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  • tell me about you Because you could have easily missed this life.

  • You were gonna go pre med.

  • I think you're a smart kid.

  • You're obviously a very smart guy.

  • You could have probably done anything.

  • And yet you decided to go down this route.

  • You know why?

  • Why did that happen to you, Michael?

  • Well, you know, I never aspired to be a mob guy.

  • That wasn't what I wanted.

  • I mean, I always say, you know, I was gonna be a doctor.

  • I mean, I had a really interesting that I wasn't an athlete.

  • But, you know, I grew up on my father who was a very high profile guy in the sixties, and I love my dad very much.

  • And he went through several trials in the sixties until finally hey, got convicted on a major federal cases since 2 50 years in prison.

  • And, you know, I needed to help him out because he said to me, Mike, I'm framed.

  • You know, they said that he, uh, ordered a Siris of bank robberies throughout the country.

  • He said, Mike, I'm not a bank robber.

  • It's not true.

  • The government framed to me and I believed him and he saw my involvement in his life as a way to help him out.

  • So he proposed me for membership.

  • It's not something that I would have done anything.

  • He wanted me to do it.

  • Okay, Dad, you want me to become a member?

  • I'll become, remember?

  • It's not like, Oh, I wanted it.

  • This is what he wanted for me.

  • Once I got in, I said, Hey, I'm gonna be the best possible mob guy.

  • Could be And I tried to use the life is best I could to benefit me in business.

  • And that's that's how I looked at it.

  • So, um, you know, Yeah, I could have went a different route.

  • But, you know, Brian, it's tough to look back.

  • I mean, I have certain regrets for things that I did as a member of that life.

  • But people said if you had it to do all over again, would you have changed it?

  • You know, Look, my life has turned out okay.

  • Now, I mean, I'm I'm very fortunate.

  • Very blessed, so I don't know.

  • I mean, I try not to look back in that way.

  • And who was your dad in the Mafia like what was his rank, and how did he kind of come up and what did you learn from him?

  • And I guess he did it in a different time where the rules were slightly different.

  • Yeah.

  • I mean, my dad was, uh he was the John Gotti of his day.

  • Very, very high profile.

  • He was a captain in the Colombo family, you know, he had worked his way up under boss.

  • He was Joe column was under boss for a time.

  • And, you know, I learned a lot from my dad.

  • He was, you know, master, at this life, hey was known as an enforcer.

  • My dad was a pretty tough guy, but he's also, you know, he was very charismatic.

  • Hey, was just a He was a good presence in that life, and he taught me a lot.

  • And that was very valuable to me, you know, as I navigated that life and, uh, you know, he did 40 years in prison on that 50.

  • We could never overturned his conviction.

  • He was released in 2017 at the age of 100 and he died earlier this year, a the age of 103 He was the oldest living mob guy in America, Quite possibly in the world.

  • I don't think any other guy lasted that long, so I mean, he had quite a legacy.

  • Wow.

  • What did you learn from your dad?

  • I learned so many things.

  • I mean, as Faras navigating that life.

  • You know, my dad taught me, you know, always be, uh you know, don't ever be quick to judge.

  • Somebody don't have to be quick, Thio, you know, condemn somebody.

  • He told me how to be a good listener.

  • Uh, you know, he taught me.

  • He said to me, Michael on this was very valuable in that life.

  • He said, If you wanna high committed a crime, we did it together.

  • We said one minute after we commit the crime, if you talk to me about it, I'm going to say I don't know what you're talking about.

  • He said there's no reason to ever repeat anything that you did the wrong way.

  • You know, he said, look at every telephone as a as a cop.

  • Don't speak on the phone, you know.

  • Be careful.

  • So he taught me so many things.

  • They seem like little things, but they were major in that life.

  • He also told me He said, Mike, when you go to prison, he said, I want you to remember three things that will help you out tremendously I said, What's that, Dad?

  • He said, Remember to say Please, thank you and excuse me.

  • He said, Those three things he says, because everybody in prison, so many guys in prison.

  • Rather, he said, the respect they never got on the street they wanted in prison, you bump into somebody.

  • Excuse me?

  • You you know you want to step in front of somebody on the line, you know?

  • Excuse me.

  • You ask for something, say please.

  • He gives you something, Say thank you.

  • He said those three words are gonna help you out more than you know.

  • And he was so correct about that.

  • I never had a problem in prison, ever not one time because I was courteous if you you know And you know, so things like that in the street a very valuable And I took those those things with me.

  • You know, in my life today, you know, I try to give people respect, you know, it doesn't matter who they are.

  • Another thing my dad taught me, right, he said.

  • He said, Always be respectful to the little guy.

  • Hey, didn't mean the little guy to be a fans.

  • He just meant, you know, give respect to the little guy.

  • The waiter take good care of him.

  • The guy, the valet, Parker.

  • Take care of him.

  • Always be pleasant to people.

  • Give them a pat on the back.

  • He said, Those are the people that make you strong.

  • And he was right about that, too.

  • So, you know, I always give everybody with me.

  • Always have respect until you lose it, you know?

  • I mean, I look at it that way, and it's It's a good way to be in life.

  • Not only, you know, on the street.

  • Yeah, I never would have thought that would have been the best prison advice, but But if you confirm it, then I believe you.

  • I dio I'm telling you why I'm very valuable because I saw guys in there try to look.

  • John Gotti got slapped around Chris.

  • You know, other guys said, I know not to mention your name, but you know you can't throw your weight around in there, especially if you're in a penitentiary with guys that is doing life without parole.

  • They don't care who you are after them.

  • Don't care if the if they die and they were gonna die any, you know at some point here.

  • So if it's today, when next week or next year, what's the difference?

  • You can't.

  • You can't throw your weight around how my wife wild my wife.

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MY FATHER: How My Dad Influenced My Decision Of Getting Into The Colombo Family - Michael Franzese

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/04
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