People

Basil M. Russo

June 2016 |
The National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Board of Directors unanimously elected ISDA National President, Basil M. Russo, to its Board on April 29th at its meeting held in NYC. NIAF President and COO, John Viola, stated “I know...

The first Italian American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

April 2016 |
Improvvisa morte del giudice costituzionale Antonin Scalia, il più conservatore della Corte suprema e membro influente del massimo organo giurisdizionale americano. 79 anni, di origini italiane, è deceduto per cause naturali dopo un...

Valentino

May 2016 |
On August 24, 1926, an estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of NYC to pay their respects at the funeral of Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla or, as he was professionally known, Rudolph Valentino,...

Maria Francesca Cabrini

December 2015 |
Richard A. Capozzola's chronology of Italian American events tells of a time on July 15, 1850, in northern Italy, when a swarm of white doves settled in the wheat fields of the Cabrini family. Agostino Cabrini caught one and then set it free. At...

Wounded Warrior James Alunni

November 2015 |
The Iraq War has claimed numerous American lives. Casualties total over 4,400 and more than 32,000 have been wounded in action. This is the story of one wounded warrior, James Alunni, of Chagrin Falls. Now a Chagrin Falls firefighter, James was...

"Oh Say Can You See:" Rocco Scotti, Son of Immigrants

October 2015 |
Poet Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the song eyeballing the British bombardment of Ft. McHenry in Chesapeake Bay. The music and lyrics became so popular it was renamed "The Star Spangled Banner." It became the national anthem when President...

Stephen N. Fliegel

September 2015 |
La Gazzetta's first featured Person of the Month is none other than our contributing writer, Stephen N. Fliegel! Hailing from Cleveland Heights, OH, Stephen is the Curator of Medieval Art for the Cleveland Museum of Art. It's only fitting that he...

Anthony Pilla Inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

June 2015 |
Anthony Michael Pilla, the son of Italian immigrants and Ninth Bishop of Cleveland, was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. His education started in public schools until high school, which he began at Cathedral Latin and...

NASCAR's Italian Champion

April 2015 |
In the recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Joey Logano finished in 4th place. Logano, who started from the pole and led for 84 laps, received a payday in excess of $198,000 for his efforts. Last month, he finished 10th in the...
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