Monday, October 31, 2022
PENNSYLVANIA VOTER: "I’ve been a lifelong Democrat, but I am here to tell you today that I’m flipping to Republican." pic.twitter.com/lFofsZFKlg— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 31, 2022
I am an Italian American, and from my ancient world I first spanned the seas to the New World - I am Christoforo Columbo. I am Giovanni Caboto, known in American history as John Cabot, discoverer of the mainland of North America. I am Amerigo Vespucci, who gave my name to the new world, America. I am Enrico Tonti, first to sail on the Great Lakes in 1679, founder of the territory that became the State of Illinois, colonizer of Louisiana and Arkansas. I am Filippo Mazzei, friend of Thomas Jefferson, and my thesis on the equality of man was written into the bill of rights. I am William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence and, yes, an Italian American.
I am an Italian American. I am Colonel Francesco Virgo – I financed the Northwest expedition of George Rogers Clark and accompanied him through the lands that would become Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. I am Alessandro Malaspina – I mapped the Pacific from Mexico to Alaska and to the Philippines. I am Giacomo Beltrami, the discoverer of the Mississippi River in 1823. I am Constantino Brumidi. They called me the Michelangelo of America – I created the dome of the United States capitol.
I am A. P. Giannini – in 1904, in San Francisco, I founded the Bank of Italy, now known as the Bank of America, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. I am Enrico Fermi, father of nuclear science in America. I am John Basilone of New Jersey, the first enlisted man to win the medal of honor in World War II.
I am an Italian American. I am the million strong who served in America's armies and the tens of thousands whose names are enshrined in military cemeteries from Guadalcanal to the Rhine. I am the steel maker in Pittsburgh, the grower in the Imperial Valley of California, the textile designer in Manhattan, the movie maker in Hollywood, the home maker and the breadwinner in 10,000 communities.
I am an American without stint of reservation, loving this land as only one who understands history, its agonies and its triumphs; and I can love and serve as fully as any other American. I will stand in support of this nation's freedom and promise against all foes. My heritage has dedicated me to this nation. I am proud of my FULL heritage and I shall remain worthy of it."
Thank you, Angelo Bianchi!
Sunday, October 30, 2022
On January 31, 1921 in the heart of South Philadelphia, Alfredo Arnold Cocozza (Mario Lanza), the son of Italian immigrants, was born at 636 Christian Street. The house is still standing today and it's only two short blocks from the Mario Lanza Museum. A Pennsylvania Historical Marker identifies his birthplace.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
We talk a walk during this bright, lovely autumn day through old Mount Holly, NJ -- a scenic, historic town and the county seat of Burlington County. These photos tell the story better than we could!
Listen for yourself. Listen to it closely. In this police dispatcher audio "RP" refers to Paul Pelosi who made the 911 call to the poilice.
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT....— HERSHE®🍊 (@TheRealHershe) October 29, 2022
"He states there is a male in the home and that he is going to wait for his wife. He stated that he doesn't know who the male is but that his name is David and that he is a friend. He sounded somewhat confused."
LISTEN FOR YOURSELF #PaulPelosi pic.twitter.com/ythRflpPEW
Before the big @wildstein debate...@BobHealey4NJ joins me on @1210WPHT (10/30) to discuss his NJ-3 race, that shocking video from the recent Lawrence Twp. BOE meeting, and a possible #RedWave2022.— Matt Rooney (@MattRooneyNJ) October 29, 2022
Listen live 8-10PM EST online: https://t.co/qV6f6jpbaF
Call-in: (855) 839-1210 pic.twitter.com/qeGwfWn8bm
A. P. Giannini
From a pushcart he built one of the world's largest financial services corporations. From great tragedy he forged opportunity while reaching out to help others. Along the way, with luck, determination and dauntless confidence he overcame obstacles and forged a simple ethic: wealth comes with a responsibility to improve society.
None of it was easy. None of it happened overnight. But today, Amadeo Peter Giannini is recognized as the father of modern consumer banking. His persistence in innovation and respect for the common citizen gave the world its finest example of banking with a conscience.
Giannini was born in California’s Santa Clara Valley to Italian immigrant parents. Like many immigrant kids of that time he had to be put to work to help provide for the family. Consequently, he left school at age thirteen to work with his stepfather in the produce business.
Giannini's instincts were good and he was blessed with a first rate mind. As he grew up, he saw firsthand that established banks refused to serve ordinary people, especially the large Italian immigrant population. In response to inequity, rather than complain Giannini took action, opening the Bank of Italy in San Francisco in 1904 as an institution for the “little fellows.” After the earthquake and fire of 1906, his bank, the only one to survive the catastrophe with all its assets intact, was the first to reopen. Giannini went full throttle providing the loans needed to help countless small businesses rebuild. This helped San Francisco rise from the ashes by making loans “on a face and a signature” to the these business owners whose lives were shattered.
Addressing the financial needs of the underrepresented in rural areas as well as cities, the Bank of Italy opened branches throughout California, becoming the first statewide branch-banking system in the United States. By the mid-1920s, Giannini’s strategy of serving common people had made his bank the third largest in the country. Renamed the Bank of America in 1930, it withstood the Great Depression and provided the financial horsepower to build the Golden Gate Bridge, develop Hollywood’s movie industry, and nourish the state’s agricultural development and wine and aerospace industries. Clearly, Giannini was a visionary who saw beyond the problems of the present day to the possibilities that would fulfill the American dream.
And Giannini never forget the less fortunate citizens that he set out to serve. In 1928, he created the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics at the University of California, which supports the world’s foremost agricultural economics library and funds leading-edge research in agriculture, water, and forestry. In 1945, he created the Bank of America-Giannini Foundation to promote medical research into the discovery, treatment and care of diseases.
Giannini changed the face of banking forever, and directly or indirectly, virtually every American alive today has benefited from his success. Indeed, Bank of America is now a worldwide financial institution with assets of more than three trillion dollars!
H/T: California Museum
Friday, October 28, 2022
The 2022 midterm elections are now just 11 days away, and Republicans have a seven-point lead in their bid to recapture control of Congress.
Vincent Thomas Lombardi is arguably the greatest football coach of all time, and is on the short list of history’s greatest coaches, regardless of sport. His ability to teach, motivate and inspire players helped turn the Green Bay Packers into the most dominating NFL team in the 1960s.The oldest of five children, Vince Lombardi was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 11, 1913. As the son of an Italian immigrant, Lombardi was raised in a strict Catholic household. In 1928, at the age of 15, Lombardi entered the Cathedral College of Immaculate Conception to study for the priesthood. Deciding on a different career path two years later, Lombardi transferred to St. Francis Preparatory and starred as fullback on the football team. Upon graduation, Lombardi attended Fordham University and starred on the football team, where he was a member of Fordham’s famed “Seven Blocks of Granite”. After graduating magna cum laude from Fordham in 1937, Lombardi attended law school in the evenings while working for a finance company during the day. Lombardi once again shifted gears, deciding to take a teaching and assistant football coaching position at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. During his successful 8-year stint at St. Cecelia, Lombardi married Marie Planitz in 1940 (with whom he had two children, Vince Jr. and Susan).
Lombardi joined the coaching staff at his alma mater, Fordham University, in 1947 and enjoyed a two-year run there. But Lombardi couldn’t resist the opportunity to continue his coaching career at West Point in 1949, while learning under the direction of the great Red Blaik. It was during this time as an assistant to Blaik that Lombardi identified and developed what became the hallmark of his great teams……simplicity and execution. He developed a reputation for being a tireless workaholic, a trait that helped Lombardi land a position as assistant coach in the NFL for the New York Giants. During his five years with the Giants, Lombardi helped lead the Giants to five winning seasons, culminating with the league championship in 1956.
Lombardi became a hot commodity in the coaching arena, accepted the head coaching position and signed a five-year contract with the Green Bay Packers in January 1959. From the outset, Lombardi established himself as a coach firmly in charge. He conducted grueling training camps and demanded absolute dedication and effort from his players. His hard-edged style turned the Packers into the most envied and successful franchise in the 1960’s, leading them to five NFL Championships, including victories in Super Bowl I and II, and solidified Lombardi’s status as the greatest football coach in history. After a one year break from coaching, Lombardi returned to lead the Washington Redskins in 1969, promptly leading them to their first winning season in more than a decade.
Tragedy struck as Lombardi was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer in June 1970, and died a short ten weeks later on September 3, 1970 at the age of 57. A beloved national icon, thousands of people attended two separate funerals. Shortly after his death, Lombardi was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as honored by the NFL by having his name adorn the trophy awarded to the Super Bowl champion each year.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Alan Alda is, quite simply one of America's most beloved actors. And he's hugely accomplished as well!
Born under the name Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo, he is also a comedian, film director, producer and screenwriter. It just seems to be in his blood. His father was the Italian-American actor Robert Alda.
Alda's best known role was playing chief surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in the landmark medical-themed sitcom M*A*S*H for 11 seasons. Today that show is considered a television classic. He twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for this role. Alda was later nominated for the "Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor", for his portrayal of career politician Ralph Owen Brewster in the biographical film "The Aviator".
Alda was born in the Bronx, New York City in 1936. By that time, his father Robert Alda had already started performing in vaudeville and burlesque theaters. Alda's mother was former beauty queen Joan Browne. Alda spend much of his childhood touring the United States with his father, as his father's acting job required frequent travel.
In 1943, Alda contracted polio. His parents chose to administer a painful treatment regimen, "consisting of applying hot woolen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles". This treatment had been developed by the Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny and was based on the principle of muscle rehabilitation. Though the treatment was considered controversial, it seemingly helped Alda to recover his mobility.
In 1956, Alda was introduced to Jewish-American musician Arlene Weiss (a clarinetist). They soon bonded due to their similar tastes in humor, and started dating each other. They were married in 1957. and have three daughters.
Alda honed his craft as part of the the improvisational group Second City, and the regional theater company Cleveland Play House. He made his film debut in the comedy-drama film "Gone Are the Days!". The film was a satire of segregation and bigotry, based on a play written by Ossie Davis. Alda was part of the recurring cast of "That Was the Week That Was", a political satire series which targeted various political figures of the era.
In 1968, Alda had his first starring role in a film. He portrayed sports journalist George Plimpton in the sports comedy "Paper Lion". After that Alda appeared in many film roles.
Alda got the biggest break in his career when cast to play chief surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in M*A*S*H . The series depicted life within a "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" (MASH) during the Korean War. It was based on the novel "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors" by military surgeon H. Richard Hornberger. The series often questioned the United States' role in the Cold War, and satirized authority figures. Alda appeared in all 256 episodes of the series, which helped him become a household name. Alda eventually served as the series' producer, creative consultant, and co-writer.
Alda made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy film "The Four Seasons", depicting the relationships between three upper middle-class married couples. Alda had a hiatus in his acting and directing career during the early 1980s, as he had to take care of his terminally-ill parents. He attempted a comeback by directing the comedy film "Sweet Liberty" , which parodies Hollywood filmmaking. Alda's next directing effort was the romantic comedy "A New Life" in 1988 which depicted the problems faced by middle-aged divorced people.
Alda had his final directing credit with the romantic comedy "Betsy's Wedding" in 1990. Alda played the main role of Eddie Hopper, a construction contractor. From 2018 to 2020, Alda had a recurring role in the crime drama television series "Ray Donovan". The series depicted the life and career of a professional "fixer" of the entertainment industry, in charge of bribes, payoffs, threats, crime-scene clean-up, and other illegal activities. Alda also appeared in the spin-off film "Ray Donovan: The Movie" , which concluded remaining plot-lines from the series. Alda is now 86-years-old -- a rich and full life with no announced plans to retire!
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Bastianich gives credit for the family's new roots in the United States to their sponsor, Catholic relief Services.
Today Lidia is an internationally known celebrity chef, author, TV personality and restauranteur. Lidia owns or has owned several Italian restaurants in the U.S. in partnership with her daughter and/or her son.
Lidia is an Emmy award-winning TV host, a best‐selling cookbook author and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Most importantly, Lidia has accomplished all of this by marrying her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya.
Lidia has published numerous cookbooks, co-authored with her daughter Tanya, and companion books to her Emmy winning television series Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia’s Italy in America and Lidia’s Italy. Lidia’s most recent book is Lidia’s A Pot, A Pan, and a Bowl, a companion to her brand-new 26-part Public Television series, Lidia’s Kitchen: Home Cooking. She is also the author of the English and Italian version of her memoir: My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. Lidia’s cooking shows air nationwide in the U.S. on Public Television and CREATE and internationally and on various other digital networks including Amazon Prime, Tubitv, and Xumo. Her cooking segments are also part of her TUTTOLIDIA youtube channel.
Lidia is a celebrated chef and restaurateur and a partner in Eataly NYC, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Together with Tanya and son-in-law Corrado, Lidia also has developed a line of artisanal pastas and all-natural sauces, called LIDIA’S.
Lidia is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier and founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, two non-profit organizations of women leaders in the food and hospitality industries. She is also a champion for the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Adopt-A-Future program, in support of refugee education.
Among the numerous awards and accolades Lidia has earned are seven James Beard Awards (Outstanding Chef, Television Food Show, Best Chefs in America, Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, Specials 2016, Special 2017 and 2018), and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Culinary Host (2013 and 2018).
"A new RealClear Opinion Research poll, done in concert with Catholic television network EWTN, shows that a majority of Catholic voters in six key battleground states would rather let states determine abortion policy; believe that the economy remains the most significant concern for the country; and generally favor Republican challengers and incumbents in the coming electoral contests."
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Many believe he was the inspiration for Rocky in the Oscar-winning film of the same name. Sometimes he's confused with another Rocky (who's name also ends in a vowel) who really was the inspiration for a successful movie starring Paul Newman.This much we know: He was unquestionably one of the hardest-punching heavyweights of all time and he helped to bring boxing to the masses, so much so that his name become synonymous with prizefights. In fact, many still consider him the greatest champion of all time.
Rocco Francis Marchegiano was born on September 1, 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts, to a couple of Italian immigrants. But the world came to know him as Rocky Marciano. As a kid growing up in a blue-collar family (and one of six siblings) Marciano found sports in his local high school, where he excelled in both baseball and football. But soon enough, he found himself more entertained while punching a homemade heavy bag in his backyard.
During an Army stint in World War II Marciano became involved in amateur boxing compiling a record of 8–4. He had his first professional bout in 1947. After a short tryout as a baseball player, Marciano found his way back home and started training to be a professional boxer. And get this: as a professional fighter he never lost a single match! Right from the start, he stopped 15 foes to start making a name for himself in the big leagues.
He finally exploded onto the scene with a closely disputed win over fellow then-unbeaten contender Roland LaStarza in what was Marciano’s 26th pro bout, ending in his only split decision win ever. After that, he began his inevitable march towards the title, with wins over the likes of Ted Lowry, Rex Layne, Lee Savold, and a memorable and emotional win over his idol Joe Louis at the fabled Madison Square Garden, in what proved to be Louis’ last bout.
Less than one year after defeating Louis, Marciano stopped Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 rounds to win the Ring heavyweight belt, also stopping Walcott in a rematch. He gave LaStarza a shot at the title next, stopping him in 11 rounds, and won the only points win of his championship rule in 1954 against Ezzard Charles next, stopping Charles in the rematch a few months later.
He went on to stop Don Cockell in his next bout, and finished his career in 1955 with a win over light heavyweight legend Archie Moore, winning by stoppage in nine rounds after visiting the canvas earlier. He would then retire undefeated as a champion, having stopped every man he faced during his title reign at least once.
Sadly, however on August 31, 1969 (the day before his 46th birthday). Marciano boarded a small private plane on his way to a speaking engagement in Des Moines, Iowa. Attempting a risky landing in bad weather, the plane's pilot missed the runway by two miles and crashed, killing all three passengers aboard the aircraft, including Marciano.
Marciano was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
FLASHBACK: Cuban survivor of Communism nearly leaves Trump in Tears after EXPOSING how America is turning into Cuba— EVERY young person MUST hear this 🇺🇸— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 24, 2022
"If you lose this place, you have no place to go."
Monday, October 24, 2022
He was at heart a choreographer with a keen sense of show biz. But his star ascended just as Broadway was turning to choreographers as directors of musicals. And, at a time when the Great White Way was in the doldrums, Michael Bennett (born Michael Di Figlia) dazzled Broadway with a breakthrough hit that sent the box office soaring and became one of the longest running shows ever. In fact, it's still frequently revived and remains a modern day classic.
Broadway choreographer and dancer Michael Bennett was a theater director, producer, and writer. Most famous as the creator of the 1975 mega hit A Chorus Line, he won, over the course of his career, seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards, either for choreography or direction of musicals, and received thirteen nominations in all. Many of his most ambitious projects were left unfinished when he succumbed to AIDS in the mid-1980s.
All polls were conducted in October . . . . and there's more!
ABC/IPSOS: Which party do you trust to handle...— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) October 23, 2022
GOP — 36% (R+15)
Dem — 21%
GOP — 36% (R+14)
Dem — 22%
GOP — 36% (R+12)
Dem — 24%
GOP — 35% (R+13)
Dem — 22%
686 A | 10/21-22 | D28/R24/I41 (D+4)https://t.co/i6XQ8OcwIQ
NBC POLL: "We've got some all-time midterm highs that should serve as red flags for the Democrats."— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 23, 2022
❌ 71% say we're on the wrong track.
❌ 57% disapprove of Biden on the economy.
❌ 50% say the economy will get worse. pic.twitter.com/flnFXa9UfQ
Sunday, October 23, 2022
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Television, film, theater, night club- they are all arenas in which Joe Piscopo has won the acclaim and affection of millions. For decades, Joe has proven to be one of show business’ brightest lights. After a career as a disc jockey and dinner-theater performer, Joe turned to comedy. He was chosen to join a newly formed ensemble charged with one of the most difficult tasks in TV history- replacing the original cast of Saturday Night Live.