And speaking of being happy . . . Soon after Peter arrived in the United States of America (he was born an American citizen and came to his homeland in the 1920's), the country had fallen into a deep economic depression. Living in Brighton, Massachusetts, in a three decker, one of 4 children, Peter saw happiness, but only one kind of happiness: the happiness of the drunk. Thus, when people asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would always answer, "I want to be a drunk!"