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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 20, 2012 Darrorl' Stash worth of money[ When Michael Rorrer found a stash of comic books in his great-uncle's Virginia home after his death, the 31-year-old thought they were "cool" -- but he soon discovered that some of them were among the rarest issues ever published. The collection, which fetched about $3.5 mil- lion at auction, includes Action Comics No. 1 (1938), which introduced the world to SuPerman, and Detective Comics No. 27 (1939), which marked the first appearance of Batman. "The scope of this collection is, from a historian's perspective, dizzying," said comic's publisher J.J. Vaughn. Hollywood stuffl Diane Sawyer is furious over Julia Roberts" shockingly intimate relationship with her husband, director Mike Nichols! The Oscar-winning actress, 44, flirted openly with the still dashing 80-year- old during a recent interview for "Vanity Fair" magazine, calling Nichols "a father figure." Huh? Gas prices hit a record high, all but assur- ing that surging fuel costs will be a key issue in the presidential race. Republican presi- dential nominees blamed President Obama for the soaring prices. "His politics have done everything they can to slow down energy pro- duction," said Rick Santorum. The White House said tensions in Iran and an unusu- ally cold winter in Europe had caused the price of oil to surge to $106 a barrel. Now exposed! Tippi Hedren has mixed feel- ings about her mentor, Alfred Hitchcock, said Geoffrey Macnab in the London Independent. The director, then in his 60s, groomed the young Hedren for stardom and gave her the leading role in his 1963 classic, The Birds. But he was so infatuated with the glacial blonde that, when she refused to sleep with him, he kept her under contract at $600 a week but stopped her from working for al- most two years. "It was an extremely diffi- cult time. To be the object of someone's ob- session is horrible," says Hedren. "I de- said, 'Well you can't, You've got your daugh- ter to raise and your parents are getting older.' I said, 'No, I want to get out. The people who love me do not want me in this situa- tion.'" Yet Hitchcock's obsession with Hedren had its upside. "He was such a fabulous drama coach," she says. "He gave me an education in filmmaking. He had me sit in on meet- ings at every phase of making a motion pic- ture." Now, 82, she chuckles affectionately when recalling Hitchcock's penchant for re- citing dirty limericks. "He ruined my career," she says, "but he didn't ruin my life." For the record Sir Alfred Hitchcock passed away from a heart attack in Beverly Hills, in 1980 at the age of 80. Hitchcock was cre- mated and his ashes were scatted. Where? That's a mystery! The funeral of "The King," Clark Gable who passed away on November, 16, 1960 was per- haps Hollywood's greatest idol ever, was held with closed casket because he had said, "I don't want a lot of strangers looking down at my wrinkles and my big fat belly when I'm dead." He is interred next to his third wife, Carole Lombard. More deadly stuffl Judy Garland (1922 - June 22, 1960) is at the Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York. One of the great super- stars of all time. Her vitality and poignancy touched millions from her first starring role in The Wizard of Oz (1939) to Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). "Your wife will be the star of Ferncliff," the cemetery representative told Garland's fifth and final husband, Mickey Deans, when he selected her mausoleum. One more time! Marilyn Monroe (1926- August 5, 1962) is at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angles, California. Monroe's life was lived on the front pages, hut after death from a drug overdose her devoted ex-husband Joe DiMaggio, determined that she would have a dignified funeral. In making arrange- ments he barred crowds and restricted guests to a few close friends, insulting not a small number of Hollywood celebrities who thought they belonged in that category. Marilyn was buried In a flowing sea-green Pucci dress. According to biographer Eunice Murray, DiMaggio "bent down and kissed her on I the forehead murmuring 'I love you, I love you, I O O O love you.'" # Ah death, "Death is not a period but a comma in the story of life." Wow! Chicago really is the nation's most corrupt city. Since 1976, 1,531 public officials in the Chicago area have been convicted of corruption, the most of any jurisdiction. Useless Information: Actor W.C. Fields kept $50,000 in Germany "in case the little bas- tard wins." When the Titanic sunk, there were seventy-five hundred pounds of ham on it. More than 150 people were tried as witches and wizards in Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s. The earliest recorded case of a man giving up smoking was on April 5, 1679, when Johan Katsu, sheriff of Turku, Finland, wrote in his diary, "I quit smoking tobacco." He died one month later. When John Wilkes Booth leaped on the stage after shooting President Lincoln, he tripped on the Ameri- can flag. It is estimated that within twenty years of Columbus discovering the New World, the Spaniards killed offd.5 million Native Americans. Speaking of Columbus, Boston's annual Columbus Day Parade will take place in East Boston in October. Con- struction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began on August 9, 1173. There are 296 steps to the top. Christianity has more than a billion followers. Islam is next in representation, with half this number. And remember, Pope Paul IV, who was elected on May 23, 1555, was so outraged when he saw the naked bod- ies of the Sistine Chapel that he ordered Michelangelo to paint clothes on them. Amen. Results of polls! Americans rate Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as the best presi- dents of the last 40 years. 69% say Reagan will go down in history as ,"above average or outstanding." ancl ~0o/o ~a~ the ~ame abottt Clinton, Richard M. Nixon and George W. Bush were rated the worst presidents. Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "In a democracy people are both elected and appointed; we, the people, elect the Presi- dent; his critics appoint themselves." Time to do some reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. In 1956, Metronome Magazine named "Swinging Lov- ers," by Frank Sinatra, one of the Best Jazz Albums of the Year. A1 Jolson's first record- ing was for Victor in 1911. The song, written by George M. Cohan, was called "That Haunt- ing Melody." Arranger/conductor Gordon Jenkins also wrote a number of pop songs. They include: "P.S. I Love You," "When A Woman Loves A Man," and Benny Goodman's closing theme, "Goodbye." Bandleader Isham Jones had more than 70 big hits, most of them hitting the top ten, prior to 1932. Num- ber one hits included "Wabash Blues," "On The Alamo," "Swingin' Down The Lane," and "I'll See You In My Dreams." It was Isham who turned Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" into a romantic ballad. Tom Jones has been a construction worker, singing nights in working-men's pubs billed as "Tiger Tom," and later as Tommy Scott and the Senators, making a fair living with his type of big, rich voice, favored by the Welsh. Frank Sinatra's "My Kind Of Town" was first sung in the movie "Robin and the Seven Hoods" in 1964. We learned the famous big band era trum- peter and bandleader A1 Natale will be appearing with his popular 16-piece Classi- cal Swing Band in the North End this sum- mer. Stay tuned for more swinging details. We all look forward to the concert to relive the big band era listening to the original music arrangements of Glenn Miller, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and other famous big bands. It was the music that captured the hearts of young Americans from 1936 to 1945. Yesl The noted vocalist, hand- some Jim Bramante, will be singing some of the big hits of that great era which of course includes some of Frank Sinatra's memorable hit songs. We'll keep you postedl Stay tuned! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME I by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BRACCIOLI Served in Tomato Sauce 4 thinly sliced beef steaks Romano cheese 3/4 cup flavored bread crumbs 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small garlic clove chopped White thread 1 tablespoon of grated In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, chopped garlic and grated cheese. Add olive oil to slightly moisten the bread crumbs. Take one beef slice at a time. Spread some bread crumbs in the center of meat. Leave sides of meat about half-inch clear of bread crumbs. Gently roll from long end of meat, gradually folding in the sides so bread crumbs won't fall out. Roll the meat to the end. Squeeze the rolled meat in your hands, Take white thread, and wrap around the roll and sides of meat to secure ends from opening. Brown on all sides in a skillet before adding to your tomato sauce. Cook in sauce about 45 minutes. Before serving, remove Braccioli from sauce, Let stand in platter a minute before removing thread. Then slice into 1/2 inch portions and serve separately or with cooked pasta. NOTE: I learned to make Braccioli from watching my mother and mother-in-law. Patience and experience are needed but are well worth the effort. In my childhood, I remember going to Moscardino's Meat Market on Salem Street. The butcher cut the beef for Braccioli for the customer as we watched. Today, supermarkets have taken the place of personal butcher shops in many cities. We depend on finding thinly cut beef steaks packaged and on display. Occasionally I have purchased a bottom of the round roast and carefully sliced thin steaks myself to make my Braccioli. Tourists for an Afternoon Parmenter Street passing more restaurants and spe- cialty stores and turned onto Salem Street, where once again We were confronted with more Italian restau- rants and life that spilled out onto the street. We walked up to the legendary Old North Church. glanced across the Pra00 at Htlltirl0tl' w0rl0or- ful Saint Stephen's Church then turned onto Hull Street and spent time in the Old Granary Cemetery reading the worn inscriptions on tombstones dating back to the Revolutionary War. It was now late afternoon and, we had spent more time on our impromptu tour (Continued from Page 6) than expected, we decided to end our tour at Columbus Park. We walked along At- lantic Avenue and the wharves admiring the apart- ments that look out onto Boston's Inner harbor and made Our ~way over 'to Chris- topher Columbus Park which was just coming into t loom, anoing u13 on a Bonotl where we sat for a moment to consider the dizzying va- riety of sights and sounds that make up the North End, all packed into little more than one square mile. We saw, what we consider our little village in a new light and felt lucky to have lived in it our entire lives. JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW.JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM VITA ORLANDO SINOPOLI 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando ;inopoll 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. COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #l-4010-9804-5 ISBN