William Giovinazzo

Contributing writer

Where are the Italian Superheroes?

November 2021
Do you remember Dondi? Most people do not. Dondi was a comic strip that ran from September 1955 to June 1986. It was about an Italian orphan befriended by American soldiers who found him in a village destroyed by the war. When the soldiers were...


100 Days of Dante

September 2021
This September 14 will be the 700th anniversary of the death of the greatest poet of western literature, Dante Alighieri.  The claim of Dante's position in literature is more than the assertions of an Italophile. Eric Auerbach, the author of...


The Italian Immigrant

June 2021
What images come to mind when someone mentions Italian immigrants to the United States? If you are like most people, myself included, you imagine steamships and the early 1900s. Typically, what I envision is the iconic scene in “The Godfather, Part...


Fettuccini Alfredo is NOT Italian

April 2021
It is amazing to me, a guy who grew up in an Italian American community in upstate New York, how much I learned about being Italian when I left that community to live among the medighans of Los Angeles. I didn’t realize that real Italians went...


Not Everyone is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day

March 2021
Let me start by saying that I have no animosity towards the Irish. Even though my first wife was Irish, I hold no grudge against all of those from the Emerald Isle. I even think that Lucky Charms are magically delicious. However, I am not Irish...


An Italian American Christmas

December 2020
Several years back, an evangelical Christian co-worker was complaining about the secularization of Christmas. “Jesus is the reason for the season,” he declared, literally raising his arm, pointing to the heavens above. “What does Christmas mean to...


Columbus and The Historians

November 2020
When I was a kid Columbus Day was a special holiday. OK, it was not Christmas or Easter, but it was better than Arbor Day, with all due respect to that holiday. I did not think of it back then, but it was an acknowledgment of the contribution...


The Prosecution of Christopher Columbus

October 2020
In my previous article, I discussed the man Christopher Columbus, details of who he was that are often overlooked by his detractors. In this article, I would like to review the chief accusation against him which was his involvement in the slave...


Christopher Columbus

September 2020
The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones. It is so easy to attack the dead, to misquote, to misrepresent motive, to manipulate the representation of past events. When the dead lack someone to speak for them...


Mythical Italy

July 2020
Have you ever run into someone you have not seen in decades? I have. Recently, via social media, I made contact with a childhood friend. We had not seen each other since I was 15. He was an old man; what little hair he had was white and his belly...


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