Category Archives: Italians

Famous Italians (by heritage and they don’t have to be 100%) who’ve contributed to the world we live in today.

Italian #44: Christopher Lee

What? The consummate Englishman from all those Hammer Horror movies? Saruman the White? Count Dokku? Scaramanga? Yes, the towering actor was half Italian. His mother was Countess Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano, an Italian citizen who married an English army officer. … Continue reading

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Italian #43: Giovanni Schiaparelli

This year, my tribute to famous Italians has been heavy on the Science side, namely Astronomy but Dr. Schiaparelli is relevant due to the joint ESA-Russia Schiaparelli mission to Mars. Today is the day the probe makes its attempt to land … Continue reading

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Italian #42: Dr. Camillo Golgi

In the spirit of all those Nobel prizes being awarded, I decided to look up who was the first Italian to receive one and it was this gentleman; it was for Medicine. Golgi was considered the greatest neuroscientist and biologist of … Continue reading

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Italian #41: Joe Barbera

Joe’s name may sound familiar to anyone over 35 because he was half of the prolific cartoon empire Hanna-Barbera. For about thirty years, these two dominated Saturday mornings with their animated shows. I readily admit many were formulaic and just … Continue reading

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Italian #40: Guido d’Arezzo

Guido d’Arezzo is the person given the credit for inventing modern music notation that is widely followed. His two most famous creations are the staff, aka the five bars the notes are written on so you know which notes they are. … Continue reading

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Italian #39: Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Although Maria never made any breakthrough or major contribution to math, she was the first European woman to publish a textbook (what they would call a handbook then) which focused on differential and integral calculus. I have little idea what … Continue reading

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Italian #38: Giuseppe Piazzi

With all the news about Rosetta landing on a comet after 12 years in space, I wanted to kick off with the person who discovered the largest asteroid in our solar system, or maybe it’s a dwarf planet now…Ceres. Back when I … Continue reading

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A belated kickoff to Italian Heritage month!

This year, the banner is courteous of my friend Mark M who recently spent his honeymoon in Italy. It’s a sign for an HVAC company he spotted. Are they relatives? Maybe. The odds of people with our surname being related … Continue reading

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RIP Garry Marshall

Another posthumous obituary to a person who helped ABC TV dominate in the Seventies with Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. Of course a younger generation recalls him for directing the awful “modern” My Fair Lady flick Pretty Woman which made Julia Roberts … Continue reading

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Italian #37: Al Molinaro

I’ll close out this year’s celebration of Italians with the news about Al. He passed away yesterday at 96! What a run for that guy, I’m debating whether or not I want to live so long given the ruthless nature … Continue reading

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