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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 10, 2014 Well, here we are! Where have we been? We went on a trip, around the world with Giuseppina. cosce stortel How exciting it wast Of course we missed creating our weekly column. So here we are to bore you. Gee, making the news, the price of visiting a prosti- tute is dropping. A study of on-line prostitution ads by The Economist found that sex workers charge on average, $260 per hour, down from $340 per hour in 2006. Prices began dropping after the 2008 financial crisis and haven't rebounded because the Internet has increased supply. It's easier for prosti- tutes to find customers on- Jine and vice versa. Be aware, the average cost of raising a child boi-n in 2013 will be $245,000 -- not counting college costs. And so Jack Williams co- anchor of WBZ-TV4's "Eye- witness News" has decided to shut his mouth. Well, Wil- liams' interest in broadcast- ing began at age 13, when he built his own radio sta- tion at home in Idaho. Two years later, he was hired by an Idaho radio station, KYTE, as an announcer. In 1964, Williams started working full time as a news reporter. Williams has been a televi- sion anchor since 1968 and worked at KIRO-TV in Se- attle and KORK-TV in Las Vegas before coming to WBZ-TV in 1975. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Uni- versity of Oregon, Williams earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Jack Williams is the recipient of many awards. It would require at least a page or more to list them all. Yes, he has been praised by many organiza- tions for his reporting skills and commitment to the com- munity and for his efforts on behalf of the "Wednesday Child." His wife Marci must be happy to have Jack spending more time at home. In 1969, women made up almost half of the richest 0.01 percent of AmeriCans, thanks largely to inherited Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 wealth. By 2000, women made up just one third of this group. Today, only 15 percent of American billion- aires are women. One of the billionaires is Abigail Johnson of Fidelity. Yes, we know her parents. Wow! Nutty newsl Califor- nia now grows four fifths of the world's almonds, a crop that uses enough water to supply 75 percent of the drought-parched state's population. New Indian Prime Minis- ter Narendra Modi declined all food at a White House state dinner because he was on a nine-day religious fast. While President Obama and other dignitaries dined on crisped halibut and com- pressed avocados with goat cheese. Prime Minister Modi enjoyed some Baccala. No! Just kidding. He enjoyed a glass of warm water. From moo to youl A Swiss study revealed that clanging bells may damage cows' hearing. Researchers said cows may be going deaf be- cause of ear damage and suggests that farmers track their herds with microchips and a Smartphone instead. Horny news/A Massachu- setts man with surgically implanted horns on his fore- head was found guilty of mur- der. His final words to the jury: "I'll see you all in hell." Gee, according to Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, when you get to heaven you will be surprised to see many people there you didn't expect to see. Many may be just as surprised to see you there. Carlo Scostumato says, "Judging from the general behavior we see in this world, hell must be ex- periencing a population explosion." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill claims there is a way to stay , ])v FOR SOC|t RESPNSImUIW i EAST BOSTON YMCA m I YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON | 215 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128 I 617-s69-9622 I | ymcaboston.org/eastboston | Imm m m m m m mm m m m Happy Columbus Day __ , . 201400 Green Cross Pharmacy FARMACIA CROCE VERDE J. Giangregorio, Reg. Ph. - F. Giangregorio, Reg. Ph. 393 Hanover Street, Boston, Mass. * Tel: 617-227-3728 Professional Dependabili - Accuracy - Service out of hell, but no way to get out. Aren't you bored by all the news about George Clooney's marriage? Well, Clooney's reign as the world's most eligible bach- elor ended in style as he and British human-rights law- yer Amal Alamuddin put on a star-studded, four-day wedding extravaganza in Venice, Italy. The weekend - whose total cost was esti- mated at up to $13 million - began with a rehearsal din- ner followed by the couple's bachelor and bachelorette parties, with C/coney and his groomsmen knocking back several bottles of tequila and fine bottles of Italian wine. It was rumored C/coney received gifts of Viagra. Just kidding. I believe it was the great Tom Analetto who said: "My marriage was made in heavenl It was filled with thunder and lightnlngI" The brilliant and astute Barbra D'Amico says mar- ried couples who claim they've never had an argu- ment in forty years either have poor memories or a very dull life to recall." The brainy and observant Christina Quilan, says, "When you see a married couple who's coming down the street, the one who is two or three steps ahead is the one who's mad." For the record, Barbra D'Amico and Christina Quinlan are noted execu- tives of Russo Imports Head- quartered in East Boston. How touching! Two high school sweethearts from Ar- kansas have finally married, 63 years after their first date. Marcella and Johnny Vick met in 1950 and after dating briefly, they drifted apart. Each went on .to marry and raise Children, but their spouses have both passed away. But when Johnny, 80, and Marcella, 79, met at a class reunion in June, they rekindled their connection. "At our age, we were hesi- tant at first," Marcella said. "But we realized a few weeks in that we were in love. We've picked up where we left off when we were teen- agers." How touching. What? A California eight- grader was disciplined for offering to share his lunch with a friend. The friend didn't like his lunch, so Kyle Bradford offered him a piece of his chicken burrito. "I wasn't really hungry, so it was just going to go in the garbage," Kyle said. But school officials prohibit stu- dents from sharing lunches "because of safety and liabil- ity issues," so Kyle was sent to detention. Oink! Oinkt Virginia offi- cials ordered a family to get rid of its 150-pound pet pig, Tucker. "He is a pet, just like someone's dog," said Kim Johnson, noting that Tucker is house trained and often plays with the neighbor's Chihuahua. Unbelievable! A Utah elementary-school teacher I 0 0 0 , was injured when the hand- gun she legally carries ac- cidentally went off in a bath- room, shattering a toilet and injuring her leg. Our distinguished musi- cologist Albert Natale, re- minds us it was Bob Hope who convinced a young talented singer Anthony Dominick Benedetto to change his name because it was too long for a marquee. He suggested Americaniz- ing it and changed it to Tony Bennett. Bob Hope said something else that Bennett, the constant stu- dent, would remember al- ways, He said, "Show the public you love them." To learn more about the great Tony Bennett get hold of a copy of the book "All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett" by David Evanler. Be aware, it was an Ital- ian American, Vincent R. Ciccone, who secured over 20 patents, beginning in the 1930s, for techniques that contributed to the mass pro- duction of penicillin and revolutionized the way medi- cine is combined with hard candy. His method is widely used in the production of cough drops. In 1849, 27 years before Alexander Graham Bell announced that he invented the telephone. Antonio Meucci invented the "teletrofono" in his native Florence and immigrated to America the following year. Meucci attempted to secure a U.S. patent, but could not afford the patent fees. He died in 1899, never recog- nized for his invention. The oldest tribute to Columbus is still standing in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a stone obelisk. It was donated by the French Consul to Baltimore, Charles Francois Adrian de Paulmier, Cheva- lier d'Anmour. It is the first monument to Columbus in the United States (and in the world). It was initially erected in 1792 on the consul's estate at the corner of North Avenue and Harford Road. It was moved to the present location in Herring Run Park near Harford Road near the Samuel Ready Institute on Columbus Day, 1964. The largest and most imposing monument to Co- lumbus stands in New York's Columbus Circle at 59 th Street. It was created in 1892 from contributions by Italian Americans across the country, led by the Ital- ian American newspaper II Progresso. Yes, we passed by the great statue every morn- ing on our way to our office on Broadway. We were then living at West 59 th Street. 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