July 30 marked the 40th anniversary of former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa. On July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa picked up a phone and called his wife, Josephine. He had told her that he was meeting known mobsters Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano, at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, a Detroit suburb. Hoffa told his wife the men did not show. After his final conversation with his wife, no one has seen or heard from Hoffa. One of the alleged reasons for Hoffa’s disappearance is that he was preparing to disclose mob ties with the Teamsters and that mobsters were taking money from the union’s pension fund. However, this is unproven. It has been assumed that Giacolone and Provenzano were connected to Hoffa’s disappearance, but this is conjecture.
Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone was also a union leader with close ties to Hoffa. He denied a meeting with Hoffa and died in 2001, at the age of 82. Although considered a legitimate suspect in Hoffa’s disappearance, Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano always denied any involvement. He also provided an alibi for Hoffa’s disappearance. He died in 1988. If Provenzano killed Hoffa, no one is talking since nearly all the cast of characters in this mystery have met their makers. Since Hoffa’s disappearance, rumors have surfaced that he was ground up in a wood chipper. The legend of Hoffa has led to many different theories that have transcended into movies, books, video games, and the occasional person claiming to have some secret information or unproven theory. More information about Hoffa’s disappearance is available at the Cincinnati Enquirer website or USA Today website.