I was born a jaundiced baby and the doctor said “Well, you’re going to have to get some more red corpuscles in him.” And he said, “You’re not going to like this, but the only way I can recommend that is you’ve got to get some red wine in him.” That was the prescription. So mother sent me up to my grandparents to spend the summer in La Crescenta with their vineyard. And my grandmother used to put wine in everything — in milk, on cereal. When she cooked she used it constantly, and within two years I was back to normal. Bob never had any serious illnesses until later life.

I have never spoken a word of Italian, and when my grandparents would come for Thanksgiving they’d start talking Italian to my dad and my Irish mother would say, “Now don’t get any of that doubletalk around here. When you’re in this house you speak English.” That’s the way she was, OK? So then the kids could understand what the parents were saying and she could understand, because she didn’t understand Italian and she was always afraid they were talking about her.

John "Jake" Gaudino,
Robert Gaudino's brother