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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 23, 2012 rr0rl's A new book, created by a one time gas sta- tion attendant, Scotty Bowers, 88, Full Ser- vice describes the decades he says he spent providing sexual favors for stars, arranging hookups for or sleeping with everyone from Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. According to Bowers, Cary Grant and Randolph Scott the two actors, "were mar- ried and acted straight, but they were lov- ers, of course." And real gentlemen. The stu- dios didn't know about them. "Errol Flynn was 100 percent straight he loved young girls. A lovely guy, but he drank too much and never ate. He'd drink a quart of vodka and fall asleep." He also reveals this about Katherine Hepburn: "I fixed Katherine up with 150 women. That's not a whole lot over 49 years. Cole Porter used to see 15 people in a week!" As for Rock Hudson, "Phyllis Gates was his secretary. She was gay and so was he, but the studio married them. They didn't even like each other." And Scotty Bowers had this to say about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz: "I got women for nest. He was a real sweet- heart and a great tipper. But Lucy got really angry with me. She called me a pimp. I hated to see her upset." Well, Scotty Bowers sure reveals a lot of juicy stuff in his astonishing memoir. Enjoy the book[ Great! A fisherman who learned to read and write at the age of 91 has gone on to write his memoirs at the age of 98. James Arruda Henry, of Mystic, CT, was encouraged to pick up literacy skills by his granddaughters fol- lowing the death of his wife several years ago. Before long, he was writing out stories taken from his life in longhand on a legal pad. With the help of his tutor, Henry col- lected them all into a book, In a Fisherman's Language, which is now being distributed by a local publisher. Wow! A teenager ordered to tidy his room by his long-suffering mother really cleaned up when he discovered a winning lottery [,i IlK ill tile IIIUO0! H (flll l itUllill , U[ Penicuik, Scotland, won over $83,000 after finding a pile of discarded lottery tickets bur- ied in a drawer. Kitching's mother said she had been nagging her son to clean his room for several weeks. The teenager said he'd treat her to a holiday with his winnings =- and keep his room tidier in the future. "I won't need telling twice," he said. Congratulations! Californians Allan Marks, 98, and Lillian Hartley, 95, became the world's oldest newlyweds when they were married on leap day. "I didn't want a rela- tionship -- I enjoyed my freedom -- but he got me," said Lillian, the blushing bride. No word if they honeymooned. So who are the happiest workers? A survey of 43,000 employees found that government workers are the happiest. The least happy employees work in agriculture, mining, Internet firms, and the media. Be assured, the workers at the popular Post-Gazette are happy workers! Are you ready for this? In Laurens County, South Carolina, Republican candidates must henceforth sign a pledge that they did not or will not have sex before marriage, are not gay, and will not watch pornography. The pledge -- approved unanimously by the GOP executive committee --- contains 24 other moral requirements that Chairman Bobby Smith says are "essential to try and protect" the party's reputation." Disgusting! In the U.S. military, a woman is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than killed in action. An estimated 19,000 service members were raped in 2010. Ugh! The U.S. Postal Service lost 93.3 bil- lion in the last quarter of 2011, a tenfold jump from that period in 010. The may soon run out of money. Relax! Getting a massage is more than just a luxurious way to relax. It also changes the way our genes behave and contributes to muscular healing, new research has found. Salty news! As many of nine out of 10 Americans eat far too much salt, which can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Those trying to eat less sodium might be surprised to learn where it's all coming from, accord- ing to a new report by the Centers of Disease O O O Control and ~, Prevention. Ten processed foods are responsible for 44 percent of the sodium in our diets, and bread tops the list, likely because we eat more of it than we do recognizable salty snacks like chips. Lunch meats, pizza, and soups also make it easy "to eat a whole bunch of so- dium without it seeming salty," Penn State food scientist John Hayes tells the Associ- ated Press. On average, Americans consume 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day -- 1,000 more than what is recommended for most people and more than double what African- Americans, people over the age of 50, and other groups at risk of high blood pressure should ingest. Experts say reading labels to find low-sodium products is crucial. Depend- ing on the brand, a slice of white bread can contain anywhere between 80 and 230 mg of salt, and a cup of canned chicken noodle soup between 100 and 940 mg. We came across some suggestions on how to get a raise. They say, ff you don't get along with your boss, spend a few weeks or longer strengthening the relationship. Volunteer to take on new tasks when possible. Schedule a sit-down. "Your boss isn't going to simply give you more money -- you need to ask for it." Put a big number on the table early. A recent study showed that jokingly citing a sky-high new salary seems to prime man- agers to be more generous. Go for it! Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Nothing makes a woman's clothes go out of style faster than her husband's raise in salary." Ted Turner still misses Jane Fonda, said Stephen Galloway in The Hollywood Reporter. In 2001, Fonda announced that she wanted to end their decade-long marriage. Letting her go broke the billionaire's heart. "I [UlllOllt tlt] flllItllill IOE, 0ill0 TU[I1E[ [01 "What am I supposed to do, sit and cry?. I did for six months." The CNN founder blames his nomadic lifestyle for the breakup, explain- ing that Fonda hated shuttling between his numerous properties. Turner admits that he misses the intimacy he enjoyed with Fonda. For the record, Ted Turner has been mar- ried three times! "I regret that I wasn't more successful with my marriages, but it is what it is." Names come into and fall out of fashion much as clothing styles, musical genres, and haircuts do. None of the top five girls' names from 1912 -- Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Marga- ret and Ruth -- ranked in the top 40 in 2010, when the leaders were Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Ava. The popularity of the names Isabella, Jacob and Cullen in recent years has been linked to characters with those names in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series of vampire novels. Time for some reminiscing with the great, stately, musicologist Albert Natale. The origi- nal Ink Spots singing group formed while they were working as porters at the Paramount Theater in New York City. At one time, the multi-talented Burl [yes was a member of the singing Weavers. Among his" biggest hits as a single act; "A Little Bitty Tear," and a "Funny Way of Laughin." Singer Dennis Day, who gained fame on the Jack Benny radio and "IV shows, at one point in his career sang with the Claude Thornhill Band. The popu- lar singer Joni James who had a big hit with "Your Cheatin' Heart," is an Italian Ameri- can! Her true name is Giovanna Carmella Babbo. Her mother is from Abruzzi, and her father is from Calabria. Joni studied ballet and modeled, and i{ was while worIdn as a shoe model that she changed her name to Joni James. Joni was an Americanization of her first name; James she simply picked from the phone book. A song she recorded was a hit in 1952 with "Why Don't You Be- lieve Me?" It's the cry of an Italian girl Joni felt her voice was nothing special, because singing was all around her: "Italians -- they cook, sing, and make babies." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME by Vita Orlando Sinopoli ..... COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SHRIMP SCAMPI OVER LINGUINE Or as Hors d "oeuvres i 1 pound medium shrimp 1 bottle clam juice (cleaned and deveined) cup white wine or sherry 5 cloves chopped garlic 1 pound linguine 3 tbsp margarine or butter Grated Romano or Parmesan 2 tbsp olive oil cheese 2 tbsp chopped parsley In a skillet, over low heat, melt margarine or butter and add olive oil. Add chopped garlic. Simmer slowly, careful not to brown garlic. Remove skillet from heat. Slowly add clam juice. Return to heat and add cleaned shrimp. Stir and cover to simmer slowly until all shrimp turn pink (about ten to fifteen minutes). Add wine or sherry and parsley to this broth and cover. Simmer to a boil and then remove from heat. Set aside. Reheat if necessary before serving. For cooking linguine, follow directions on the package. When pasta is cooked, strain and place pasta in a large serving bowl. Add shrimp broth and stir. Serve linguine in individual bowls topped with shrimp and grated cheese of i choice. Place additional broth and shrimp on table for guests. I OPTIONAL: To serve as hors d'oeuvres: Prepare shrimp as mentioned above. Place the prepared Shrimp Scampi in I a serving bowl on your table, adding a serving spoon for the guests to help themselves. Also have available plates, forks, and napkins. Garlic bread and/or crackers go well with the hors d'oeuvre. NOTE: This easy-to-prepare recipe is one of my brother Peter's specialties that became a favorite in my home. In the 1950s and '60s Peter developed great enthusiasm for cooking. That is when I learned to prepare his Shrimp Scampi. I believe Peter and I inherited Mama's eagerness and joy to try new recipes, hoping always to please the appetite of family and friends. Simple Times (Continued Parishioners freely opened financial records proving that million-dollar bank ac- counts were found in sev- eral parishes. "On the last day St. Lawrence (Cleveland) was oren] wc handed the diocese a check for $500,000," said Stanislav Zadnik. "They took our painting of the Slovene Madonna. Lennon is an un- comprehending clod." Dioc- esan officials claim they had enough money and never needed closed parishes' fi- nances to payoff sex abuse legal settlements. More than half of the 50 from Page 6) churches Lennon ordered closed were part of an attacl on ethnic parishes that in- cluded primarily Eastern Europeans, Germans, Irish and African-American. Borre explains: "Closings were part of ~ lon~ ~talldix~0 friction between the North Ameri- can Catholic Church and ethnic parishes." "What has occurred in Cleveland is the people in the pews said no and backed it up in face of all obstacles and ridicule," said Joseph Feckanin, a semi-retired real estate agent. "We will fight to the end." Conferring in Washington solution as well. I think of that Super Bowl commercial with Clint Eastwood. Amer- ica's neighborhoods are also at half-time. We can go ei- ther way. Edmund Burke was right centuries ago when he affirmed that the only reason evil often wins is because good people do nothing. Do something be- (Continued from Page 2) sides taking side-trips to Washington, take trips to Dudley Square, take trips to Grove Hall, take trips down Columbia Road and keep taking those trips until evil is driven from our neighbor- hoods and these places be- come nurturing communi- ties again for all of us, espe- cially our children. ]st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighO~ul 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. COAl and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 1SBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN