Muhheakannuck Nations at Nu Scodack
The Making of a Sagamore
Never Called by His Given Name
"Black and White."
Junior High Years: Color Divides
Trouble Maker Walking along, Brother came across a man who had been strung up by the Klan and left. He was still breathing so Brother cut him down. Brother was ostracized by most of his family for causing trouble. Another time, a man menaced him while mounted on a horse. In self defense, Brother punched the horse in the mouth. Horse and rider hit the ground. He was the troublemaker from the North.
Normal Life He went to John Peter Tetard Junior High School 143, between Sedgewick Avenue and Kingsbridge Terrace at 231st Street in the Bronx. This period of his life seemed fairly normal to him. He liked movies and went every chance he got. He would usually watch the movie many times, sometimes all day. This was beneficial for his grades since he had great difficulty reading. He would write his book reports from the movies he saw and received good grades for them. He did well in junior high. One day, he and a Cherokee cousin were running around the track at DeWitt Clinton High School, when a coach from Clinton noticed their speed and clocked them doing better than 100 yards in 10 seconds. The coach spoke with their parents and they began running in citywide track meets with high school students. Brother ran with duct taped sneakers as he couldn't afford to replace them. He usually came in 2nd after the Cherokee, but once the Cherokee wasn't at the meet and Brother took first place. Karate Kid He was called the "Karate Kid" in junior high because of his skill in using martial arts. Kyle's Syndrome One of his classmates, Freddie Poufile, invited Brother to his house for supper. Freddie's mother was serving spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce. Brother, Freddie and Freddie's Dad all passed out during the meal. Freddie's family on his father's side blamed his mother. Brother woke up in the hospital 2 weeks later. The diagnosis was that he had Kyles syndrome, that is, he became drunk from eating tomatoes. Smoking tobacco is the antidote. The doctors tried all kinds of cigarettes, beginning with the mildest. Mentholated cigarettes didn't work at all. They finally settled on Viceroy. At first, Brother had to smoke just to stay awake. Eventually, he only needed to smoke after he ate anything with tomatoes. Prior to this, he thought smoking was a dirty habit. Both Frankie and Pop smoked. The incident was registered with the Center for Disease Control and Brother was #16 or 17 registered with the condition. He was around 11 years old. He would smoke for the rest of his life. Eventually, he only needed one drag to sober up. In 2006, however, Mike drastically decreased eating tomatoes as restrictions on smoking increased. It was made illegal to smoke within 25 feet of a restaurant. DIfficult to walk 25 feet when drunk off tomatoes.