McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 29, 2012

Twice across the ocean

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — The journey of Ralph Perona, an 88-year-old McAlester resident, begins and will likely end in Oklahoma. He was born in Savanna in 1924, moved to McAlester in 1928 and has lived here continuously since 1981.

In between his childhood and his final destination, however, he spent almost 30 years living in England.

“Everybody used to ask me, ‘When are you thinking about going home?’” Perona said Thursday. “I said, ‘Every day.’ I was always homesick.”

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