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Page 12 -POST-'GAZETTE, AUG{JST , 0f3 ,dim. rrorl's So what's new? A Tennessee man was arrested after he allegedly stole a box full of human ashes, thinking the powder was cocaine. Police say William "Billy" Cantrell, 28, snatched the box from a neighbor's home. "He thought he'd done found him a box of cocaine is what he thought," said Cantrell's grandmother, Wanda Allen. Cantrell's mother, Kathy, said he had not snorted the ashes and hoped police would go easy on her son. "I'm not saying he's not guilty," she said, "But he didn't know what he was stealing." Hollywood stuffi Tom Cruise is on the hunt for a young new girlfriend, said the National Enquirer. The 51-year-old actor has been feel- ing very lonely since his high-profile divorce from Katie Holmes last year,+ said a source, and is now seeking a 20-something looker who "will make him more relevant with younger audiences." Cruise has recruited his 18-year-old son, Connor, a club DJ, to help him meet model types in trendy nightspots. But Cruise has failed to find any takers. "Tom's stock as a great catch has plum- meted," said the source. "{Women} see Tom as controlling and with his Scientology con- nection, just downright creepy." When Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge go out for their first walk with the future U.K. king in tow, their choice of pram will likely trigger a fanfare of publicity that money can't buy. While cameras will be focused on young George Alexander Louis, all eyes in the baby goods world will turn toward stroller makers such as Amsterdam- based Bugaboo International. The Daily Mail reported in April that the duchess bought a blue Bugaboo, a brand also used by British celebrities Sienna Miler and Elton John. "There is nothing bigger for a brand than a royal endorsement," said Richard. The whole country is giddy with joy, said Robert Hardman in The Daily Mail. The "whoops of joy and the honking of horns outside Buckingham Palace" told the world: "Britain could not be more pleased" with the arrival of William and Kate's royal heir. "Has a happier mob ever stormed the gates of a palace than the thousands who surged around the queen's door?" Even more revel- ers thronged the pubs, said Harry Hawkins in The Sun, waving Union Jacks and drink- ing to the health of the new royal, third in line to the throne. It was a national party. For this "momentous day in British history," our newspaper actually changed its masthead to The Son. Even the hundreds of reporters camped out at the hospital smiled and cheered as they tweeted the news. Ready for this? The number of children injured by falling televisions has jumped 125 percent over the past 20 years, with 12,300 kids being rushed to the hospital with TV- related injuries in 2011. Safety experts say the new fiat-screen sets are more top-heavy, and can be easily pulled over. Carlo Scostumato claims in the old days a comedian took a dirty joke and cleaned it up for radio. Today he hears a clean joke and dirties it up for television. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Many married couples never go out. The husband sits in front of the TV set and smokes. The wife sits in front of the TV set and fumes." Giuseppina, cosce storte, "One of the re- cent TV game shows offered a male contes- tant a week in Paris as first prize. Second prize was two weeks in Paris -- with his wifel" Robyn Waters of Swampscott, says, "Many people are in favor of pay television, that is, they believe they should be paid for watch- ing some of the TV shows that are now being aired." Ah, the ageless Jack Williams! Jack has been the co-anchor of WBZ-TV News since 1975. In brief, real brief, He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon. Williams earned a degree in Broadcast Jour- nalism. Williams has been cited by numer- ous organizations for his reporting skills, commitment to the community and for his efforts on behalf of "Wednesday Child" series. His roots go back to Idaho when at the age of 13 he built his own radio station. Yes, Williams is married! He and his wife Marci reside in the Greater Boston area. The host of the popular America's Funniest Home Video, Tom Ber- I O O O geron, once worked at WBZ-TV in 1982 as host of the children's show Superkids. Bergeron began his broadcasting career in 1972 at WHAV in his hometown Haverhill. YeM He is a local boy. Bergeron and his wife and two daughters lived in Belmont. Flying high! The U.S. Air Force is facing such a shortage of fighter pilots that it's now offering a signing bonus of $225,000 to experienced aviators if they'll sign up for nine years. The military has lost many of its experienced pilots because of the rigors of wartime deployment and the higher salaries paid by airlines. The baseball season often brings back memories of the 1965 American League home-run king, Tony Conigliaro, who was hit in the face with a pitched ball in 1967. Born January 7, 1945, in Revere, Anthony Richard Conigliaro was introduced to base- ball by his father Salvatore, a plant manager, at the age of four. In brief, the Boston Red Sox signed him to a twenty thousand dollar contract in 1962 and sent him to spring train- ing where he discovered he was much lighter than the other players (six-feet-three, one- hundred-seventy pounds). Well, the rest is history. Yes, we knew Tony. Some Hollywood babbles! Ann Sheridan, says, "Roz Russell is hard as nails. They didn't cast her in all those tailored businesswoman parts in the forties for nothing. She came up the hard way and it shows. But I'm too much of a lady to say anything nasty or repeat rumors -- I don't want to get punched in the nose!" And Vivien Leigh, says, "Jayne l lo rn el d by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VINE-RIPENED TOMATO SALAD 3 vine-ripened tomatoes 1 large cucumber 1 large onion 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves chopped (optional) 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves chopped (optional) 3 tablespoons virgin olive oil Salt and black pepper to taste Wash tomatoes thoroughly. Cut each tomato lengthwise into quarters. Cut each quarter into one-inch portions. Place in serving bowl. Then remove outer skin from cucumber and slice thinly as for salad. Add to tomatoes. Remove skin from onion. Wash and cut in half, lengthwise. Slice halves into 1/3" long slices. Add to tomatoes and cucumber slices. Cut in some fresh basil leaves and/or fresh mint leaves, sprinkle oregano and virgin olive oil over contents in the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly before serving. The combination of vine-ripened tomatoes plus the above mentioned herbs mixed with virgin olive oil enhances the flavor of this salad though regular olive oil, canola or vegetable oil can be used. NOTE: When I prepare this vine-ripened tomato salad today, I often think about growing up in Boston's North End. Fresh vine-ripened tomatoes were only available for sale during mid-summer. However, from springtime to fall, during those Depression days, we experienced the sight and fragrances of "container gardens" resting on our fire escapes and roof areas. My friends and I saw tomatoes grow from the small yellow blossoms that appeared on the tomato plants in containers. Some North Enders rented gardening lots in Revere or Woburn to grow their tomatoes, vegetables and herbs. I waited patiently for tomatoes and cucumbers to be harvested from my parent's garden lot in Silver Lake, Wilmington, MA. Mama served us the flesh tomato salad for lunch many times together with our fresh bread, some cheese and roasted black olives. We also enjoyed the salad with suppers of baked poultry or meats. Mansfield is to Marilyn Monroe what Richard Nixon is to Eisenhower -- a crummy imita- tJ~__...~......~._~i tion and would-be successor." Totie Fields, says, "Raquel Welch -- a moron with less on." And Katherine Hepburn had this to say about Sharon Stone. "It's a new low for actresses when you have to wonder what's between her ears instead of her legs." Shame on you Kathy! Reminder! Italian Americans have been part of the American political scene for more than 200 years. The words in the Declara- tion of Independence, "All men are created equal" were suggested to Thomas Jefferson by Filippo Mazzei, a Tuscan physician, busi- ness man, pamphleteer and Jefferson's friend and neighbor. Mazzel's original words were "All men are by nature equally free and independent." Alfred E. Smith, who was born Alfred Emmanuelle Ferrara, was the first Italian American governor of New York (1919) and the first Italian American presidential candidate. He was defeated by Herbert Hoover in 1928. His paternal grandfather was born in Genoa in 1808. Charles Joseph Bonaparte founded the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1908, built the U.S. Navy into one of the strongest in the world and was the first Italian American appointed to a cabinet position, serving as Secretary of the Navy and later as U.S. Attorney General during Theodore Roosevelt's administration. Some show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist and philanthropist Albert Natale. Donald O'Connor, in addition to his song and dance routines on film, wrote symphonic compositions and conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The comic strip "Eloise" was supposedly based on the mischievous childhood of Liza Minnelli. Kay Thompson turned it into a hit song. Nancy Sinatra recorded for five years before coming up with a hit in 1966, "These Boots are Made for Walking." In the 1948 Presi- dential Election, Arthur Godfrey received four write-in votes from the state of Alabama. For several years Tommy Dorsey's vocalist, Jack Leonard, rivaled Bing Crosby as the fa- vorite singer among young fans. One more time! The song "Over the Rainbow" was almost eliminated from "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) because it was thought that it slowed down the movie. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME r From MYBakery Perch ~;IT,*, O~LANDO ~INOPOtA 1st Generation Italian-American Vim 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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