“The Godfather” & my life.

I am a movieholic. That is, movies are a major part of my life, especially when I was a young child.

Saturday afternoons were spent at the “show” in Allen Park. For fifty cents we could watch a double feature plus cartoons! Movies like “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “It Came From Outer Space” and “When Worlds Collide” were some of my childhood favs.

As a teenager, (copped my first free feel in the Trenton Theater on Jefferson), I watched all the Elvis flicks and movies like “Psycho”, “Youngblood Hawk” and “Dr. Stranglove.”
I have seen so many movies that I know I would do very well if I said someday, “I’ll take movies for 500 Alex!”

There IS one movie that has affected my life more than any other and that is Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpiece, “The Godfather.” It has been a guide book for me in dealing with family matters, love/hate relationships, death and a whole plethora of emotions that we, as human beings, deal with.

I have always told my children, “never go against the family.” And that means blood is blood and you will protect your family at all costs. Never, in this sence, means never.
I use quotes all the time.

One sunny day last year I was walking through Grand Circus Park and decided to sit there for a bit and take it all in. A homeless person started a conversation with me, which I knew right away always ends in, “hey can you spare some change.” Well, he finally got around to his purpose and I replied, “That, I can not do” and walked away with a smile.

I have been in relationships where I would tell a friend, “I think I got struck by lightning.” Michael’s bodyguard says that when Pacino first sees his future bride.

In negotiations of any kind, “never let anyone know what you’re thinking.”

Lastly, after you do something nice for a friend, always, always repeat these immortal words, “Someday I may call on you for a favor. That day may never come but. . . “

1 Comment so far

  1. observer_mike (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    I am a big Godfather fan as well. So much in fact that for xmas I asked for a PS2. Why would a 29 year old adult ask for such an adolescent gift? The Godfather was released for the PS2 this week! I can now organize and run my own “family”. Sure Francis was not happy about this whole idea, but who cares, I can sit in my office and pretend to be a mob boss.



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