Dan Percoco was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge in 1942. His parents were born in Cambridge, and his grandparents came from Italy. Among his childhood memories:

“There used to be a prison down by the courthouse and we used to race our bikes down there. We would look under the gate and see all the prisoners’ feet walking around the yard. We would play out in the street. We played hopscotch, tag, the color game, marbles, badminton, and stuff like that. In those days there weren’t a lot of cars around. The streets were empty and when you did see a car, it was a big thing.”