"You may think this is another boring “I came to America and made a fortune” story. Not so. Paulo Ronez has an interesting past, and he recounts all the turns and twists his life took from boyhood to 2012, when he wrote this book. Life was a struggle for him, even learning the English language was a struggle. He persevered, and he conquered.
Editors love to “polish up” a book. Paulo does not want to alter his text. Paulo is not a professional writer, but he wants his text left alone. I (his son Tony) also want the text left alone. This is to give you an honest true-to-life glimpse of how a real person writes a real book. Earnest Hemingway he is not, but a real person he is.
Today, my father is 85 years young, living a full life and having fun in Tampa. He refuses to wear a hearing aid, even though he was diagnosed with mild deafness. As he states: “No way, that’s for old people!”"
Paulo Ronez is the son of Hungarian immigrants, and was born near Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1927. As the story goes, he was almost born on the ship from Hungary to South America. He grew up in the region, but always dreamed of going to the United States. That dream came true in 1964, when he immigrated with his wife and two children to America. He worked as a Tool and Die Maker in various capacities, and finally settled in Detroit, working for the Ford Motor company. He retired in the 1980's, and is currently living just north of Tampa, Florida, enjoying his retirement.