Antonio Cammarata, son of immigrants, was born in Queens, New York in 1936. He began his life of adventure as a Mercury messenger out of Times Square in New York City while still in high school. At Brooklyn college he saw an Uncle Sam poster advising him to “Join the Navy and See the World” and after his discharge, he sailed off to the four corners at the drop of a hat, a few dollars in the pocket earned by various very odd jobs, including a guide, picking grapes in France, a lifeguard and a diver. It all served him well on his journey through Africa with his spear gun used in Lake Malawi after Sudan’s road to the Red Sea was washed out. Cammarata is also the author of Unraveling on the Old Silk Road: Hitchhiking China and Beyond.