I am fairly certain that most people enjoy going out to dinner, particularly if you are someone’s guest. Having a good dinner at a nice restaurant with someone else picking up the tab is an opportunity that no one would pass up. There are times however where you might want to turn down the invitation. On the 30th in 1975, Anthony Provenzano and Anthony Giacalone invited James Hoffa to have dinner with them at a restaurant in Michigan. Shortly after dinner, Hoffa disappeared and unless he really is buried in the end zone at Giant’s Stadium, we’ll never see him again. What should have given Jimmy Hoffa a clue was that Mr. Provenzano referred to himself Tony Pro. Never, never go to dinner with someone who has a nickname even similar to that one. Tony Jack for instance. Maybe you should just consider not going out to eat with anyone named Anthony; no good can come from it.
Sometimes, the things you worry the most about just seem to disappear and end up not being the threat you thought they would be. Mr. Provenzano (pictured below) had been indicted in 1975 and charged with conspiracy to shake down the Teamsters Union’s pension fund. In January of 1976, the case was ready to go to trial. Amazingly, on the eve of the trial the chief witness against Tony Pro, Herman Goldfarb, began to suffer from a serious heart ailment and the trial had to be adjourned. How very lucky Mr. Provenzano was!
Hoffa’s (pictured below) formal education ended in the 9th grade when he dropped out of school following the Stock Market Collapse o 1929.