So what ABOUT BENNY..Superhero, Food Devil, Troubleshooter, Grand-Papa Well if you been lucky or unlucky enough to know Benny, you will have your own story to tell about him and we want you to POST your story right here.
First why this blog about him. Well, he and I were crazy enough to end up as guests on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on November 25, 2013 in a segment called “Cut the Creep”, in regards to keeping off the added weight gain during the holidays. I’m a fan of the show and it resonated with me not only because of holiday weight gain but the truth that Benny romances me with food all year and in the 20 years we’ve been together, I’ve gained over 30 pounds. Anyway, enough about me. Benny was invited on to the show with me because I called him my “Food Devil.” All he did was sit in the background on the set of the Today Show and eat a piece of pumpkin pie and he quickly had a fan club of many followers. All he had to do was EAT A PIECE OF PIE…Anyway, I knew he was a STAR to begin with. He’s been more than a STAR in my life and the lives of many others. You see, Benny was and is a HERO, rather SUPERHERO Retired cop with lots of stories to tell including the most famous case of the arrest of the Frank Lucas family and gang in the early 1970’s. You may have seen the movie, American Gangster starring Denzil Washington and Russell Crowe. That movie was loosely based on the story of Frank Lucas and the Country Boys and their arrests by 3 hero undercover detectives, Benny Abruzzo, Alvin Spearman and Eddie Jones also known as the Z TEAM.
What does this story and Benny eating a piece of pie have to do with one another, well keep coming back for more true stories ABOUT BENNY.
I went to High School with Benny and worked with him in the Newark P.D. Tactical Force. Those days Benny was buff…running with weighted vest in Branch Brook Park.
Hi Tom, I see your name in his files…You must have a story or two you want to write about..Email them to me and I will post them…Happy New Year…
He’s still in good shape just doesn’t run with the weight vest. When he wore the vest, he looked like a crazy man who was wearing a straight jacket.
He inspired me to buy one and run with it
Yes!! I love this!! I always loved bearing Benny stories! So funny!!!
Thanks Tiffany…There are a million stories to tell…You will be entertained for sure by more…xo
KATHY, REMIND BENNY ABOUT THE TIMES WE HUNG NARCO DEALERS UPSIDE DOWN FROM 2ND OR 3FLOOR OUTSIDE PORCHES TO TELL US WHERE THE
NARCCOTICS WERE HIDDEN.,CAN’T DO THAT NOW..
KATHY,GREAT BLOG, THERE’S ONLY ONE BENNY HE AND I HAD MANY LAUGHS TOGETHER,
Hey Joe, I’m sure you have many stories about you and Benny working together. Email them to me and I’ll post them..
Happy New Year to you and Cele..
Say Hello to Benny for me!! Haven’t seen him in a long time. Hope he’s enjoying retirement. I’m the other guy in the picture.
Regards Bob Briganti
P.S I still say it was a lucky shot in the buttocks!!!!!!!!! where are you living & e-mail
Great to hear from you…We shared some good stories..Let’s live to tell them and make sure we collect many years of retirement $$$$..
Not sure who is cuter Benny or your Grandson ( he is sooo cute )..
Totally enjoying the stories about the man my good friend married, your a great writer. Thanks for sharing
Thanks Judy, I’m so glad you are enjoying the stories about Benny…There are a million more…
I partnered with Benny and he was a supercop. He was relentless in his pursuit of drug offenders. He was dedicated, loyal and sincere as well as a good freind. I wish Benny the best.