April 5 – Happy Birthday Antonio Lanzi

8x85qbqc29iawykaAntonio Lanzi grew up on Amsterdam’s McGibbon Avenue, opposite the house in which we raised our four kids. I remember the day the Alpin Haus crew pulled up in front of their home and began digging out the hole that would become their swimming pool. Before they made the decision, Antonio’s Dad Larry had come across the street and asked me how I liked the pool we had put in several summers before. I gave him my pros and cons, telling him it was a pain in the butt to keep clean because of all the trees situated around it but also that my kids had loved it. I’m glad I didn’t try to talk him out of it because, as it turned out, the swimming pool would be the best investment Larry and his wife Rosemary would ever make.

Sure enough, Antonio and his older brother Chris were in it all day every summer. One afternoon, I happened to be over there while they were playing some sort of fetch game and watched as Antonio, who might have been six or seven years-old at the time, swam the length of their pool. To see someone so small and young be able to move through the water so quickly made your jaw drop. I mentioned it to his dad the next time we saw each other and Larry laughed and said something like “I hope he sticks with it!” He sure did…

You can read the rest of my story about this gifted Amsterdam athlete in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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