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#age 12 ' " POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 31,2012 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS So here we are on the last day of the month! And so comes September, on the eleventh day of the month we will be mourn- ing another birthday. Yes, we are truly a bona fide old man! So here we are wonder- ing why we have lived so long. Well, to avoid old age, keep taking on new thoughts and throwing off old habits. For the record, I no longer buy green bananas! Out in the open! Superstar Rock Hudson, who died of AIDS at age 59 in 1985, was a moody, bad-tempered wife-beater who got married to cover his homosexuality and then cheated on his wife with oodles of guys. Those are the bombshell revelations dropped by his ex-wife Phyllis Gates in an interview that only recently surfaced when she blew the lid off his secret double life and Jekyll & Hyde personality. Phyllis says w.l!iJ, e,Igk appeared thoughtful, easygoing and roman- tic in his bedroom comedies like Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back with Doris Day, he was a selfish lout at home. "The Rock Hudson you see on the screen is very romantic, but the Rock I lived with was not," Phyllis reveals. "I had to divorce Rock. He hit me. Used me. Ignored me. He was a spoiled ch:ild. This was the man I married." Amazingly, his gay life remained secret until 1985, when he became the first major star to admit he had AIDS. He died later that year. Rock Hudson was cremated-not interred. Other notables who were cremated: Desi Arnaz, Bud Abbott, Fatty Arbuckle, Jean Arthur, Cliff Arquette, John Barrymoore, Charles Bickford, Richard Boone, Yul Brynner, Charles Coburn, Andy Devine, Robert Donat, Eddie Duchin, James Dmnn, Ann Dvorak, Henry Fonda, Greta Garlbo, Marvin Gaye, Lou Gehrig, Gale Gord(on, Sydney Greenstreet, Woody Guthrie, Veronica Lake, Peter Lawford, John Lennon, Myrna Loy, Paul Lynde, Mary Martin, Joel McCrea, Robert Mitchum, Larry Parks, Will- iam Powell, Richard Rodgers, Damon Runyon, George Bernard Shaw, Iner Stevens, and Guy Williams. Enough of tlis hot subject! And the woman with the gr:at legs Betty Grable (James) is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Cali- fornia. Yes, Harry James, her husband is also resting his chops there. Enough about this deadly subject. Speaking of deadly subject, it has been reported the comic legend Sid Caesar, 89, is basically an invalid -- attended by nurses 'round the clock -- as he faces his sad last days, sources say. His nurses do everything. Once a strapping 6-foot-2 bundle of energy known for his physical comic antics, now spends his days in bed or in a wheelchair lacking the strength to "do anything on his own," says an insider. The comic icon, who turns 90 September 8, starred on the live TV program Your Show of Shows and The Sid Caesar Show in the 1950s. The courageous comic was "devastated" in 2010 when Florence Levy, his wife of nearly 57 years, passed away. Caesar called her his "Rock of Gibraltar" and praised her for saving his life. Pay attention! Eating almonds fights liver cancer! Packed with vitamin E, almonds slash the odds of getting liver cancer, researchers say. With liver cancer the third most common form of the deadly disease in the world, a paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute revealed the more vitamin E you take the less your can- cer risk. The take-home message? Almonds and other vitamin E-loaded foods or supple- ments "lower the chance of liver cancer in middle-age or older people," say study authors. The popular gossip magazine, Globe reported in their August 27 issue that while dying Bill Clinton was back home begging Hillary to call off their divorce and give him another chance, the former President's long-suffer- ing wife Hillary was partying up a storm and dirty dancing with another gal 8,000 miles away! In fact, her heartbroken husband seemed to be the last thing on her mind as the 64-year-old Secretary of State leaped out of her seat to "shake her booty" with jazz singer Judith Sephhuma at a wild recep- tion in Pretoria, South Africa, say sources. "Hillary laughed with glee and didn't flinch an inch as the singer did I 0 0 0 the bump and grind against her and she went with the flow! Adds another source, "Hillary's done with Bill -- in fact she's done with men. She says women don't break your heart like womanizing Bill has done over the years." According to the astute and attractive Tierney Clement, dancing is the art of get- ting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them. Things we discovered about the fabulous singer Celine Dion, 44, is that her toothy smile earned her the nickname "Vampire Queen" in high school. She first met Rene Angelil, who became her mentor, manager and in 1994 her husband, when she was 12 and he was 38. She is three months younger than her stepson Patrick Angelil. She's been named the biggest water utility user along Florida's Treasure Coast, consuming 6.5 million gallons in a year at her lavish Jupi- ter Island home that includes a water park! And Celine is a self-confessed shoe addict with around 3,000 pairs. Wow! Mama mial The number of first-time mothers over 50 has soared by 375 percent over the past 10 years, say U.S. government statistics. The trend has also been bolstered by women who have put off having children to pursue careers and establish financial security. These women eat better, exercise more and can pay for the better health care. Still, experts warn, pregnant 50-some- things are more likely to develop medical complications and to have children with birth defects, like autism. The charming Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until all the children are in bed." The brilliant Helen LePage of Winthrop, says, "The young mother gets along beauti- fully with her mother-in-law because she probably can't afford a baby sitter." And the wonderful Lucille Monuteaux, Office Manager of the lively East Boston Social Centers, says, "The old-fashioned mother who used to have prunes every morning now has a granddaughter who has dates every night." Carlo Scostumato claims mothers can have a few nilnutes to themselves at the end of the day by doing the dishes. Sing! Sing! Sing! More than 90 percent of Americans belt out tunes to keep them- selves company in the car! Rock songs are most popular among the sing-on-the-road crowd. Older Americans seem to prefer coun- try music to warble at the wheel, according to the survey of more than 1,000 drivers conducted by Music in Motion. The survey also revealed that women sing more than men, with redheads comprising 53 percent of all car singers. So what do you sing as you drive? "Vicin' u mare?" Show business reminiscing with the handsome, stately, ageless, musicologist Albert Natale. When he was only twenty-one, Russ Morgan was arranging for John Philip Sousa and Victor Herbert, and later became a member of the Detroit Symphony. Com- poser Cole Porter's wealthy grandfather, J.O. Cole, tried to stop Porter from being a com- poser and did not accept it even when he was obviously a success. Porter was perhaps the greatest songwriter of the century. Trumpeter/singer/bandleader Louis Prima first studied violin but took up trumpet on his brother's spare instrument. He is the composer of the Benny Goodman 1937 clas- sic "Sing, Sing, Sing." And when Frank Sinatra and Harry James first recorded "All or Nothing At All" in 1939, it sold an insig- nificant eight-thousand copies. Four years later, it was re-released and became an in- stant best seller in 1943. During the Big Band Era, many, if not most of the live big band broadcasts on radio came at night, be- tween eleven p.m. and two a.m. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEAL CUTLETS PAIMIGIANA TOMATO SAUCE: 1 twenty-eight-ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 eight-ounce can of tomato paste 1 medium onion chopped I garlic clove chopped (optional) 1/3 cup vegetable, canola or olive oil 1 teaspoon dried basil, or 3 fresh basil leaves 1 pound mozzarella cheese (whole piece or shredded) Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese Salt Add chopped onion, garlic (optional) and basil to heated oil in saucepan. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and a half-cup of water. Stir thoroughly. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about fifteen or twenty minutes. Stir occasion- ally to prevent sticking to the bottom of saucepan. Add tomato paste and stir thoroughly. Fill empty tomato paste can with water. Add water to sauce and stir. Salt to taste. Cover pot. Simmer slowly over low heat for another thirty minutes. If desired, additional water can be added to thin sauce. VEAL CUTLETS: 2 pounds thinly sliced veal 2 cups flavored bread crumbs 1 or 2 beaten eggs 1/2 cup of olive, canola or vegetable oil 3 paper plates or some white paper towels Place prepared breadcrumbs in a bowl. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. With a fork, dip a slice of veal into the beaten eggs. Place veal into bread crumbs to cover both sides of meat with the crumbs. Set aside in a separate plate. Continue in this fashion with each veal slice. TO FRY: Heat I/4 cup of oil in a skillet. Place breaded veal slices in heated oil and brown on both sides. Remove from skillet and place on a paper plate, which will absorb excess oil. Then place cutlets on a serving platter. Continue frying in this fashion. Add more oil to skillet if needed. TO BAKE VEAL CUTLETS PALMIGIANA: Spread some tomato sauce over bottom of 8" x 10" baking dish. Add one layer of cooked veal cutlets to the baking dish. Cut up mozzarella cheese into 1/4 slices and place over each cutlet. If using shredded mozzarella cheese, sprinkle over each cutlet. With ladle, spread tomato sauce over mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle grated cheese of choice over tomato sauce. Cover and bake in preheated 350F oven until the cheese melts (about eight to fifteen minutes). Use a spatula to serve the Veal Parmigiana. Top each serving with tomato sauce. OPTIONAL: Include pasta of choice topped with tomato sauce to each serving. A vegetable salad and garlic bread go well with this. Remaining sauce freezes well. NOTE: Mama prepared Veal Parmigiana often when she expected visitors after dinner at our cottage in Wilmington. We ate dinner between twelve and one o'clock in the afternoon. On many occasions the afternoon visitors remained until suppertime. Mama felt comfortable having something extra prepared to serve for supper. She warmed up leftovers for those who desired them along with her Veal Parmigiana. During the summer, Papa went into his garden and picked some flesh lettuce while Mama selected a few ripened tomatoes and cucumbers to be added to the salad she served to everyone. /st 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 Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 [SBN WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM