People

Don Aldo Brunacci, Righteous Gentile of Assisi

April 2020 |
I could not remember the exact location in Assisi’s cemetery of the burial vault of Clara Weiss, an Austrian Jewish refugee who had died of natural causes in 1944 while hidden in Assisi. I was looking for it on February 2 before the ceremony...

Leo Nomellini Achieved Great Sports Notoriety in America

April 2020 |
Leo “The Lion” Nomellini, a star tackle for the San Francisco 49ers from 1950 to 1963 and a member of both the Pro Football and NWA Wrestling Hall of Fames, is forever remembered as that tough and gritty Italian kid. The all-around athlete was born...

The Story of Corado Ciarlo

April 2020 |
Corado Ciarlo was only 20-years-old when he was killed in battle. In his pockets, they found two rosaries, $1.61, 16 photographs of family members, and one letter. While the other items were important, the letter held the greatest...

Luigi Palma Di Cesnola

April 2020 |
What do you think of when you hear the phrase Italian American? I believe most people think of the Northeast; Boston, Pittsburg, New York. Images of Ellis Island come to mind. We think of the end of the 19th century, the time of the Italian...

I Am Who I Am: Nacy Panzica

April 2020 |
Recently, the Italian American community lost a truly special person. I was blessed to know Nacy as a friend and mentor and he will truly be missed. Please enjoy this article the late Paul Sciria published about Nacy in December 2016. Nel 1955...

Beverly Pepper

March 2020 |
Beverly Pepper was an American sculptor known for her monumental works, site specific art (art created to exist in a certain place) and land art. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1922 to Jewish immigrants, Beverly knew art was her calling from an early age....

The Wild Sicilian Legend From New Orleans

March 2020 |
Il musicista e cantante italo americano Louis Prima è stato autore ed interprete di brani come Sing, Sing, Sing, Just a Gigolo, e Buona sera, il cui successo di pubblico e critica lo ha portato ad essere inserito nella Hall of Fame del jazz nel...

Evolving Gardening into Outdoor Living: A Petitti Perspective

March 2020 |
With spring right around the corner, I wanted to share this article from 2011 with you. Submitted by A.J. Petitti, this piece brings you ideas on how to turn your regular gardening into an outdoor living experience. My father, Angelo Petitti, has...

Gold Rush: Dave Turin's Lost Mine

February 2020 |
The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in 1848 created an event that significantly shaped American history. The California Gold Rush brought people from all over the country to the western U.S. in hopes of striking it rich. A total...
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