Benvenuto

June 2017

June 2017 |
Where have all the fruit peddlers gone? For that matter, where has a large segment of the Northern Ohio wholesale produce brokers at the 88- year-old central receiving and distribution center on Croton Avenue (off E. 40th Woodland Ave.)...

May 2017

May 2017 |
This month, 26 years ago, I’m sitting in my little office on Rt. 6 in Willoughby Hills when a lady walked in and asked me to join her in publishing an Italian American newspaper. I told her I would, provided I control all the copy/editorial...

April 2017

April 2017 |
There was a time when Japan had a lock on the Easter lily business in the U.S. Native to Japan, the flower was largely imported into the U.S. from the Japanese. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the supply was suddenly cut off, making Easter lilies...

March 2017

March 2017 |
Baseball is in the air and the Major League teams are spring training in the warm spots of the U.S. It’s amazing how things have changed in the game during the years I’ve been a baseball fan and I reach back a long time ago. In...

February 2017

February 2017 |
During my Italian studies, many years ago at The Ohio State University, the required reading in my advanced courses included three literature masterpieces. I’m sure it must be mandatory reading in most Italian schools. My favorite two were...

January 2017

January 2017 |
I attended The Ohio State University pre-Woody Hayes time. Classes covered a quarter of 10 weeks as opposed to semesters and tuition for the period cost less than a book for todays’ studies. One of my favorite courses was Italian and my...

December 2016

December 2016 |
During my childhood I don’t ever remember celebrating Christmas in our home.  It was always at my maternal nonna’s, like almost every Sunday. There was no way we could celebrate with our other nonna, Madeline, as she was across the...

November 2016

November 2016 |
Art was never my strong suit. I’m sure when my middle school teacher saw my sticks and circles representing a human figure she wondered how the Renaissance movement ever took place in Italy. I didn’t do the Italians any favors with my...

October 2016

October 2016 |
The topic of illegal immigrants continues to be a hot issue in the current national political onslaught. Millions are in the country without documentation. Not to forget WWII when Italian Americans who were in the country legally were treated as...

September 2016

September 2016 |
In my Italian class at The Ohio State University, I remember reading about a wedding that didn’t take place. One of the greatest writers of all time, Dante Alighieri, born of a Florentine middle class family and recognized as the father of...