Al Melone

Profile Updated: November 2, 2014
Residing In: Shiloh, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Peggy
Telephone and/or email address: View Website
Past and current occupations: Emeritus Professor (Political Science)
Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren: Dominic, born 1972
Ann, born 1974
Peter, born 1977; grandchildren: Megan(born 2005), Wenonah(born More…2008), Hayden(born 2008).
What physical maladies do you have (so we can compare ailments)?

I have many including bad back, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and more but i am still erect and going strong.

Favorite foods?

I still love Italian food but i have to be very careful and unfortunately I can't drink as much as I would like.

Have you met any famous or interesting people?

many famous people, mostly political but also in the arts and academic life.

Hobbies/what do you do in your spare time?

still play golf, garden, read, movies, and so on. I am on a few boards such as social service boards. Presently writing a novel-- for the last 7 or 8 years. Last year had the fourth volume of one of my textbooks published.

Claims to fame! - been in movies, on tv, newspapers, any inventions, awards?

teaching awards, and other such things related to academic life. I have written a number of books and many articles and related matters but I am not terribly famous or should be-- I am "a modest man for ample reason."

What are your military experiences?


What circumstances made you live where you do?

I retired in Carbondale, Illinois where we had a large home and many conveniences. We moved in 2011 to Shiloh, Illinois about 15 miles directly east of St. Louis, Mo. We built a new home in a new development that is relatively near our youngest son and his family so that we could visit regularly with our two grandchildren. Our third grandchild lives in Seattle and our residence is closer to the airport so that we can visit there and elsewhere in the world. After I retired from Southern Illinois University in 2005, I was a visiting professor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs on two separate occasions. I admit I would rather live close to the ocean in California, but we can afford to live here with little difficulty.

Where have your travels taken you over the years?

I have traveled in Europe and became interested in the transition to democracy in Bulgaria. I wrote a book on the subject published in 1998. Also spent five weeks in China where I lectured and traveled widely.

Ever broken any bones and how did it happen? Or broken someone else’s bones?

Broke an arm when I was about 7 years old. i was walking down the street and tripped on my shoe laces and hit the sidewalk. Also broke a wrist while playing basketball in the gym at Covina High School.

Where were you when President Kennedy was assassinated?

I was a junior in College at LA State College. I learned about it in between classes. It was a great blow to the country and the world.

Ever been to a pro football game? Which one?

Yes, i saw the LA Rams in LA sometime in the early 1960s.

Have you attended a past high school reunion? Which one/s?

Yes, the 40th reunion

When and why did you move to Covina? What grade did you start school in Covina? Please share your memories.

Moved from LA to Covina in the middle of the 7th grade.

Can you drive a standard shift car?


Have you been on a cruise? Have you seen Ole Faithful Geyser? Have you been to the top of the Seattle Space Needle? Have you ridden on a San Francisco Trolley? Have you been to the top of the Empire State Building? Been to Tijuana, Mexico? Been to Niagara Falls?

Yes, to most of the above.

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Feb 25, 2021 at 5:52 AM

Happy birthday Diana. Hope all is well in Idaho Falls. You know I spent one of my very best years as a young instructor at Idaho State U in Pocatello. I think it was 1966-67. Wonderful people!

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Posted on: Feb 20, 2021 at 10:50 AM

I am attempting for the second time this morning to post a Happy Birthday comment. Well, have a good one! No doubt you are looking forward to the coming MLB season. I notice that the Padres have done well for themselves by making some excellent trades including at least one fine Cub's pitcher. I don't expect much from the Cubs this season. The Cardinals made some very good acquisitions. It should be a very interesting season. We all hope that the virus will not have an adverse impact this coming season as it did on the last. Best wishes to you and your family. al melone

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Dec 06, 2020 at 8:35 AM

Hi John: I have not seen you for many years. I just want to wish you a happy birthday, al melone

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Jun 16, 2020 at 6:02 AM

Happy birthday Jerry. Hope you are being safe in this the age of COVID. Thank you for your attention to all your friends at Covina High. Best wishes to the family. al melone

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Feb 20, 2020 at 8:09 AM

Norm- Happy birthday! No doubt the weather is much better than metro St. Louis region where it is currently 27 degrees and getting colder. Get out and enjoy the day. Baseball is upon us very soon, thank God! Best wishes, al melone

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Jul 02, 2019 at 7:35 AM

Hi Jim: Many happy returns of the day. We go back a long way to Woodcrest School in LA. Hope you are feeling well; I have had my share of aches and pains related to our age. But we must carry on and be grateful for what we have. Take care, al melone

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Jun 27, 2019 at 11:42 AM

Richard: Best wishes on your birthday. Hope all is well with you and yours, al

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Jun 25, 2019 at 7:23 AM

Jim- Happy birthday on July 2nd. Hope all is going well with you. Take care, al melone

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Posted on: Jun 25, 2019 at 7:21 AM

Happy birthday, Rudy. Enjoy each day fully! Al Melone

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May 17, 2019 at 6:16 AM

Hi Jerry-- Have a happy birthday and many more. Al Melone

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Jan 12, 2019 at 7:27 AM

Happy birthday, Bill! Hope you are healthy and continue your upbeat attitudes. By the way, if you don't have a copy of my book about Italians in Chicago(Mezzogiorno in Chicago) let me know and I will mail you a copy. Just give me your address. very best wishes, al

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Jul 02, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Happy Birthday to you Jim. Hope all is well with you these days. Best wishes, al melone

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Jun 22, 2018 at 7:04 AM

Happy Birthday, Rich! Hope all is well. Al Melone

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Posted on: Jun 18, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Hi Rudy: Happy birthday very soon coming. Take care, I hope your health is satisfactory. Best wishes, al melone

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Posted on: Feb 20, 2018 at 9:03 AM

Hi Norm-- have a happy birthday! Best wishes, al melone

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