Danza, who graduated college with a degree in history education, took to the classroom with cameras in tow for a year at Philly's Northeast High. Readers may have caught the juicier parts on A&E's short-lived reality show, Teach, but Danza was determined to present a full account of his experiences at the head of the class. His passionate, engaging memoir, I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, recounts it all—warts and tears included—in his self-deprecating, humorous voice.
More Trivia: When I first moved to L.A. in 1978, I semi-dated Tony's younger brother, Matty. (I say semi-dated because we really just sort of hung out together.) Judging by what I heard from Matty, Tony does indeed need to apologize to every teacher he ever had. And his mother. My favorite story from those days is the time Matty and I ran into Tony at the Sav-On drug store on Laurel Canyon Blvd. Tony had just been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend, so he was stocking up on things for his new apartment. I remember him complaining about the lamp selection. I pointed out that since he was currently starring in a red hot television show (Taxi), perhaps he might want to buy his lamps at an actual lamp store. He laughed as if the idea was ridiculous and put a couple of ugly lamps into his shopping cart.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book. It's surprisingly well written (give or take the occasional misplaced preposition) and it's a lovely story told charmingly.