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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 11,2011 Darron' We can never forget February I I! It was four without on this date we bid farewell to our family and a death. headed off to Fort Devens. Yes, it was on this According date we entered military service. What's to the as- more, it was also my mother's birthday, tute Rosalie Snowy Snow! Go away! Shoveling snow Cun{o of 0 0 0 causes an average of 100 deaths, and 11,500Wa~am, ,Money doesn't always bring hap- emergency-room visits every year, accord- pir~e~s4 a man with ten million dollars is not ing to ,a new study by the Center for .Injury ~hapi~f :than a man with nine million." Research and Policy in Ohio. Back, hand, -" The'alluring and brilliant Lisa Cappuccio and arm injuries are the most common, with ~ East Boston thinks the person who minds heart attacks, causing most of the fatalities. ~obod~'~ business but his own is probably a Morons! Poetic justice, after three robbers who preyed on motorists trapped in snow near Kansas City, Mo., was arrested by police when their getaway car became stuck in the snow. Huh? Robert Redford used to be a trouble- maker, said Meg Grant in AARP the Maga- zine. Redford grew up as a milkman's son on the podr side of town in Santa Monica, Califor- nia and from the start he didn't much like school. "It was hard to sit and listen to some- body talk," he says. ,I wanted to be out, educated by experience and adventure." His athletics won him a baseball scholarship to the University of Colorado, but he was booted from the college for drinking too much. ' rhere was a lot of that," he admits. As soon as he could save some money, he took off to France, where he spent a year trying to become a painter. "I gained most of my maturity in Europe," says Redford. On his return to the U.S., he began studying drama in New York, and landed his first stage role. Now 74, he's quite content with his life, except when he hears someone call him a "screen legend." "That really bothers me," Redford says. "Does that mean I'm bronzed? It's not 0ver yet, folks." A Massachusetts man faces criminal charges after using explosives to clear snow from driveways. Leo Powers, 23, was turned in by his girlfriend's mother, Karen Litif, after Powers used a pile of gunpowder to .blast her driveway clear of snow. "He wa~ tiR% "stand back from the windows," said Litif. I was like, "Are you kidding me?" Searching the suspect's home, police found more gun- powder, a shotgun and a .pistol, but Powers says, "the authorities are overreacting. It's not like I had a tank around or anything/ Bud Abbott was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. Other notables who were cremated: Don Ameche, Fatty Arbuckle, Desi Arnaz, Jean Arthur, Ingrid Bergam, Richard Boone, Yul Brynner, Kurt Cobain, Wally Cox, Andy Devine, Brian Donlevy, Eddie Duchin, Ann Dvorak, Greta Garbo, Will Geer, Gale Gordon, Cary Grant, Woody Guthrie, Dick Haymes, William Holden, Rock Hudson, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Mitchum, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Montgomery, Bob Nolan, Dennis O'Keefe, Anthony Perkins, Richard Rodgers, Damon Runyon, George Bernard Shaw, Barbara Stanwyck, Inger Stevens, Vincent millionaire. Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald reports 77% of American voters believe that prayers helped Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survive the Tucson shooting. Marital happiness by the pound! Stop dieting, ladies. Just feed your guy a second course. A new study indicates that for mari- tal happiness, it's not critical for a woman to be thin -- she just needs to be thinner than her mate. University of Tennessee researchers reported numbers showed that men's satisfaction wasn't connected to how much a woman weighed in absolute terms, but did closely track whether their wives were thinner than they were. Their wives were also happier if they were thinner than their husbands. Conversely, when a woman's body mass index rose so that it was higher than her husband's, the woman's marital satisfaction declined. Simply put, research- ers said, men want to feel that their wives are more attractive and sexier than they are, and when that's the case, their wives are happier too. "Women of any size can be happy in their relationships," researcher Andrea Meltzer tells, "if they find the right partner." Question people ask. What is rarer than a hen's tooth? Nothing. What are the' oldest living ithings on earth.% The bri~tlecone pines in the White Mountains of northern Califor- nia. Some date back 4,800 years. In other words, the bristlecone pine was arounO before Moses received the Ten Command- ments. What are truffles? Expensive gour- met mushrooms. A 1997 Christmas William- Sonoma catalogue featured white Alba truffles from Italy for $98 each. Also, be aware, large luscious chocolate bonbons are also called truffles. Who painted postcards for sale to tourists before becoming one of the most ignomim'ous dictators in history?. Adolph Hitler. He liked doing watercolor scenes. Why doesn't an elevator stop at the 13 floor?. Owing to superstition, most buildings don't designate a 13th floor. The nomenclature simply jumps from the 12~ to the 14% What is the largest nerve in the human body?. The sciatic nerve. Beginning in the low back, this nerve runs down each leg into the feet. Its circumference at some points measures the diameter of your thumb. What percent- age of the human body is made up of water? Seventy percent. What language has more Youmans, Sacco and Vanzetti were at~lG~vords than any other language in the world? cremated and their ashes are in urn at thai Boston Public Library. Be aware, in March the U.S. Postal Services -- facing a decline in the volume of mail and $8.5 billion in loses -- will begin closing 2,000 post offices in addition to 500 others it began closing in recent months. Most of the closings will be in rural areas' and small towns. Are you planning to run for president in 2012? Well, so far 76 pc0ple have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2012 -- all of them unknown to the general public. "We Mv a bunch of idi0t in Washington," said one filer, Dennis Knill, a home remodeler from'Sedona, Arizona. "They are ruining the country and somebody has to stop it." Are you one of them? About 24.2 million people in the world have S i million or more in net assets and control more than a third of the world's wealth. There are now more millionaires than there are Australians. Great! U.S. Airlines didn't have a single fatality in 2010, despite more than 10 mil- lion flights involving more than 700 million passengers, It was the tl~ -~ y';ar in the past English. And, why do most Egyptians drive without their car lights on at night? The Egyptians say it's because they don't want to "wear down their batteries" and/or because "it's rude to shine your lights at on- coming traffic." Apparently, most of the head- lights you see in Cairo belong to foreigners. Time to do some show business reminisc- ing with the stately noted musicologist Albert Natale. The first opera was performed in 1597, Daphne, written by Jacopo Pcri, and staged in Florence. Opera's first superstar "diva~ was Baldassare Ferri. Upon his death in 1680, the very successful Ferri left today's equivalent of million,to charity. Bette Davis once stated, "My fourth husband was an actor Gary Merrill. We had tremendous fights. He used his fists more than his mouth. It was a hell of a marriage, even the making up. They ought to rewrite the cer- emony "in sickness and in hell ..." To'n~ Curtis claimed kissing Marilyn Monroe was like kissing Hitler. Shelley Winters revealed Frederick March was able to do a very emo- tional scene with tears in his eyes and pinch her fanny, at the same time. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME I necipes from the ] Homeland I by Vffa Orl na do Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PASTA CON BROCCOLI 10 ounces cut-up Broccoli -- frozen or fresh 6 cups water 2 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (optional) 1 cup cut up spaghetti *or short pasta of choice 2 small minced garlic cloves (optional) salt to taste *Break up spaghetti or.thin spaghetti into two-inch por- tions. Bring six cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add cut-up Broccoli to saucepan, cover and cook at a slow boil for about five minutes. Add cut up spaghetti or pasta of choice to Broccoli. Stir and cook until pasta is to your liking. *Add oil, butter or margarine, and salt t~ taste. Stir and continue to cook for a few seconds before removing from burner. *Variation: Place oil in a small bowl. Add "two small minced garlic cloves to oil. Stir and add to Broccoli/pasta mixture. Place saucepan on burner, bring to a boil and then remove from burner. Salt to taste. Serves two. NOTE: When Mama was needed in the bakery, she prepared this simple meal on a two-burner gas unit that Papa had installed in a back room of the bakery. Those evenings, we ate on a makeshift table created by turning over one of the 3' X 6' wooden bread boxes that my brother Peter or Papa rested on a few milk crates or wooden horses. We had family discussions during the meal just as we did in our apartment. Papa insisted on the family having our meals together. Meat did not have to be serOed for supper when Mama prepared Pasta with Broccoli because our family preferred having a second helping of pasta in place of meat. VtTA OIiLAN~)O ~INOPO[/! 1st Generation Italian-American Vim Orlando Sinopoii a delighful 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 on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN 5 PRINCE STREET* NORTH END * BOSTON, MA 02113 Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs ] Stationery i Business C ds* Menus, FIyers: ] [ Progra ooks* Wedding:anaParty vitations ! [ ouncements * Business Forms and Documents I -- COMPETITIVE PRICES WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.CO M i l