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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 TODAY IN HISTORY ... Summer time in the North End is synony- mous with weekend festivals each celebrat- ing the life of a particular saint and several celebrating the Blessed Mother. Tradition- ally, festival season ends with the feast of Saint Rosalia, Patron Saint of Palermo, Sicily. Rosalia, according to tradition, was born in Palermo in the 12 th Century to noble parents. She was the daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Quisquina, and of Rosa, descended from the family of Charlemagne. Rosalia refused to marry a nobleman who asked for her hand in marriage because she was committed to Christ. To avoid the marriage, she left the royal palace and headed for Saint Rosalia of Palermo by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari the woods of Mount Quisquina. Afraid of being tracked down by her father, she fled to Monte Pellegrino where she lived in a cave for her remain- ing years. On a wall in the cave she wrote these words: "I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibaldo, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, have taken the reso- lution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ." On May 29, 1624, Vito Amedeo had a vision and with his friends began to excavate on Monte Pellegrino. There he found a large stone which hid the remains of Rosalia; they also found her crucifix and rosary. In the same year, Palermo was infested with the plague and many died. Rosalia's bones were placed in a silver urn, put on top of a float deco- rated with roses, lilies and candles; where she passed, the plague ended. Pilgrimages to Monte Pellegrino began, and a church was built in the cave where her remains were found. Saint Rosalia is the Patron Saint of Palermo. She is often represented as a nun holding a cross in her hands. Tradition has it that she died on September 4, 1166. Pope Urban VIII in1630 added the name Rosalia to the Holy See's official catalogue of saints. On Sunday, September 11, a Mass in honor of Saint Rosalia will be celebrated at 10:30 am in Saint Leonard Church in the North End. All are invited to join with the Saint Rosalia Society in honoring this great saint. A procession will follow at 1:00 pm with members of the Society carrying the statue of their patron saint through the streets of the North End. Psychological Study on Italian American Father/Daughter Relationship and Daughter's Experience of Father's Death We are looking for women of Italian descent, over 21,with fathers of Italian descent, whose fathers have died, and who would be willing to be interviewed about their experience of their relationship with and the loss of their father. Please contact Lorraine Mangione at or (413) 584-4727 if you are interested in participating. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS! Law Offices of David Grossack, "Lawyer of the Year" 1999 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly p,. 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By the 1980s, these money machines had become widely popular and handled many functions previously performed by bank tellers, such as check deposits and money transfers. Today, ATMs are as indispensable to most people as cell phones and e-mail. American inventor Luther George Simjian is generally credited for inventing the first ATM machine in 1939. As he developed his invention, he found banks were not in- terested in this type of technology. Nevertheless, he regis- tered over 20 patents on these machines, including both the operational technology of the ATM and the name "ATM" itself. Finally, Simjian convinced the City Bank of New York to install one of his ATMs for a six month trial. Customers were hesitant to trust their money with this new technol- ogy, so few used his invention. At the end of the six month trial, Simjian removed the ATM and moved on to other inventions. In 1967, a British inventor named John Shepherd Barron invented a cash dispensing machine. He sold his idea to De La Rue Industries, which named the machine DACS, or De La Rue Automatic Cash System. The first test unit was installed at Barclays Bank in London. To use the machine, customers had to buy paper vouchers from bank tellers. They could return to the bank after hours and feed the vouchers into the DACS machine to receive cash. The next year, the paper voucher was changed to a plastic card that was kept by the machine after each use. Don Wetzel, an executive at Docutel, a Dallas company that developed automated baggage-handling equipment, is generally credited as coming up with the idea for the mod- ern ATM. Wetzel reportedly conceived the concept while waiting in line at a bank. The ATM that debuted in New York in 1969 was only able to give out cash, but in 1971, an ATM that could handle multiple functions, including pro- viding customers' account balances, was introduced. Nowadays, ATMs can be found everywhere. 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