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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 28, 2011 Ray Darron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 For five years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Ronald Reagan was not told he had the deadly illness because his devoted wife Nancy decided to keep ex-president blissfully unaware of his dire condition. That's one of the bombshell revelations in the blockbuster new book, "My Father at 100, A Memoir," penned by his son Ron Reagan. Reagan, the country's 40th president, left office in 1989. In 1994, he disclosed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and informed the na- tion through a handwritten letter that he was beginning "the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life." But Ron con- firms in the book that his father was actu- ally diagnosed with the brain-robbing disease in 1989 after a fall from a horse required him to undergo surgery to relieve pressure in his skull. Nancy did not tell her husband about his terminal illness for five full years until the disease had pro- gressed substantially, according to the book. Ron writes that before his father took his last breath on June 5, 2004, at age" 93, he liked his head off the pillow and strained his head to find the face of his wife. Eyes wide open; they saw each other for the last time. The dying leader was silent, but Nancy told him: "I love you honey, I love you." After hearing those words, Reagan put his head back on the pillow, exhaled and died. From the gossip tabloid National Enquirer we learned actor John Travolta has broken his wife, Kelly's heart leaving her and spending the night in a hotel. Less than a month after the arrival of the couple's miracle baby Benjamin, the "Hairspray" star left wife Kelly Preston and took off with three buddies, reveal insiders. And as The Enquirer recently revealed, his 48-year-old wife who gave birth to adorable Benjamin on November 23 -- has been begging him to tell her the truth about his sexuality. Healthy news! Naps make you smarter. Sleep seems to "reboot" the brain. Dream- ing makes you smarter still. Harvard researchers asked people to navigate a maze, and found that those who both napped and dreamed about their maze experience in any way showed a tenfold improvement when they did the maze a second time. "Dreams are the brain's way of processing, integrat- ing and really understanding new informa-= tion," says neuroscientist Robert Stickg01d. Read carefullyl Laughter improves your ap- petite. Repeated bouts of "mirthful laugh- ter" -- produced by watching funny, 20-minute clips were found to trigger a rise in the hormohe ghrehtf, which cues hun- ger, and a di'op in leptin, which cues sati- ety. In fact, laughter can offer some of the same benefits as exercise, such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Study author Lee Berk says laughter therapy might be viable option "for patients who cannot use physical activity to normalize or enhance their appetite," includin~eld- erly patients with so-called wasting~M~ease or even widowers, who commonly Suffer depression and lose their appetite following the death of a spouse. Time for some useless informationt Hot water is heavier than cold. One hundred seven incorrect medical procedures will be performed by the end of the day today. About seven million cars are junked each year in the United States. Leif Erikson was the first European to set foot in North America, in 1000 C.E., not Columbus. There are about five thousand different languages spoken on Earth. The Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan "Finger-lickin' good" came out as "Eat your fingers ofF' in Chinese. The most common name in the world is Mohammed. One more time! The most common name in Italy is Mario Rossi. Remember, tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits! Robyn Waters of Swampscott reminds us, pound cake is so called because the origi- nal recipe required one pound of butter. The astute, Lucille A. Monuteaux, Office Manager of East Boston Social Centers wants you to know the most popular ice cream flavor is vanilla. And ice cream was originally made with sugar and eggs. Sea- weed is one of the ingre- dients in some ice cream. The exotic 0 0 0 and brilliant Mona-Lisa Cappuccio reminds us, Americans on average eat eighteen acres of pizza every day. Saturday night is the biggest night of the week for eating pizza. The charming Christina Quinlan of Windham, New Hampshire, informs us, during your lifetime, you will eat sixty thousand pounds of food -- the weight of six elephants. Popping pills is popular in France! What will it take for France to get serious about regulating prescription drugs? asked Sauveur Boukris. We French love to take pills, we are the biggest consumers of medi- cines in Europe. French doctors "tend to prescribe far more heavily" than their for- eign colleagues, dispensing four to five drugs to treat any given malady, while German and Dutch doctors prescribe two or three. Adverse reactions to prescription drugs cause more than 130,000 hospitaliza- tions a year and kill some 9,000 people -- twice as many as die in car accidents. The Health Ministry says the diabetes drug Mediator, which was used by millions as an appetite suppressant until it was taken off the market last year, may have killed 500 people by damaging their heart valves. How to avoid dry winter skin. Don't take hot showers. "Long, hot showers strip the Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BROILED 4 lamb chops 2 garlic cloves chopped or crushed 3 tablespoons olive oil I teaspoon oregano 1 large onion sliced (optional) LAMB CHOPS 2 flesh tomatoes sliced (optional) chopped mushrooms (optional) salt and black pepper In a bowl, mix chopped or crushed garlic with oil and oregano. Using pastry brush, spread the mixture onto both sides of each lamb chop. Marinate lamb chops in extra marinating mixture in a dish for at least thirty minutes. TO BROIL: Lightly spray broiling tray with oil before plac- ing chops on the tray. Place tray with chops in oven at least two inches under the broiling coils to broil fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on thickness of chops. Turn chops oc- casionally in order to cook on both sides. Broil chops until they reach the consistency desired. Before serving, brush extra marinating mixture over chops. Salt and pepper to taste. OPTIONAL: Place tomato slices over marinated lamb chops in broiling tray. Then spread onion slices over tomato slices. Sprinkle alittle oregano and oil over the onions. Chopped mushrooms can also be added. Cover broiling tray with aluminum foil before placing in the oven at least two inches under the broiling coils. Broil about twenty to thirty minutes depending on thickness of chops. Check for desired tenderness. Remove cover to allow browning. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves two, NOTE: I have grilled marinated lamb chops many times on our charcoal gas grill following this recipe. When I add tomato and onion slices, I arrange everything in a throwaway broiling tray, cover it with aluminum foil and cook over the grill. Then uncover them and brown slightly on the grill. skin of essential oils. Switch soaps. Most soaps are "too harsh." Use the gentlest one ::::::: : : : :::::: :::::: :: : : ::: :: you can find, and watch out for "lye, artifi- cial scents, and antibacterial agents like triclosan." Moisturize better. Moisturizers should be thick and the fewer ingredients the better." Do you have a good-luck charm? Good-luck charms give you an advantage -- if you believe they work. In a series of experi- ments, people who carried a lucky charm set higher goals and felt more confident than those who left their rabbit's foot at home. It's that confidence -- not magic that makes the difference. In one test, subjects who'd been told that a golf ball was "lucky" tended to perform better than those who were simply handed the ball. "Superstitious behavior won't help you win the lottery," says psychologist Barbara Stoberock. "But it could help you win a sporting event or pass a test." Charming facts! According to Steven Sebestyen, a woman is always ready to de- scribe another woman as charming, but only if the other woman is not charming. And Steven's brainy and beautiful wife Theresa, says, "Charm is the power to make some- one else feel that both of you are wonderful. Wow! A record 15 million people from dozens of countries this year entered the U.S. green-card lottery, an immigration pro- gram that leads to permanent U.S. residence for 50,000 people annually. Winners are selected randomly, and then receive a back- ground check. Time to do some show business reminisc- ing with the stately noted musicologist Albert Natale. Noel Coward wrote the theme song used by one of radio's most popular shows, "Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons." The song was called "Someday I'll Find You." Composer/musician/arranger Leroy Anderson graduated from Harvard Univer- sity with honors in 1929. Hits included *The Syncopated Clock," "Blue Tango," and "Sleigh Ride," which became a classic. Natale reminded us. born Alfred Cucozza in Philadelphia in 1921, Mario Lanza, took his mother's name as his stage name and became the first vocalist to sell 2.5 million albums and the first singer to receive a gold disc for his recording of "Be My Love." After a legendary recording career (he made 390 records), he went to Hollywood and made eight movies (1949-1959). Born the same year that Enrico Caruso died, like Carusoi, Lanza died prematurely. An embolism struck him down in Rome at age 38 in 1959. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Editorial (Continued from Page 3) last century and a half. Umberto Bossi of the North- ern League often refers to the Southerners as "terroni," and feels "superior" to any of them. You may ask, where in the world is the so-called "Italia Unita"? The use and abuse of attributes is not an edifying spectacle. It contin- ues to perpetuate, as we have also experienced in this country, the separation, both social, educational and financial, that exists be- tween the "two Italics." What began in 1861 with the "Risorgimento" (resurrec- tion movement) was only a dream and nothing else. Unity has not been achieved yet. As things stand now, I wonder if and when it may be achieved. The only solu- tion may be: full autonomy, and justice to those regions, especially Sicily, that never experienced one. True unity means true "brotherhood." That's why the Italian na- tional anthem sounds so anachronistic. That is, we are not "fratelli d'Italia" yet (Italian brothers). In order to be "brothers" we need to be "respectful" to- ward each other. Can this be possible? Let's Wait and see. Meanwhile, we leave the answer to ... posterity! YBakery Perch VITA OttLANDO SINOPOLI 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighUid 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 FROM MY BAKERY'PERCH available onAMAZON. COM and in local bookstores ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 1SBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN