything and I call the shop. l go and show up and the owner of the Firestone franchise in Hollywood Fla. asks questions and I answer them. he asks where I work I tell him . he hires me. now I never ever was ever even near this machine so for 3 months I am learning by study and cars are leaving in worse shape then they arrived. but I am learning by my 4th month I know how to set up the machine and I can change the bushings and do the work and I am a pro. the owner calls me and says , hey rock I must admit that you have gotten real good but I already got a replacement. I like you, you could sell front end work to a elephant. but I am sorry I got to let you go. here is your check for your last week, it was 458.00 . I left and then went to Goodyear on Alton rd on Miami beach. they gave me 275.00 a week plus commission! 100,00 extra a week! and I knew how to run the machine cause I learned in the 4 months at Firestone! I worked there for 14 months and made so much money I opened my own garage up! 10,000 sq feet! 
 
 FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT–then GET HIRED TO LEARN IT AND THEN MOVE ON TO YOUR OWN >>>

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