He may not be a real person, but you might remember that Tony Soprano called Newark home. His DiMeo crime family is loosely based on the DeCavalcante crime family, with Vincent “Vinny Ocean” Palermo, former capo, serving as the specific inspiration to Tony. The Italian-American mobster stereotype in Newark is not so out of left field, as organized crime has been an ugly part of the city for generations. Some say that Soprano is actually a stand in for Anthony “Tony Boy” Boiardo, who was the head of the Boiardo crime family. Most places do not have any crime families, let alone enough that there is confusion as to which one you are talking about. Newark was also home to Abner “Longie” Zwillman, who actually did some good in the pre-WWII era as he organized the Minutemen, a group of Jewish prizefighters, truck drivers, and bootleggers that served as a vigilante group to fight Nazis in Newark.
We do not support the organized crime in Newark, but we can provide a nice opposite with organized education. Our network of tutors in the area provide a great way to combat the growth of crime by giving kids the attention they need to achieve more positive goals. What might have been if a young Tony Soprano had gone to geometry tutors in Newark? Could we have seen Tony the architect?
I will admit, organized crime has got the nickname game on lock. There are Big Tonys, Little Tonys, Longie, a hitman called Iceman, Tick-Tock Tannenbaum, Ice Pick Willie, Joe Bananas, Joey Brains, Jackie Nose, and Terry the Left Toe. Alright, that last one was made up, but you believed it for a minute.
What are some good nicknames if you work with a Newark geometry tutor? We already have Joey Brains, but maybe you could be Tommy Two Tangent or Anthony “The Calculator” Pagliaci. We can make math cool again with geometry tutors. In our version of The Sopranos, Tony goes to a psychiatrist because he feels insecure about the Common Core.