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Frank Sinatra in one of his performances as young singer

Frank Sinatra, the story of his early life as young Italian-American

Francis Albert Sinatra was the only child of two Italian immigrants. His father was Anthony Sinatra, a New York fireman of Sicilian origin, and his...
February, the shortest month with greatest personalities

February, the shortest month with greatest personalities

Dear Readers, February is named after Februs , Roman god of purification. February was his sacred month and the Latin Februa means “feast of...
Christmas carols, christmas poems, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Christmas carols and Christmas poems

Dear Readers, Merry Christmas or Buon Natale is fine but Season’s Greetings sounds too one size fits all seasons. It seems that with merchants...
Carlo Collodi, Author of Pinocchio

A July assortment of Italian connections

Dear Readers, A July assortment of Italian connections for you: Mauro Battocchi, Consul General of Italy for North Western U.S.A., and recent guest...
Sofia Loren-Yesterday-today-tomorrow- My Life-book cover

June jottings with an Italian connection

Dear Readers, June jottings with an Italian connection: Italy’s “Festa Della Repubblica” (Italian Republic Day) celebrates the date, June 2, 1946 ,...
Most Italo-Americans who claim Genovese “roots” are descendants of people born in the villages near Genoa or anywhere in the Regione of Liguria

Italian-American roots: the coastal region of Liguria

Genoa, Italy, as we little Italo-American kids learned in school, was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the “man who discovered America”. Most...

An April assortment of Italian connections

Dear Readers, An April assortment of Italian connections for you: Pietro Di Donato was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on April 3, 1911, to...
The Mausoleum, Ardeatine Caves, Fosse Ardeatine, Rome, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Mausoleum of the Ardeatine Caves in Rome

Dear Readers, President Sergio Mattarella, who assumed office in February as the 12th President of Italy , was born in Palermo (Sicily) some 73 years...
Saint Patrick, Tomie de Paola, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Patrick’s parents were Romans. Saint Patrick book for children by Tomie de Paola

Dear Readers, March brings shamrocks and my annual “St. Patrick was Italian” column: A “St. Patrick was Italian” remark, tossed into your March...
Mario Cuomo, Italian-American immigrants, "American Dream", New York, Italian Culture, Italian heritage

Mario Cuomo, the Italian-American immigrants "American Dream"

Dear Readers, More February finds with an Italian connection: Mario Cuomo, the former three-term Governor of New York, who left us last month on the...
President Thomas Jefferson, Italian passion, Monticello, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

President Thomas Jefferson's passion for all things Italian

Dear Readers, In February we traditionally pause to celebrate lovers ( Valentine’s Day ) and Presidents. Once Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George...
Gioacchino Rossini, Italian operatic composer, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Gioacchino Rossini, the Italian operatic composer

Dear Readers, February dates with an Italian connection: Amerigo Vespucci (1452-1512) was born in February. He is the Florentine sailor, merchant and...
Edward W. Brooke, John Volpe, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The unforgettable friendship of Senator Edward W. Brooke and Governor John Volpe

Dear Readers, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on January 19th this year, reminds me of some bits of Black History with an Italian connection:...
Louis Zamperini, Frank Capra, Mario Cuomo,Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Inspiring Stories of Italian-Americans: Louis Zamperini, Frank Capra, Mario Cuomo

Dear Readers, The 126th Tournament of Roses Parade, held on the first day of each New Year in Pasadena, California, had its theme this year “...
Gennaio, New Year, Italian Connection, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Gennaio Begins A New Year Of Italian Connection

Dear Readers, January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doorways, beginnings and endings. According to Roman mythology, Janus, an ancient king...

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