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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER28, 2012 Ray Barron' I A newly erected Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state capitol contains several typos. The ACLU complains that the 2,000-pound monument is an improper state endorsement of the Christian religion, but English pedants are also upset as the word "Sabbath" is spelled "Sabbeth" on the monument and "maidservant" is rendered "maidseruent." Wowl Graham Hughes, a British adven- turer, became the first person to visit all 201 nations in the world without flying. Hughes used boats, buses, taxis and his own two feet to travel 160,000 miles in 1,426 days. "I wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place," Hughes said. Dummy! A Kentucky high school teacher crooks most highly con- centrated in Alabama, the O O O Carolinas, ~ Delaware, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. Moving around! Americans are moving overseas to find work. Some 6.3 million U.S. citizens are now studying or working abroad, the highest number ever recorded. Gee, we wonder if some Americans go to Italy to study how to make pizza and pasta fagioli. Teens' bodybuilding obsession! The quest for big, well-defined muscles is causing a surprising number of teenage boys and girls to adopt extreme diets and take possibly wrote on the blackboard of her psychology harmful supplements. A new study of middle cl i: oi iCan't be a Democrat and gg, to'"and high school students shows that roughly ,, .l~ . . heaven. School officials later apologized,one in 20 boys and slightly fewer girls have Ah, politics! Politics is like milking a cow. You can accomplish a lot if you have a little pull. Scornata! Police ordered a Louisiana woman to take down Christmas lights she arranged in the shape of a hand "flipping the bird." Sarah Henderson admits the lights were designed to send a message to her neighbors, which the police deemed obscene. The ACLU objected, saying that in our Constitution, "even things like the raised middle finger are protected speech." Omar Sharif is in the news! Omar can thank bad English cooking for his career, said Stuart Heritage in The Guardian (U.K.). As the only son of a wealthy family in Alexandria, Egypt, Sharif enjoyed a life of indulgence. He gorged on candy and cakes and by age 10 was so obese that his socialite mother decided to take radical action. She said, "The only thing is to put him in an English boarding school. The food will be so horrible that he'll lose weight." The plan worked -- Sharif shed pounds and discovered a love of acting after being cast in school plays. "So I became thin, learned to become an actor and learned En- glish. All because my mother didn't like look- ing at her fat son." Sharffs chiseled good looks won him a leading role in 1962's Lawrence of Arabia, which transformed the actor into an international sex symbol. In 1970, a gun- wielding woman burst into his Dallas hotel room demanding he make love to her. Sharif politely demurred, explaining that the pistol had taken the edge off his desire, "as it would with anyone from Errol Flynn to Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller." For the record, Omar ShariPs true name is Michel Shalhouz. Speaking of true names, Susan Sarandon's true name is Susan Tomaling. Frankie Valli's true name is Frank Castelluccio. Ramon Novarro's true name is Jose Ramon Samaniegos. Marilyn Monroe's true name is Norma Jean Mortenson (later Baker). Carmen Miranda's true name is Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha. Al Pacino's true name is Alfredo Pacino. Bernadette Peters' tried steroids. "We were very alarmed by the high numbers of youths using muscle en- hancers," University of Minnesota professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer tells She says teens are trying to emulate the chiseled and muscular athletes and stars they see in the media. Steroids can stunt growth, increase blood pressure and cause acne and depression. Other supplements can undermine a balanced diet, which is particu- larly important in the teen years. "We need to move away from the idea of an "ideal body shape" toward an acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes," Neumark-Sztainer says. Speaking of bodybuilding, during my boy- hood years, we had a pear-shaped body! Yes! We enjoyed my mother's cooking! Happy New Year! Joe Albano of Revere says, "Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits." Christina Quinlan of Windham, New Hampshire says, "The New Year is like a new baby -- many changes will be necessary, some of which may be neglected." Barbara D'Amico of Nahant claims a New Year's resolution is "something that goes in one year and out the other." Carlo Scostumato and Lucille Monuteaux of Revere say, "May your troubles in the coming New Year be as short-lived as your resolutions." Robyn Waters of Swampscott says, "A New Year's resolution is a promise to stop doing everything you enjoy most." Bright ideal Jersey City is erecting a three- story "eye in the sky" surveillance tower to monitor a high-crime area. The tower, equipped with video cameras, is a response to police budget cuts. "It's another step we have to take as we embrace technology," said Police Chief Tom Comey. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. At the age of six, actress June Hayer played piano with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She later sang with the Dick Jurgens, Freddy Martin, Ted Fio Rito and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras. Lest we forget, it was Duke Ellington who was quoted as saying "It don't true name is Bernadette Lazzaro. Joan Riv- i mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." A quote ers' true name is Joan Sandra Molinsky. from songwriter Sammy Cahn, "My first les- Barbara Stanwyck's true name is Ruby Stevens. And Mac West's true name is Mae Cohen. Mae West passed away in 1980 at the age of 88 from complications following a stroke. Mae West is buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. "Come up and see me sometime." Born on this date, December 28, 1856, President Woodrow Wilson, who stated in his address to Congress: "The world must be made safe for democracy." And on this date, December 28th, in 1908, an earthquake killed over 75,000 in Messina, Italy. Heavy weights! American men are weigh- ing in at an average of 196 pounds, 16 pounds more than in 1990, a new Gallup survey has found. The average weight for women jumped 14 pounds -- to 156 pounds -- over the same period. Gallup estimates 62 percent of Ameri- cans are either overweight or obese. Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "Few women believe what their mirrors and bath- room scales tell them." Be aware, as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. New research suggests that there are roughly 10,000 identity theft rings in the U.S., with ! i Reclpes from the l lG m el 3nd I by Vita Orlando Sinopoli +/II COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED NONNA MARY'S FRITTEDI 1-I/4 pounds ground beef 2 eggs 3 tablespoons grated Romano cheese 1 large chopped garlic cup flavored bread crumbs 2 tablespoons olive, canola or vegetable oil Salt Combine ground beef, grated cheese, chopped garlic and bread crumbs in a bowl. Add slightly beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. To shape Frittedi, take about two tablespoons of prepared ground beef in your hands, roll and then flatten it to the shape and size of a hamburger. Continue shaping portions and set aside on a platter. This should make about eight Frittedi. Heat oil in a skillet. Then carefully place Frittedi in the skillet to fry until thoroughly cooked and browned on both sides. To drain excess oil, place the cooked Frittedi on a paper plate for a few minutes. Then move them to the serv- ing platter. The Frittedi can be cooked over charcoal or gas grill in place of a skillet. Serve with your choice of vegetable or salad. The remaining Frittedi can be added to a tomato sauce or stored in the refrigerator. NOTE: My children called their paternal "grandmother "Nonna Mary." This is one of her recipes the family enjoyed. She called them "Frittedi" because +fritta means fried in Italian. She always fried them until they were well browned on each side. I became familiar with them soon after my husband and I married in 1949. I recall her telling me that when her four boys were young and she had leftover Frittedi, she served each of them one between two slices of Italian bread for their noon- time lunch. Some liked a slice of pickle with it while others added some mayonnaise. Though they are similar to meatballs, the garlic and extra grated cheese gives them added flavor when fried. Thinking Out Oud (Continued from Page 4) from getting it. If you wantavailable for those suffering one definition of evil, I think with twisted minds and mur- this lack of care for the men- derous thoughts at times. tally ill fits the bill. Mean- Finally, the first step we while, pray like hell that a must take as a community Newtown won't happen of people is to support one again but always know there another, help one another, are no guarantees it can't be there for one another and happen again, try understanding how we We as a society need to can become much more look deep into our cultural peaceful and loving in our norms. There are too many families, neighborhoods, cit- guns in the wrong hands out ies and towns and nation. As there but there is also not John Lennon once sang, enough support services "Give peace a chance!" Obama Nominates Kerry far left liberal ideologue and which can only produce a positive outcome for all of us over-taxed Bay State voters. The real question with- out an answer is who will Patrick appoint until the special election is held. Will it be a coat-holder like Paul Kirk in 2010 or will the son in life, do something for the joy of doing it and pray you won't be punished." One more time! The original title of Irving Berlin's Easter Parade was Smile and Show Your Dimple. Composer Jimmy Van Heusen and comedian Phil Silvers collaborated to write the song Nancy With The Laughing Face for Frank Sinatra's daughter. In 1914, Dominic "Nick" La Rocca, a cornetist, and Anthony Sbarbaro, a drummer, formed the first jazz band, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. In 1917, the quintet made their first jazz record, Downtown Strutters Ball which sold a million copies. La Rocca wrote the classic Tiger Rag now known as Hold That Tiger, the offi- cial song of Louisiana State University. Born in 1889 in New Orleans, he died in 1961 at age 72. Yes! La Rocca and Sbarbaro are Italian Americans! For nearly half a century, from 1929 to 1977, Guy Lombardo led his Royal Canadi- ans band, which became an institution on New Year's Eve when millions of people crowded into Manhattan's Times Square while Lombardo's band played Auld I_zmg Syne. Happy New Year! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME (Continued from Page 2) governor appoint a candidate who will also run in the special election as a short- term incumbent but still an incumbent. All eyes are on the State House at the moment. The next few months are going to be very interesting politically to say the least. Stay tuned for further developments. M al, ery Perch ~']TA ORLAND{} 8INOP{}t+I 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. 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