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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 13, 201 5 Page 13 JV'anna 00abb00onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance It's funny how the things we grow up with usually have positive effects on us later in life. As we get older we tend to fear new inventions or in- novations, claiming that we don't understand them or by condemning them as experi- mental and not proven. Nanna and Babbononno grew up with the Victrola era. Beginning in the late 1800s, some type of an Edison machine reproduced recorded sound, first on cyl- inders and later on discs called records. My grandpar- ents were young when this luxury became a practical source of home entertain- ment. Babbononno investi- gated the concept of the ma- chine, watched and listened to demonstrations of the invention and then bought one for his young family to enjoy. Their Victrola was a product of RCA and had a logo of a little dog listening to a recorded sound coming from a cone-shaped external speaker. The caption under- neath this logo read, "His master's voice." The entire mechanism was fastened inside a beau- tiful dark mahogany cabinet that was about four feet high. The top lid opened to allow access to the record player. There was a turntable that could be set at various speeds, in case a record was made that didn't conform to the new 20 th century stan- dard speed of 78 revolutions per minute. A tone arm that swiveled from the back could be manually lifted onto the record and a steel needle hanging down from the front of the tone arm would fit into the grooves of a record and reproduce the sound that was recorded. Below the entire mechanism was a speaker that magnified the sound mechanically. I say, me- chanically, due to the fact that this machine wasn't electric. It was a wind-up record player. Outside on the right was a crank handle with a carved wooden spindle at the end, when turned 360 degrees in a clock-wise di- rection, the handle would wind an internal spring which operated the turn table. This was the machine that Babbononno brought home One day, the machine on which my mother and her brothers first heard sym- phonic music and Italian grand opera. When I came along a gen- eration later, the Victrola was old and all but aban- doned. Mom and Dad had a floor model Philco radio with a record player built in, but it was electric and the sound was much clearer and could be amplified. Their music leaned more in the direction of the big bands, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and a dozen others that were popular at the time. When I stayed with Nanna and Babbononno, I explored the things in their den that seemed old, includ- ing their Victrola. The only records left in the storage compartment at the bottom of the cabinet were ancient, Italian arias sung by Enrico Caruso or Beniamino Gigli, along with other operatic re- cordings. On the other side were stored classical albums recorded by the great Euro- pean and American sym- phony orchestras. I learned to enjoy symphonic music due to being allowed to play with the Victrola at a very young age. Once this type of machine was replaced by an electric one, Babbononno lost interest in buying records. Another invention took its place in his world, the radio. He succumbed to its possi- bilities in the 1930s and bought a table radio with a shape that looked like a Gothic church window. With this modern convenience that was simple to operate, he could listen to Italian pro- grams, the latest news and his kind of music. He was satisfied. In the 1940s, my father was the second person in the neighborhood to buy the lat- est invention in entertain- ment, the television. The first to make the pur- chase was the landlord of the three-decker we lived in, Ralph Manfredonia. He bought a small Dumont "IV in 1948. Dad bought a Philco in 1949. I think the price was about $500, a big piece of change in those days. Before Dad decided to buy the Philco, we headed to the Manfredonia home a couple of nights a week to watch the shows of the day. Nanna, Babbononno, and the Manfre- donia mother-in-law would sit and watch with us, but they would talk back to the characters performing on the screen, not understand- ing the concept of TV. They thought that the performers could see into the house as easily as they could see the performers. Regardless of what anyone would say, the old-timers never could grasp the concept of television. Around 1950 or so, Dad and my uncles got together and bought Nanna and Babbo- nonno a TV for their anni- versary. They could never get the hang of operating it and were constantly calling to tell their children that the ma- chine was broken. Usually, a touch of a dial made it brighter or darker. Another dial stopped the picture from scrolling up or down or head- ing off slanted. The dials were explained, but my grandparents never under- stood how the mechanism worked and tolerated it, at best. They never gave up the idea that they couldn't be seen by the performers. I even caught Babbononno ar- guing with Edward R. Murrow during one of his broadcasts one evening. A generation later, I expe- rienced the same phenom- enon, only this time it was my parents and the machine was called a computer. They didn't understand it, and as a result, they feared it. Dad, who through his day job with the Boston Schools, was a pio- neer in audio-visual educa- tion, condemned the concept as a passing fancy that would fade into the sunset. My mother wouldn't even go near a computer. When it be- came necessary for Loretta and me to buy a computer to make life easier, Dad re- fused to even try to learn the simplest of functions. The internet was a few years away, but we used our new toy for data entry, process- sing and storage. When the kids were in school, my par- ents (Nanna and Papa) helped them with their homework when they babysat. The kids tried to show them how to do homework electronically and print it out, but my parents drew the line at that point and just watched the kids with this new "toy." A year or two before my mother passed away, I tried to show her how to use the internet, due to the fact that it had become more user friendly as time went on, but it was totally beyond her and she never gave in. I sometimes wonder if the things our kids grow up with will cause us to react the same way. I think so. My kids have MP3 players and IPods, tiny devices, half the size of a cigarette pack that hold thousands of recorded songs. We rented a car dur- ing a stay in Florida and it had an MP3 player built in. I experimented with it and lost the fear I had of the unknown. As a result, I'm thinking of having one in- stalled in my car so I can lis- ten to do-wop from the '50s, Sinatra and the Rat Pack at the Sands and old-time ra- dio programs, all without commercial interruption. I wonder what my parents, and Nanna and Babbononno would have to say? GOD BLESS AMERICA! LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI15D0116DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING ERIKA F. COLON VASQUEZ aka ERIKA F. VASQUEZ VS. NOEL COLON ORTIZ To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage lB. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon Erika F. Colon Vasquez aka Erika Vasquez, 25 Olney St., Apt. 3, Watertown, MA 02472 your answer, if any, on or before March 9, 2015. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: January 22, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/13,/15 Tax Preparation Scares (Continued from Page 2) want to check a preparer's history for any disciplinary actions with the Better Business Bureau or the Mas- sachusetts Board of Public Accountancy. DO THEY CHARGE SERVICE FEES? Avoid those who charge a percentage of your refund or who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers. Always make sure any refund due is sent to you or deposited into an account in your name. Do not have your refund depos- ited into a preparer's bank account, DO THEY E-FILE RETURNS? Paid preparers who file more than 10 returns to the IRS or DOR must file returns electronically. It is the saf- LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 Docket No. SU522787 CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR TERMINATION OF A GUARDIAN OF AN INCAPACITATED PERSON AND/OR CONSERVATOR In the Interests of DORTHEA J. REILLY of BOSTON, MA RESPONDENT Incapacitated Person/Protected Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Patricia McVey-Ritsick of Pleasant Hill, CA in the above captioned matter requesting that the court: Terminate the Guardianship and/ or Conservatorship. The petition asks the court to make a deter- mination that the Guardian and/or Conserva- tor should be allowed to resign; or should be removed for good cause; or that the Guard- ianship and/or Conservatorship is no longer necessary and therefore should be termi- nated. The original petition is on file with the court. You have the right to object to this pro- ceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attor- ney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 a.m. on the return date of February 26, 2015. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NO11CE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person's right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon.Joan P. Armstrong, First Justicq of this Court. Date: January 22, 2015 Ann Marie Passanisi, Register of Probate Run date: 2/13/2015 est method for processing returns and the quickest way to get a refund. 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