A conversation with a born again Irishman
AVON – Fred Caruso was one of 48 who survived 22 miles of wild seas in a drifting rubber raft built for only 25 after Flying Tiger Lines Flight 923 crashed in the North Atlantic during a raging storm 500 miles off the west coast of Ireland.Caruso was seriously injured that night in September 1962 and was evacuated from the rescue ship and taken to Mercy Hospital in Cork, Ireland. He writes about his tale in the book “Born Again Irish.” On Sunday, Caruso will visit Finnegan’s Wake in Avon sign and read his book in the old storyteller tradition and answer questions about his journey and crash and Ireland. He will also teach the “Irish Points,” his system on becoming more Irish.”Irish Pubs are the perfect venue for launching this book,” Caruso said. “If it were not for the crash, I wouldn’t be Irish and if it weren’t for Ireland, I probably wouldn’t be here in Colorado.”
Caruso, who uses a pen name of O’Caruso, started out as a New York Italian and raised in an Orthodox Jewish community.”I had a lot of adjusting along the way to becoming a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland,” Caruso said.For more information on the book, visit http://www.bornagainirish.com.