Al met his father when he was 24 years old. He earned a degree in Journalism and Philosophy from Brooklyn College in 1985. He taught English to inner city children for seven years in the NYC public schools and journalism at St. John's University. As a journalist, Al covered crime, the courts, Mafia and terrorism during his time at the New York Post and CBS News, garnering two Pulitzer Prize nominations for investigative reporting. He also wrote the foreword to Write Father, Write Son: A Bond-Building Journey.
During his life's journey he worked as an usher at Radio City Music Hall, a merchant marine, antique restorer, educator, newspaper reporter, television news producer, Jazz musician, hotelier and restaurateur. His most cherished experience was finding God at the age of 20. He considers his most important role being a husband and father.