Once again, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. This year's recipients were Tommy Lasorda, Frank McCourt, Madeleine Albright and Shelly Lazarus. Each of this year's awardees was extremely gracious and seemed genuinely appreciative of the honor. It was especially touching to see the Lasorda clan - 5 brothers still close after all these years -- definitely practicing what their immigrant parents taught them! I also got a kick out of Tommy Lasorda's remark that he's grateful that his dad didn't miss the boat, but if he had, he'd be Pope Thomas XXVI now!