They just don’t build people like James Mallamace any more. The Italian immigrant — who arrived in America on the Fourth of July — has lived in three centuries, seen Halley’s Comet twice and divorced three wives — the last one 63 years his junior. This man with a third-grade education has been an entrepreneur, inventor, fisherman and winemaker. And on Friday, he celebrated his 106th birthday, still able to dance the polka, still lucid, still full of dreams.
–KEN MCLAUGHLIN, Mercury News