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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 2, 2009 Ray Barron's 11 OICLOCK NEWS So here we are starting another year of shaken to the creating columns that will put you asleep7 core. it can Please. try to stay awakeT Seriously, let's open doors." hope we will still be able to amuse you, con- A sign out- O O O fuse you, and abuse you. side a church , , The American Funeral Director magazine in Dallas: reported a new trend: people being buried "Join our sit-in demonstration every with their cell phones. "I've seen people Sunday." leave cell phones on and tell me they're go- Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, says, ing to call their loved ones later," said Pare "No one is too bad to go to church; neither is Veeter. "Not that anyone will answer, but anyone good enough to stay away." they want to have that connection." Depressions, funerals, weddings, and Carlo Scostumato heard an old grouch in covered-dish suppers keep most people at- Winthrop had a telephone installed just tending church regularly. so he could hang up on people. Caroline Kennedy had always seemed Tom Analetto of Medford recalls when more the daughter of her publicity-shy many years ago we blamed phone operators mother than of her glad-handing father, said for wrong numbers. Today, thanks to Mike Lupica in the New York Daily News. science, we can dial wrong numbers all by Not anymore. The 51-year-old daughter of ou,rselves. John and Jacqueline Kennedy declared Giuseppina, cosce storte, claims when a her interest in the Senate seat being man answers the phone he reaches for a vacated by Hillary Clinton. That would be pencil: when a woman answers she reaches the same seat once occupied by her uncle for a chair. Robert Kennedy, and she will be joining the Gift shops in Washington. D.C.. are now Senate as her other uncle, Senator Edward selling a dozen different Barack Obama Kennedy. Democrats are thrilled! items, including T-shirts. action figures, Last heard, Barack Obama, the president- dolls, coffee mugs, and a jack-in-the-box who elect has yet to kick his notorious cigarette springs out with a big Obama smile, habit. Obama is already seen as a tremen- It's widely beloved. The American Film dous role model, especially for young people Institute has named "It's a Wonderful Life" and African-Americans. We predict. Presi- as the No. I "inspirational" film of all time, dent Obama will kick the habit. as well as the 11  best film ever. It came in Wow! Nearly 300,000 people have applied fourth in Chicago Tribune poll of favorite for the approximately 7.000 available jobs movies, behind "Gone With The Wind " in the Obama administration. It is rumored "Casablanca," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Carlo Scostumato is anxious to work in the and ahead of "Star Wars" and "The Wizard of White House. Oz." At one point in the 1980s, the film was Personally speaking, I was once a heavy being shown by more than 300 TV stations smoker and it nearly wiped me out. My car- across the country. "It's the damnedest diologist told me to stop smoking and if I still thing I've ever seen," its director, Frank cared to Smoke at least smoke a pipe. Well, Capra, said in 1984. 'q'he thing has a life of this dummy went out purchased pipes and its own now." pipe tobacco and off I went puffing, puffing, To think, the studio did not originally plan puffing. My dear wife Marilyn tried and tried to market "It's A Wonderful Life," as a to get me to stop smoking a pipe. Should Christmas movie. But when the studio's have listened to her[ Smoking landed me hoped-for big year-en d release it ran into back in the hospital! Enough said. technical difficulties and had to be delayed. Huh? A Croatian woman who went miss- The premiere of the film was scheduled for ing 42 years ago has been found dead, sit- showing on December 20, 1946. Just then, ting in front of the television in her own a huge snowstorm Clobbered the Eastern apartment. Neighbors of Hedviga Golik re- U.S.. forcing moviegoers to stay home. The ported her missing in 1966, but police only picture was nominated for five Oscars, won recently broke down the dooror her apart- none! In the end, "It's A Wonderful Life," lost ment and found her mummified corpse in 8480,000 and fell into oblivion. "I don't think an armchair before a vintage black-and- it was the type of story people wanted to see white television set. "So far we have no idea right after the war," Jimmy Stewart once how'it is possible that someone officially remarked. 'q'hey wanted a war-related story reported missing so long ago was not found or pure slapstick. Our movie just got lost." before," said a police spokesman. NBC now owns the exclusive rights to the Our noted musicologist Albert Natale movie and now airs it twice a year. during enjoys reminiscing! Frank Sinatra, the prime time. Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning legend For the record, the famous Hollywood di- known as "The Voice" and "The Chairman rector, Frank Capra was born in Sicily in of the Board," was born in Hoboken, New 1897, and spent his sixth birthday in steer- Jersey in 1915 and died in 1998. He made age on a 13-day ocean voyage to America. more than 2,000 recordings, many movies. Although he is perhaps famous for his film and many television and cabaret perfor- "It's a Wonderful LifeF his film portfolio in- mances and also raised millions of dollars cludes Mack Sennett and Our Gang corn- for charities during his 60-year career. edies: "American Madness (1932), based on The man behind Yogi Bear, The Flint- the life of banker A.P. Giannini: "It Happened stones. The Jetsons. The Smurfs and One Night" (1934) with Clark Gable and Scooby-Doo is Joseph Barbera. director, pro- Claudette Colbert: and "Mr. Smith Goes to ducer, and co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Washington. (1939) starring Jimmy Stewart. Film Studios. A banker and freelance car- Capra won three Academy Awards for Best toonist, he met Bill Hanna at MGM in 1937. Director and died in 1991. The team created Puss Gets the Boots, Ugh! Austrian police are investigating the which was nominated for an Oscar and case of an actor who slashed his own throat inspired the Tom and Jerry cartoons. In on stage using a knife that was supposed to 1957, they started their own animation be harmless. Daniel Hoeveis. 30, collapsed studio and went on to win seven Oscars in a pool of blood before a packed house at during their long collaboration. Vienna's Burgtheater. Police are now inter- Reminder[ The Bank of America, the larg- viewing stagehands to determine how est bank in the country, was established Hoevels' blunt prop knife came to be replaced in 1904 by Amadeo Pietro ("AP") Giannini by a razor-sharp real knife. He survived the (1870-1949) in San Francisco. In 1919, he incident, but according to one doctor, if he innovated the system of branch banking. had "hit an artery or cut only slightly deeper Originally called the" Bank of Italy, it he would have died on stage." changed names in 1928 and, in 1998 Back to kneeling! Evangelical churches merged with Nations Bank Corporation. around the nation are reporting a surge r Giannini financed the Golden Gate Bridge, in attendance and new memberships, a and the fledgling film industry, including trend church leaders attribute to harder Cecil B. DeMille's "Ten Commandments," economic times. "It's a great evangelistic and Disney's "Snow White," as well as opportunity for us," said the Reverend A.R. California's aerospace and agricultural Bernard of the Christian Cultural Center industries. in Brooklyn, New York. "When people are AMERICA IS l BF_UTIFIIL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED STRUFOLI A Fried Nugget-Shaped Pastry Prepared for Holidays 2 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine 1 large egg (beaten) 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 eight-ounce jar honey 1 small jar nonpareils 4 cups cooking oil Mix first four ingredients in a ten-inch bowl. Add melted butter or margarine, beaten egg, milk and vanilla. Mix to make dough that can be rolled into a ball. Cut dough into four or five portions and cover. Roll each portion into long strips of one-inch thickness. Cut strip into half-inch portions. Heat oil in small saucepan or small deep fryer. Carefully drop a few Strufoli into hot oil. Stir with slotted spoon. Cook until golden brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon, Set aside in a clean bowl. Heat honey in a double boiler. Drop Strufoli, a portion at a time, into warm honey. Stir a few seconds. Remove. with slotted spoon. Place in a clean bowl. Sprinkle nonpareils over them. Continue until all Strufoli are coated with honey and nonpareils. Serve hot or cooled. These do not need refrigeration. NOTE: Mama made these for holidays because she knew that Peter and I loved to have some for breakfast with our milk or cocoa. She also prepared them for us to deliver a dishful to a few neighbors. She always reminded us to wish them a happy holiday. I remember relatives and .friends arriving at our home for a brief visit on Christmas and Easter morning. They brought us a bowl of their Strufoli or Sfinge. Mama or Papa also served the visitors a small glass of liqueur as they exchanged holiday greetings. Sometimes, Peter and I were allowed a small taste of the liqueur before being savoring the guest's desserL Those precious moments always flash back in my mind when I am preparing my special holiday treats. If you want to know about EAST BOSTON your first stop should be News * Community Calendar Commentary Civic Groups Economic Data History and Much More Visit East Boston's premier public information utility today .... Established 1995 From YBakery Pech  {'1,' O|iLANI)O INO|'Ot.I 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy'" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts Available thru the web at WWW. FROM MY BAKERY PERCH or order an autographed copy from Vita Orlando Sinopoli, P.O. Box 906. Wilmington. MA 01887 Hardcover: $25.00 Softcover: $20.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling