BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — “Reading is active, watching television is passive,”acclaimed novelist and essayist Pete Hamill told a standing-room-only crowd in St. Francis College’s Founders Hall, Dec. 1, as the 2011 speaker for the Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series.

The legendary Brooklyn born journalist emphasized the importance of reading, shared stories of his life growing up in Brooklyn and discussed his travels abroad.

“It [reading] was essential to the making of my life … and essential to millions and millions and millions
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