Richard Palazzolo

Richard Palazzolo
World Trade Center

A Difference on Beatles

Just eight minutes after he was born, Richard Palazzolo met his lifelong companion: his twin brother, Ronald. The two were identical in every way: looks, mind-set, careers, everything. They shared an apartment in Manhattan, owned a home together upstate, and both worked in the World Trade Center.

Richard Palazzolo, 39 and known as Rico, was a mortgage security broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, and Ronald Palazzolo was a government security broker at Garban Intercapital. "I wouldn't think about doing something without including my brother in it," said Ronald Palazzolo. "I would have to be with him."

Were there any differences? Mr. Palazzolo thinks for a long time. Finally, it occurs to him: although they both loved the Beatles, "my brother always liked George Harrison. I liked Paul McCartney."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 31, 2001.

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