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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 PAGE 13 ,. anna Babb onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Last week, I ended the story vacation time and I wanted to of an almost three-month stay do some work on the house we in the land of my ancestors. It have there. We dressed for the is difficult for me to realize that return flight and we were in the it happened forty-four years ago minority in terms of the way we when I was a young man. When looked. Most of the people flying I notified my parents about my from the airport in West Palm change from Alitalia to Pan Am, Beach were dressed in. clothes Dad told me that he had booked I might wear ff I was working me in for a Labor Day weekend in the back yard. Many had Dixieland concert, on jeans that are classified as My flight left Milan at 4:00 stressed or distressed. In other pm Italian time and landed at words, worn out, discolored, Logan six hours later. The time and displaying holes in many difference between Italy and locations. Most of the men wore Boston is six hours ... so I left T shirts that said something, at 4:00 pm and landed at 4:00 and the ladies' casual tops pro. It was a good thing that I were augmented with all types had a nap on the plane, as my of jewelry. body was geared for 10:00 pro, Southern Florida is quite a bit Italian time! more casual than Boston. Most Dad picked me up at the of the time, I wore shorts, san- airport and had my bass guitar dais or docksiders, and a sport and amp in the trunk of his car. shirt with a collar. Loretta told He had his bass violin inside the me that I looked over- dressed car and was wearing a tuxedo, ... oh well. At Mass on Sun- so I knew that he was work- days, I noticed that many of ing. He told me who I would the worshipers were dressed be playing with, a Dixieland with beach attire or the types band, and that I would get a of clothing I mentioned that I ride home from the drummer. I saw being worn at the airport. was already dressed and didn't We've come a long way with have to change. I had played many things, but our style of with the band before and every- dress isn't one of them. thing went well, and l was back I have to admit, I've sue- in action, cumbed to being seen in casual The reason I added in the attire to some degree. I teach at return home part of the story two colleges, and until about a about that Italian vacation is year ago, I wore a jacket and the aspect that I wore a suit tie while teaching my classes. and tie flying home. Maybe I'm Since then, I have eliminated just "old school," but with oar the tie, but I still seem over- casual styles these days, we dressed compared to some of seem to have lost something ... the other male professors and I think it's called "CLASS." definitely the students. Things were a bit different The other thing I don't un- when I was a kid in East Bos- derstand is the style of wearing ton. No matter where we went a baseball cap backward. The socially,.we were dressed. Bab- ones with the plastic adjustable bononno took pride in his ap- tab in the back look rather silly pearance and passed it on to on someone's forehead with the his children and me. Nanna brim hanging down in the back. did the same thing with Mom. I recently took some friends out Babbononno was always in a to dinner and one of the couples suit, starched collar white shirt, was accompanied by their teen- silk necktie, pocket handker- aged son. Just after he sat down chief, and shined shoes. Oh, at my table, being a wise guy, I forgot, he also wore a fedora I asked him, "Tell me, are you on his head. Nanna wore print orthodox Jewish or Muslim?" dresses, a hat, and gloves. His answer was, "No, I'm.not." Mom was something of a I then added, "Then, take your fashion plate, but Dad preferred hat off at the table." He took it a sport jacket with a shirt and lightly and nothing more was tie. I think he opted for this due said, but as I looked around, to the fact he spent much of his I saw men of all ages wearing life in a tuxedo playing music caps as they ate, sporting them most of the time. both frontward and backward. I guess these observations At the same time, Loretta gave took hold, as I have always me a dirty look, but my com- dressed well. Don't get me ment was, "Hey, I'm old. I can wrong, I do own a few pairs say anything I want." of jeans, dungarees to you old When I attended Mass at the folks, but even with today's Sacred Heart in East Boston de- casual approach to dress, I still cades ago, we boys all dressed consider where I'm going and for the occasion. When I began plan out what I should wear. working at the Seville Theater, Loretta and I flew home on I was fitted for a uniform and Labor Day weekend. We had told to wear a white dress shirt spent August in Florida. It was and royal blue tie that matched -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE ' MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781'-648-5678 the color of the pant part of the uniform. When I went to a re- cord hop as a teenager, if a boy didn't have a tie on, he would be given one to wear by the door- man, or he wouldn't be allowed in. At English High School, we wore shirts and ties and could get away with sweaters in- stead of jackets. Once, on the way to school, I was running late, and just as I boarded the train at Maverick Station, discovered I wasn't wearing a tie. I checked my gym bag and didn't have an extra one stashed away. When I arrived at my home room, Mr. Murphy, my home room teacher, gave me a dagger stare and said, "Silent John, where is your cravat?" (He looked and sounded like W. C. Fields.) When I responded with, "Sorry Sir, I forgot it." He opened a closet and found one of the most hideous ties IX, e ever seen and said, "You will wear this one to each of your classes and return it at the end of the school day ... or else!" Just recently, I was walking through the cafeteria of one of the colleges I teach at, heading from one class to another. I was stopped by another professor who looked me up and down and then stated, "Sir, you're dressed like you own this build- ing." I looked him up and down and replied, "Sir you're dressed like you are going to clean it for me." And so it goes. Now that the fall is here, there are several Italian functions I will be attending. Between the Sons of Italy, October is Italian Heritage Month, the Dante Alighieri Society and the Renaissance Lodge, I will be out and about, but dressed in a suit and tie. I can't help it, Babbononno taught me well and my appearance according to his passed-on standards signifies who and what I am. I guess I can't change or don't want to at this stage of my life. Dad kind of paraphrased it a bit differently, but I remember his words well, "My son, to succeed in life, dress British, think Yid- dish, but never let them forget you're Italian." GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI16P4713PO NOTICE In the Matter of the LYNN SANDERSON (dX4)(A) Trust To all persons interested in the matter of Lynn Sanderson of NaUck in the County of Middlesex A Petition has been presented by Gerard M. Maheney, in the above-captioned matter pray- ing that he be authorized pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4Xa) to create The Lynn Sanderson (d)(4)(A) Supplemental Needs Trust. 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