Before and After
Franco Santoriello was a champion bodybuilder in the 1980s and 90s but his drug addiction, which started when his parents divorced, ultimately ended his professional career. After beating big name bodybuilders like Vince Taylor and Eddie Robinson, Franco could have gone on to be Mr. Olympia if he didn't have months-long benders in between competitions. After overdosing on heroin and improbably surviving a widow maker heart attack, he was sentenced to three years in prison for doctor-shopping (receiving the same prescriptions from multiple doctors). In prison, Franco was forced to turn his life around. He regained his physical strength and, by reading The Bible, rebuilt his spiritual strength, as well. Now, almost four years out of prison, Franco is planning a comeback to the fitness world coupled with a physical and spiritual transformation plan aimed at addicts, bodybuilders and inmates.
When to Jump
When to Jump is an inspirational book compiling stories of people who gave up the life they had in order to pursue the life they wanted. Launched in January 2018, I wrote a chapter on my journey to build a foundation for my writing career which included an unexpected but fruitful detour into CRM consulting.
Night and day
The Life of Anthony Hollie and Lovell Love
Anthony Hollie was a stick-up boy, hitman and heroin addict in Baltimore in the 1970s and 80s. His rap sheet would be pages and pages long except for the fact that his identity was erased when he snitched on some of Baltimore's biggest drug-dealers and entered the Witness Protection program. That's where he became Lovell Love. Lovell Love was a church deacon, school counselor and award winning poet. Those who knew Anthony Hollie, to this day, speak his name cautiously. Those who knew Lovell Love, can't imagine that he would ever have hurt a fly, even though he left a trail of bodies in his past. Hollie became the inspiration for the character Omar Little in the renowned HBO series The Wire. Night and Day is a documentary about this man's life and includes interviews with The Wire co-creator and former Baltimore homicide detective Ed Burns along with other family members, counselors and people effected, both positively and negatively, by his life.