May 2, 1967 |
Berne, New York
Curro is a long-term chronic alcoholic. In addition to complications of chronic alcohol abuse, he has a paralyzed arm, due to a car accident in his youth, which left him in a coma, with a broken neck and back, and required months of physical rehabilitation. He has resided in a trailer in Berne, New York, first with his mother, who died in 2006, then with a brother.
Curro first called into the Stern Show in the 1990s. In December 1998, he called in to play the "Aspiring Playmate" game (like the "Homeless Game"), and won a trip to Las Vegas. He became a regular guest on the show, and a member of the Wack Pack, known for his ability to become "spectacularly inebriated" before appearances on the show. Before his association with the show, Curro was described as "filled with self-loathing, scraping by with menial jobs", but since then, Curro stated, fans embraced him, "disabilities and all."
Upon the death of his mother in 2006, his popularity on the show resulted in an "outpouring" of sympathy from "hundreds" of show fans, who, along with Howard Stern, wrote in a guestbook hosted on the Albany, New York Times Union website. Appearing on the Stern show in 2007, Curro revealed his recurring "festering boil" on his rear; a photo of his "purplish, blistered buttocks" was posted on the Stern website that day. Curro said it first appeared following his 1986 car crash: "It swells up, drains, goes away for a couple months and comes back again." Both Stern, and a doctor who called in during the show, told Curro to "go to a hospital immediately." The diagnosis was a carbuncle which had to be surgically removed.
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