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-[i.. POST-GAZE'rrE, APRIL 21, 2017 PAGE 13 f'alqnt2 abb onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Before I begin my story for this week, I have to tell you about a dear friend who finally was recognized for the work she has done for and within our Ital- ian community. Margie Cahn married Dean Saluti on the eve of the millennium and has been "one of our own" ever since. Although not Italian, she has been involved with the organiza- tions that have helped promote the images of who we really are in America, not Hollywood's versions that create negative images and glorify them to movie audiences. On April ist, Margie was hon- ored by the PirandeUo Lyceum, at their annual awards banquet at the Hyatt Hotel at Logan Air- port. The PirandeUo came into existence in 1985, and since then has promoted everything Italian past and present. Since 1987, they have given awards to selected individuals who have gone above and beyond in their endeavors and have advanced the image of who and what we Italians really are. The organization was named for Luigi Pirandello, a Sicilian poet and playwright who won the Nobel Prize in 1936. Among this year's recipients of their "I Migliori" (the best) awards was Margie Cahn. Margie has been involved with Italian organiza- tions for 25 years. Thirty years ago, she became a member of the young Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge of the Sons of Italy and has contributed to the phenomenal growth of the lodge over the years. She has served on the Social Justice Commission, the state Culture and Historical Commission, and is currently the treasurer of the Benefit Insurance Commission. Margie is also a board mem- ber of the Italian American Alliance, an anti-discrimination advocacy group fighting for Ital- ian American causes in the U.S. She has been recognized by the Saints Cosmas and Damian S&tiety, the Boys and Girls Town of Italy, and, since marrying Dr. Dean Saluti, is the first lady of the Renaissance Lodge. Margie was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Brookline. She received her bachelor's degree from Bamard CoUege of Colum- bia University, and a master's from State University of New York. Her career has taken her from teaching in the Brookline School System to management positions at State Street Bank. A few years back, she teamed up with Dr. Dean Saluti in his Boston-based financial services consulting firm, now named Saluti Cahn and Company. With. her input, Saluti Cahn and Company has become one of the most recognized and prestigious financial consulting firms in America. To you, Margie, from the descendents of Nanna and Babbononno, Congratulazione e buona fortuna." It was just after Easter in 1958. I was in college and had just turned professional as a musician. Babbononno was proud and did everything he could to help medevelop an image that he thought would be a positive one in the industry. He told me to model myself after my father and my uncles, Nick and Paul, his sons. They were very successful and he wanted me to be the third generation to uphold the family tradition. Nanna, too, expressed her desires, but something seamed wrong. Her usual "umph" seemed to be missing. Mom brought her to the family doc- tor, Rose Jannini in Winthrop. After an examination, she scheduled my grandmother for visits with specialists at several Boston hospitals, and it was determined that she had breast cancer. She was treated with whatever was available in the 1950s, but to be honest, treat- ments were primitive and very painful back then. By the time Christmas rolled around, the cancer had spread to Nanna's lungs and she died just befor the holidays. Babbononno never really re- covered from her passing and became a rather subdued pa- triarch, passing the torch to his sons, his son-in-law (Dad), and his first born grandson (me). For about a year or so, Babbononno advised me on how to dress, how to conduct myself, and how to be responsible as young and upcoming musician. I guess it all worked, and within that year of 1959, I began to break away from the neighborhood musicians I had started out with and joined up with some of the recognized dance bands in Boston. My only problem was that I needed a car. I played bass violin and couldn't rely on my neighborhood musician friends any-longer. I had moved on, they hadn't. Dad knew a used car dealer in Malden who had a '54 Chevy that had been done over from bumper to bumper. I could have it for $550.00. When I checked, that was the total I had in my account at the East Boston Savings Bank, so I bought the car. To put it on the road was going to cost me $550.00. When I told this to Dad, he reminded me that I had that amount in my savings account. When I told him that I had spent it on the purchase -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 of the Chevy, he told me to look again. When I did, there was the $550.00. When I tried to tell him that I didn't understand, Babbononno jumped in and said, "Don't argue with your father. Register the car, pay the insurance, drive it from job to job, and make us proud." When I went to my mother to find out who did what, she said that the money for the registra- tion and insurance was part of what Nanna left behind for me and just to accept it and make her proud. Analyzing things in general, I had a lot to be thank- ful for and I was determined not to let anyone down. My first job away from the local musicians was for the Ken Reeves Orchestra. Reeves was a Boston Brahmin, a descendent of the people who settled Bos- ton and made it a great city. He couldn't play an instrument, but was one of the great sales- men of his day and catered to the high end of Boston's society with good music and the best musicians money could buy. I auditioned for his office manager, Dave Kahn (no rela- tion to Margie). After the audi- tion, I began to work with the number one orchestra in his stable. I didn't know why Kahn started me out at the top, but on that first date, which was at the Manchester Bath and Tennis Club, I would find out during intermission. GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambddge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P1951EA Estate of ELIZABETH T. 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