San Pietro Rose Part 1

Photograph from Ralph Hotchkiss archive: Captain Ralph Hotchkiss (Left – my Grandfather & Major Frank Pellegrin) Ravello, Italy March 1944. This is a historical non-fiction short story. It is based on song lyrics written by Major Frank Pellegrin about a doughfoot named Joe Maloney who meets an Italian girl named Rose after the US Army … More San Pietro Rose Part 1

Saving Private Maloney

Michael Hotchkiss Frank and Joe were face down in the muddy depression they had clawed out; the best version of a foxhole exploding shells and the persistent whiz of bullets would allow. The only other sounds were the variety of screams from soldiers being hit. The dissonance of armed conflict would be much worse … More Saving Private Maloney

San Pietro Rose

Photo: Major Ralph Hotchkiss and major Frank Pellegrin in Naples, Italy August, 1944. Photo taken by Sherman Montrose (ACME Photo) February 25, 2017 I have spent a great deal of time in the last year researching a specific topic that I had no idea fate would place in front of me. I’m speaking of the Italian Campaign of … More San Pietro Rose


​Amanda, Pete and Rob were new to the jailbreaking business. If Rob had not been wrongly convicted of assault, none of them would have ever thought of orchestrating one. College degrees and well-paying jobs did not a conspiracy to commit a felony make. They were three months in the planning and a few hours from … More Jailbreak

Speaking Moronic

Mike Hotchkiss – Nov 1, 2016 There are many professions that require verbal interaction. There are times where this is a pleasant experience and times when it is extremely awkward.  The issue becomes thus if the person you are engaging sings from a different songbook – typically of his or her own making. Now it’s … More Speaking Moronic