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Page2 PoST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 4, 2011 Stirpe Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage.., our roots. HADRIAN -- HIS PERSONAL LIFE Hadrian was quite tall and was elegant in appearance. His hair was curled by arti- ficial means, and he wore a full beard to cover some birth- marks on his face. He rode and walked a great deal and kept fit by using arms, the javelin and by hunting. He was in one person, many things; austere and genial, dignified and playful, slug- gish and yet quick to act, miserly but yet generous, deceitful but yet honest, cruel but yet merciful, and in all matters and at all times he was changeable. His vigilance was not confined to the military, but was extended to his private household, and to that of his friends as well. Private agents were used for this purpose and it was con- ducted so skillfully that the persons involved were never aware of it. This habit of probing into the affairs of his friends coupled with his notorious passion for males, and adulteries with married women, are listed among his most grievous faults. Hadrian often visited the public baths and bathed with the commoners. One day he observed an old soldier who was scratching his back against the marble wall. When asked the reasons why, the veteran replied that he did not own a slave to rub him. The man was soon pre- sented with-some slaves and the cost of their mainte- nance. Others who tried this trick later were called out of the pool and forced to rub each other. He gave public games and constructed fine buildings in many cities of the Empire, while in Rome he furnished public entertainment which was of unbounded extrava- gance. He gave rare spices to the people in honor of his mother-in-law, and at one time even spread costly perfumes in the theater in honor of Trajan. Plays were presented in the theaters, wild beast fights were held in the circus and he even produced public exhibitions of ancient Greek (Pyrrhic) dances. He was responsible for restoring many public buildings but insisted that the original dedication he preserved. One of his most noteworthy projects was the relocation of the Colossus of Nero while keeping it up- right at all times. As many as 20 elephants were used during this project. When the relocation was completed, Nero's features were re- moved and the statue was dedicated to the Sun. NEXT WEEK: Hadrian, His Military Life NEAD COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNERS FOR 2011 2011 Robert Decristoforo President's Award: Matt Conti 2011 Barbara Decristoforo Senior Award: Lillian Ferullo and Mary Anne Tordiglione 2011 Emily Pugliano Public Service Award: Nicole Leo 2011 John Dexter Award Unsung Hero Award: Rebecca Griffin 2011 Uncle Fred Carangelo'Organization Award: Friends of the North End Library 2011 N.E.A.D. Alumnus Award: John Pagliuca 2011 Andy Puopolo Youth Award: Alexis Scalia 2011 Walter Salvi NSTAR Business Award: Dayco Services 2011 Anthony Morella Good Guy Award: Boston Parks "North End Crew" The banquet vcill be held on Saturday, . November 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm at Filippo's Restaurant. There are still some tickets available. Please e-mail John Romano at jromano4 5 @gmail. corn. II Giovar00| Ifali Teddy/0000 Press his furry paw, and in Italian he greets you, inviting you to re- spond. Join him when he counts to ten, and when he sings, "Giro, Giro, Ton&" and "La Bella Lavanderina." Listen while Giovanni teaches you "Good Night" and "Good Bye" with the promise of seeing you again. Giovanni speaks only Italian and comes with a translation guide. Giovanni's sweater bears the Italian colors and on the bottom of his left foot, a miniature Italian flag. This cuddly 15' bear is a must for... $34.95 + S&H Order Giovanni and other Italian children's products online at 310-427-2700 call for a free catalog! 2)ea,t .9.nd FATHER BEDE FERRARA, O.F.M. on his First Anniversary October 22, 2010 from the Edwards Family in New York Gain 1,OOO Pounds And Feel Good About It: Adopt-A-Manate Save the Manatee. Club 500 N. MAITLAND AVE. MAITLAND, FL 32751 1-800-432-JOIN (ss4s) TONY DeMARCO Honored at West End Museum Tony DeMarco and James Campano On October 26, 2011, as part of its ongoing celebra- tion of Italian Heritage Month, the West End Museum honored Tony DeMarco in recognition of his contri- bution to the history and culture of the West End, preserving the Italian American history of the neigh- borhood. A longtime friend of the West End Museum, DeMarco was welcomed by Executive Director Duane Lucia and members of the Museum's Board of Directors. The former undisputed Welterweight Champion of the World, DeMarco grew up in the North End but cut his boxing teeth beginning at age 11 at a West End Boys Club. Born Leonardo Liotta, the Boston legend took on his new name when he used the birth cer- tificate of one Tony DeMarco in order to box profes- sionally when the minimum qualifying age was 18 (DeMarco was 16 at the time). During the 1950s, DeMarco fought and defeated the top contenders and champions in his division, in- cluding Kid Gavilan, Paddy DeMarco, Teddy "Red Top" Davis, Chico Vejar and Don Jordan. On April 1, 1955, he defeated Johnny Saxton by TKO in the 14 a round and won the welterweight title. DeMarco's epic bouts against Carmen Basilio, despite losing him the title, are considered among the greatest matches in boxing history. DeMarco is no stranger to honors with a street named after him in the North End (Tony DeMarco Way) and induction into the National Italian Ameri- can Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF). In August 2011, DeMarco was named "Man of the Year" at the North End's annual Fisherman's Feast and released his autobiography, Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. On October 10, 2011, the NIASHF announced plans to erect a statue of DeMarco in the North End. . I 00arth nd 00hriarrnaa Fund Luncheon Banatlt Par Harth End Fam//iea and /der/00t Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:00 Noon FILIPPO'S RISTORANTE BALLROOM 283 Causeway Street, Boston, Massachusetts Tickets On Sale At: NORTH END HEALTH CENTER . DONATION $20.00 PER PERSON ADMITTANCE BY TICKET ONLY WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM