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Page 12 POST=GAZETTE, APRIL 23, 2010 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Are you constantly bored? Well, people who complain they are bored are more at risk of dying early, says a new report. British scien- tists tracked the health of thousands of govemment workers who'd been surveyed in the 1980s. Those who'd admitted life was boring were two and a half times more likely to have died from heart problems. Experts say that boredom often leads to drinking, smok- ing, drug-taking and an unhealthy diet, resulting in heart problems. Gee, to avoid boredom simply read the Post- Gazette! Of course, read my column and be assured you will not be bored. A book that will save you from boredom is "Famous Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century," published by Harper and due for release June i st. The dual biography of Hollywood's "It Couple" by authors Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger make good use of Burton's engaging love letters and diary entries, offers juicy details of his epic alco- holism, her towering tantrums, and is fasci- nated with the jewelry pieces -- like the Taj Mahal diamond that Taylor famously extracted from Burton as tribute or penance. Here is that rare love story that holds one's interest beyond the wedding. Hearty news! Scientists say that men can cut their risk of heart disease almost in half- just by having sex twice a weekl More than 1,000 men ages 40 to 70 with no history of heart problems were followed for 16 years, and the ones who had sex at least twice a week were 45 percent less likely to develop serious heart conditions than those who did it less than once a month. Although the effects of twice-a-week sex on women weren't part of the study, researchers believe it would help keep their hearts healthy, too. Besides the exercise involved, sex offers emotional benefits that may protect the heart, say researchers in the Journal of Cardiology. More worthy advice! Be careful where you store your vitamin pills -- they may be no good within a week of opening. A team from Purdue University found most folks store supplements in their kitchen or bathroom, not realizing the humidity in those rooms causes essential nutrients to simply dissolve in the air. They say it's far better to keep vitamins in a cool, dry place, but not a fridge which can lead to condensation. In moderation, beer can be a health-food drink that builds strong bones, says USA To- day. University of California researchers have found that beer is a rich source of sili- con, which increases bone mineral density and helps prevent osteoporosis. The food scientists tested 100 commercial beers for silicon content, and found that pale ales had the highest levels, while light lagers and wheat beers had the lowest. "Beers contain- ing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon," said researcher Charles Bamforth. Huh? In a worldwide survey of 5,000 gals, one poll claimed lads from Ireland snagged top honors as the sexiest speaker followed by the studly stallions from Italy and the charming chaps from Scotland. French -- once widely regarded as the language of love -- came in at fourth place, while the Ameri- can accent placed tenth. Bella Culo of Chesnut Hill thinks men with Italian accents make you dream of amore. The astute Tom Analetto of Medford, claims man is the only animal to whom an accent is important. The brilliant and glamorous Rosalie Cunio of Waltham says, "Your accent should betray neither your mother's birthplace nor your father's income." The wondrous Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston thinks if Paul Revere had been a poor rider, Americans would all be talking with a British accent. Jane Fonda is still attractive at 72 -- but not stunning enough to keep her vow to shun the plastic surgeon knife and grow old grace- fully. Despite having a fat contract with L'Oreal to hype its anti-aging cream, Jane's happily telling fans on her website about why she's done an about-face and sought surgery for a more youthful look. "I swore in 2000 I'd never have anything done again, but this year I got tired of not looking o 0 o like how I feel." And she added, I wanted a more refined chin like I used to have, so I changed my mind." Jane -- who's writing a book about aging -- says when producer Bob Evans complimented her on her new short haircut recently, she replied: "Thanks, I just had some "work done on my chin and neck and had the bags taken away from under my eyes. So I thought it would be good to get a new haircut so people will think it's my new hair." Jane continues "I wish I'd been brave enough not to do anything, but I chose to be a somewhat more glamorous grandma." For the record, Jane's dad, Henry Fonda passed away in 1982, at the age of 77 from heart failure and prostate cancer. Fonda was cremated and his ashes given to his family. Personally speaking, we met Henry Fonda in New Hampshire and we sat at a bar and downed a beer. Some notables buried in Massachusetts: John Belushi, Martha's Vineyard; Wendell Corey, Beckett Cemetery; Billy De Wolfe, Mount Wollston Cemetery, Quincy; Frank Fontaine, Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford; Josephine Hull, Newton Cemetery, Newton; Arthur Fiedler, St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury; Gertrude Lawrence, Upton Cem- etery, Upton; Katherine Cornell, Village Cem- etery, Martha's Vineyard. It was on April 29, 2003 Jerry Williams, Boston's radio great, passed away at the age of 79. Yes, we knew him well! Jerry was liv- ing in semi-retirement in Marshfield and was survived by three daughters and four grandchildren. Jerry was married to an Italian-American, Teri lezzi. While on the subject of "grave matters" perhaps you will be interested to learn the Ferncliff Cemetery located in Hartsdale, New York is where you'll discover Judy Garland and Harold Arlen, who wrote "Over The Rain- bow." Fresh flowers are always kept in front of Judy Garland's memorial at Ferncliff. Also buried at Ferncliff: Connee Boswell, Paul Robeson, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Sigmund Romberg. And at the Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island is where you will discover Count Basie and Guy Lombardo. Interesting to note, the composer Stephen Foster died in poverty in a charity ward at the Bellevue Hospital in New York. The composer of songs based upon the lives and times of Southerners is buried in Yankee territory -- Alleghany Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As the stately maestro and musicologist Albert Natale will tell you, "There's no busi- ness like show business!" And so here are some show biz memories. Horace Heidt often featured Frankie Carle, whose gim- micks included playing piano with his hands behind his back. Before becoming a singer and actor, Dean Martin tried his hand as coal miner, a boxer and other non-entertain- ment trades. He and Jerry Lewis made 16 films together, until they both went solo. Over 30 more films followed. Major hit record- ings include "That's Amore" [1953), "Memo- ries Are Made of This" (1955) and "Everybody Loves Somebody" (1964). Violist/composer Mantovani's father was a violinist under Arturo Toscanini. Mantovani's big hit came in 1950 with a song lifted from a mood music album, "Charmaine." His treatment of the 1913 song introduced the cascading strings gimmick, and made him the king of mood music. Mary Martin was one of the all-time great ladies of the Broadway theater. Her 1939 hit "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" is a classic. She has recorded and worked along- side such as Bing Crosby, Eddy Duchin, Jack Teagraden, Guy Lombardo, and Arthur Godfrey. On Broadway, she was a smash in "Annie Get Your Gun," "Peter Pan," and "The Sound of Music." Be aware, the popular pop star Lady Gaga's true name is Stefani Germanotta. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED STUFFED CABANELLE PEPPERS Elongated Green Peppers 4 Cabanelle peppers (long light green peppers) 1/3 cup flavored bread crumbs 2 teaspoons capers in vinegarwater Vegetable oil spray With a paring knife, cut around the edge of the pepper stem to remove the stem and seed pod from each pepper. Wash peppers, dry outside of each and set aside. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, capers and a little of the liquid from the bottle. With a paper towel, rub a little oil over skin of pep- pers. Place three teaspoons of breadcrumb mixture in each pepper. Peppers will not be completely filled. Spray a broil- ing tray with oil. Place peppers in center of tray. Turn your oven to broil and place tray with peppers on the correct shelf for broiling. Peppers should be about two inches from heat. The outer skin of the pepper sears but should not burn, though a portion may blacken. Keep checking and taming until all sides have been seared. This only takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to complete. Remove from broiler oven, cover and set aside. It is best to broil these peppers just before serving. If broiled in advance, they can be warmed up in the microwave oven. These can be fried in a skillet with a little olive oil, but the flavor may be different. NOTE: MaryAnn (Summa) Trodella, a childhood friend, treated my husband and me to these delicious peppers many years ago. She learned to prepare these from her mother-in- law who had immigrated to this country from Italy with her husband during the early nineteen hundreds. POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE Is NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 MON. and TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. 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