Sal was larger than life. He energized hundreds of young performers. I was one of many. I first met him when someone invited me to a production of She Loves Me that Sal directed at OLPH. I was in the audience and totally enchanted. The shows that I did with Sal were fun, even magical. When you had the desire to play a part that you might not have had the opportunity to play elsewhere, and other directors were saying No,Sal looked into your soul and said Yes, you can do this.
He trained me to go on with my theatrical aspirations, but most directors and producers were not nurturing and creative like Sal. Of course he was tough, temperamental and witty, theatre people do not bore you! Sal was the quintessential theatre person. The shows I did in the era with Sal were truly my heyday, although I did not know it then. I am so grateful for that time in my life and all of the other tremendously talented people I worked with. I know that Sal is up there waiting for us, singing Send in the Clowns up in heaven, and planning our next big show.