A New York man is having trouble proving he was born, thanks to a self-medicating midwife.
The midwife was drunk when she delivered Bill Maglione in an apartment on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx 72 years ago today. Or so the family lore goes.
Drunkenness is the only explanation for why she didn't bother with the paperwork. The midwife, who'd been paid $22 for her trouble, never informed the City of New York that there was a new child on the block.
Thus Bill Maglione was never issued a birth certificate to document the occasion. [Link]