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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 16, 2015 Page 13 rr F ' .,' [lr 'rr ..... , 00'anna y John Christoforo 00abl0000onno A Nostalgic Remembrance When I was six years old, Nanna had a heart attack. It was serious enough to keep her hospitalized for a long period of time. Mom, Aunt Ada (Uncle Nick's first wife) and I would visit her during the day. Babbononno, Uncle Paul and my father would go to see her after work. Uncles Nick and Gino were in the service and could only pray for their mother from afar. When Nanna finally came home, Babbononno virtually stopped playing music at night to be with his wife. Of course, he couldn't give up his day job, so my mother took care of Nanna. At night Babbononno was an atten- tive husband, but Nanna would fall asleep rather early and that left Babbononno with time on his hands. He liked to read and would take the Boston Post, this news- paper and II Progresso and read them from front page to the last. When he would get bored, he would ask me, "Aye, Jenny, wadda dey gud onna da radio?" Even though I was a kid, I was a radio buff. I could tell you the call letters for the Boston stations, their num- bers on the rotary dial, the names of the shows on the radio, the days they aired and the time slots they could be heard. Even as a kid, I had a good memory. I told Babbononno that Mom and Nanna listened to the Don McNeil Breakfast Club in the morning followed by the Arthur Godfrey Show. During the mid-day hours, there were soap opera serials like Our Gal Sunday, Big Sis- ter, Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories, The Romance of Helen Trent, One Man's Family, Wendy Warren and the News, John's Other Wife, Just Plain Bill, Young Dr. Malone, Young Widow Brown and Queen for a Day. Babbononno had no interest in these shows as they were mostly for women and he wouldn't be home, anyway. When I told my grand- father what was on in the afternoon slots, he decided he would get an early start on reading his newspapers. Afternoon 15-minute serials were mostly for kids, and of course seeing I was a kid, I was glued to Babbononno's old arch shaped Philco radio. From about 4:00 o'clock on, I listened to Superman, Tom Mix, The Gene Autry Show, Bobby Benson and the BRB Ranch, and Captain Midnight. I remember once while lis- tening to Superman, spon- sored by Kellogg's Pep, a long- gone kid's breakfast cereal, Dad came home and discov- ered he had forgotten to buy cigarettes. He gave me a quarter and asked me to go get him a pack at the cor- ner store. I waited for the commercial, ran down the three flights of stairs to Eutaw Street, ran to the corner of Brooks and Eutaw where Staffier's Variety Store was located, bought Dad his ciga- rettes, ran back to the house, climbed the three flights of stairs, gave the pack of Old Golds to my father and ac- complished all of this before the commercial ended. Late in the afternoon, Dad would get ready to head out to his nighttime job. He, at the time, was playing bass with a Latin band at the Bradford Roof. After he left for work, Mom would tend to Nanna's needs and that left Babbononno and me to search the radio for pro- grams to listen to. Let's see how many of them you remember. There is no spe- cial order to them nor am I listing them according to the nights they were on, because I'm not sure at this point 70 or so years later. Babbononno would let me turn the dial and find shows he would put his approval on: Bulldog Drummond, A Man Called X, Casey CrOne Pltog - rapher, Chandu the Magician, Charlie Chan, EUery Queen, Philip Marlowe, Richard Dia- mond, Mr. District Attorney, Big Town, Bold Venture, The FBI in Peace and War, Gang Busters, Philo Vance, Boston Blackie, Crime Does Not Pay, Martin Kane Private Eye, The Fat Man, The Thin Man, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Per- sons, and Nick Carter Master Detective. When I would come across the one he Iiked, he would grab my hand to pre- vent me from turning the dial and say, "Dissa da wunna we listen to." There were dozens of other shows that I found on the air at any point in the evening and it depended on Babbo- nonno's mood as to what we listened to. The names were Beulah, Sgt. Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police, Don Winslow in the Navy, Dragnet, Duffy's Tavern, The Life of Riley, My Friend Irma, People are Funny, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, Sky King, SteUa Dallas, 20 Ques- tions, 64 Dollar Question, The Voice of Firestone, Topper, The Great Gildersleeve, Halls of Ivy, Our Miss Brooks, Meet Corless Archer, The Cisco Kid, I Jam and Abner, Hennj Aldrich, -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST-- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 Rin Tin Tin, The Goldbergs, and Life With Luigi. If my grandfather wanted to stay with comedies, music or variety shows, there were: Beat the Band, People are Funny, The Camel Caravan, Your Hit Parade, Kraft Music Hall, Abbott and Costello, The Bell Telephone Hour, Lux Ra- dio Theater, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, The Quiz Kids, It Pays to be Ignorant, Life Be- gins at 80, The Bob Hope Show, The Jimmy Durante Show, Hollywood on the Air, Amos and Andy, A Date with Judy, Baby Snooks, Blondie and Dagwood, Laurel and Hardy, The Judy Canova Show, The Bickersons and the Red Skelton Show. There were also shows that fea- tured the big bands of the day: The Benny Goodman Show, The Artie Shaw Show, The Duke Ellington Show, The Jack Benny Show, The Fred Allen Show, and The Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Show. Of course, I couldn't stay up as late as Babbononno, but I would argue to hear the rest of a program we were listening to when Mom would notify me that it was past my bedtime. I spent my youth using my imagination while listening to radio. Years later, many of the shows I've mentioned made it to early television. When I saw what some of the folks looked like on TV, I was shocked, because with radio, we would conjure up what the stars looked like. Well, those days are gone as are my grandparent's and my folk's generations. But, I wonder how many of you remember some if not all of the shows I've mentioned. Those were great times that will never come back. Thank God I was around to have had those great experiences of yesteryear. GOD BLESS AMERICA! LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P6524EA Estate of JOHN THOMAS McRIGHT Also Know As JOHN McRIGHT Date of Death February 1, 2011 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Miranda Countz nee McRight of Huntsville, TX a Will has been admitted to informal )robate. Miranda Countz nee McRight of Huntsville, TX has been intotmaly appointed as the Per- sonal Representative of the estate to serve surety on  bend. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can )etiben the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- rnal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 1/16/15 * Green LLq,. Expansion (Continued from Page 7) project with hnds from the Commor.wealth covering the remainder. The proj c: will be con- structed in four overlapping phases from 2013 to 2020. Phase I work began in January 2013 to widen two rail bridges that will carry the new Green Line tracks. Construction on the new Lechmere, East Somerville and Union Square stations will begin this spring. Once completed, trains will oper- ate every five to six minutes in the peak period, providing fast and efficient service to Boston, and resulting in an estimated 37,900 transit trips per day. The project will include construction of six new sta- tions, purchase of 24 new light rail vehicles, construc- tion of a new vehicle main- tenance facility, construc- tion of a community bicycle and pedestrian path, and relocation of some existing commuter rail track. The MassWIN (Massachu- setts Workforce Initiative Now) program is an effort to build sustainable commu- nities through local partici- pation and collaborative partnerships in transporta- tion projects focused on workforce investment, edu- cation achievement, busi- ness development and city improvement. The goals of the program are to train residents to meet the hir- ing requirements for local transportation and construc- tion jobs; place trained com- munity members in trans- portation and construction career paths; grow the local workforce and economic base; and support sustain- able communities by expand- ing the local work-force, busi- nesses and neighborhoods. The 4.7-mile light rail ex- tension will extend existing MBTA Green Line service from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford. The project will serve some of the region's most densely populated ar- eas not currently served by rail transit - where 26 per- cent of residents do not own or have access to cars. * State of the City (Continued from Page 1) StartHub, to unify and bolster start-ups, support en- trepreneurs growing busi- nesses in Boston, and mar- ket Boston's startup scene to the world. Upgrading the Mayor's Hotline with a more effec- tive and convenient 311 sys- tem. Creating a cross-depart- mental, citywide Office of Analytics, to bring the power of big data to city services and operations, and a full- time "start up czar" to help entrepreneurs grow busi- nesses in Boston. Putting out a Request for Information inviting ideas for significant upgrades in space and programming on City Hall Plaza. Stronger Neighborhoods, Making Housing More Accessible, Affordable Mayor Walsh knows that Boston will only thrive when housing is affordable and accessible and neighbor- hoods are strong. As a result of investments in the City's urban park structure result, 97% of Bostonians live within a 10-minute walk of a park -- making Boston first in the nation in access to parks. Last year, the Mayor laid out his Boston 2030 plan, calling for the creation of 53,000 new hous- ing units to accommodate the expected 91,000 new Bostonians by 2030. Making 250 city-owned parcels available for devel- opment through the Neigh- borhood Homes Initiative to provide housing for low- and middle-income families where it is needed most. "Main Street Makeovers," beginning with Bowdoin- Geneva in Dorchester and Grove Hall in Roxbury, Main Street Makeovers will pro- vide targeted public space upgrades, extra help for small businesses and prior- ity services from Public Works. Pushing the City's uni- versities to build more dorms to help solve the City's stu- dent housing problems and relieve pressure on rents in the neighborhoods. Asking the Massachu- setts Legislature to support giving a tax break to devel- opers of middle income and workforce housing. Helping Our Most Vulnerable Residents The Mayor recognizes the urgent need to relieve the pressures associated with cost of living and reiterated his commitment to ending homelessness in Boston, with a safe shelter, access to services and transitional housing. Boston Water & Sewer Commission will boost the water discount for all senior and disabled homeowners to 30 percent. The Mayor has called on other utilities - National Grid, NStar and Comcast -- to follow suit. Asking the Massachu- setts Legislature to support a senior set-aside in the state's Affordable Housing Trust Fund. In December, Boston was selected as one of 35 cities from around the world to be invited to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation that supplies its member cities with tools, funding and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21 st century. The grant will be used to convene a citywide conversation aimed at healing divisions in the community.