4/25/2005 Add a comment

With any article about mobsters, I first look for two things:

1) Proximity to my hometown of Oak Park: Elmwood Park borders it, and Melrose Park is one town removed. Surprisingly, no mention of neighboring River Forest, which is where many of the big-time mobsters have/had their suburban retreats (e.g. Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo). The closest I have to an Oak Park connection here is that a guy I went to high school with was rumored to be the son of Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, who Joe Pesci's character was based on in Casino, but I have no idea if it's true or not.

2) Nicknames, nicknames, nicknames. "The Clown" is a fantastic mobster nickname. "Hambone", "The German", and "The Indian" are pretty damn good, but I wouldn't want "The Ant", or, even worse, "Twan". I'm not sure if that's what it's referring to, but it reminds me too much of the classic Ice Cube lyric that started with "Used to be the Don Juan"... ben