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Page12 POST-GAZE'I-rE, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So what is new? Well, we learned the average American worker Spends more than $20 a week on coffee, or $1,092 a year. But that's still less than what we spend on lunch and getting to and from work. The average annual cost of commuting rings in at $1,476, while lunch sets us back an average of $1,924, or $37 a week. Hold that tigerl Houston's firefighters who responded to reports of an escaped tiger on top of an abandoned hotel were relieved to find that it was an extremely realistic, life- size stuffed animal. Firefighters used a cherry picker to approach the beast, and were able to determine, first by visual inspection and then by tapping it oh the head without provoking any snarling, that it posed no threat to themselves or to the public. Buying your boss a treadmill, after a North- ern Illinois University study found that man- agers who exercise regularly are noticeably less nasty than those who don't. We are asked to shed some stuff about the notorious Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr. Howie was born in Portland, Maine on January 17, 1952. Howie is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and then off to the Uni- versity of North Carolina where he majored in journalism and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is married and a father of two chil- dren. Howie Carr is truly a brilliant indi- viduall We first met on the first day he joined the Boston Herald. At that time, I was creat- ing a weekly column for the paper. Enough said. Now, some stuff about the illustrious pub- lic relations genius, George Regan! Regan is a native of Quincy and a graduate of North Quincy High School and Suffolk University, and holds a Master's Degree in Communi- cations from Boston University. He joined Mayor Kevin White's staff as an assistant press secretary in 1973 and rose to be named Director of Communications in 1979. George Regan, president of Regan Communications, headquartered in Boston, is without doubt one of the most successful PR firms in the United States. Regan has referred to me as his foster fatherl Yes, we did encourage him to launch his career in public relations. We are proud of his accomplishments! Another native of Quincy who is highly re- spected and admired is Ron Della Chiesa; host of WGBH Radio's MUSIC AMERICA Ron will be celebrating his birthday, tomorrow, February 18. How old will he be? Gee, we're not going to reveal it! He's still a youthful- looking handsome guy! Ron has interviewed many of the country's famous musicians and composers. What's more, he is often called upon to serve as master of ceremonies for many music events. His credits include host- ing and narrating local and national televi- sion and radio specials. Ron Della Chiesa also serves on local arts organizations as a mem- ber of many boards of directors and is an hon- orary member of the Boston Jazz Society and the Harlem Jazz Society. It's time for Ron Della Chiesa to author a book about his life and times in the world of broadcasting, music, etc. Do it Ronl Reminder7 Ernie Boch, Jr., has Italian blood in him! Yes, he is a paesano! Yes, we knew his father Ernie and along with Al Solari of WBZ-TV, we encouraged Ernie to do his own TV commercials. In brief, Emie was a Ram- bler dealer in Norwood and my ad agency was responsible for creating ads for the New En- gland Rambler Dealers' Association. This is how we became a friend and adviser for Ernie Boch. Ernie's father Andrew owned a small service garage in Norwood and he became a Rambler dealer too. So began Ernie Boch's rise to fame and fortune! Once a party, Ernie made mention to my great wife Marilyn that we must be billionaires because we made many individuals millionaires. Marilyn, smiled, and replied, "No! We are not billion- aires!" Speaking of income, living within your in- come is likely to cause people to wonder if there is anything else peculiar about you. Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of high-class East Boston, says, "The two most important things about your income are: make it first and then make it last." i The astute Paul J. Waters of wampscott, says, "The eas- O O O iest way to live within your in- come is to have a big one." He got nailed! A Chicago man shot a nail into his brain without realizing it. When his nail gun discharged accidentally, says Dante Autullo, 32, he felt an impact "like I got punched on the side of the head," but thought the nail "went past my ear." The next day, however, he felt disoriented and nauseous and went to the emergency room, where X-rays revealed a 3.25-inch nail in his brain. "When they brought the picture, I said to the doctor, "Is this a joke? Did you get that out of the doctors' joke fle?" Autullo said. "The doctor said, 'No, man, that's in your head.'" Surgeons subsequently removed the nail. Ronald Reagan's name was invoked 221 times over the course of the first 16 Republi- can debates. George W. Bush's name was spoken 56 times, while his father, George H.W. Bush, was mentioned twice. A Dutch study found that eating fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, cauliflower, and bananas appears to reduce the risk of stroke by 50 percent -- provided you get at least 6 ounces, or one large apple's worth, per day. The "results were surprising," says study author Linda Oude Griep, who found that only foods with white flesh had any effect on stroke risk, even though her fellow nutri- tionists tend to recommend foods with rich coloring, such as sweet potatoes, beets, and kale. They should include Baccala. If! the elections were held today, 46% of vot,ers say they'd back President Obama, while 45% say they'd vote for Mitt Romney. Obama's backers are more enthusiastic, with 74% saying they'd vote "for" him. 58% of Romney's backers say they'd be voting against Obama. So reports Fox News. Remember, the whole purpose of any political campaign is to stay calm, cool, and elected. According to Tom Analetto, the unofficial mayor of Medford, "An election year is a period when all the Democrats and all the Republi- cans devote their time saving the country from each other." How true! Frankly, we would like to return to England and journey to Fallowfield, a suburb of Manchester, to revisit where we were billeted with an English family, the McCormick's. Yes, we lived in a loft in their home before the invasion of Normandy. Ah, Fallowfield! It would be there we fell in love with an attrac- tive English young lady, Anne Snelson, who was serving in the British Army. Ah, what a romanceI Enough said. The people in Fallowfield were so friendly and appreciative of our being stationed there. Spot of tea! Fish and chips! Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natle. One more timel Actress Vivien Leigh, says, "Doing love scenes with Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind was not that romantic. His dentures smelled something awful." Betty Grable once stated, "They say the two best-hung men in Hollywood are Forrest Tucker and Milton Berle. What a shame -- it's never the hand- some ones. The bigger they are the home- lier." Joan Rivers once stated, "The first time I heard of Madonna, I thought she was a nun. Nowadays, people wonder, what has Madonna got? Has she got beauty, talent, charisma? The correct answer is: "Nun of the Above." It was Walter Winchell who broke the story of "justified nepotism" when disclosing that singer Marjorie Hughes was indeed the daughter of her boss Frankie Carle. Marjorie and Dad had a big hit with "Oh! What It Seemed To Be" in 1946. At one point, Dick Clark's American Bandstand Show brought up to million fan letters weekly. It's claimed that Dick was a millionaire before he was 30 years old. And guitarist Les Paul is said to have been the musician responsible for the over dubbing of vocals and the electric guitar. Recipes from ae l Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MUSTARD GREENS FRITTATA (Omelet) 20 ounces frozen chopped mustard greens* 1 cup flavored bread crumbs 3 tablespoons grated Romano or preferred cheese 2 medium minced garlic cloves I/2 cup canola, vegetable or olive oil 2 beaten eggs Salt Defrost chopped mustard greens in the microwave according to directions on the package or in a saucepan on your stove. Drain liquid and place mustard greens in a bowl. Add bread crumbs, cheese, minced garlic and two slightly beaten eggs. Salt to taste and mix thoroughly. Add oil to a skillet and heat. Test a teaspoon of mixture in heated oil. When mixture sizzles, place the remaining mixture into the skillet. Oil should remain hot so that the mixture will brown but not burn. Add more oil as needed. With a spatula or fork, turn small portions at a time, care- ful not to burn. Continue frying and turning until the con- tents have mostly browned, about fifteen minutes. Then carefully slide contents onto a platter. Return the mixture face down into the skillet. Lower heat slightly and allow mixture to brown on that side. Then slide the contents back onto a serving platter. To remove excess oil, slide frittata carefully from platter onto two paper dishes. Repeat for the other side. Wipe oil from platter before returning frittata to a serving platter. *FOR FRESH MUSTARD GREEN: Clean, cut, and steam them. What is not used that day can be frozen in a con- tainer for the next frittata. OPTIONAL: Because of the tartness of the mustard greens try substituting ten ounces of chopped spinach for ten ounces of mustard greens, equaling the twenty ounces needed for this recipe. Try it both ways. My love for this vegetable frittata began when my parents grew mustard greens in their Wilmington, MA vegetable garden. Each summer, as Mama harvested them, she prepared this frittata for our lunch. I enjoyed my portion between two slices of Papa's scala bread. Editorial (Continued from to achieve his goal. It is up to We the People to prevent him from becoming the first Dictator of America. This just in from World Net Daily -- Savage: Founders Envisioned 'Petty Dictator' Like Obama. I quote in part. Amid a three pronged at- tack on the U.S. Constitu- tion talk radio host Michael Savage reminded his listen- ers that America's Founding Fathers built into the nation's founding document checks and balances that anticipated the rise of a dic- tator who would try to seize power. Obama is the type of "petty dictator" the Founders envi- sioned, Savage told his na- tional audience. The top-rated talk host noted Obama expressed frustration in an interview AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME M om YBakery \\;'ITA 0ti LAN I)0 SI NOPotol Page 3) Sunday regarding the limits imposed by the Constitution. "Without even understand- ing that it was a man like him that (the Founders) feared would come to pos- sess the presidency one day." Obama told NBC's Matt Lauer Sunday that "people" have been "frustrated" that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008." "Well, you know," the pres- ident, continued, "it turns out that our Founders de- signed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes." Thank God for the Founders. Edward P. Shallow 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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