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Q&A with Quentin N. Saracino '66

December 12, 2005
Why did you join Pi Kappa Alpha?
After 12 years of a Catholic education, I felt it would be good to see how the rest of the world lives. Damn, if it didn't open my eyes! No regrets when you are surrounded by a bunch of caring, swell guys.

What is your favorite memory of the fraternity?
I wouldn't say favorite as much as important. We saw the best and the worst of each other, but we were young and forgiving.

What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
This is difficult to answer because fraternity life, along with life at Penn with academic rigors, Navy ROTC, freshmen and lightweight football all mix together to produce the fabric of whom we are. I look way back fondly with the memories of my brothers.

With who are you still in touch? Who would you like to find?
It's been years since Larry Haverty and I dined together here in San Diego. Hopefully, this site along with the Beta Pi Yahoo group will allow all of us to stay in touch, to get reacquainted.

Tell us about your family.
My first wife brought me three great children, all young adults now. They are Giuliana born in 1979, Quentin R., 1981, and Michelina, 1983. Their mother wanted to do it by the numbers!

After leaving Penn, I served the four-year obligation with the Navy. Two cruises to the Mediterranean, a partial Western Pacific tour, rode aboard the USS Topeka CLG8 and the USS Hornet CVS12. Was aboard the latter when she recovered the Apollo 11 in July 1969 and Apollo 12 astronauts in November 1969.

I married a wonderful woman in May 2001 who takes me all over the world.
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