Very sad news as we mourn the passing of Magistrate Judge Peter Palermo.
Here is a wonderful article on him from a few years ago:
Born in 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the fourth child – wedged between five sisters and a brother – of a businessman and a stay-at-home, no-nonsense mother. He tossed enough newspapers to be named the leading newsboy in Pittsburgh at age 11. He excelled in school and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. His plans for law school at Dickinson University in Carlisle, Pa., were dashed when events interceded during World War II and he was drafted as a private into the United States Army Air Corps. He would rise in rank to Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, then Major Sergeant, eventually bringing him to Miami Beach for officer candidate school a few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He went on to the invasion of North Africa and the liberation of Naples, Italy. For his service and valor, he was awarded the Bronze Star and six Battle Stars.Actually, Judge P had an infectious laugh and brought joy and good cheer everywhere he went.
Recalling his first days in South Florida, Judge Palermo said he was amused by Miami society: "I'm Italian. In Pittsburgh, I was a Yankee. Now, I'm considered an Anglo in Miami. If you went back to Pittsburgh or New York and told them we were Anglos, they would have laughed."