Capital Region fighter Billy Tripoli had two ambitions in the 1940s, boxing and acting. He headed to California, where he did a little of each. Tripoli took drama lessons in Los Angeles with an eye on roles in boxing movies. After getting roles in a couple of small theater plays, he realized that his career was not going anywhere without an education. Tripoli went to college and became a teacher in Burbank, California. He once told an interesting story about his trip west. Along the way, he decided to break up a long ride with a stop in Las Vegas. When Tripoli entered the casino, Frank Sinatra was giving one of the tables a play. What was good for old blue eyes was good for him. Tripoli proceded to blow his wad of bills, and he began his California life without a buck in his pocket.