Cagnoli recalls family life in Hershey; his father was co-owner of bakery and mother worked in the chocolate factory. He discusses his Italian heritage and the neighborhood in which he grew up. Cagnoli reflects on memories of band concerts, Hershey Park, and school. He describes his family's attitude toward priests and church, and holiday traditions and foods. He also recalls the local anti-Italian attitude. Cagnoli worked as a busboy at the Hotel Hershey during World War II; he also describes his other jobs and activities. Cagnoli owned several businesses; he also worked as teacher and music therapist. He describes his personal philosophy for success and contending with adversity.