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Lucky Me:The Life and Times of Lucky Cesar is the unbelievably true story of one young man’s struggle with day to day life growing up in an environment where one could only hope to see another day.

Having witnessed horrific tragedies at an early age, his story is told with an uncompromising matter-of-factness. Lucky Me takes you behind the statistics, social theory and stereotypes to introduce you to a world that is crueler than fiction and at times more beautiful than we can imagine. For a “lucky” kid from the South Bronx born to a drug addicted father and abandoned at birth by his mother, this reality was only the beginning.

How long can a child survive bullets, beatings and emotional abuse? The answer is surprising and each moment during Lucky Cesar’s journey will inspire and help you realize how we all have a little bit of luck on our side.


    This letter is being written to highly recommend Mr. Julio Jordan in terms of his being a motivational and inspirational speaker. As the author of “Lucky Me: The Life and Times of Lucky Cesar”, he was our speaker for one of our recent cultural events (held monthly) here at the Casa Hispana of Nazareth College. Since October is Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought the students and general public would be interested in hearing how a local Hispanic author overcame a tremendously negative environment during childhood and adolescence and turned it into a life of positive and creative thinking, personal responsibility and a commitment to pass this knowledge on to other young people so that they won’t make the same mistakes Mr. Jordan made along his extensive journey toward “wellness”.

    -Elena Nápoles Goldfeder, Ph.D..

  • A Review by Javier Rivera, host of Radio show Esencia Latina, Rochester's Jazz 90.1 FM. Sat.6-10am.

    Lucky Me The Life and Times of Lucky Cesar by Julio Jordan

    Are we a product of our own environment or are we a product of our own decisions?

    Julio Jordan aka "Lucky Cesar" takes the reader to a journey, where a pre-teen is growing up in one of the worst times in the Bronx during the AIDS and Crack epidemic of the late 80's.

    Jordan with his unique writing style, involves the reader in all of the situations that a typical kid who grew up with nothing, survived the day to day struggles of life with a background full of drugs, violence and death and hoping for a life much better than what he had. Jordan tells it like it was, with its smells, colors and tastes, describing every detail of moments that one way or another changed his life to become the man that he is today.   ...

    -Javier Rivera

  • "Life is a gift which we choose how to wrap. Circumstance need not determine your attitude, nor hinder your capability. The most heinous acts of depravity nor eyes filled with unforgettable loss can stop the human spirit which desires better."

    "Lucky Me is a story based on real life events told through the eyes of a child raised in the South Bronx. The word poverty, at times, seems inadequate. Sleeping in stairwells that offered a semblance of protection on mattresses that others had discarded must be welcome memories when compared to the other tragic events this child endured."

    "But do not feel sorry for him; for he will have none of your pity. Do not judge his father, for you have not walked in his shoes. Do not think that this is a childhood for which he can brag. But do believe in the human spirit that helped him escape into a better life."

    -Chuck Livecchi

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