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Order Sons of Italy in America® - About OSIA - Who We Are. An OSIA delegation is received by Italian government officials in Rome in 2002 Hundreds of Sons of Italy® members gathered in New York's Little Italy to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of OSIA, June 22, 2005. We are a national organization of men and women who represent the estimated 26 million Americans of Italian heritage, dedicated to promoting our culture, our traditions, our language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our contributions to the U.S. and the world.

We are sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers. We are corporate executives and we are union members...young students and retirees...teachers and attorneys...doctors and firefighters...bakers and Wall Street brokers...and everything in between. We are philanthropists and we are model global citizens with purpose beyond ourselves. And we are proud and patriotic Americans of Italian heritage. PHO-10Aug10-243827.jpg (JPEG Image, 604 × 471 pixels) Italic Institute of America, Italian Heritage, Italian American Heritage. Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: BOIARDI, HECTOR. BOIARDI, HECTOR (1897-21 June 1985), known to millions as Chef Boy-ar-dee, began as a local restaurateur. Boiardi, son of Joseph and Mary (Maffi) Boiardi, began cooking in Italy at 10.

He left for New York about 1914 to work at the Ritz Carlton. He came to Cleveland 3 years later as chef at the Hotel Winton, where his spaghetti dinners became the talk of the Midwest. Boiardi married Helen Wroblewski on 7 April 1923. In 1924 they opened their first restaurant, the Giardino d'Italia. Producing tasty and inexpensive meals, the Boiardi company prospered in the Depression. Boiardi remained in local restaurants, opening Chef Boiardi's in 1931 and also acquiring interests other restaurants. The Boiardi's had one son, Mario. Related Article(s) Italian American History and Culture.

Don DeLillo's America. Don DeLillo's America - A Don DeLillo Site Coverage of author Don DeLillo on the web since 1996, last updated: 01-December-2014 The big novels: White Noise | Underworld | Libra | Mao II Popular links: What's New | Bibliography | Bio | Novels | Stories | Plays | Interviews | Events | Etc. Don DeLillo in the Bronx, 1997. It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. --Don DeLillo, from the 1993 interview with Adam Begley The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. --Don DeLillo, from the 1988 interview with Ann Arensberg Don DeLillo has published numerous novels since 1971, along with several plays and numerous stories. Please note that this web site takes the position that every bit of DeLillo writing is worth documenting; not everyone will agree.

The site was last updated on 01-December-2014. See the New Additions to the Page You can subscribe to an RSS feed for this site, which lists all new additions! Giving Everything: On Diane di Prima. Enrico Fermi - Biography - Physicist, Scientist - Physicist Enrico Fermi built the prototype of a nuclear reactor and worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb. Synopsis Born in Italy in 1901, Enrico Fermi's early research was in general relativity and quantum mechanics, but he soon focused on the newer field of nuclear physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1938 for his work in radioactivity, allowing him to escape fascist Italy and settle in the United States.

He then built the first nuclear reactor (Chicago Pile-1) and worked on the Manhattan Project. Early Life Enrico Fermi was born in Rome, Italy, on September, 29, 1901, the third child of Alberto and Ida de Gattis Fermi. Enrico Fermi's intense interest in physics was said to be the result of a family tragedy. In 1918, Fermi won a scholarship to the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore University in Pisa, Italy. Early Career in Physics Soon, Enrico Fermi's physics career and personal life flourished.

Life in America Final Years. Marisa Frasca | Caspersen School of Graduate Studies | Drew University. About Us | Italian American Writers Association. Our Mission The Italian American Writers Association was founded in 1991 to promote Italian American writing by encouraging its writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study. Its members include writers, readers, editors, publishers, agents, translators, teachers, scholars, and indeed all who are interested in the progress of Italian American writing. To promote the production, publication, reception, and study of Italian American writing, IAWA has formulated three rules.

Read one another. We can’t expect other people to read the books of Italian American writers if we don’t read them ourselves.Write or be written. Regularly Scheduled Events IAWA’s open readings take place on the second Saturday of every odd month (January, March, May, etc) from 5:45 to 7:45 PM at the Cornelia Street Cafe and every even month (February, April, June, etc) at the Sidewalk Cafe from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

IAWA Board Members Robert Agnoli is a Community Organizer and writer. Nancy Pelosi - Biography - Government Official - Politician Nancy Pelosi became the first female Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives as well as the first female Speaker of the House. Synopsis Born March 26, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, Nancy Pelosi continued her family's tradition of being involved in politics. She began as a volunteer and gradually moved up the ranks, making the leap to public office in a special election for California's eighth district in 1987.

She became the first female Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives and the first female Speaker of the House. Early Life Politician, member of U.S. Pelosi graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., in 1962. Entering Politics In 1987, Pelosi made the leap to public office, winning a special election for California's Eighth District, which includes San Francisco. Pelosi has emerged as one of the leading Democrats in Congress. Speaker of the House Shortly after winning the Speaker post, Pelosi had a personal triumph as well.

T. D'Alesandro Jr., a Baltimore Mayor, Dies. Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., Mayor of Baltimore from 1947 to 1959 and an influence in Maryland and national Democratic politics for many years before that, died yesterday in his city's Mercy Hospital after a heart attack. He was 84 years old. The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. D'Alesandro was a lifelong resident and tireless, ribbon-cutting booster of Baltimore. He entered politics in 1927 as a member of the Maryland State Legislature and won his next 22 campaigns for the City Council, the House of Representatives and City Hall. He was known as ''Tommy'' to his constituents and to Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy. Mr. D'Alesandro presided over a period of rebuilding of his city, opening Friendship International Airport and the 17-mile Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and starting an urban renewal project. To Baltimoreans he will always be the Mayor who brought back the major league baseball franchise they had lost 50 years earlier.

Mr. Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. On This Day: Alexander Graham Bell Granted Patent for Telephone. Who Invented Pizza? | Wonderopolis. Mmmm…do you smell that? Fresh out of the oven, a steaming pie sits waiting to be devoured. Your senses are overtaken by the aroma of hot bread, melted cheese, simmering tomato sauce, spicy garlic, and sizzling pepperoni. Are you ready to dig into that favorite of all foods? What are we talking about? Pizza, of course!

Some kids like vegetables, and others don’t. Some kids love seafood, while others think fish should stay in the sea. So who can take credit for the invention of this beloved food? Like many historical questions, there’s not an easy, straightforward answer to the question of who invented pizza. If you think of pizza as a flat bread cooked in an oven, then its origins go back to ancient times in the Middle East. If you think a pizza has to have toppings, then its history still dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The pizza we’re all familiar with — the kind with tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings — did originate in Italy. The first United States pizzeria — G. Italian American's Legacy in Early L.A. Includes a Sip of Winemaking History. Reno's Italian Amerians. Italian Immigration. Italian Ohioans. Culture and History. Culture and History. What Sets Italian Americans Off From Other Immigrants?

"And so you know the difficulty in becoming an American. It isn’t a sudden process. You get over it. But you don’t ever quite get over it. You carry it with you. That’s the great—and not so great—aspect of being or trying to be an assimilated American.” So says writer Gay Talese about his experience growing up Italian American in 1940s South Jersey. It is an introspective and angst-filled admission, somewhat unusual for Italian Americans, who tend to vacillate between voluble romanticism and hardheaded pragmatism.

Talese’s interview comes from a new documentary entitled The Italian Americans, scheduled to air on PBS beginning in February. We live in an era that is increasingly nervous about assimilation, finding it too coercive an idea to impose on new immigrants. Yet this is no simple-minded tale or romanticized story of plucky immigrant success. Assimilation has never meant a “melting pot” where everyone “melted” into a homogenous “American” stew. Italian Immigration. Italian - Early Arrivals - Immigration...- Classroom Presentation. Early Arrivals The Genoese navigator Cristoforo Colombo, known to us now as Columbus, was only the first of many Italian explorers who would come to shape the Western Hemisphere as we know it today.

In 1497, the Venetian Giovanni Caboto, or John Cabot, sailed to Newfoundland and became the first European to see the shores of New England. By 1502, the Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci had deduced that these new discoveries were part of one great continent. Within a few years, that continent had been given his name--America. Italian immigration continued at a trickle throughout the middle of the 19th century. Although travelers from the peninsula continued to roam the world, most chose to settle in Argentina and Brazil. Between 1820 and 1870, fewer than 25,000 Italian immigrants came to the U.S., mostly from northern Italy. The impact of their contributions can still be seen today. Italian Immigration: A Personal History. Francesco DiPinto arrived on Ellis Island from Bisceglie, Italy in 1912 with a small bag and the clothes on his back. It was at the immigration depot where he married Lucia Capurso, his love from his hometown with whom the marriage was forbidden, in order for Lucia to come into the country.

Francesco, a fisherman by trade, and his wife moved to Worcester, Massachusetts which they knew about through family connections. Neither could speak English, though they were both literate in their native dialect. According to their immigration papers, their reason for immigrating was "poverty. " Map of Italy. Bisceglie is just north of Bari. Francesco found work through a friend at the Norton Company, a factory owned by a Swedish family in Worcester that produced grinding wheels. Worcester was an ethnically divided city: first the Irish settled, then the Italians.

The Italian couple lived in a three-decker house which was an accomodation unique to Worcester. (back to top) Lucia Capurso DiPinto. Mario Cuomo, a Giant in NY, Liberal Politics, Dies. ALBANY, N.Y. — Mario Cuomo had a loud and liberal voice that inspired a generation of politicians to turn to public service, and a story of humble beginnings that he wove into calls for social justice during his three terms as New York governor and years as a national figure when he deflected overtures to become a presidential candidate.

Cuomo died at his home in Manhattan on Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure, just hours after his son Andrew began his second term as New York's chief executive. He was 82.