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The Last Best of All Times

Robert A. Semenza

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168 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 5.9in. x 0.5in.Robert Semenza has always considered himself fortunate to have been brought up in what may have been, in his mind, the last best of all times--an era that spanned only a little more than a decade and a half, from the early forties to the midfifties, from World War II to the Korean police action, from FDR to Harry the buck stops here Truman to Ike. He was even more blessed to be raised in an environment where he was surrounded by a wealth of love and warmth from our parents and a seemingly unlimited number of relatives and piasians; however, the adults in our lives were there only when we needed them--sort of a Charlie Brown type of existence but without his anxiety. He felt that all his wonderful memories would be lost forever and wanted to preserve them for the generations to follow. His tale is told in a self-effacing way and from the perspective of a young boy being raised in the West, a neighborhood in New Rochelle, New York; of Italians and colored people (you never called them blacks or African Americans unless you were prepared for a fight); and the rest of civilization, referred to simply as the Americans. It tells of his Tom SawyerHuck Finn type of youthful adventures and mishaps centered around a cast of colorful and unforgettable characters that roamed the streets of the West, from the likes of the Goat Man, who would proudly parade his goats down Union Avenue and whose route was undeniably marked by a trail of small round soft black pellets, which the goats expelled as they merrily strolled to their noonday repast presumably to make more pellets--to the Iron Horse to Louie Chicken Breast, and to a whole host of other characters. As he explains, they were just there and accepted as they were, except that they, like everyone else in the neighborhood, had a nickname, which was generally linked to their physical appearance, which, in each case, was obvious. He has attempted the impossible task of trying to list all of these nicknames--his nickname was Chesty--the reader will learn why. His personal memories transport the reader back to that time and to his boyish recollections of his family, the school, the church, the Boys Club, the games they invented, and the special joys brought by each season of the year. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781425743482

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Title: The Last Best of All Times

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

Binding: Paperback

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Book Type: Paperback

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Robert Semenza has always considered himself fortunate to have been brought up in what may have been, in his mind, the "last best of all times"-"an era that spanned only a little more than a decade and a half, from the early forties to the midfifties, fro

About the Author:

Robert A. Semenza was born in New Rochelle, New York, where he attended St. Joseph's Elementary Grammar School and graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School, in White Plains, New York, in 1952. He attended Iona College in New Rochelle, where he majored in accounting, graduating summa cum laude in 1956 with a degree in bachelor of business administration. He was awarded the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Medal for excellence in accounting and was included in Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 1956.

Mr. Semenza has pursued two careers, spending thirty-three years in accountingwhere he became a certified public accountant in New York State and a partner with the international accounting fi rm of KPMG Peat Marwick, and seventeen years as a professor of accounting at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

His career in accounting enabled him to travel to many parts of the world and to become an active member of the accounting profession where he served on numerous committees. He was a nationally recognized expert in the field of employee benefit plans and has given expert testimony on the subject in Washington DC before a joint committee of the United States Congress. His professional honors include induction into the National Honor Society of the Institute of Management Accountants and to the Forty-year Honorary Member Club of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The honor he is most proud of is his induction into the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle Inspirational Hall of Fame.

During his tenure at the university, he lectured in the fields of accounting and auditing and coauthored a book on corporate scandal entitled Enron and Beyond. He has been included in Who's Who among America's Teachers.

Mr. Semenza has always sought to balance his business careers with his personal life and actively participates in a variety of endeavors, including downhill and cross-country skiing, sailing, windsurfing, roller blading, kayaking, and biking.

He has been married to his wife, Marie, for fifty years, and they have three children and four grandchildren. He currently divides his time between Hamden, Connecticut, and Saratoga Springs, New York.

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