Lee was 100% Italian. He was raised in the 1500 block of Maple Avenue in Berwyn. Lee went to Jefferson Elementary school. Lee was all – state in football and got a scholarship to the University of Missouri where he played 4 years. He was also all – state in baseball as a catcher, batting . 425 his senior year at Morton. Lee was an outstanding wrestler and won the Illinois High School Heavyweight weight division championship in 1962. This three sport athletic was one of the nicest guys I ever met.