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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 26, 2012 1 ! 00,ay Barron'e 1 O'CLOCK NEW5 Baby talk! The U.S. birthrate fell last year for the fourth year in a row, dropping to its lowest level on record. Demographers say hard times are causing women to postpone having children. Well, there will be less need for babysitters. For the record, there is an art to babysitting. It isn't easy to watch TV, read a book and eat a sandwich while the kids are crying. Wow! A total of 67.2 million people watched this year's first presidential debate on TV, making it the most watched first debate since Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan's only debate in 1980. The TV audience was larger than for any of President Obama's 2008 debates, either of his convention speeches or any of his State of the Union addresses. A tip for wine drinkers. You've probably tried putting white wine in the freezer to chill it quickly. To speed the process further, wrap the bottle in a wet kitchen towel before placing it in the icebox. The quick-freezing towel will drop the wines's temperature to 50 degrees in just 30 minutes. To remove the towel once it's frozen, just run the bottle briefly under the tap. Speaking of wine, this was usually the time of the year many individuals made a barrel or more of the wine. Yes, they pur- chased the grapes fresh off a train in Chelsea. My stepfather employed a couple of young Italians to create the wine. The wine cellar still exists in his home but the barrels are empty. Reminder! Remember you never, never drink wine while eating a salad. Wine is not compatible to vinegar. This is why salads are usually served at the end of your main course. Thanksgiving Day lies ahead! Ah, there's nothing like Thanksgiving in an Italian home. We begin with antipasto and calzone, followed by chicken escarole soup. Next, ravioli, chicken cutlet Parmigiana or veal cutlet Parmigiana or manicotti with cutlets. Finally, the roasted turkey! "How much more can we eat?" Eat7 EatT Enjoy your Thanks- giving Day! Carlo Scostumato says, "Scientists tell us we are what we eat. Nuts must be more common in diets than we thought." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill agrees with Carlo. "There are many nuts out there!" Stay asleep! Tossing and turning all night slows you down so much you might not even notice it! Participants in a study pub- lished in the Journal of Vision had their snooze time cut from ten hours per night to a scant six -- and that messed up their performances on simple computer tasks. "Especially if people do that on a regular basis, they may not realize how impaired they are by their own sleepiness," says Jeanne Duffy of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. So how do we fall asleep? In brief, we read in bed. Off goes the night lamp and now we think of the night in Bastogne, Belgium when we were assigned to stand guard duty in a blizzard! There we were freezing with icicles hanging from our nose! The Ger- mans would shoot up flares and, of course, if they spotted movements they would be- gin to shell the area. Frankly, we were ready to move in order to stop the suffering and then we felt the presence of my father who encouraged me to stop worrying. I would survive! All we kept thinking of was being home in a warm bed. So here we are today! The 1 percent who are also the 47 per- cent: The Congressional Research Service found that 2,362 people legally collected unemployment benefits in 2009 despite living in households with income of $1 mil- lion or more. A lot of American families are so poor they have only one automobile and one boat. Paul Waters of Swampscott says, "The poor complain about the money they can't get and the rich complain about the money they can't keep." The astute and charming Lucille A. Monuteaux thinks it's pretty hard to tetl what brings happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed." Congratu- lationsY Drew Barry- more has be- O O O come a par- , ent for the first time according to YahooNews.com. The actress, 37, gave birth to Olive Barrymore Kopelman, her daughter with art consultant husband Will Kopelman. The Charlie's Angels star said recently that she would take a break from acting to raise her family. "I'm happy in my own life," she said. "I don't need to play at being someone else right now." Ready for this? A mother may hope that her daughter will get a,.better husband than she did, but she know,Is Jher sonnyill, never get as good a wife as his father did. Some interesting, useless information! Mozart is buried in an unmarked pauper's grave. And Mozart wrote the nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" at the age of five. Before the turn of the century newspapers were called tabloids, chronicle, gazettes, etc. Most had local stories and far away stories were quite old because it took a while for stories to travel (and of course, they were subject to changes from hand to hand}. With the advent of the teletype, stories could be broadcast all over at unheard of speed. Sev- eral of the papers started carrying a section with stories from all over, north, east, west, and south -- and that's why they are called news papers. It was in 1896 the Post-Gazette came into this world. To think, it was in 1896 the first underground rail service on the European continent began at Budapest where a 2.5- mile electric subway goes into operation. And also under construction in Boston was an underground rail service,It would,be in 1897 when it was finally in service. Oscar winning actress Goldie Hawn, 66, comes clean! The great actress is an accomplished ballerina. Her dad, Rut, is descended from Edward Rutledge, the young- est person to sign the Declaration of Inde- pendence in 1776. She refuses to wed her boyfriend of nearly three decades, Kurt Russell, because she prefers to be known as his girlfriend. Goldie got a shock at the birth of her daughter Kate Hudson. She was first told her baby was a boy! She has four grandsons who call her "Gogo," her nick- name from when she was young. She has a new book called 10 Mindful Minutes, which teaches parents and educators about yoga and meditation for kids. You name it! Chinese parents aren't doing their children any favors by giving them unusual names, said Bai Ping. For centu- ries, Chinese parents named their children for desirable attributes, using characters that meant happy, strong or healthy, or for things in nature like flowers, trees or animals. A wee bit of show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Bandleader Ray Anthony began playing trumpet at age five in his father's Antonini Family Orchestra. Harry James was barely a teenager when he joined the Benny Goodman band in December, 1936. Band- leader Jan Savitt's father played in Tsar Nicholas II's Imperial Regiment Band. His family moved to the United States in 1914. Savitt was a child prodigy on violin. Hits: "It's a Wonderful World", "Mexican Shuffle" and "Make Believe Island." AI Natale reports, the hits of the Post World War II, were, "It' Been a Long, Long Time," recorded by Harry James & his Orchestra. "Oh! What It Seemed to Be," sung by Frank Sinatra. "Seems Like Old Times," by Vaughn Monroe. Perry Como had two hits: "Prisoner of Love," and "Some Enchanted Evening." Tony Martin made a big hit with "There's No Tomorrow." Remember, these are some of the songs of the Post World War II era. Let's not forget other favorites of that period such as the Pied Pipers singing "My Happi- ness" and Buddy Clark's "Peg O' My Heart." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL NAME Recipes From the Homeland i by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SHRIMP AND SALMON IN OVER LINGUINE (In White Sauce) 4 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves of chopped garlic 1/2 pound medium shrimp 1/2 pound salmon 1 pound linguine 2 bottles clam juice BIANCO 1 tablespoon chopped parsley i tablespoon chopped chives 3 tablespoons white wine Salt Romano or Parmesan grated cheese Remove any skin from salmon steak. Cut up into one- inch portions. Wash and set aside. Remove skin and wash shrimp. Set aside in a separate bowl. In a skillet, soften butter and then add oil to heat. Add chopped garlic and sfinfner for a feW seconds. Do not brown garlic. Lower heat. Add salmon pieces and toss until all pieces begin to whiten. Then add shrimp and toss until all shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat. Add clam juice, parsley, and chives to shrimp and salmon. When mixture comes to a boil, add wine. Bring to a slow boil again. Then remove from burner. Cover and set aside. Cook linguine according to directions on the package. When pasta is almost cooked, add chopped chives to shrimp and salmon mixture and begin to heat on a separate burner. After straining pasta, place into a serving platter or bowl and add shrimp and salmon broth from saucepan. Top each serving with shrimp and salmon pieces. Serve with preferred grated cheese. Serves four. NOTE: In the past, we have enjoyed littleneck clams with linguine in our home, but occasionally I change the recipe slightly. I use salmon and shrimp in place of littleneck clams. I add butter to the recipe along with some chives and wine for a different flavor. This is served with warm garlic bread, a fresh green salad, and white wine. What are These Fees (Continued from Page 4) and poor performance hinder the growth of your retire- ment assets and thus the lifestyle you may hope to have in retirement. This is money you will not be able to make up and it is impor- tant to ensure you are maxi- mizing the effectiveness of your plan. The first step to accomplishing that is under- standing it. While the changes coming into effect are a step in the right direction, there is still a gray area for certain fees. It is important to understand fully what you are paying, from transaction costs of the underlying mutual funds (the cost for a mutual fund to trade, highly affected by turnover ratio) to the record keeping fees within the plan. Not a lot of time or en- ergy is required to be edu- cated in this arena and that small amount of time is one of the best investments you can make as it can have a dramatic effect on how you live your life in retirement. Joseph S. Vita is a financial advisor with Trilogy Financial Services. Joe has been working in the financial industry for 30+ years; he is the former vice chairman of the Boston Stock Exchange, and vice president of Jones Trading LLC. Joe currently works with business owners and 401(k) plan partici- pants to maximize their potential. To find out more about 401(k) fees or to contact -Joe-" 78,!.-933-6533 ext 26-16 or joe.vita@trUogyfsicom, hll.lwtt..tft.Com/, oil I The opinions voiced inCVJliis article are for generalziforma- tion only. They are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Securities and advisory services offered through National Planning Corporation (NPC). Member FINRA, SIPC. A Registered Investment Adviser. Trilogy Financial Services and NPC are separate and unrelated entitles. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced an d must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. 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