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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 5, 2010 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So here we are starting a new decade. Well, 58% of Americans say they consider the decade just ended to have been either "awful" or "not so good." Twenty-nine per- cent said it was "fair," while just 12% said it was either "good" or "great." Asked what they thought had the greatest negative im- pact on America this past decade, 38% cited the 9/11 attacks, 23% said the housing meltdown, and 20% cited the Iraq war. It has been reported the beloved actress Doris Day's memory is fading fast. She's afraid that if people see the REAL DORIS -- old and eccentric with memory problems -- she fears she'll wind up in some kind of assisted living facility. And she can't stand the thought of that. Doris wants to live out whatever time she has left at home in Carmel, California with her houseful of dogs and dedicating her life to animal rights is- sues. During a recent interview, Doris failed to remember some of her biggest showbiz co-stars, including Alan Ladd, John Denver and Bing Crosby. "I wish I could sing," she says, blaming chronic hoarseness and the cold, damp Northern California weather for problems with her voice. Doris keeps to her- self, alone and struggling to hang onto the memory she has left. She considers outsid- ers a threat. For the record, Doris Day's real name is Doris von Kappelhoff. Some people have wonderful memories: they can't remember what they worried about yesterday. Tom Analetto of Medford thinks a man with a terrible memory forgets everything, a woman with a terrible memory remem- bers everything. Never trust your memory: it makes you forget a favor in a few days, while it helps you remember an injury for years. Ah, memories! When you get old you are loaded with too many of them! We have trunk loads of them! Gee, on February 6, we were inducted into the U.S. Army and left home on my mother's birthday February 11 th. My teary-eyed mother said it was a ter- rible birthday gift. Monday, February 15, wish a happy birthday to the dedicated public servant, Rosemarie Sansone. And Sunday, Febru- ary 21, wish a happy birthday to the scholar and musician Paul Vignoli. The astute "Mona" Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "The two toughest problems in America today are: how to lose twenty pounds and where to find a place to park." Robyn Waters of Swampscott thinks of all the problems facing wives, the biggest is usually the one sitting across her at the breakfast table. Carlo Scostumato claims a man's hard- est problem is finding a girl attractive enough to please him and dumb enough to like him. Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald thinks men are not a problem to girls but to girls a solution; men are not a solution but a prob- lem to wives. Grazie[ Grazie! A New York City cab driver has returned more than $21,000 in cash and jewelry that an Italian tourist left in his taxi. On Christmas Eve-Mohammad Asadujjaman drove Felicia Lettieri of Pompeii to Penn Station to catch a train. Af- ter he realized that she had left her purse behind, he drove 50 miles to Patchogue, Long Island to the address that was in her purse. Finding no one home, he left a note with his phone number. When a grateful Lettieri called him later, he went back to return her lost items, refusing to accept any reward. "I'm needy," he said, "but I'm not greedy." Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, accustomed to choking down unpalatable freeze-dried meals, are now din- ing on braised veal cheeks with wild mush- rooms, white bean puree, Swabian potato soup, and plum compote. These and other delicacies were created by award-winning German chef Harald Wohifahrt, who was asked by the space station's administrators to cook up some tasty new alternatives for the crew. "I felt sorry for the astronauts," said Wohifahrt. "Their food tasted like it should be fed to cats." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill thinks the astro- nauts should have been o 0 o fed tasty and nourishing Italian food such as baccala, capelli d' angelo, cacciatore, frutti di mare, quattro formaggi, and a calzone from Spinelli's in East Boston. Questions people ask: What American founding father wrote a pornographic essay entitled "On Choosing a Mistress? It was Benjamin Franklin. Congress later spent thousands of taxpayer's dollars reportedly trying to buy up all copies. The Bible is the object of what frequent criminal activity? Theftl It is reportedly one of the most, if not the most, stolen book in America. What is the human body's largest organ? You're wrongl Its not what you think it ist The an- swer is the skin, area -- wise anyway -- 14 to 18 feet square is the average coverage. What female insect chews her partner's head off during mating? The preying man- tis. What is the only animal bom with homs? The giraffe. At birth, its horns are flat against its head. Within a week they pop up. Who was one of Sir Winston Churchill's frequent dining partners? His cat, Jock. The pussy ate right at the table with him. And what was the fh'st book printed in this coun- try (while it was still made up of colonies)? The Bay Psalm Book or as it is known by its full title, The Whole Booke of Psalms Faith- fully Translated into English Metre. Few of the 1,700 copies printed in 1640 have survived, making it one of the most valuable books in the English language. What has been the recession's toll? It has changed the way many of us live. 90% of Americans say they are watching their spending more closely than ever, and 71% say they have cut back on how much they spend every week. 62% are buying generic brands to save money; 36% are going to hairdresser or barber less often; 29% have canceled one or more magazine sub- scriptions; 20% have cut down on dry clean- ing;19% have stopped buying coffee each morning; 58% say they curtailed or canceled summer vacations this year and 46% plan on spending less on Christmas. Some things that are good for usl Doodling helps you concentrate. By scrawling aimlessly during a dull meeting, you keep your mind busy enough to remain present in the moment, instead of drifting off entirely into day-dreaming. Swearing in- creases your tolerance for pain. By using foul language, researchers say, you appar- ently raise your aggression level, which is known to numb people to physical discom- fort. Grunting makes you more powerful. When you engage in a brief but forceful activity J for example, lifting weights at the gym grunting brings muscle power into play. And having a sister increases your odds of being happy and well adjusted. Women are generally more expressive and open to emotion than men, and often serve as the glue that keeps families close. We asked the noted maestro and musi- cologist Albert Natale to assist in provid- ing the real names of some famous person- alities: Julie Andrews-Julia Wells, RIchard Burton-Richard Jenkins, Kirk Douglas- Issur Danielovitch, Cary Grant-Archibald Leach, Joan Crawford-Lucille LaSueur, Tony Curtis-Bernard Schwartz, Marlene Dietrich-Maria Magdalena von Losch, Greta Garbo-Greta Gustaffson, Roy Rogers- Leonard Slye, Phyllis Diller-Phyllis Driver, Dinah Shore-Frances Shore, Fred Astaire- Frederick Austerlitz, Ann-Margret-Ann- Margaret Olsson, Kim Darby-Derby Zerby, David BenGurion-David Green, Mickey Rooney-Joe Yule, Jr. Judy Garland-Frances Gumm. Mary Pickford, the famous early film star and symbol of innocent American girl- hood, was Canadian. She was born in Ontario in 1893. Her real name was Gladys Mary Smith. And Dean Martin's real name is Dino Crocetti of course and Ray Barron's true name is Joseph Barisano. AMERICA IS i BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SHRIMP AND SALMON IN BIANCO OVER LINGUINE (in White Sauce) 4 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves of chopped garlic I/2 pound medium shrimp I/2 pound salmon 1 pound linguine 2 bottles clam juice I tablespoon chopped parsley 1 tablespoon chopped chives 3 tablespoons white wine Salt Romano or Parmesan grated cheese Remove skin from salmon steak. Cut up into one-inch portions. Wash and set aside. Peel and wash shrimp. Set aside in a separate bowl. In a skillet, soften butter and then add oil to heat. Add chopped garlic and simmer for a few seconds. Do not brown garlic. Lower heat. Add salmon pieces and toss until all pieces begin to whiten. Then add shrimp and toss until all shrimp turn pink. Add clam juice, pars- ley, and chives to shrimp and salmon. When mixture comes to a boil, add wine. Bring to a slow boil again. Then remove from burner. Cover and set aside. Cook linguine according to directions on the package. When pasta is almost cooked, add chopped chives to shrimp and salmon mixture and begin to heat on a separate burner. After straining pasta, place into a serving platter or bowl and add shrimp and salmon broth from saucepan. Top each serving with shrimp and salmon pieces. Serve with pre- ferred grated cheese. Serves four. NOTE: In the past, we have enjoyed littleneck clams with linguine in our home, but occasionally I change the recipe slightly. I use salmon and shrimp in place of littleneck clams. I add butter to the recipe along with some chives and wine for a different flavor. This is served with warm garlic bread, a fresh green salad, and white wine. Book Review {Continued attorney's of the accused trio stated in harmony that the three police were victims of circumstantial evidence. Also, that Cox was principally after remuneration. Mike Cox's testimony was emo- tional and credible. Mike Cox had won. Dick Lehr notes, Boston's mayor Menino and Commissioner Evans worked out a settlement with Mike's attorneys that amounted to, 1.3 million dollars. On August 14, 1999 the presiding judge Young freed Kenny Conley. "By the end of 1999, Burgio, Williams, and Dale were kicked off the force." Mike Cox though success- fully becoming a deputy su- perintendent in early 2005 never again reflected the positive attitude he carried prior to his woeful beating. Author Dick Lehr empha- sizes that, The Fence, is not a work of fiction. All the char- from Page 5) acters are real. No one's name has been changed. However, everyone's life con- nected with this dreadful story, has changed, I suspect they too will never be the same. I have one thing that helps me balance my feelings about the Boston police department and that is, I recently critiqued a wonder- ful book, Pros & Cons, written by two brothers, Paul C. DeFazio and Michael De Fazio. They wrote in posi- tive terms about the Boston Police Department. Lehr's book is more like a documentary. His writings reveal his effective training as a Boston Globe reporter. He not only writes deliber- ately and credibly about the case but also expounds on the city and circum- stances that are occurring simultaneously. From MyBakery Perch 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. 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