Maria Gloria Rando

Dear readers,  The reason Coca-Cola and not green tea is consumed in copious quantities by today’s youth in Japan is a story with an Italian connection, namely Francis Gragnani, an Italian-American born in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the latter part …

Dear readers,  On April 18th, 1906, San Francisco experienced a magnitude 7.9 earthquake. It was the most significant earthquake of all time. The famous tenor Enrico Caruso, on tour in San Francisco, performed in Carmen just hours before the earthquake. He wrote the …

Dear readers, This year, on April 28, we remember the 75th anniversary of Benito Mussolini’s death, so I will focus on a few more Mussolini-Italian connections.  ** Benito Mussolini’s transgressions during World War II have generally been attributed by older …

 Dear Readers,  Ellis Island had no wall to keep the “undesirable” immigrants out of the USA, but it had an abundance of rules, regulations, and restrictions that did. My father Vincenzo came through Ellis Island in the 1920s, but many …

Dear readers,  March, the third month of this year, has 31 days and is short for Martius Mensis, the month of Mars. In Roman mythology, Mars was the god of war and agriculture. Nereo, a minor Roman goddess, was his wife. …

Dear Readers, Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day, so happy Father’s Day to all you fathers and grandfathers out there, and may happy memories bring a small measure of comfort to all readers whose fathers are gone now. Hopefully, they …

Dear readers, in February, we traditionally pause to celebrate Lovers, (Valentine’s Day) and Presidents. Once, Abe Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd) were honored individually. Now they are collectively celebrated on President’s Day, February 19th, this year. *** …

Dear Readers,  March 8, Women’s Day, honors the world’s women. It was first proclaimed on March 8, 1910, to commemorate a protest by female garment workers in New York City in 1857, and is a holiday born out of women’s …

Dear readers, Americanizing Italian names is my focus for the month of May because of Mother’s Day, May 12th this year. After the baby is born, and sometimes long before, picking out a name for the little newcomer is often …

Dear readers,  Frank Sinatra left us on May 14, 1998, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His wife, Barbara, and children Nancy, Frank Jr., and Tina were at his bedside when he passed away, at what his fans …