John Christoforo has been writing for the Post-Gazette since
1991. His column, "Nanna and Babbononno," is the
depiction of the trials and tribulations of the
generations of his Italian family in America. The weekly
stories depict events he has experienced or stories he
has heard from family elders, and is a cross section of
Italian American life as experienced by the millions of
people whose past generations decided on the United
States as a place to live.
John has three grandparents from Italy
and one of Hispanic origin. Both of his parents were
born in Boston and came from the Italian neighborhoods
of East Boston, Massachusetts.
John was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
but lived his first twenty-two years in East Boston.
When his family moved out to the suburbs, he had already
graduated college and was teaching school during the day
and playing music at night. Soon, he began working on a
Master's degree and when that was completed, became more
involved in show business, eventually becoming a bit
part player and character actor for Paramount Studios in
He returned to school for a second
Master's degree, and when that was completed, his
concentration returned to acting and music. But, this
was short-lived as the music scene had changed to the
extend that he didn't want to play what the younger
people were listening and dancing to. As a result, he
returned to school and earned a Doctorate degree, which
allowed him to teach on a college and graduate level.
At about the same point in time, he
began writing for a couple of periodicals and as his
reputation with a pen grew, became a feature writer and
columnist with the Post-Gazette.