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