Kreck learned that story, and so much more, when he finally started work on the book Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family, an idea hed been kicking around for five years. But he really got serious about it a couple of years ago, when the Colorado History Museum had an exhibit on the Italian community in Denver, and Gene, one of Clydes two sons, agreed to let him use interviews hed taped years earlier with his father. The most surprising discovery? They were just guys, Kreck says. They were constantly in the paper, and the public presence of them was as mobsters. Then you start interviewing people who remember them, and these are just guys.
Both Chuck and Gene Smaldone, Clydes sons, will be on hand to talk about their famous family tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, where Kreck will show slides and sign copies of his book, just out from Fulcrum. For more information, call 303-436-1070.
Tue., June 30, 7:30 p.m., 2009