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Pagd POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 11,2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighing some of the more interesting aslects of our ancestry...our lineage...oJr roots. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT DATE OF BIRTH: January 30, 1882 PLACE OF BIRTH: Hyde Park, New York DATE OF DEATH: April 12, 1945 PLACE OF DEATH: Warm Springs, GA SPOUSE: Eleanor PRESIDENT: March 4, 1933 - April 12, 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt was known wide and far, To us older folks he was just F.D.R.; In the C.E.O. order he was thirty-two, It's impossible to list all that he did for you. As the man of that hour he made quite an impression, Gave us a New Deal and an end to Depression; Closed all the banks for a federal inspection, subjected them all to a minute dissection. He recalled the Congress from their towns and byways, Into a special session called 'The One Hundred Days." Once assembled ecch on his floor, Passed more legislatioa than ever before. Political opponents began tipping their hats, Because of how he conducted his "Fireside Chats;" To the country he emerged a confident leader, To his critics he was known as a confidence breeder. Just when it seemed things were going so well, Along came the Japs blew our Pacific Fleet to hell; In spite of all this he did not falter, Met with Churchill and Stalin at a place they called Yalta. After clearing his desk of problems and things, He took his vacation at d,ear old Warm Springs; Where this great American just passed away, And where yours truly was privileged to kneel and to pray. Anne Eleanor Roosevelt, just Eleanor to us, Just a plain New Yorker, never caused any fuss; The one thing that started some gossipers buzzin' Was marrying Franklin, ha was her fifth cousin. She mothered six babies, one died a young child, F.D.R. was a victim when polio ran wild; That's when Eleanor maintained his political ties, By subbing as his ears and also his eyes. In the White House she lived on very broad scales, Inspecting coal mines, Army camps and even some jails; Was the cause of conservatives many sleepless nights, Due to humanitarian support and all human rights. She met with the press quite regular they say, Wrote a syndicated news column entitled "My Day:" One of the reasons she was always so cool, Was her morning dip in her new swimming pool. An outstanding woman, won worldwide esteem, As a U.S. Delegate on a United Nations team. Then came that day after making her mark, She and F.D.R. now irest at Hyde Park. Sal LaMattina & Family BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR DISTRICT 1 Res Publica by David Trumbull With the instrument's name taken from the Italian "gravicembalo col piano e forte" (harpsichord with soft and loud), the piano is one of the most familiar and be- loved musical instruments. And through October 14 th, they are everywhere in the Boston area! Seventy-five "street pianos," gaily painted or otherwise decorated, may be stumbled upon as you walk through outdoor public spaces in Bos- ton, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, each bear- ing this epigraph -- "Play Me, I'm Yours." Boston boasts the 1,000 "I piano in a world-wide project that was started in 2008. "Play Me, I'm Yours" is the creation of British artist Luke Jerram. Street pianos have been installed in 37 cities across the globe. Just about every Boston area neighborhood has a piano, on a street corner or on a public walkway, where anyone can sit down at and play. The North End has one at Old North Church. East Boston has one, decorated to resemble an airplane, greet- ing international arrivals at Logan Airport Terminal E. I've played the pianos in City Hall Plaza, by the Old State House. Downtown at Readers Park (by the Irish Famine Memorial, in front of the old Boston Five Cents Savings Bank Building) and at the top of Boston Com- mon behind the Shaw/54  Regiment Memorial. Kudos! to whomever in the mayor's office helped bring this about. It is the best "street art" installation I have ever heard of, let alone seen and participated in. As I struggling with a simple melody at a downtown piano on a warm autumn lunch hour a shirtless young man in running shorts stopped his jog to ask if I decorated the piano, I said no, and that the instrument is for anyone. As I started to head back to my office he sat and played classical music with skill you'd expect at symphony hall, I stayed and listened for about three min- utes, until he suddenly Play it Again, Sam jumped up and continued his run up Beacon Hill. Another lunch hour a man in a business suit, with the look of a lawyer, stopped his brisk walk, sat and belted out some most excellent "boogie-woogie" eight-to-the- bar. Then he was quickly on his way to what, undoubt- edly, was some terribly im- portant business, yet not so important that it couldn't wait a few minutes While he entertained the crowd. He was followed by a woman tourist who played "How Great Thou Art" while a few of us passers-by joined in singing that beloved Swed- ish Protestant hymn. Oh, as for my playing? Remember how Victor Borge would begin his comedic piano performances? "Do you like good music? [audience replies Yes] Too bad, you've come to the wrong place." Happy Co/umbus Day & Ce/ebrate Ita/0000 Her00ge M00,,ck/ CARLO BASILE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 1st SUFFOLK DISTRICT ..... I I Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the staff of the Sheriff's Department wish everyone a wonderful Columbus Day Parade, Congressman MIKE CAPUANO