16 Oct 1953 – Easterner Named Rudolph Valentino Has His Troubles

Nobody will believe a handsome restaurant worker here when he tells them his name is Rudolph Valentino. “They think I am kidding”, he explained with an engaging smile. Actually, there is no relation between Rochester, NY’s Rudolph and the silent movies idolized lover of yesteryear with the same name. But enough years have passed to dim memories of the great Valentinos appearance, so there is quite a fuss whenever anyone discovers Rochester Rudolph’s full name. the second time someone meets me, the wisecracks start the local man points out. “Its come to a point where I don’t tell anyone my last name if I can help it”. When he was younger he felt his name gave him a psychological edge with the opposite sex. “It certainly never scared the girls away” he said. At the restaurant where Rudolph works, many bets have been made whether or not his name is real. The losers generally want to know how good a lover Rochester Rudy is. When he tried to enlist in the Marine Corps, the recruiter tore up his first application. Thought he was a wise guy. Rudolph got his name after a three-week argument between his mother and father following his birth in Radicena, Italy 35 years ago. Dad finally won out

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