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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 5, 2015 Page 13 Nanna 73abb?00onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Recently, I've been talking about cars. I think that my life-long love affair with old cars has something to do with the happy experiences of riding with Mom, Dad, Nanna and Babbononno so many times when I was a child. Each time we were headed to somewhere spe- cial. When we were all to- gether in Dad's '37 Plymouth or his '49 Chevy, it was to visit people, to attend a wed- ding, a christening or an anniversary, all positive events. When it was just Mom, Dad and me in the car, it meant dinner at a restau- rant or to visit one of Dad's musician friends, most of whom had kids my age. As I said, those old cars repre- sented good times. There was someone who hated automobiles, Babbo- nonno. He was born before the auto era. As a child in Foggia, horses and donkeys were the means of transpor- tation. When horseless car- riages became automobiles and practical in his adopted land, Babbononno was push- ing 40 and not about to learn how to drive a car. He could understand public transpor- tation, the train, the trolley car, the bus. He didn't have to know anything about them except that you paid your fare and you could go from point A to point B with no problem. Just as an ex- ample, when he moved Nanna to East Boston from the North End in the early 1900s, he would go to work in the following manner: walk from Orleans Street to the ferry docks which were near Maverick Station. For one cent, he would take ei- ther the North or South Ferry to Boston and then walk to work or take a trol- ley car to where he was go- ing. He would repeat the pro- cess on the way home with the possibility of stopping at a friendly place on either Hanover Street in the North End or in Maverick Square in East Boston and have a glass of wine or two. Years later, his sons, Paul, Nick and Gino, all learned to drive. Paul and Nick be- came professional musi- cians which made it neces- sary to own cars to get to where their bands were playing. My mother, Angel- ina, never learned how to drive. Babbononno was old fashioned to the extent that he didn't believe that women should experience independence. Therefore, my mother wasn't allowed to drive or finish high school, for that matter ... but that's another story. When she married my dad, a musi- cian, there was another car in the family. When Babbononno got a bit older, he relied on his sons, and later his son-in-law f or rides. When his sons moved away, my father was his chauffer. Unfortunately, there was one problem, Babbononno hated cars. He didn't understand them, how they worked, what made them run and how to drive them. As a result, every car he met hated him, too. As an example of what I mean, I would like to re-tell the story of Babbononno riding in Dad's '37 Plymouth to see Zi'Antonio one Saturday morning in the fall of 1948. Babbononno woke me up one Saturday morning and asked me to drive him to his brother-in-law's house on the other side of East Boston, "Jenny, you take-a-me in la macchina a houza di Zi'Antonio? I wanna buy summa hizza vino." You can call this either Engliano or broken, no, fractured En- glish. My reply was, "Babbo- nonno, I'm only ten years old. I can't drive a car. You'll have to ask Dad." He awakened my sleeping father and asked him the same thing. Dad agreed to the task only after a cup of coffee. When we exited the house, I jumped into the back seat of Dad's 2-door Plymouth, and Dad climbed in behind the wheel. Babbononno held on to the open right door and attempted to bend down to enter and sit on the right front street. He didn't bend down far enough, hit his head on the roof line and knocked his fedora onto the side walk. As he picked up his hat, a barrage of profan- ity in two languages cursed Dad's car through eternity. He refitted his hat on his head, turned down the brim, carefully entered the car and slammed the door with enough force to rock the car. The closed window of that right door hit the brim of his hat and knocked it into Dad's lap. Again a few choice words that a ten-year-old shouldn't hear. Once the door was closed, my grandfather held onto the door handle so tightly that the knuckles on his right hand began to turn red. Dad told him to hold on to the arm rest rather than the handle as it was a lot safer. -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 When Babbononno complied, we headed down the Eutaw Street hill and headed south on Meridian Street. When we approached Maverick Sq., Dad had to go left onto Maverick Street to get to Orleans Street where Zi'Antonio lived. Chelsea Street ran paral- lel to Meridian with both ending at Maverick Square. As Dad began the left turn to travel on Maverick Street, Babbononno let go of the arm rest and grabbed the door handle. As a result, he opened the right door in the middle of a left turn. Cen- trifugal force came into ef- fect and my grandfather started heading out the door. Dad reached over and grabbed Babbononno by the jacket collar and pulled him back in the car. As he did this, Babbononno reached over and grabbed the steer- ing wheel for safety sake, but it prevented my father from moving it one way or the other. As a result, instead of taking a left, the car made a U turn onto Chelsea Street. Dad wrestled the wheel away from Babbononno but my grandfather fearing fall- ing out, grabbed it again. The car made the U turn but wound up on the side walk on the right side of the street.. Right near the begin- ning of that first block of Chelsea Street was Rapino's Funeral Home. A group of people were standing in front of the main entrance and Dad's car moving halfway on the sidewalk made them scatter in all directions. When he finally regained control, Dad made me swap places with Babbononno. Climbing into the back seat produced the same prob- lems: hat falling, hitting his head on something, curse words in two languages, you name it and it happened. Babbononno then grabbed hold of the loop shaped strap that hung down from the pil- lar that separated the door window from the right side rear seat window. This he held onto for dear life until his hand was red again. Dad made a U turn, headed back to Maverick Square, took a left and then headed for Orleans Street. When we arrived at Zi'Antonio's house, Babbo- nonno sampled several glasses of his brother-in- law's best home-made wine before he calmed down. From that day on, my grand- father rode only in the back seat of cars and only after he had taken his medicine, a glass or two of strong red wine. GOD BLESS AMERICA YRC Freight is holding an Open House Hiring Event at our Terminal, located at: RC Freight 95 Concord St. N Reading, MA 01864. Join us on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 9am to 7pm. Call 717-240-4151 to schedule an appointment or just stop by! Accepting applications for the following positions: Local City Drivers Part.Time Dock Workers This and That (Continued with the more moderate Feuilants. Perhaps the most threatening danger that the Royal Family didn't see within the growing revolution was how easily it fell into the hands of extremists like Maximilien Robespierre, who saw no hope for change if the monarchy remained in place. On August 10 of 1792, the Royal Family was arrested and put under the supervi- sion of the New Assembly. In this climate there could have been no hope for a fair trial and their fates were sealed from the start. King Louis XVI was beheaded on January 21, 1793 after be- ing charged with treason. Marie Antoinette's remain- ing children were taken away, one of them left to die of malnutrition in Temple Prison. There was no question that the judges and jury wanted to execute Marie Antoinette and her trial was a mere show. Her own law- from Page 5) yers spread false rumors about her and her family and, despite her appeal to other mothers in the court who could sympathize with her having lost her children, the judges decided to make a statement through her and sentenced her to death, a sentence carried out in October of 1793. It's not hard to sympathize with the anger of the French citizens and even their ha- tred of the Royal Family and everything they stood for. While a country starved to death a small minority, rep- resented by the Royal Fam- ily lived in decadence and waste. At the same time, the young unlearned woman who became queen of a tur- bulent nation without say or foreknowledge can only be pitied. Through no fault or control of her own she was thrust into a deadly situation and made to pay for the sins of others by a mob desperate to make a statement. Boston Health Care (Continued from Page 8) ricer, John Hancock Finan- cial Services; and Edmund F. Murphy, III, President, Em- power Retirement. The New England Council, the country's oldest regional business organization, is a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and pub- lic and private organizations formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the New England region. WCVB-TV Chronicle Anchor Anthony Everett and former longtime Chronicle Anchor Mary Richardson were the emcees of the gala. 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