Uncle Sonny was a man who would always take my calls, wanted to know what I was up to with my creative writings, gave advice about the movie biz, and would see me if I just so happened to be in the neighborhood of Manhattan for either work, vacation, and/or family business. It was also years since my father and Sonny had seen each other. I arranged for both of them to see one another at Sonnys office in Manhattan at 767 Third Avenue. The last time my father saw Sonny with Uncle Michael was in the late-1960s just before he moved his family to Florida. Sonny was a many full of stories and liked to talk about The French Connection, The Godfather, The Seven-Up, Cruising, his early days on the force with Eddie Popeye Egan, on-set with William Friedkin and working with his good friend, Al Pacino every time we converse. Sonny always liked to show me his Police I.D. card every time from the 1970s to show me how much Al Pacino looked a lot like him. We had dinner at his favorite restaurant RAOs in East Harlem right around the corner from where my father and Sonny grew up. That was the last time my father and I saw Sonny. He was a wonderful man with his story-telling and generosity. I know that Uncle Michael, Aunt Gloria, and your partner Eddie will be greeting you up there in Heaven. You are one-of-a-kind. God Bless.
Christopher De Stefano