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Page 12 PoST'GAZETTi= jIJI E 28,201"3 arron Pay attention! Scientists managed to raise funding for a study to confirm that when a gal asks her guy the dreaded question: "Does my butt look big in this?" the answer must be a resounding "NO{" -- something men should have known since the dawn of cloth- ingI" The study by Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, interviewed more than 900 women between the ages of 18 and 87 about general body dissatisfaction and found that not mentioning age can also contribute to a better body image. Incredibly, half of the women ages 18 to 29 questioned their appearance by calling themselves old -- and women who obsessed over their age were more likely to confess to eating disorders. The research only focused on gals, as guys aren't so concerned because "men are allowed to age." Says lead researcher, Trin- ity psychology professor Carolyn Becker: "Just look at aging male celebrities -- they become 'distinguished' or 'handsome.' Women are not allowed to do this." Stars that kill7 The 79-year-old Baretta actor's wife Bonnie Lee Bakley, 44, was shot to death in May 200i while sitting in their car outside Vitello's restaurant in Studio City, Calif. He claimed that he found her dead after he'd gone back to the restaurant to retrieve something he'd left behind. The former Our Gang child star was acquitted in March 2006 of all murder charges related to Bakley's death. Ironically, four months earlier, in a wrongful death suit, a civil jury found Blake responsible for Bakley's death and ordered him to pay her family $30 mil- lion. Instead, he appealed the ruling and filed for bankruptcy. More about notables who kill! Laura Bush, at 17, the former first lady, 66, lost faith in God in November 1963 after she ran her par- ents' Chevrolet Impala through a stop sign on a rural, pitch-black, Texas road and slammed into a Corvair driven by classmate Mike Douglas, killing the popular athlete. "I was praying that the person in the other car was alive," she recalls in her memoir Spoken From The Heart. At the ER, Bush and her pas- senger, a girlfriend, were treated for minor injuries and released. "I lost my faith that November, lost it for many years. It was the first time that I had prayed to God for some- thing, begged him for something ... The only answer was the sound of Mrs. Douglas' sobs on the other side of that thin emergency room curtain." Wee bit of interesting useless information by the great Kyle Waters of Swampscott. In English, four is the only number that has the same number of letters as its value. The most common name in the world is Mohammed. And the most common name for a boat in 1996 was Serenity. Little known facts from Italian American history. Two signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Italian descent: Maryland's William Paca and Delaware's Caesar Rodney. The ice cream cone was invented in 1896 by Italo Marcioni in New Jersey. Two generations later, in Pittsburgh Jim Delligatti invented the Big Mav. The Planter's Peanut Company and its familiar logo, Mr. Peanut, were created by Amedeo Obici and Mario Peruzzi in Wilkes, Barre, Pennsylvania in 1908. The suburban shop- ping mall was developed by William Cafaro and Edward J. DeBartolo. Cafaro pioneered the enclosed shopping mall with his Ameri- can Mall in Lima, Ohio in 1965. DeBartolo built the first American shopping plaza in the 1940s. So here we are in the baseball seasonT Italian Americans set the record in America's favorite sport. Known as '~I'he Yan- kee Clipper," Joseph Paul DiMaggio, the son of Sicilian immigrant in California, had a 56- game hitting streak in 1941 that still stands as the longest in baseball history. He retired with a 325-lifetime batting average, 361 home runs and 1,537 runs batted in and was voted American League Most Valuable Player three times. In 1950, Joe DiMaggio was voted the "Greatest Living Player" of baseball and in 1955, only four years after his retirement; he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He died March 8, 1999 at age 84. Other I great Italian American baseball O O O players are Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Roy Campanella, Vic Raschi and the first Italian American to manage a Major League Baseball team was Phil Cavarretta. And of course, baseball's ambassador Tommy Lasorda who in 1999 celebrated 50 years with the Dodgers as a player, scout, coach man- ager and vice president. He holds the second longest tenure in baseball history with the same team. "Mr. Baseball" was named Man- ager of the Year four times and managed in three World Series and three All-Star games Ready for this? Chef Boyardee, the man behind the nation's leading brand of spaghetti dinners, pizza mix, sauce and pasta, was re- ally Ettore Boiardi, an Italian immigrant from Emilia Romagna. Boiardi, who began as a chef's apprentice at age 11, eventually opened a restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924 and began packaging pasta and sauce for his loyal customers to take home. In the 1930s, he began selling his pasta and sauce in cans. A food distributor convinced him to change the spelling of his name to make it easier for Americans to pronounce. During World War II, the company was the largest suppliers of rations for the U.S. and Allied Forces. Heading for San Francisco? Well, be sure to visit the Ghirardelli Square where the chocolate bar was born. Yes, the chocolate bar exists today because of an Italian Ameri- can named Domenico Ghirardelli. In 1852, he discovered a method to make ground chocolate. His chocolate is still sold in San Francisco. Yes, we have been there and en- joyed feasting on Ghirardelli chocolate bars. More about Italian Americans{ The cough drop was created by Vincent R. Ciccone, who began his career in the 1930s as a janitor at the Charms Candy Company and retired as the company's president and chief executive officer. Ciccone secured 20 patents, includ- ing the "Blow Pop," a lolly-pop with a bubble gum center. He died at age 81 in 1997. They say, lightening doesn't strike twice -- but the lottery did for one retired Arizona couple who hit a $1 million jackpot a year before the annuity expires on their $2.5 mil- lion lotto payday from 1995! Diane and Kerry Carmichael are from Tempe, but purchased both winning tickets at the Arizona Lottery's Phoenix office. "It was my ticket this time, the first time it was his ticket, so I got the thrill of saying: 'I won,'" laughs Diane. Their $125,000 annuity ends in December 2014 and the couple say they'll "resist the urge to splurge" with their latest million. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill thinks good luck, like inheriting a million dollars, always happens to someone else. Mona Lisa Cappuccio, says, "If you want to depress your friends, tell them about some good luck you've had." Show business reminiscing with the age- less stately musicologist and philanthropist Albert Natale, native son of Boston's North End. Although known as a conductor, ar- ranger and producer, Axel Stordahl was a singing member of the Pied Pipers, with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He conducted on Frank Sinatra's first recording session for RCA in 1942 and became Frank's regular arranger/conductor on "Hit Parade" radio shows from 1947-49. Jo Stafford was once described by lyricist Gene Lees as a highly educated folk singer. She was, of course, a member of the legendary Pied Pipers, before launching her own solo career. Her hits be- gan in the big band era of the 1940s and eased their way well into the post-band era of the '50s. Liberace made his concert debut at age 11, playing with the Chicago Symphony. His theme song was "The September Song." Guy Lombardo's band made its first recording in 1924 on the Gennett label. As early as 1930, it was declared America's most popular dance band. Success continued right up until his death in 1977. "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven." AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME I Recipes from the COPYRIGHT,ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PASTA FAGIOLI Pasta with Beans 1 can cannellini beans I can chicken broth (white beans) (optional) 1 medium onionchopped I/2 pound pasta of choice 2 garlic cloves chopped salt (optional) grated cheese of choice 1 minced fresh tomato (optional) (optional) 4 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and simmer until onion is lightly browned. If using chopped garlic, add to onion. Stir and cook for a few seconds. Garlic should not brown. Add minced tomato (optional), stir, and cover. Simmer for about five nlinutes. Then add can of cannellini beans and stir. Cover, cook over low heat for a few minutes. If sticking, add a little water or some chicken broth. Cover and simmer for about five minutes. Salt to taste. Remove from burner and set aside. Cook pasta of choice according to directions on the pack- age. After draining cooked pasta, place it in a larger serv- ing bowl Add beans to the pasta and stir before serving in individual bowls. Serves two. NOTE: One of my favorite pasta with the beans is the small shell. However these healthy, hearty beans are delicious as well with Ditalini or elbows. I remember Mama sometimes cutting up spaghetti into one-or-two-inch portions and cooking that for serving with the beans. This is a meal frequently called "pasta e fasulli." It seems every Italian dialect has its own pronunciation for this whole- some and frequently prepared meal during the depression years. City Hall on Wheels (Continued from Page 2) Third Tuesday of the Month: 12:30 pm in Back Bay, 4:00 pm in South Boston Third Wednesday of the Month: 12:30 pm in China- town, 4:00 pm in Charlestown * Third Thursday of the Month: 12:30 pm in Bay Vil- lage, 4:00 pm in Hyde Park Fourth Tuesday of the Month: 12:30 pm Twitter Day -- You Pick Site, 4:00 pm in Roslindale Fourth Wednesday of the Month: 12:30 pm in Beacon Hill, 4:00 pm in Dorchester Fourth Thursday of the Month: 12:30 pm in North End, 4:00 pm in East Boston * Thursday, July 4th loca- tions are rescheduled for the same times on FYiday, July 5th About Greenovate Boston Greenovate Boston is a col- lective movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the city by meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. 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