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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 Ray Barton's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS. So what's new? The recently released list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities, once again had Michael Jackson as the top dead earner. His estate pulled in a staggering $170 mil- lion in the last 12 months thanks to his music sales and share of the Sony/ATV catalog. The Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis helped secure second place for Elvis Presley on the Forbes list with an impressive $55 million. The King's hits Hound Dog and Heartbreak Hotel combined with takings from Graceland also helped boost earnings. Marilyn Monroe took third with $27 million, while Peanuts creator Charles Schulz placed fourth at $25 million. Elizabeth Taylor made her debut on the list with Beatle John Lennon -- 812 million. Rounding out the top 15 top earning notables are: Albert Einstein -- $10 million, Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel -- $9 million, Jimi Hendrix, Steve McQueen and Broadway composer Richard Rodgers -- all tied at 87 million, George Harrison, pinup queen Bettie Page and Andy Warhol -- each with $6 million. Ah, money! We heard many banks have a new kind of Christmas Club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year's gifts. Yes! It's time to think of ChristmasY Christmas Day, December 25, falls on a Sunday. Well, we look forward to receiving Christmas gifts such as a jar of baccala. My home address: 43 Pleasant St., Nahant, MA. 01908. Please! No Christmas cards with mustard stains on them. The practice of exchanging presents at Christmas originated with the Romans. And it was only after 440 C.E. that December 25 was celebrated as the birth date of Jesus Christ. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared that the tree set up in the Capitol Rotunda this December will be known as a "Christ- mas tree," instead of a holiday tree. Jolly good! Amazing! Victor Giesbrecht, 61, stopped on a Wisconsin highway to help a stranger, Sara Berg, change a tire. After he drove off, Giesbrecht suffered a heart attack; Berg then stopped her car, and saved his life by performing CPR. Bless her. Rumors! Kate Middleton may be pregnant, says the London Daily Mirror. Though she remains rail-thin, the Duchess of Cam- bridge fueled rumors that she's with child wearing a baggy coat at a public appearance in Denmark, and then declining to join her husband, Prince William, in tasting peanut butter being sent to victims of an African famine. Expectant mothers are advised not to eat peanut butter because it might trig- ger an allergy in their children, royal watch- ers noted. One onlooker told the Mail, "Kate would not stop touching her tummy. She continually patted it and held her hands against it." A cleaning woman damaged a $I million art installation at a German museum by wiping up what she thought was dirt. Part of the piece, titled When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling, by the late Martin Kippenberger, was a trough painted to look as if it had been stained by rainwater. The cleaner scrubbed the trough clean, said a museum spokes- man, and "it is now impossible to return it to its original state." One more time! Ten body parts are only three letters long: eye, ear, leg, arm, jaw, gum, toe, lip, hip and rib. Are they out there? In response to an online petition signed by more than 12,000 people, the White House has formally denied any knowledge of extraterrestrial life. The petitioners asked that the government admit that it's had contact with aliens, but the Obama administration responded that the government has "no credible evidence" UFOs have visited Earth or that "life exists outside our planet." Why diets usually fail: Hormones, not lack of willpower, may explain why four out of five people who lose weight gain it all back within a few years. A new study has found that even a year after dieters lose weight, their bodies are still sending them strong and often irresistible hormonal signals to eat more. Rudolph Leibel, an obesity re- searcher at Columbia I 0 o 0 University, tells The New York Times. By dieting, he says, "You are putting your body into circumstance it will resist." As they say, "Eat all you want but just don't swallow!" As we once reported, scientists tell us we are what we eat; Nuts must be more com- mon in diets than we thought. The astute and lovely Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "With all the diets we hear about, it appears there are more problem eaters than problem drinkers." According to Tom Analetto, the unofficial mayor of Medford, "People who are forced to eat their own words should find it a good diet to reduce their big mouths." Legendary star James Garner is coming clean about his life in his new memoir. In The Garner Files, the ailing 83-year-old actor Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGH'I RESERVED REGINA Sesame Seed Cookies 3 eggs 3 cups flour V2 pound shortening (butter, 1 I/2 teaspoons vanilla margarine or butter- 2 teaspbons baking powder flavored Crisco) 4 to 6 ounces sesume seeds I cup sugar 1 beaten egg for egg wash Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour and baking powder. This will be soft cookie dough. Place sesame seeds in a five-inch bowl. Using teaspoon, drop a spoonful of cookie mixture into the sesame bowl. Gently cover with seeds and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. If desired, beat one egg. Using a pastry brush spread egg wash over cookies prior to baking. Bake in preheated 350F oven for fifteen to twenty minutes or until done. Makes about five dozen cookies. Store in a cookie canister. NOTE: My introduction to the Regina cookies was in the 1950s when the family decided to bake and sell a selection of cookies in our bakery along with the Italian bread. This sesame seed cookie continues to be popular in my family. I prepare this downsized recipe to bake for use at home and to give as gifts reveals all his painful secrets, including the during holiday. shame he felt when an evil stepmother forced him to wear dresses and answer to a girl's name- and the fact that he's been a pot head for an astounding half a century! "Grass is smooth," he writes. "I smoked marijuana for 50 years. I don't know where Old North Church's I'd be without it. It opened my mind to a lot of things, and now its active ingredient, PiccoIi Regali Program THC, relaxes me and eases my arthritis pain." Born Fames Scott Bumgarner in 1928, and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, the little boy never knew his mother, who died when he was four years old. His father Weldom remarried to a woman named Wilma, nick- named "Red." That's when his real troubles began. "Red was a nasty b***h," Garner writes. "On top of the beatings, Red liked to put me in a dress and make everyone call me "Louise." Garner finally exploded, flat- tened Red with a punch and started chok- ing her. His father kicked his wife out, but not before the damage was done. The actor admits he now has a hair-trigger temper. Enough said! Bad news for women who like their booze! Just a few alcoholic drinks a week are enough to raise a woman's breast-cancer risk, a new study suggests. Harvard Univer- sity researchers tracked the drinking hab- its of more than I00,000 women over 28 years and found that just three glasses of wine or beer per week increased their breast-cancer risk by 15 percent compared On Saturday, December 3, 2011, Old North Church will with teetotalers. Downing more than two re-open for the fourth year its Piccoli Regali (Little Gifts) glasses a day increased their risk by 50 per- program. Piccoli Regali is about neighbors helping neigh- cent. And even if women quit drinking later bors by providing a small bag of food accompanied by tea, in life, their alcohol consumption between cookies and conversation. Laughter and friendships are ages 18 and 40 still had some effect. Moder- by-products of our Saturday gatherings. The program is open ate drinking is known to lower the risk of to North End residents and held each non-holiday Saturday stroke and heart disease, which the aver- from i0:00 am to 12:30 pm and will continue through April age woman has a 50 percent chance at some 2012. It is held at the parish house located on the first floor point in her life; the average chance of of 193 Salem Street adjacent to the church. developing breast cancer is 12 percent. For further information call 617-523-6676 or email A wee bit of show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. More than any other group, the Casa Loma Orchestra set the stage for the emergence Ist Generation of the swing bands and, eventually, the blossoming of the entire Big Band Era. Italian-American In the summer of 1941, Tommy Dorsey's band outranked Glenn Miller's band in the girl Orlando Sinopoli popularity polls Bandleader Ray Anthony Shares with us began playing trumpet at age five in his father's "Antonini Family Orchestra" (1927). a delightful recollection From Art Mooney, althougb an accomplished . olher,.e,noriesasa00hild bandleader and arranger created a success- rg|gry growing up in ful formula of vocal choruses, banjo strum- - Perc|1 ming and the like in the late 1950s. His  Boston's "Littleltaly" biggest hit triggered it all: "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" in 1947. And dulie and a collection of Andrews was passed over for the lead in "My Italian family recipes Fair Lady." Instead, she made her film debut \\;:'r, ()tl.Do 5!ovot from the homeland. in an even bigger hit, "Mary Poppins," which won her a Best Actress Oscar in 1964. And Louis Armstrong was reportedly reluctant Great as Gifts to record "I Can't Get Started With You," say- FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM ing the song belonged to Bunny Berrigan and and in local bookstores -- ask for no one else. Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME I