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Ken Borrelli, Ken Ciongoli and Roger Boschetti's opinion on Columbus Day

Dear Readers, October, the month we traditionally celebrate our Italian Heritage, has unfortunately become the month when mean-spirited slings,...

The Phila-Italy Americana

Dear Readers, A September selection of Italian Connections for you: United States Postage Stamps with an Italian connection, are the focus of Gerardo...
Rudolph Valentino - Photo credit: Edward Steichen

The story of Rudolph Valentino and St. Vincent

Dear Readers, In memory of Vincenzo, my September-born father, the “Sheik of Brook Ave.” (Bronx, N.Y.) and gents of a certain age who were once “...
Vincenzo Ancona

Vincenzo Ancona, the beloved Sicilian-born poet 

Dear Readers, An August “abbondanza” of admiration for those arrivals who reached our shores in the early 1900’s... *** America, where “noses fun and...
Titian-Portrait of Federico Gonzaga

The affection for animals , from St. Rocco to Federico Gonzaga

Dear Readers, August, the month we celebrate the feast of St. Rocco, always pictured with his dog, is a good time to review the history of the...
the Nuovo Comitato per le Celebrazioni Vivaldiane di Pomarico, Matera, which will take place August 15-16-17 at the Corte Palazzo Marchesale in Pomarico

The origin of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Dear Readers, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was a violinist extraordinaire and one of the most prolific well-known Italian composers who composed...
Poster depicting Enrico Caruso as “Rigoletto”

Enrico Caruso, the world famous tenor from Naples

Dear Readers, August-Agosto has many dates with an Italian connection: Caruso, the world famous tenor was born in Naples in 1873 and died there at...
Giuseppe Mazzini

Giuseppe Mazzini and the postal espionage

Mazzini would not have been surprised at revelations that the N.S.A. (National Security Agency) had been monitoring our telephone, email and Internet...
mory and mine on the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776 (in Philadelphia)

The Italian American contributions to the American Revolutionary War

Dear Readers, On July 4th let me refresh your memory and mine on the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776 (in Philadelphia) and learn...
Calling of the first Apostles (Sistine Chapel, 1481-82)

Domenico Ghirlandaio, the teacher of Michelangelo

Dear Readers, June jottings with an Italian Connection: Domenico Ghirlandaio (c. 1449-1494) was a Florentine painter of the early Renaissance, whose...

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