Tony and Madeline Camplese. Both were immigrants. He from Italy, she from Portugal. They were wonderful people and this time of year I can't tell you how thick my memories of them are. We used to go to their house in Wheeling, WV when I was little around Thanksgiving and Christmas. The food is what I remember ... but not tasting it, just smelling it. To this day my favorite Holiday meal is Madeline's Portuguese Stuffing. It is an amazingly spicy twist on the traditionally boring American variety. My wife has made it for us for years and she makes it so well. We have a handwritten recipe from her still in the family and it is a precious artifact of our family history. My little girl is named after her and my wife's Grandmother, Grace.
An interesting little side story is that Tony had a degree from the University of Chicago that he received via a distance in the old correspondent model ... the precursor to the space that I've spent so much time working to innovate in, distance learning. No one messed with Tony. This picture makes me smile and reminds me of how proud I am of my status as a second generation American.