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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 21,2014 91 11 . Ray 15ar.ron'e Surprise! Surprise/ A couple in California, Sierra Nevada, were in for a major surprise when they stumbled upon an old tin can buried in their backyard. After being cleaned, the dirt-encrusted metal discs inside re- vealed themselves to be rare 19th-century U.S. gold coins. The couple uncovered seven more cans, for a haul worth an estimated $10 million. They have opted to remain anonymous and are working with a re- nowned collector to bring the coins to auc- tion. "It was very hard to believe," said the man. "I thought any second an old miner with a mule was going to appear." Moron! Dyonta Rose, A Texas man who allegedly fled police custody while still in handcuffs, then called 911, to request medi- cal help, complaining that his manacles were cutting off the circulation in his arm. He was re-arrested. Unbelievable! An Ohio bus driver was shot twice in the chest at close range by hood- lums, but survived because a Bible in his shirt pocket stopped the bullets. "There was obviously some kind of intervention," said the police officer. What an idiot! An Iowa man was fired from his job after he allegedly used a forklift to pick up a vending machine and shake loose a stuck candy bar. When Robert McKevitt's $1 Twix got stuck on a spiral hook, supervi- sors said, he jumped into an 8,000-pound forklift and repeatedly lifted the vending machine two feet off the ground before drop- ping it on the concrete floor, freeing three candy bars. McKevitt was fired, but insists he only used the forklift to move the machine back into place after shaking it. "That machine was trouble," he said. The number of Americans getting divorced rose to 2.4 million in 2012, the third con- secutive year of an increase, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. Economists said the upswing in divorce filings which fell to a 40 year low during the Great Recession indicates that the economy is rebounding, making it possible for unhappy coupes to go out on their own. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "A man and his wife were divorced for illness -- they got sick of each other." The astute unofficial mayor of Medford, Tom Analetto, says, "The high divorce rate indicates that the modern woman hasn't made up her mind whether to have a man for a hubby or a hobby." A Nevada woman got a divorce because of religious differences. She worshipped money, and he didn't have a dime. It has .been reported, an estimated 80,000 U.S. prisoners are held in solitary confine- ment. with each one costing taxpayers an average of 960.000 a year. Many of these prisoners descend into severe mental ill- ness and/or suicidal despair, and most are later released back into society. Eat healthy! Eat more bananas! Bananas are nature's antacid helping to protect against stomach ulcers and heart burn. Also. bananas are naturally fat. cholesterol and sodium free! To think, two thirds of Americans haven't seen any of the nine movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Stay awake! Of the $500 billion Americans spent in grocery stores last year, 8400 bil- lion went to buy items in the store's center aisles, where prepackaged goods dairy and other refrigerated goods, and frozen food are kept. Only S100 billion was spent on fresh produce and meat. but those sales are .grow- ing fastest. What? "America has fallen out of love with orange juice." said Roberto A. Ferdman in According to data from Nielsen. orange juice sales have dropped almost every year for the last decade. Once a fixture on the breakfast table "at its height, almost three quarters of American households bought and kept orange juice in the fridge," the drink is facing a precipitous decline in popularity. One reason: high prices. Insect- borne diseases have hit orange groves in Florida, where most U.S. orange juice is pro- duced, "hampering production, reducing supply, and raising prices." Another reason is that with people more squeezed for time, fewer O O O Americans K, are eating breakfast. And as consumers get "more fin- icky about what they put in their bodies," a rise in awareness over the "the harms of sugar, of which orange juice has plenty, is hurting sales." Gee, almost a third of Americans aren't saving any money, according to a new sur- vey, and it's getting worse: just 68 percent of Americans spend less than they earn, down from 73 percent in 2010. The "number of households with emergency funds also dropped to 64 percent, from 21 percent in 2010. Betcha didn't know this! It's a well-told story that President Abraham Lincoln once responded to complaints about the drinking habits of General Ulysses S. Grant by say- ing, "If I knew what brand he used, I'd send every general in the field a barrel of it." It's a great story and really exemplifies Lincoln's sense of humor but according to David Homer Bates's book Lincoln Stories, Lincoln's response when" asked if he had ever made this'infamous quip was that he never had said it. Well, at least he was honest. About some great Italian American women. The first woman to run for national office was Geraldine Ferraro, who was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1984. Mrs. Ferraro also served in Congress, representing a district in Queens, New York, from 1979 to 1985. The first woman ever elected governor in her own right was Ella T. Grasso of Connecticut. She was the first Italian American woman elected to Con- gress. At age 24, Bonnie Tiburzi became the first woman pilot in commercial aviation. She was hired by American Airlines in 1973. In 1998. Patricia Fili-Krushel became the president of ABC Television and the first woman ever to head a major network. Penny Marshall (nee Carole Penny Masciarelli) has made a remarkable transition from star of the hit TV series Laverne & Shirley to one of the few women directors in Hollywood. And in 1988 made her the first woman director in American history to direct a film that earned Sl00 million. The Congress of Ital- ian American Organizations (CIAO), based in New York, was founded by Brooklyn-born Mary Sansone in 1964. CIAO works to unite the Italian American community through various civic activities. We wonder if Mary Sansone is related to the illustrious, highly respected loc'alite. Rosemarie Sansone. Tom Crist. the 64-year-old retiree got a call last May letting him know that he'd just won a whopping S40 million, he made a decision that surprised his friends. He do- nated every last penny to charity in honor of his late wife. Jan, who died of lung can- cer two years ago. "I knew where the money was going to go as soon as I got the call." Time to hear from the stately noted musicologist Albert Natale. Italians gave birth to jazz! It began in the 1880's in New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants, who came to New Orleans with their musical instru- ments. Be aware, the first piano was cre- ated in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori who called it piano e forte. Remember, Opera was born in Italy! Nick LaRocca and his original Dixieland Band was the first jazz band to cut a record, sell over 1 million records, and tour America and Europe. New Orleans was also the home of many talented Italian Ameri- can musicians such as Wingy Manone, Leon Roppolo. and of course. Louis Prima. Thanks to Louis Prima's creation of Sing, Sing, Sing, it was first performed by Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall and made Goodman's drummer Gene Krupa famous. And one more timeT The music scale, do. re, mi. fa. so, la, ti, do. was created by an Italian. For the record, East Boston produced many, great Italian American musicians from 1920 to 1960. Of course, one of the most famous of all was-Geraldo Graziano ... Jerry Gray. To be continued. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME , . .,, ,', ":.-. Recipes from the by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PIZZA GHENA "Peeza Gay na" Easter Ricotta Cheese Pie with Meats CRUST: 1 cup lukewarm water 2 to 3 packages dry yeast 6 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon black ground pepper 6 to 7 cups flour - preferably King Arthur or Gold Medal 1 beaten egg for egg wash 1 9" x 12" x 3" baking pan Pour water into a bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water. Stir until yeast dissolves. Add oil, sugar, salt, pepper and stir. Add flour gradually until all water is absorbed, Add additional flour if dough is too soft. Work dough into a soft ball. Knead dough for a minute and then separate into two portions. Spray veg- etable, oil lightly into a bowl before placing the two portions in it. Cover and let dough rise to twice its size. Spray oil lightly over entire inside of baking pan. Moisten hands with oil for ease of spreading risen dough in baking pan. Then take one portion of crust dough out of bowl. Begin spreading and flattening it out by hand or with a rolling pin. Place it gently in the baking pan. Continue spreadilig by hand until the dough covers the entire inside of pan (including the four sides) all in one piece. Crust should be about 1/8 inch in thickness. Set aside. FILLING: 8 beaten eggs 1 pound ricotta cheese 1 pound fresh formaggio cheese 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese 1/2 pound sliced ham of choice* 1/2 pound sliced Prosciutto* 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper *Other dried cured meats can be added such as sopressata, pepperoni, and various salami slices if desired. FILLING MIXTURE: In a large bowl place ricotta cheese, fresh cut-up formaggio cheese, grated Romano cheese, salt and pepper. Mix gently with a fork. Cut up ham and Prosciutto* slices into smaller portions and add to bowl. Add eight beaten eggs. Using a fork or spoon, mix thoroughly. Gently pour filling over bottom crust in the baking pan. Fill only about three-quarters of the baking pan, leaving about one inch or more from top edge of pan. Spread top crust to about 1/8 of an inch in thickness and large enough to cover mixture as one piece in baking pan. Then place over mixture: With your fingers, gently crimp edges of the two crusts together and roll inward to seal mix- ture in baking pan. If desired, crimp edge portions with fork. This is necessary to prevent mixture from seeping through any openings wl ile baking. With pastry brush, spread egg wash over entire top crust. Prick three or four small openings of top crust to help mois- ture escape while baking. Place baking pan in middle shelf of preheated 400F oven for one-half hour. Then lower to 350F and continue baking for about three-quarters of an hour. Then lower oven to 300F and continue baking until the crust is golden brown. Check mixture after two hours of baking, insert a thin small knife into center. If knife blade comes out dry, mixture is cooked. Cool this special Easter Pie for at least eight or nine hours for best results. Pie is served in square portions. Makes sixteen to eighteen portions. NOTE: Rose (Marcantonio) Sinopoli, my sister-in-law, has been encouraged yearly by her brother Dr. Joseph Marcantonio to prepare their mother's (Antonietta Pisano Marcantonio) original Pizza Ghena recipe. The family traveled from AveUino to America in the early 1920s. settling in Boston's North End before moving to Roslindale. For many years my husband and I have been privileged to taste some of Rose's delicious Pizza Ghena. Because Rose makes such a large pie each year for all mem- bers of her family, she kindly reduced the original size of the recipe so I can share this smaller-size recipe with you. INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planniog Emai/ afponte @ Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU mn obile @ BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (761) 391-8493