Maria Gloria Rando

Dear Readers,  A February minestrone of Italian connections for you. *** February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, a monthlong festival of purification and atonement. *** Rossini, the composer of over thirty …

Dear Readers, September dates with Italian American connections for you: World War II began on Sep. 1, 1939, when Germany attacked Poland. The Treasury Department of the United States was established Sep. 2, 1789. Mike Piazza, an Italian-American baseball player …

Dear Readers, November notes with an Italian Connection: Thanksgiving Day is celebrated the next to last Thursday in November since it was so fixed by Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Days of drumsticks and Thanksgiving turkey remind me that one of …

Dear Readers, A minestrone of Italian connections for you: Topolino (little mouse) rolled off the Fiat assembly lines back in 1934, thereby introducing the first subcompact car to the world. For a mere $250 for a basic model, Italian drivers …

Dear Readers, February is the month we celebrate President’s Day, February 21st this year. Back in the day, when I attended Grade school, Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th, and Washington’s birthday, February 22nd, were celebrated separately. To ensure that federal workers had …

Dear Readers, As 2022 begins, my little corner of the world, the “Italian Connection” column (since 1977) has been comfortably ensconced in the pages of L’Italo-Americano for nearly forty-five years. Through the years, I have spotlighted subjects from A to …

Dear readers, I know that for L’Italo-Americano readers, October will always be Italian Heritage Month, however, due to the “Indigenous People” politically correct nomenclature currently in use in many California School Districts, any positive, beneficial and enduring history of Italian …

Dear Readers, “Toot! Toot!” – That’s me, tooting my own horn. I began writing for L’Italo-Americano in mid-1977, forty-five years ago. As 2022 begins let me pass on some good advice and January jottings to you. *** Advice for the …

Dear Readers, As November Veterans Day approaches I am reminded that on November 11, 1918, the Armistice agreement was signed, and fighting on all battlefields ceased at 11 a.m., when the guns of World War I fell silent after 4 …

Dear Readers, Opera Season, after a long shutdown, opened recently in San Francisco with Puccini’s Tosca, to a fully vaccinated and masked audience of two thousand. This was the S.F. Opera’s 99th season, but without my friend Joe Brucia’s father …