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U.S. ‘Quads' Start School

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

No Sound on Film | Original Copyright: 1935

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Dubbed the "A. B. C. D." quadruplets for their names, Anthony, Bernard, Carl, and Donald, the Perricone quads were made famous by newspapers and newsreels for being the only male set of quadruplets in the Unites States at the time of their birth. Specifically, the boys' first day of school was highly publicized; newspapers throughout the country published the same biographical article and this newsreel also highlights the event.

The quadruplets' parents, Philip and Marie Perricone, were hardworking immigrants from Italy; Philip was a produce farmer for over 60 years. The sons all pitched in and helped with their father's garden work. The parents had nine children altogether, all boys.

Later in life, the quads all served in the Korean War in the same tank unit, made possible by a special plea to Senator Lyndon B. Johnson (it is against military law for brothers to serve in the same unit.) After the war, the quadruplets returned to Beaumont, living quieter lives, all building brick houses together and settling down on the street Quad Lane.