The Original Wild One

Everybody else in the house is still asleep. That’s why Tommy Capezza is waiting at the front door. It’s not only about being quiet. Tommy, a bulldog with an accordion-fold face and a prizefighter’s rosy cauliflower nose, has a lot to say, private stuff to get off his chest, and he might not want his wife or his grandson to hear some of it. At least not from his own lips. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling For Tommy, every year has been an adventure. Tommy — they used to call him Tommy Red when his hair was the …

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The Straight-A Student of Life

In the bedroom that also serves as Stefanie Weisman‘s office, a cheap, crisply creased paper map of the world is taped to the wall over the bed. Its continents and countries stare at a floor-to-ceiling unit that features a built-in desk and a mini-library of wildly eclectic titles. There’s an upright piano in the corner, sheet music open. On top of its ebony stool a violin, complete with case, has taken up residence. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Stefanie has made a career of being a top student. “My two favorite things in the world are reading and …

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