Joe Parisi, publisher and chief editor of the Mount
Vernon Inquirer, previously attained worldwide
recognition due to his past up-to-the-minute
reporting as publisher/editor of the Pelham Forum
Parisi has lived a dangerous and action packed
Parisi grew up in what is known today as the
South Bronx. He escaped the dangers and brutality of
gang infested streets by participating in organized
sports as a kid. Parisi excelled in baseball and
basketball and was badgered by neighborhood kids on
the way to playing fields.
Parisi was a star high school basketball
player in NYC back in the 1960's. Parisi was also a
star baseball player and set a record in high school
by striking out seventeen players in a seven inning
After graduating from high school, although he
had many scholarship offers, he put college on hold
and enlisted in the Marine Corps just as the war in
Viet Nam was starting to escalate. Some thought that
going to war and not capitalizing on scholarship
offers from top colleges was truly insane. But, he
and other neighborhood kids took off for Parris
Island to serve their country nonetheless.
While serving in the Far East, he learned that
Texas-Western had won the NCAA men's basketball
championship, defeating Kentucky 72-65. The date was
March 19, 1966. Today, the school is known as the
University of Texas El Paso .
The news devastated Parisi, since he and
teammate had been offered scholarships by
Texas-Western. His teammate elected to attend
Texas-Western and was on the winning team that
Had Parisi elected not to join the Marines and
had accepted the Texas-Western scholarship offer -
he certainly would have been on the team that won
the NCAA men's basketball championship in 1966.
Parisi has never forgotten the ill-advised
decision he made as a youngster, but he has no
During his four year tenure in the Marine
Corps, the Marines realized that he was better
suited to work in an office, and converted him into
a court reporter. After a brief stint as a court
reporter, Parisi volunteered to be a writer for
Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper, and was
accepted. After a crash course in journalism, he was
assigned as a reporter and covered stories
throughout the Far East.
Parisi was almost killed one day when he went
into a burning building in Sasebo, Japan, rescuing
several sleeping residents. He was overwhelmed by
smoke and became unconscious. The firemen rescued
Joe and took him to a local hospital, where he
Shockingly, the Japanese police thought Parisi
had started the fire and arrested him. After
thorough questioning of the people Parisi saved,
Parisi was released as a hero, prompting a wave of
positive press coverage on the matter throughout
After leaving the Marines, Parisi returned
home not as a hero, but as a villain. On the trip
home he was actually reluctant to wear his uniform,
since the Viet Nam War had escalated dramatically
and returning veterans were spat on by anti-war
Parisi enrolled at John Jay College of
Criminal Justice and attended college at night,
while he worked as a NYC police officer during the
day. Working as a cop and going to college at night
was a true challenge, according to Parisi.
Parisi retired from police work due to a
serious and life threatening line of duty injury,
later becoming a healthcare professional (an
orthotist). An orthotist is one who fabricates
custom orthopedic braces.
Parisi ran a very successful orthopedic
appliance business in the Bronx and had a large
factory in the rear. Parisi employed 15 employees
and actually did business at the international
Parisi's days as an entrepreneur came to a
crashing halt, when the rear-end leaf spring of a
1946 Ford he was working on snapped loose and struck
his left hand. The injury was devastating and he
nearly lost his hand. The injury prevented him from
using his left hand for a very long time, so he
decided to sell his business to his partner.
Sometime later, Parisi took the test to become
a private investigator, passed it, and became a
full-time private eye.
Being a private investigator was like being a
NYC detective all over again. Parisi wasn’t too
thrilled about what he was doing, so he decided to
abandon the field.
Parisi has always been a restless type of an
individual. He is not the do nothing type, so he
decided to write a book.
It took Parisi a long time to put the book
together, all by his lonely, but he finished it and
it has been a top selling book on the Internet for
years. The book is updated periodically, in an
effort to provide readers with the latest
information on the prostate.
The name of the book is: A Man’s Silent
Torment – The Prostate. If you are curious, you can
visit the website he uses to promote the book and
where people from all over the world purchase the
book. The address to the site is easy to remember:
As for his training as a journalist is
concerned, if you want to become a journalist, you
don’t attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice at
night, as Parisi did. So, the truth is that he has
no formal academic training as a writer, other than
a crash course he took in the Marine Corps. But,
Parisi thinks he has a lot of common sense and a
natural talent that enables him to put thoughts on
paper very fluidly.
All the stories that some of you read on the
Pelham Forum and in the Mount Vernon Inquirer have
been generated by him at a feverish pace, since he
has to wear a lot of hats as the editor of a
Parisi finds that to be an effective writer,
editor and publisher, one must be imaginative and
creative, and be able to put together stories that
will interest not just a few of your readers, but
most of your readers.
Parisi also finds that headlines are extremely
important, since most people that read a newspaper
today, or jump on the internet seeking news, read
mostly the headlines. If a reader is attracted by a
headline, he will certainly venture into the story.
Therefore, Parisi tries very hard to make his
headlines as eye-catching as possible.
In December of 2004, Parisi approached Mount
Vernon's Mayor, Ernest D. Davis, about publishing a
community newspaper for Mount Vernon and he liked
the idea very much. Parisi and his wife, Luisa, had
a desire to reverse the negative press that Mount
Vernon has received throughout the years.
The Mount Vernon Inquirer was born in February
of 2005, a free newspaper that is known as "The
Peoples' Newspaper." The February 2005 issue had 20
pages and in less than one year it grew to 40 pages.
has become a household name throughout Mount Vernon,
and the paper prints strictly ongoing positive news
about the city – no crime.” Many in Mount Vernon say
that the Inquirer acts as a breath of fresh air when
they pick it up each month,” says Parisi.
Parisi (l) and his partner being congratulated over
a drug bust
that elevated him to Narcotics Detective on the
NYPD back in 1977.
(l to r ) Joe Parisi, Ruby Dee and Roberta Apuzzo
on the "Joe & Roberta" radio show at WVOX.
(l to r)
Joe Parisi, Senator Hillary Clinton and Serapher
Parisi (top left) with Superintendent Sawyer after
presenting trophies to city wide
spelling champions in 2007.
(l to r)
Ernie Davis, Joe Parisi and Andy Spano
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