Daniel Thomas Moran (1957 - )

In 1974, Dr. Moran attempted to rid himself of the curse of a Long Island accent by taking a job making pizzas at Sbarro's in the Massapequa Sunrise Mall. Says Doc Moran, ''I attempted an Italian accent but being I was in the hometown of The Godfather, Carlo Gambino, no one noticed. I made the pizza with strict instructions on how much cheese to place upon them and was ordered to use a small unobtrusive scale so as to be exact. My generous, artistic side scoffed at the whole system. One day early in my career, I was standing looking foolish in my pizza maker outfit awaiting ridicule from people who amuse themselves by spending time in malls, when I noticed an affable, well dressed gentleman marveling at my abilities with the piel. I laid out the dough and slathered on the sauce and cheese with abandon. That evening I found out that I had not impressed the gent in the least, who turned out to be Mr. Sbarro, who suggested that I be fired immediately. It was at that moment, feeling utterly destroyed as a human being that I decided to write poetry.''