I've always been intrigued by the mafia lifestyle particularly during Prohibition. I decided to refresh my memory a bit on Al Capone.
  1. The inspiration for the list is this box wine I found at Whole Foods today. Cheers! 🍷
  2. Al was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 17, 1899.
  3. He quit school at age 12 and met gangster Johnny Torrio shortly after. Torrio beckoned Capone to Chicago in 1920. Torrio retired after an attempt on his life in 1925. He left Capone in charge.
  4. Capone hated the nickname Scarface bestowed on him by the press. His associates called him Big Fellow and his friends called him Snorky, meaning elegant.
  5. Capone's outfit brought in as much as $100 million annually. The largest portion of their revenue was from bootlegging followed by gambling, prostitution and racketeering.
  6. Capone set up soup kitchens during the Depression, which lead some to think of him as a kind of Robin Hood.
  7. Capone was never charged in connection with the St. Valentine's Day massacre.
  8. Capone was found guilty of tax evasion in 1931 and began serving his sentence in May 1932 at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.
  9. I recently visited the Prohibition exhibit at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, KY. Al was hanging out in the speakeasy.