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Page i2 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 15arron 11 So here we are, September 23rd, the first day of autumn! Must admit, autumn is my favorite season of the year. Only in autumn do apple and pumpkin pies taste great! And, of course, in autumn we begin to eat pan- cakes smothered with Vermont maple syrup. Ah, it's also time to enjoy seeing the colorful autumn leaves. James Coco took off on Frank Sinatra! "Frank Sinatra is a seriously split personal- ity. Conflicted, that is. First a Democrat, then a Republican. First he loved JFK, then he hated him. He once filmed an appeal to Ameri- cans during the war (WWII), asking them not to hate Jews and others who were minori- ties, and in the same spot he urges Ameri- cans to go out and kill 'Japs' and win the war. Then he does this movie (The Detective) where he's a cop but he's pro-gay -- so already you know it's fiction -- and next, Liz Taylor asks him to appear at the first big AIDS ben- efit, and he refuses 'cause he doesn't want to be associated with that' ... Inconsistency, thy name is Francis!" WowI The Cadillac Escalade has the dubious distinction of being America's most stolen vehicle. The 863,000 SUV is six times more likely to be targeted by thieves than the average vehicle. Is there a doctor in the house? Seriously, doctors who said they're sorry ended up pay- ing less in medical malpractice cases from 1991 to 2009. Doctors who practiced in states with "apology" laws, which let physicians apologize without admitting guilt, settled serious suits 20 percent faster and paid an average of $55,000 to $73,000 less than those in states where physicians can't apologize with impunity. So reported The Wall Street Journal. Few of us are proud of our bad habits, but without them there wouldn't be anything for the doctors to tell us to give up when we aren't feeling well. Carlo Scostumato says, "The surgeon wears a mask while performing an operation so that if he makes a mess of it the patient won't know who did it." That's a lot of bull! Authorities were alarmed when four silver-colored canisters fell out of a cargo compartment of a Grey- hound bus in Tennessee and began hissing steam with an ominous, unpleasant odor. Police rushed to the scene, shut down in- terstate 65 and summoned hazmat crews. The precautions proved unnecessary once authorities discovered that the canisters contained frozen bull semen bound for a breeding facility in Texas. More healthy news! Your dentist, eye doc- tor and favorite cough syrup can help you ward off dementia! Canadian scientists say Alzheimer's and other brain-robbing condi- tions are linked to a number of other factors, including badly fitting dentures, poor eyesight and coughs and colds. They say those who suffer from multiple maladies, which also include arthritis, broken bones, diabetes and high blood pressure, have a 3.2 percent increased risk of dementia for each of the conditions they have. Gee, Matt Lauer, 53, is quitting NBC's Today Show determined to save his often rocky mar- riage, say sources, amid rumors that he coveted a new Today deal worth a whopping $25 million a year. Friends say Lauer feels the tug of family life with wife, Annette Roque, and their three children, Jack, I0, Romy, 7 and Thisj, 4. Says a source: "As he sees his children grow older, he is deter- mined to keep his family together. He will honor his contract, but in 16 months, he's gone." Matt has his priorities straight. Fam- ily comes first. After many successful years on the Today Show, he can afford to turn his attention to the most important people in his life. Matt is a talented broadcaster who will find another job when he's ready. He won't be able to find another family. It was back in 1987 when we first met Matt Lauer who was working then at Boston's WNAC-TV, Channel 7. In brief, Matt had me on his show to discuss my new book, "The 40s When We Were Dreamers of Dreams." There was a studio audience made up mostly of many of my friends. The interview did help i- I II reel ] [by Vita Orlando Sinopoli in selling some books! The book was published by O O O Branden Pub- ~- lishing Com- pany. The book reveals the past of the Ameri- can way of life before, during and after WWlI. Perhaps you can obtain a copy of the book at your favorite book store. One of the individu- als who praised the book was Bill Hartman, Vice President of Westinghouse Broadcast- ing Company. Hartman stated: "In his pat- ented tell it like it is style, Ray Barron tells it like it was. His pen brings the '40s to life." For you Tom Jones fans, be aware, the su- perstar, Sir Tom Jones, has been warned to take a long rest after he collapsed in a grip- ping heart drama that terrified his family and friends. The 71-year-old singer was rushed to an emergency room just hours before he was due to perform at a sold-out show in Monte Carlo, suffering from a sometimes fa- tal ailment that could damage his heart and kidneys. Docs feared he'd suffered a heart attack but after a battery of tests, they diag- nosed "severe dehydration" and released him from Monaco's Princess Grace Hospital after three days. The energetic performer, a renowned womanizer who's still wed to child- hood sweetheart, Linda, after 54 years, col- lapsed shortly before the final performance of an exhausting three-month tour. His friends are urging the singer, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2006, to take a break. COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED EYE ROAST OF BEEF 4 pounds eye roast of beef I large onion chopped 2 chopped celery sticks 3 tablespoons olive, canola or vegetable oil 1 beef bouillon Aluminum foil or roasting bag Salt Heat oil in a skillet. Add chopped onion and celery. Sim- mer until onion is opaque. Remove onion and celery from skillet and place in a bowl. Add eye roast of beef to the skil- let and sear all sides to retain juices in the meat. Cut a wide piece of aluminum foil in which to bake the roast. Place foil in roasting pan. Place seared roast in center of aluminum foil, or in a roasting bag. Gently add the oil from skillet. Place chopped onion and celery over the roast. Salt to taste. Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil to fully seal roast and contents (or place in a roasting bag). Bake in 350F preheated oven for thirty minutes. Meanwhile, add a beef bouillon to one cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir and turn off burner. Check roast after thirty minutes. Add a small amount of beef bouillon liquid and baste the roast. Cover and continue baking, basting every 15 minutes. Bake to tenderness of beef desired. (Approx. baking time -- about 90 minutes) NOTE: After baking this roast for my family, I place remain- ing bouillon liquid into a small saucepan over low heat. I stir a tablespoon of flour* into 1/4 cup of water and add to bouillon. Then I add liquids and onion and celery from the roasting pan. By stirring and allowing all this to simmer slowly, contents will thicken into the gravy that I serve with the roast. *For thickening gravy, use approximately one tablespoon of flour to one cup of liquid. My family enjoys home-baked biscuits, mashed potatoes and salad with this meal. More show biz stuffi Comic Robin Williams and a friend were standing in the lobby of The London Hotel in West Hollywood when a pretty brunette in her mid 20s walked up to him and asked, "Are you who I think you are?" Robin broke into a huge smile and replied "yes," figuring the woman wanted an autograph, but was he ever surprised when she let him know, "You should make better movies!" The famous TV nice guy, Dick Van Dyke, has written a book about his life and times in show business. The book, "My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business," is an intimate, honest memoir and is now available at book stores. Dyke discusses his social drinking as a problem and about treatment. He re- minds us there are happy clowns and sad clowns. Less we forget! On September 30, the attractive actress, Angie Dickinson, will be celebrating or mourning her 80TM birthday. Ouch. Angle was slapped by Ronald Reagan playing a mobster in his last movie, The Killers (1964). Along with the famous musicologist Albert Natale we decided to do some hyping of Harry Warren, born Salvatore Guaragna. Warren was the youngest of 11 kids, born of Calabrian parents and raised in New York. So what is Warren famous for? With various lyricists, he wrote the music to such songs as "42"d Street," "We're in the Money," "September in the Rain," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Chat- tanooga Choo Choo," "Jeepers Creepers," " Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "You'll Never Knowj "Lullaby of Broadway" and '~l'hat's Amore." In the book, Harry Warren and the Hollywood Musical written by Tony Thomas, Warren admitted, "I couldn't get to church fast enough. I loved the music, which became obvious to our organist Pauline Schneider, who took an interest in me and gave me the only musical instruction I ever had, explain- ing scales and chords. I learned harmony with the help of Miss Schneider, and it was easy to sing all the parts. My voice might not have been the best, but I was given a won- derful ear." As a Catholic, Warren forged an incredibly successful songwriter career while working in an industry dominated by people prima- rily of the Jewish faith. In fact, many of his Jewish colleagues affectionately called him "Hershel," the Jewish version of Harry. It is said of his rival, Irving Berlin: everybody knew his name -- nobody knew the face. For War- ren it could be rewritten: nobody knew the name -- everybody knew his music. How true! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME ~.~ LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW DIVORCE * WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS CRIMINAL * PERSONAL INJURY WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY - CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 MYBakery Perch ~,iTA 0 a LAN i)O ,~ ~ ~'OP0ioi 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOCul 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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