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Page 16 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 24, 2011 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,9 Here we go again! More revealing stuff about Frank Sinatra! "There was always a sense of danger around Frank," reveals Barbara Sinatra, 84, in "Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank." "There was definitely a Jekyll and Hyde aspect to his character. He once claimed to be a manic-depressive." Barbara -- who was married to the My Way singer for 22 years when he died in her arms in 1998 at age 82 -- recalls one par- ticular night when his dinner at Matteo's restaurant in Los Angeles was not up to par. Frank viciously "picked up his plate of pasta, and threw it against the wall, splat- tering tomato sauce all down it." During another night out in Hollywood with Judy Garland, Frank pushed and punched a stranger when he asked, "Who's the broad?" Barbara Sinatra always knew she was in for an extra-rough ride when Sinatra -- who typically drank Jack Daniels bourbon -- start hitting the gin. "There was something about gin that turned him mean," she re- vealed. Despite his violent outbursts, Sinatra was uncommonly generous to his wife, showering her with pricey jewelry including a 22-carat diamond and emerald engagement ring. And even when they'd fight ferociously over his drinking, mak- ing Barbara flee to a hotel room, she always came back to his arms. "That" she says, "is when Frank would be at his most sweet and loving." "He had the most vibrant, elec- tric, deep blue eyes in the world. He had sexual energy all his own." Ah, Frank Sinatra! A spoiled only childT He always had it his wayI Last year, for the first time ever, America's annual wine consumption sur- passed that of France, but it took a U.S. population almost five times as large as France to do so. Carlo Scostumato, says, "There is no comparison between wine and women: wine improves with age. A Pew Research Center reports 68% of Americans would make no difference in their voting choice if a presidential can- didate were a Mormon. 25% say they would be less likely to vote for a Mormon. 62% say it wouldn't matter to them if a can- didate were gay, while 33% say they'd be less likely to vote for a gay candidate. 33% say they wouldn't care if a candidate didn't believe in God, but 61% say they'd be less likely to support an atheist. A friend of mine once said to me, "Thank God I'm an atheistF Get it? How can you be an atheist if you say "Thank Godl" Commuting is a home wreckeH Commut- ing has been blamed for back problems, stress and obesity, not to mention mind- less drive-time radio. Now we can add di- vorce to that list. A new Swedish study says couples are 40 percent more likely to sepa- rate if one partner has a daily commute of longer than 45 minutes each way. About one in six Americans has a round-trip daily commute of 90 minutes, and 3.5 million people have to travel that long just one way- twice as many as did 20. years ago. Com- muting often results in a higher salary and better job opportunities, but experts say there are many ways living far from work puts pressure on a marriage. Since long- distance commuters are most often men, for example, their female partners tend to take on a disproportionate Share of house- keeping duties-a common source of discord. Some healthy news! You can lower cho- lesterol and blood pressure _ by eating cooked tomatoes. Scientists say the lyco- pene in cooked tomatoes does the same job on blood pressure and bad cholesterol as statin drugs, the popular medicine pre- scribed to treat the problems, but which can cause muscle aches, weakness and nerve damage. Australian scientists at the University of Adelaide found 16 ounces of tomato juice or 2 ounces of tomato paste daily protects against heart disease. More healthy tips! If you want to increase your energy levels, drink more beet juice. The dark red liquid allows athletes to .,t,ercie,'l percent longer, and slashes the effort it takes regular folks to walk by 12 percent, says new research. The magic ingredient is the chem- 0 0 o ical compound "nitrate" which opens up blood vessels and reduces the amount of oxygen muscles need. Researchers at England Exeter University found it could help people do things they couldn't other- wise do. The captivating Sarah Palin may have sent a clear message that her 22-year mar- riage to Todd is kaput -- by leaving her wed- ding ring at home! The pretty 47-year-old former Alaska governor was photographed without the band at a May 29 motorcycle rally. Sarah is moving to Arizona into a five- bedroom, $1.7 million mansion while 46-year-old Todd will remain far off in their Alaska home. The Palins have also ham- mered out a secret divorce pact agreeing on everything, from property division to the custody of their three youngest kids from age 3 to 16. A source says it's my guess they will stay married through the 2012 election and then quietly make an announcement that they've split. Will Katie Couric inherit Oprah's throne? After months of negotiations, Katie Couric has joined with ABC to produce a syndicated daytime talk show, aiming to fill the vacuum created by the end of Oprah Winfrey's blockbuster show, said Bill Carter in The New York Times. Couric's still unnamed broadcast is scheduled to pre- miere in 2012. Speculation over Couric's next career stop had bubbled since April, when she stepped down as the anchor of the CBS Evening News after a five-year run. The talk-show format appeals to Couric "because it frees her from the rigidity of an evening newscast and still lets her in- terview newsmakers," said Richard Huff in the New York Daily News. Couric, who as a long time Today host proved she could interview statesmen and celebrity cooks alike, has said she has Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga on her wish list of inter- view subjects. Speaking of Lady Gaga, The flamboyant singer has landed at No.7 on this year's Forbes list of the world's highest-paid musicians, and in an era when hit albums sell in the low five figures. Gaga's latest "Born This Way," sold 1.11 million copies in its first week. Ah, bella Gaga! Some useless information! A Frontier Airlines employee called a hazmat team to examine a mysterious white powder found on a diaper-changing counter in an air- plane bathroom. The substance turned out to be baby powder. In Germany, after a poll of 30,000 people by social-networking site named Germans the "least funnr nationality." Russians, and Turks were also deemed not very amusing. Some show business stuff by our stately musicologist Albert Natale. Before getting into a successful recording career, singer Anita Bryant was Miss Oklahoma and a Miss America finalist in 1958. Her hits included "Paper Roses" and "In My Own Little Corner of the World." Before forming his own band, Henry Busse played for Paul Whiteman. He started vogue for "sweet jazz," using a mute trumpet effectively. Biggest hits include "Wang Wang Blues" and "Hot Lips." The Harmonicats had a surprise #1 hit "Peg of My Heart," during the musicians' strike of 1947. You see, a harmonica was not considered by the union, at that time, to be a musical instru- ment. Bill Haley's "Rock Aroud the Clock" seemed to flop when it was first recorded in April, 1954. However, it became a hit when it was featured in the 1955 movie "Blackboard Jungle." Pianist/composer Johnny Guarnieri descended from a famous Italian family of violin makers. And before Dean Martin made a hit with "Everybody Loves Somebody," it had also been recorded, unsuccessfully, by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee .and. Dinh ,Washington ..... , ,.:..,_, ,b ;;_ AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Swordfish in Tomato Sauce Messina Style 1 swordfish steak (about 11/4 pounds) i medium onion chopped 2 celery stalks chopped 3 teaspoons capers in vinegar and water 3 flesh ripe tomatoes chopped or 10 ounces crushed tomato 2 sprigs bay leaf 3 small potatoes cut in quarters I/4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 1 cup water 2 tablespoons white wine (optional) Heat oil in a skillet and add chopped onion, chopped celery stalks and simmer until onion is opaque. Add capers, stir, and simmer slowly. Do not brown onion. Add tomato and cover. Cook slowly for about five minutes. Check frequently. A little water can be added to keep mixture from sticking to skillet. Meanwhile, peel and cut potatoes into quarters. Wash and set aside. Rinse swordfish under running water and dry. Cut swordfish into two-inch portions. It is not neces- sary to remove outer skin of swordfish. Add potatoes first to skillet; add half a cup of water and cover. Allow cooking for about ten minutes. Then add swordfish pieces to skillet. The swordfish can be placed on top of potatoes if skillet becomes crowded. Spoon some of the tomato sauce over the swordfish. Add only small amounts of water if needed after a few minutes. Cover and simmer slowly for about ten to fifteen minutes or until swordfish is fork tender. Try not to overcook swordfish. Add wine (optional), cover and bring to a slow boil. Then remove from burner. Serve with fresh Italian bread, vegetable of choice or salad. Serves two. Variation: Prepare the swordfish recipe without potatoes. Instead, cook rice or pasta of choice as directed on the pack- age and serve topped with the tomato sauce from the skil- let. Serve the swordfish separately with vegetable of choice or salad and Italian bread. NOTE: Each time I prepare this swordfish meal I picture my mother-in-law, Mary Sinopoli, at the kitchen stove in our Battery Street apartment. As she carefully prepared the ingredients, she stated, "Swordfish should not be cooked too much as it becomes dry and loses its flavor."/found that to be very true. ii Vita can be reached at voswriting  Simple Times (Continued from Page 4) Yet the hope of still more magical moments by our 2011 hockey heroes is on the horizon as youth, expe- rience, a mythical nucleus, and God-given talent to play a violent sport gracefully at lightning speed are the in- gredients of championship teams. More importantly, the spirit to plow through ad- versity daily seen by the children playing and laughing together in Ace's Place no doubt teaches loads of lessons left by a former Bruins' winger whose selfless caring and love of life transcends big- time sports to touch the souls of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions he's smiling upon. S! PUO CONDURRE IL CAVALLO AL FIUHE, HA NON LO SI PUO CONSTRINGERE A BERE. You can lead a horse to water, but you can t make him drink. M From *00akery Perch VITA ORLANDO SINOPOLI Ist 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. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN ................ SoD_Cover flJ:4O lO: 9flo_4: 5_ ]SB.N ................