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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS We have been asked more than once who invented radio? Marconi! Yes, an Italian. And the first radio station in America was KDKA in Pittsburgh. In 1922 we had 550 licensed radio stations in total and more than 1.5 million radio receivers -- and radio was barely two years old! With the begin- ning of radio came the beginning of many forms of radio entertainment and informa- tion gathering. WBZ was first located in Springfield going back to 1921. The history of radio would require hundreds and hun- dreds of pagesT So who were some of the WBZ Boston staff? Carl deSuze, Ron Landry, Jay Dunn, Dave Maynard, Dick Summer, Bob Kennedy and Bruce Bradley. So who were some of radio's favorites? Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jack Benny, Amos and Andy, Ed Bergen's Charlie McCarthy, Spike Jones, Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor, Danny Kaye, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, Dave Garroway, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Bob Hope, Shep Fields, Judy Canova, Ed Sullivan, and programs such as The Green Hornet, Bums and Allen, Lux Radio Theatre, The Lone Ranger, Kate Smith, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Aldrich Family. Thank you, Marconi! The word Radio is a beautiful Italian word. Boston's WHDH Radio was one of the most listened to radio stations! The morning was dominated by the witty Jess Cain and followed by the housewives' favorite, Fred B. Cole. My dear mother was a fan of Fred B. Cole. Yes, we worked in radio as Promotion Director of WCOP Radio in Boston. Also, my great wife Marilyn worked there doing a weekly children's show, The Young Timer's Club. She was known as Marilyn Mitchell and her true name was Marianne Barretta. Marilyn also did a Saturday morning TV show at WBZ-TV. She was a great actress and my favorite Sicilian. For the record, Dick Hartman, general manager of WBZ Radio, tempted me to do a talk show on the weekends. My dear wife discouraged me since she said it would put an end to our social life. And so it goes. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says "In the old days comedians took a dirty joke and cleaned it up for radio. Today he hears a clean joke and dirties it up for television." The lovely and brilliant Lisa Cappuccio, says, "One good thing about radio -- it never shows old movies." According to the astute and charming Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, a certain radio station phoned one thousand men, asking to whom they were listening. Ninety-seven percent said they were listening to their wives. So what else is new? After helping his fam- ily escape from a burning house, a Georgia man raced back into the flames to save his stash of Bud Light. "I went back into the house like a dummy," said Walter Serpit. "I was trying to get my beer out. You feel me?" Wow! Sultan Kosen, who at 8-foot-3 is the world's tallest man, after he married 5-foot- 9 Merve Dibo in Turkey. "Everyone told me not to marry him because of his height," said Dibo. "But I fell in love with his heart, not his height." Big deal! Revenge! After a Colorado man testified that to keep his estranged wife from get- ting half of their life savings, he converted the $500,000 into gold -- and dumped the gold into a trash bin. "Damn right I did," said Earl Ray Jones, 52. What a Citrulol Myths about lightning. After Texas rodeo clown Casey Wagner was struck by light- ning while hiding from a storm under a tree. When he didn't move, he was struck again. "I can tell you one thing," said Wagner. "I'm going to start going to church more." Amen. A lot of chicken --! California police are using a cop in a chicken suit to ensnare careless drivers. The 6-foot-tall chicken ambles across school crosswalks that many motorists have been carelessly driving through. Any driver who fails to stop for a 6-foot-tall chicken trying to cross the road, police reasoned, also wouldn't stop for a 4-foot-tall student. Officers ended up tick- eting 31 drivers who didn't yield to the big bird. "Even though the decoy was wearing a bright yellow costume, said a police spokesman," O O O most drivers stated they did not see him." It was on this day, November 22 nd we lost our great president John F. Kennedy. Dozens of new books on John F. Kennedy are being published to coincide with the 50 th anniversary of his assassination. Since 1963, there have been more than 40,000 books published on JFK. We met JFK after World War II when a group of us were gathered in Orient Heights, East Boston. JFK was part of that group that was talking about their experiences during the war. Unbelievable! About 500 children and t,eenagers die in U.S. hospitals every year f/rom gunshot wounds, and another 7,500 arrive injured by gunshots -- totals that have climbed by more than 60 percent over a decade. Most of these shootings involve handguns. Ugh. Social Security benefits will rise just 1.5 percent next year, marking one of the smallest annual cost-of-living increases ever. The adjustment will add about $19 to monthly Social Security checks, raising the average benefit to 81,294. The small increase is largely due to low inflation, as cverall prices rose just 1.2 percent over the past year. Sweet memories! Less sugar, more nnemoryl Having even slightly high blood sugar levels could put you at risk for memory problems. More than 140 healthy people, who did not have diabetes or pre-diabetes, were given memory tests by researchers. Those with lower blood sugar levels achieved bet- ter scores than those with higher levels. These results suggest that even for people within the normal range of blood sugar, low- ering their blood sugar levels could be a promising strategy for preventing memory problems and cognitive decline as they age. e boo/de! A Texas man was jailed for fail- ing to return a library book he checked out in 2010. Copperas Cove law allows police to arrest anyone who has not returned an overdue book within 90 days. "Nobody wants to get arrested over a library book," said Municipal Court Judge Bill Price. How true. Christina Quinlan of Russo's Imports, says, "The only book that really tells you where you can go on your vacation is your checkbook." Barbara D'Amico also of Russo Imports, says, "So many books are now being writ- ten on how to speak that there ought to be a inarket for one on how to shut up." Remember, the next time you enter a branch of The Bank of America, give thanks to Amadeo Peter Giannini, the founder. He was also the founder of The Bank of Italy. Of course, it was changed to The Bank of America. Reminiscing with the wondrous stately rlusicologist Albert Natale. The first piano was created in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori who called it piano e forte. Italians gave birth t jazz! It began in the 1880's in New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants, who came to New Orleans with their musical instruments. flick LaRocca and his Original Dixieland Band was the first jazz band to cut a record, sell over 1 million records, and tour America and Europe. East Boston produced many, many, great Italian American musicians from 1920 to 1960. Of course, one of the most famous of all was Geraldo Graziano ... Jerry 6ray. Another popular East Bostonian was t'ete Chiriani better known as Pete Herman. Pete and his trio used to work at the Hi-Hat Club in Boston where they used to broad- cast on WHDH Radio. And let us not forget, it was Louis Prima who created "Sing, Sing" which was first performed by Benny 6oodman at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Patured a young drummer Gene Krupa. And i: was Joe Venuti of Philadelphia who intro- cuced the violin to the world of jazz. ZMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes From the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED NONNA LUCY'S TURKEY STUFFING 2 large onions chopped 3 celery stalks chopped 2 cans chicken broth 2 chicken bouillon cubes 1 pound of white or brown instant rice 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning 2 eggs slightly beaten 1 small French bread cubed 3/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts) 2 tablespoons grated Romano Cheese 1/4 cup white wine 4 tablespoons butter or margarine Salt and pepper One day earlier, cube bread and place in a paper bag to dry, or slightly toast cubed bread and cool on day of stuffing preparation. Use one can of chicken broth as the liquid for cooking the instant rice and follow direction on package for cook- ing time. When cooked, cover and set aside. Meanwhile melt butter or margarine in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and celery. Stir and cook until onion is opaque. Remove from burner. Carefully add remaining can of chicken broth to the skillet. Return to burner and heat broth slowly. Add cubed bread to the broth and mix until all bread is softened. If needed, add one chicken bouillon cube to one cup of boiling water. Dissolve bouillon cube and add gradually to bread as needed. Combine rice and softened bread in a large bowl. Add pars- ley, poultry seasoning, grated cheese, wine, and pine nuts. Mix thoroughly. Salt to taste and store in refrigerator. When you are ready to bake the turkey, mix slightly beaten eggs thoroughly into the stuffing before you fill the turkey cav- ity. Place stuffed turkey into a proper-size baking pan and bake in preheated oven at 325F until fork tender. Since my family enjoys having some stuffing baked sepa- rately, I oil spray a 9" x 9" baking dish, or size needed to bake any remaining stuffing. Baste both turkey and the separate pan of stuffing with turkey pan drippings. This recipe is for a fifteen-pound turkey. NOTE: I remember the days, as a child, when I grated the cheese and chopped the onion and celery for my mother for her turkey stuffing. My children, who called their maternal grand- mother "Nonna," learned to prepare this same recipe by help- ing as I had done. Now we have another generation -- my grandchildren -- eager to follow in this tradition. * Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) Thanksgiving, just like it is this year but I don't remem- ber anything about Thanks- giving that year. It was dif- ficult to be happy and joy- ful when we just watched our president getting buried in Arlington National Cemetery. My father had Pearl Har- bor December 7, 1941, I had November 22, 1963 and now my 13-year-old daughter had September 11, 2001. Each of these horrible events change all of us. These are three dates in our history that will never be forgotten by those who witnessed them. I asked my father after 1963 if the killing of Presi- dent Kennedy was different ! om I YBakery I' Perch 1 W t TA 0 it L A N 1) O  l N o 1,o L I from Pearl Harbor, he called both the same in a different way. I remember after 9/11 thinking how I was feeling comparing 1963 with 2001. Sadly, terrible things hap- pen in our national life. Things we can witness but never quite understand. There are always so many "whys" to ask and too many questions never quite answered. As a babyboomer I can only hope such tragedies never happen again but know that they can. America changed forever for me back on November 22, 1963 just as I guess it did for my father back in 1941 and for my daughter in 2001. 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON. COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN