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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 18, 2011 Ray Ba rron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 The National Examiner, March 14 issue headlined: BELOVED STARS SAD LAST DAYS! There on the front page were photos of Doris Day, Liz Taylor, Nancy Reagan, Bob Barker and James Arness. Yes, they are all predicted to be ready to move on. And we also learned although Bob Hope's widow Dolores was all smiles on her I00 th birthday in 2009, she's now almost completely bedridden and wait- ing to die, sources say. Dolores, now 101, was Hope's one and only wife. They tied the knot in 1934, had four children and stayed hap- pily married until the great comedian's death in 2003. Sources say Dolores is virtually immobilized by arthritis and her arteries are hardening from inactivity. But she doesn't sound too anxious to help herself. "Dolores eats the wrong things and doesn't care," says the insider. Bless her. It has been said, old age is the period when you begin to smile at things you used to laugh at, Carlo Scostumato claims a man is old when his dreams about girls are reruns. The philosophical and attractive Lucille Monuteaux, Office Manager of the popular East Boston Social Centers, says, "It's not how old you are, but how you are old." Time for some permanent addressesl Fred Allen is at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York. Tallulah Bankhead is at Saint Paul's Churchyard, Chesterton, Maryland. Jack Benny and Al Jolson are at Hillside Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA. Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and Alan Ladd are at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA. Lou Costello is at the Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. Bing Crosby and Jimmy Durante are at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. Betty Grable and Gypsy Rose Lee are at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA. Jayne Mansfield is at Fairview Cemetery, Pen Argyll, Pennsylvania. Sal Mineo is at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York. And Marilyn Monroe is at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA. Marilyn was buried in a flowing sea-green Pucci dress. According to biographer Eunice Murray, Joe DiMaggio "bent down and kissed her on the forehead murmuring 'I love you, I love, I love you.'" Rudolph Valentino is at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. His crypt is marked with his legal name: Rodolfo Guglirelmi Valentino. John Wayne is at Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach, CA. Where some of our notorious criminals, are snoring away! Al Capone is at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois. Frank Costello is St. Michael's Cemetery, Astoria, Queens, New York. Lizzie Borden lies at Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Massachusetts, near the father and stepmother she was accused of hacking to death with an ax. John Dillinger is at the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. Vito Genovese is the "boss" at St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, New York. Jesse James is-at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Missouri and Ethel Rosenberg and Julius Rosenberg are at the. Wellwood Cemetery, Pinelawn, Long Island. They were convicted of turning atomic secrets to the Russians, they were the first in U.S. history to be executed on June 19, 1953, by the government for espionage. Shortly before the Rosenberg's were executed, I was working as PR Director of Radio Station WCOP in Boston. Two individu- als, a man and a woman came to my office and asked if we could broadcast messages, "Do not execute the Rosenberg's. They are innocent!" Of course, this wasn't acceptable ..... by the station or the FCC. Yes, Lauren Bacall is still around! Lauren Bacall will always be defined by Humphrey Bogart, said Matt Tyrnauer in Vanity Fair. At 86, Bacall is rarely recognized anymore, but when she is, people always ask about Bogart. "Young people ask me, 'Were you really married to Humphrey Bogart?' Well, yes, I think I was." She recalls seeing him on-screen in Casablanca in 1942, when she was 18. When she was cast with Bogart in To Have and Have Not. "I thought, Humphrey Bogart -- yuck!" Though he was married and 25 years older, he wooed her during the filming, I 0 0 0 and she fell, hard; they were married the fol- lowing year. "I was happy being his wife," she says. Those were the best years of my life." Bogie, she says, "taught me everything about life and movies and people. I knew every- body because I was married to Bogie. That 25-year difference was the most fantastic thing for me." After Bogie's death, she went on to marry again, but she knows how she'll be remembered. "My obit is going to be full of Bogart, I'm sure," she says. "If that's the way it is, that's the way it is." For those of you who would like to drop Lauren Bacall (Betty Perske) a line or so, you can reach her at 1 W. 72 "d Street, #43, New York, NY 10023 or 151 Camino Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Her birthday is September 16. Gee, my favorite actress Julie Andrews can Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SPLIT GREEN PEA SOUP I cup split green peas 1 medium onion chopped (optional) I quart of water 1 cup small elbow or shell macaroni 2 tablespoons of canola or olive oil Salt Ham pieces, ham hock, or ham bone are excellent additions to this recipe. Wash split peas and place in water in a two-quart pan. Bring water to boil and add chopped onion, ham pieces, ham hock, or ham bone. Cook slowly, partially covered, to prevent overflow of liquids. Check frequently to prevent mixture from sticking or burning. When all split peas have dissolved, add oil and stir. Cover pot, shut burner, and move from burner. Following directions on the pasta package, cook small elbow or small shell macaroni to tenderness desired. Mix pasta with pea soup and serve together with ham pieces or separately. Pea soup can be frozen. Defrost first, before heating for use. Selves two. NOTE: During the Depression, many of my relatives served Pea Soup often, as did my mother. This economical, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare meal was especially welcome on our be reached by writing to her at PO Box 491668, supper table during the cold winter months. Los Angeles, CA 90049. Her birthday is October i st. Yes, we do own an autographed :  i{ photo of her and a copy of her book, ": Our stately noted musicologist proudly reports Gene Krupa, the famous big band * Editoda| (Continued from Page 3) drummer's drum set is now on permanent display at the prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of American History. At the Smithsonian, the Krupa will join a set used by Buddy Rich. In brief, Eugene Bertram Krupa was born in Chicago in 1909 and began playing drums professionally in the mid- 1920s; he was soon working with such greats as bandleaders Glenn Miller and Eddie Condon. After he joined the Benny Goodman band in 1934, Krupa -- with his musician- ship and good looks -- became a major attraction. At a groundbreaking Benny Goodman concert in Carnegie Hall on Janu- ary 16, 1938, Krupa's sensational driving beat behind "Sing Sing Sing"-- and his reprise of the number in the movie Hollywood Hotel -- defined him as the very model of a modern drummer. Krupa's fame had an unhappy con- sequence; "Krupa insisted on having drums in the forefront of the band. Benny Goodman wanted the audience's focus to be on him." With certain numbers, Gene stole Benny's thunder; in the end that cost him his job. After-leaving Goodman, Krupa formed his own band and became a frequent performer on television. He died in 1973 at age 64. Gee, we were one of the many youngsters who became drummers and of course, Gene Krupa was Our inspiration. We all enjoyed swing away and taking an occasional "Sing Sing Sing" drum solo. Coca-Cola, after a public-radio show stumbled on an old newspaper clipping revealing the soft drinks secret recipe, now heavily guarded by the company. The secret "7X" flavor, a diary kept by Coca Cola's creator said, is a mixture of lemon, orange, nutmeg and fieroli oils, with some coriander and cinnamon. Politics and Pasta, a revealing book by Vincent "Buddy" Cianci in this intriguing memoir, Cianci details how he became the longest-serving mayor in the history of Provi- dence, Rhode Island. Elected in 1974 as a Republican in an overwhelming Democratic city; he held the position until 1984 when he was forced to step down after being con- victed of assault. Cianci won the mayoralty again in 1991 and remained in office until a racketeering conviction sent him to prison in 2002. A restless charmer, Cianci became the public face of Providence's transforma- tion from a shabby northeastern city hem- orrhagingjobs and taxpayers to a regional center of tourism and culture. Thetone is folksy and occasionally crude, but Cianci's jokes are often at his own expense and a shrewd intelligence shines through; it's easy to understand why he kept getting re-elected. Cianci readily admits to the role luck and money played in llis success, and even ad- mits to some major mistakes. Enough said! Buy the interesting and revealing book! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME the splendid public educa- tion. For the first time in decades, Americans have been asked to look under the government unions that have long been on a collision course with taxpayers. Though it arrived in Madison first, this crack-up was inevitable. Working class families are fleeing the Democratic Party en masse, a trend that is likely to continue ff their own economic situation remains weak in the face of ever- higher taxes, deficits and debt. These working class voters see that public em- ployees are continuing to re- ceive benefits that are more generous and enjoy grater job security than they are. Sup- port for the Democratic Party is now well below 40% with working-class voters who are unionized, and as low as 33% with whites who are non- college educated. By providing Democratic candidates, the bulk of their funding, public unions es- sentially bought control of the party. This is particularly true when it comes to the politicians who control union contracts and pensions at the state and municipal level. Current AFL-CIO chief r, i ,,, , Fl'on YBakery Perch Rich Trumka has tried to portray Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's reforms as an attack on all unions, but the clearly are not. If anything, by reining in public union power, Mr. Walker is trying to protect private workers of all stripes from the tax in- .crease that will eventually have to finance larger gov- ernment. Regarding public finances, the interests of public union workers and those of private union tax- payers are in direct conflict. Mr. Walker is the better friend of the union manufac- turing workers in Oshkosh than is Mr. Trumka. Democratic leaders are go- ing to have to make hard choices where public em- ployee pension systems are directly responsible for bring- ing treasuries to the brink of bankruptcy after years of reckless spending. You have to ask yourself, if I knew about and obtained a copy of FDR's letter of 1937, that the mainstream media had an obligation to inform we the people of this vital rev- elation, instead chose their usual deception to remain loyal to the liberal establish- ment, without regard to the consequences. I st 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. 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