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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 20, 2011 Ray 15arron'e 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Headline newsl "We Are Treated Like Pro- sciutto," said many Italian women about Italy's 74-year-old Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. In brief, Berlusconi has been criticized for his off-color jokes, sex parties, fooling around with women, etc. During dem- onstrations earlier this year, protesters in Rome carried signs with slogans saying, "Our Country Is Not a Whorehouse" and "Give Women Back Our Dignity." Well. Berlusconi has always been a joker. But Italian women are no longer laughing. The rage can be read in the polls. Berlusconi's approval rating among women has dropped from 48 percent a year ago to 27 percent -- an all-time low. Berlusconi has his own statistics. "Did you hear about the latest poll?" he recently joked. "They asked women between 20 and 30 years old if they want to make love to Berlusconi. Thirty-three percent said yes, and 67 per- cent said, 'Again? ..... Once again Berlusconi has managed to transform something grave and serious into a ridiculous comedy," says Anna Finoccchiaro, a senator with the oppo- sition Democratic Party." The dignity of women is not a commodity that should be bought and sold." For the record, all of this and more was reported in the Newsweek, April 25, 2011 issue. Huh? A prison inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility in New York broke up a fight between two correction officers, who began brawling over a bag of chips. Morons! Anchors away! Three Englishmen who tried to sail across the English Channel on a 7-foot dinghy greeted rescuers 11 hours later by saying "Bonjour," believing they'd reached France. They were just two miles from where they'd started. Hard at work: Mexicans work the longest hours of any national workforce in the de- veloped world, a new study has found. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which compiles statistics on its 34 member countries, found that Mexi- cans put in 10 hours per day of combined and unpaid work. The Japanese, South Koreans, and Chinese work the most paid hours per day, but they put in far fewer hours of unpaid labor, such as cooking and clean- ing. Mexican commentators said they hoped the findings would end stereotypes of Mexi- cans as shiftless. "How did we acquire that picture of the lazybones snoozing under the cactus?" said Guadalupe Looaeza, a colum- nist for Reforma. "We know that life is hard every day in our country. You cannot work one job. You have to have three." The great Tom Analetto of Medford. says, "The government will soon conduct a survey as to why people get bored on the job. Just thinking about this survey makes one drowsy." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Belly dancing is the only profession where the beginner starts in the middle." Liz Taylor is still in the news! Larry Fortensky will forever be known as Liz Taylor's hunky last husband, said Caroline Graham in the London Daily Mail. Taylor caused an uproar in 1991 when she mar- ried Fortensky, then a construction worker with long blond hair whom she called "Larry the Lion." They met at the Betty Ford Center. "Elizabeth was in there for pills. I was in there for beer," says Fortensky, now 59. "We had an instant physical attraction. She was funny and sweet; of course, she was very pretty. I wasn't too bad-looking in those days either." He was also 20 years younger, but Liz made Larry her eighth husband at a wedding at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, with paparazzi in helicopters whirl- ing overhead. Fortensky found himself sail- ing on Taylor's yacht and traveling the world. "We had a dinner in Japan that cost $30,000. At home, Taylor's chauffeur delivered his lunch to the construction site. "It was so embarrasing. The guys would rib me about it." They divorced in 1996, and Fortensky's life went downhill; a bloated and reclusive. He says, however, that he and Liz stayed in touch over the years, and that she left him $800,000 in her will. "I will love her, I always will," he says. "And I know she loved me too." Ah, love! The lovely Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of O O O East Boston, , says, "Love at first sight may be all right, but it might be wise to take a second look." The loving Lucille Monuteaux, the spirited Office Manager of East Boston Social Cen- ters, thinks there would be fewer divorces if men gave as much loving attention to their wives as they do to their cars, boats, and dogs. Of all human passions love is the stron- gest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses. The great lover, Steven Sebestyen, reminds us, a house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams. Steven's gorgeous and brilliant wife, Theresa, says, "True love doesn't consist of holding hands-it consists of holding hearts." Cha! Cha! Cha! A gymnasium in Spain is hoping to boost membership by allowing cus- tomers to work out naked. The gym's owner freely admits he hopes the nudity will attract more customers, but critics question whether it's hygienic to let sweating people sit on exercise machines without pants. The gym says it provides towels to nude custom- ers "to prevent slippage." Did you hear about the female nudist who was voted one of the "Ten Best Undressed Women"? Well, a poll revealed 72% of Americans say they feel relieved by the killing of Osama bin Laden. 60% say they feel proud, and 58% say they feel happy. 16% say news of the death makes them feel afraid. Useless information: For the 66 percent of Americans who admit reading in the bath- room, the preferred reading material is Reader's Digest. The Bible is the number-one shoplifted book in America. Every minute, forty-seven Bibles are sold or distributed throughout the world. The term devil's advo- cate comes from the Roman Catholic Church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always ap- pointed to give an alternative view. And the last word in the Bible is Amen. And people didn't always say "hello" when they answered the phone. When the first regular phone ser- vice was established in 1878, the people said "ahoy." The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride" comes from an advertisement for Listerine mouth wash. June! The month noted for marriages. Just remember, the term honeymoon is derived from the Babylonians, who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the brides's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding. Tune up your ears! It's time to hear from the handsome stately musicologist Albert Natale. "Yesterday" was the first solo single by a BEATLE. John Lennon, George Harri- son, and Ringo Starr were not in the studio when Paul McCartney recorded his compo- sition, playing an acoustic guitar and backed by a string quartet. Reminder, Henry Mancini's work for the Peter Gunn TV series won him two Grammys in the first year of the awards. He has since won a total of twenty Grammys, more than any other pop artist. Another Italian-American, Tutti Camarata played and arranged music for Bing Crosby, Paul Whiteman, and Charlie Barnet. His greatest success came from arrangements with Jimmy Dorsey on songs like "Green Eyes," "Maria Elena," and "Yours" in the early 1940's. The screen voice of Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" (1961) and Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady (1964) was that of Marni Nixon, mother of singer/songwriter Andrew Gold. Arthur Godfrey began as an announcer and disc-jockey in Baltimore in 1930, and then on to Washington, D.C. with his "Arthur Godfrey and his Little Godfreys" in 1935. And singer Buddy Greco, while having the most success as a cabaret singer who accompa- nies himself on piano, actually played for the Benny Goodman orchestra from 1949-52, Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SALMON STEAKS Broiled or Grilled 4 salmon steaks 2 medium onions i/4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons mayonnaise .m . . 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon cider vinegar (optional) 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine SALMON STEAK: Spread some oil or mayonnaise on the bottom of a broiling pan. Then spread a little oil or mayon- naise over the top and bottom of each salmon steak before placing in the broiling pan. Place in preheated oven about two inches from broiling unit. Turn steaks to broil on both sides slowly. Steaks will turn whitish in color when they are cooked. Depending on size, broiling time will be about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then set broiling pan with steaks aside. ONIONS: Remove outer skin from onions. Cut onions in half, lengthwise, and then into -inch slices lengthwise. Set aside in a bowl, Heat oil in a skillet. Add butter or margarine and onion slices to the skillet. Stir and simmer until onions are about to brown slightly. Remove from burner and add lemon juice. Add vinegar (optional). Stir and return to burner. Simmer slowly a few seconds. Remove from burner. Spoon onions and liquids from skillet over each salmon steak in the broiling pan. Cover with aluminum foil and return to heated broiler for about a minute. To slightly brown tops, remove cover and broil for a few seconds longer. Serve each steak topped with onions and liquids from broiling pan. Serve with rice pilaf and vegetable or salad of choice. Serves four. NOTE: My mother-in-law, Mary Sinopoli, told me often about how she loved to grill her fish or beefsteaks over the hot coals of her Glenwood kitchen stove. From her I learned to try salmon steaks grilled during the summer over our gas-burning grill. I spread a little oil over each steak before grilling both sides of the salmon. I use my mother's old heavy aluminum skillet over our grill to prepare my onions, oil, and butter and lemon juice mixture. We do experience a different flavor by preparing this recipe in this manner. Either way, this is an enjoyable and easy meal to prepare. Stirpe Nostra (Continued proposition unus). Public banquets were confined to a mere distribution of food; cooked meals were forbid- den in taverns, and he started inflicting punish- ment on a particular class of people who were called Christians. It was said that these people were given to a new and mischievous super- stition. He also put an end to a long standing immunity enjoyed by chariot drivers which permitted them to cheat and rob the general public. Once again we come to a familiar part in the life and AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME M From YBakery Pe00ch \\;:rr. OLNm SNOPOLt from Page 2) public administration of most persons who have possessed the power to con- trol the destiny of others. There is usually a very good beginning, often brilliant, then something seems to snap and they go of the deep end. Nero certainly was no exception to this observa- tion and a review of his later career reinforces this con- cept beyond any possible doubt. The balance of his reign was totally given over to shameful and criminal acts. NEXT ISSUE: Nero's Fiasco 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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