Once again I hade the opportunity to tell the story of the one and onlyCaptain Tony. I had met him 10 years earlier on an assignment to Key West and I was curious – was he still alive and kicking? As it turned out, he was alive but just barely kicking. Smoking a couple of packs of Lucky Strike a day for most of his life had finally reduced his breating capabilities to a minimum. Bu the was still the great humorous character I remembered, carefully nursing the myth of himself as Key West incarnate.
Anthony Tarracino died on November 1, 2008, at the age of 92. Heaven must be a fun place, or he surely went elsewhere. I still occationly wear the T-shirt he gave me in 1993, with the trademark Cpt T. quote: “All you need in this life is a tremendous sex drive and a great ego. Brains don’t mean a shit.”