Allan Fuks is the son of Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up all over the place: in New York City and Northern California, before finally landing in suburban New Jersey. But no matter where he went, the taunting and bullying at school followed.


You see, Allan’s name is spelled a lot like the mother of all curse words.

He recently sat down with his middle school classmate, Spencer Katzman, to look back on their preteen years.

Top photo: Spencer Katzman and Allan Fuks at their StoryCorps interview in New York City. By Mia Warren for StoryCorps.
Middle photo: Allan Fuks in Fair Lawn, New Jersey at around age 13. Courtesy of Allan Fuks.

Originally aired June 8th, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.