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In Memory of Joseph H Lonati May 9, 1935 - October 5, 2013 Obituary Joseph H. Lonati, 78, of Woodstock, GA (formerly of Park Ridge, NJ), died Saturday, October 5, 2013. He was born in Teaneck, NJ. He was predeceased by his daughter Michelle. He is survived by his family that will miss him deeply, as well as a multitude of friends who will treasure every laughter filled memory. This includes his wife of 59 ½ years, RoseAnn, children Dr. Joanne Jezequel and her husband David, Dr. Michael Lonati and his wife LaDonna, and Renee Bogert and her husband Paul. He also leaves behind grandchildren Joey, Kaitlin, and Zak Jezequel, Michael and Michelle Lonati, Serena, Dakota, and Keenan Bogert. In addition he leaves behind his beloved great-grandchildren Valerie and Jackson Bogert, as well as step-grandchildren Kennedy and Lucas Bense. Joe was a member of the USAF, and proudly served in Colorado, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. He later worked for Federal Electric Company, and then for ITT, living and working in Rome, Italy, for a few adventure filled years. Joe was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was an accomplished piano player, an avid letter writer, a gardener with two green thumbs, a storyteller extraordinaire, and a chef beyond compare. He loved Notre Dame football, Clive Cussler novels, and balcony suites on cruise ships. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the VFW, and the OSIA ("Sons of Italy") and worked tirelessly as chair of their scholarship committee. The family received friends at Woodstock Funeral Home Thursday, October 10, from 2-4 pm, and 6-9 pm. A mass celebrating his extraordinary life was held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Friday, October 11, at 10:00 am, followed by interment at Georgia National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Joseph H. Lonati Memorial Scholarship Fund @ OSIA, Marietta Lodge #2607, PO Box 669781, Marietta, GA 30066 Joe was a dedicated and loyal member of OSIA He served many officer positions, including president. His passion was scholarships, which he worked very hard at. Joe was more than a member, he was a friend, Joe was extended family. We have all lost something very valuable, we have lost a brave and honest man, a true friend. May your soul rest in peace. 1
FAMOUS ITALIANS Julius La Rosa Julius La Rosa (born January 2, 1930) is an American traditional popular music singer who has worked in both radio and television since the nineteen fifties. Early years and big break La Rosa was born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the United States Navy in 1947 after finishing high school becoming a radioman who sang informally. The young sailor's Navy buddies managed to promote him to Godfrey - at the time one of America's leading radio and television personalities, and himself a Naval Reserve officer, whom the Navy often accommodated as a nod to the good publicity he gave the service. Arthur Godfrey, a personality in the early years of network television, heard LaRosa in Pensacola, Florida, where LaRosa was stationed, and offered him a job. Godfrey, for his part, was impressed by La Rosa's singing and had him flown to New York to appear on his television show, with Godfrey ending the spot by saying, "When Julie gets out of the Navy he'll come back to see us." Arthur Godfrey and Controversy Discharged from the Navy on a Friday, La Rosa went to Godfrey on the following Monday, and a week later he appeared on Godfrey's variety show. He was a regular on both the morning Arthur Godfrey Time and the Wednesday night variety show Arthur Godfrey and His Friends. LaRosa was joining a show that was extremely profitable for the new CBS television network. But Arthur Godfrey was caught between the enmity of CBS owner Bill Paley and the admiration of CBS management for running a successful show. Godfrey was subject to aesthetic criticism by Paley, as noted by Time magazine in 1950. "earing that William Paley thought the Godfrey TV show 'lacked movement,' Arthur brought on a line of hula dancers and leered into the TV camera: 'Is that enough movement for you, Bill?'" Time magazine from the same article also found Godfrey to be vulgar and "scatological". However CBS management realized the show was extremely successful and cost little to produce, in turn earning their admiration.
Julius La Rosa's tenure on Godfrey's shows lasted from , 1951 to , 1953. When Archie Bleyer, Arthur Godfrey's bandleader, formed Cadence Records in 1952, the first performer signed was La Rosa. Cadence's first single, which was also La Rosa's first recording, was "Anywhere I Wander." It reached the top 30 on the charts, and his next recording, "My Lady Loves To Dance," was a moderate success, but La Rosa would hit gold with his third recording, "Eh, Cumpari" in 1953. It hit #1 on the Cash Box chart and #2 on the Billboard chart, and La Rosa got an award as the best new male vocalist of 1953. Like the other "Little Godfreys," as the cast members were known, Godfrey discouraged La Rosa from hiring a manager or booking agent, preferring to have his staff coordinate and negotiate on La Rosa's behalf. He then hired his own agent and manager: Tommy Rockwell. With hit recordings and his appearances on Arthur Godfrey's shows, La Rosa's popularity grew exponentially. At one point, La Rosa's fan mail eclipsed Godfrey's. A year after La Rosa was hired, he was receiving 7,000 fan letters a week. On the morning of October 19, 1953 after La Rosa had finished singing "Manhattan" on Arthur Godfrey Time, Godfrey actually fired him on the air, announcing, "that was Julie's swan song with us." La Rosa tearfully met with Godfrey after the broadcast and thanked him for giving him his "break." La Rosa was then met at Godfrey's offices by his lawyer, manager and some reporters. Tommy Rockwell was highly critical of Godfrey's behavior, angrily citing La Rosa's public humiliation. Comedians began working the phrase "no humility" into their routines. Singer Ruth Wallis, known for her raunchy double entendre novelties, recorded "Dear Mr. Godfrey," a biting satire on the matter, which made it to #25 on the Billboard charts in November 1953. Days after firing La Rosa, Godfrey also fired bandleader Archie Bleyer, owner of La Rosa's label Cadence Records, for producing spoken word records for Cadence featuring Chicago-based talk host Don McNeill, whom Godfrey considered a competitor despite McNeill's limited appeal.
After Godfrey The firing did not hurt La Rosa's career in the short run. Immediately afterwards, "Eh, Cumpari" became a major hit, followed by "Domani." Ed Sullivan immediately signed La Rosa for appearances on his CBS Toast of the Town TV variety show, which sparked a feud between him and Godfrey. La Rosa's first appearance on Toast of the Town following the firing got a 47.9 Trendex rating, and La Rosa would appear 12 more times on Sullivan's show that year. La Rosa had a three times a week television series, The Julius La Rosa Show, during the summer of 1955, featuring Russ Case and his Orchestra. The short-lived series lasted only 13 weeks. La Rosa has tired of revisiting the Godfrey affair, in part because it's been rehashed so many times, but he's been known to declare publicly that Godfrey was indeed the individual who made his career, but always adding, "He wasn't a very nice man." Later Career Julius La Rosa has appeared on television shows ranging from The Honeymooners in 1953 to What's My Line? to The Merv Griffin Show to Laverne and Shirley in 1980. In the 1980s, Julius La Rosa received a non-contract, recurring role in the NBC soap opera Another World. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy award for this role. He has also been a frequent contributor to comedian Jerry Lewis's marathon annual Labor Day telethon programs for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, often hosting the New York outpost of the shows. La Rosa eventually moved on to a long-time disk jockey position at New York's WNEW and continued to sing and occasionally record. As late as 1999, Julius LaRosa was a disc jockey on WNJR hosting "Make Believe Ballroom Time". La Rosa, profiled by jazz critic and composer Gene Lees some years ago, has continued to work clubs and release records and compact discs. New York Times music critic Stephen Holden says: "His singing is very direct and unpretentious -- he can wrap his voice tenaciously around a melody line and bring out the best in it." Julius LaRosa said in 2008, "Music is 'a very egotistical thing.''It makes me feel good 'and fortunately, I have the capacity to make people feel good who hear me feeling good.'" La Rosa was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2008. Julius LaRosa currently lives in Westchester County, New York.
Warren G. Harding Twenty-Ninth President 1921-1923 Before his nomination, Warren G. Harding declared, "America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality...." A Democratic leader, William Gibbs McAdoo, called Harding's speeches "an army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea." Their very murkiness was effective, since Harding's pronouncements remained unclear on the League of Nations, in contrast to the impassioned crusade of the Democratic candidates, Governor James M. Cox of Ohio and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Thirty-one distinguished Republicans had signed a manifesto assuring voters that a vote for Harding was a vote for the League. But Harding interpreted his election as a mandate to stay out of the League of Nations. Harding, born near Marion, Ohio, in 1865, became the publisher of a newspaper. He married a divorcee, Mrs. Florence Kling De Wolfe. He was a trustee of the Trinity Baptist Church, a director of almost every important business, and a leader in fraternal organizations and charitable enterprises. He organized the Citizen's Cornet Band, available for both Republican and Democratic rallies; "I played every instrument but the slide trombone and the E-flat cornet," he once remarked.
Harding's undeviating Republicanism and vibrant speaking voice, plus his willingness to let the machine bosses set policies, led him far in Ohio politics. He served in the state Senate and as Lieutenant Governor, and unsuccessfully ran for Governor. He delivered the nominating address for President Taft at the 1912 Republican Convention. In 1914 he was elected to the Senate, which he found "a very pleasant place." An Ohio admirer, Harry Daugherty, began to promote Harding for the 1920 Republican nomination because, he later explained, "He looked like a President." Thus a group of Senators, taking control of the 1920 Republican Convention when the principal candidates deadlocked, turned to Harding. He won the Presidential election by an unprecedented landslide of 60 percent of the popular vote. Republicans in Congress easily got the President's signature on their bills. They eliminated wartime controls and slashed taxes, established a Federal budget system, restored the high protective tariff, and imposed tight limitations upon immigration. By 1923 the postwar depression seemed to be giving way to a new surge of prosperity, and newspapers hailed Harding as a wise statesman carrying out his campaign promise--"Less government in business and more business in government." Behind the facade, not all of Harding's Administration was so impressive. Word began to reach the President that some of his friends were using their official positions for their own enrichment. Alarmed, he complained, "My...friends...they're the ones that keep me walking the floors nights!" Looking wan and depressed, Harding journeyed westward in the summer of 1923, taking with him his upright Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover. "If you knew of a great scandal in our administration," he asked Hoover, "would you for the good of the country and the party expose it publicly or would you bury it?" Hoover urged publishing it, but Harding feared the political repercussions. He did not live to find out how the public would react to the scandals of his administration. In August of 1923, he died in San Francisco of a heart attack.
KNOW YOUR PRESIDENTS
Warren Gamaliel Harding The Twenty-Ninth President • 1921-1923
Religious Affiliation: Baptist Education: Local Schools; attended Ohio Central College
“Prophet Without Honor” Biographical Facts Birth: Blooming Grove, Ohio, November 2, 1865
Occupation Before Presidency: Newspaper Editor Prepresidential Offices: Member of Ohio Senate; Lieutenant Governor of Ohio; United States Senator
Ancestry: English and Scotch-Irish Inauguration Age: 55 Father: George Tryon Harding Birth: Blooming Grove, Ohio, June 12, 1843 Death: Santa Ana, California, November 19, 1928 Occupations: Farmer; Physician Mother: Phoebe Dickerson Harding Birth: Blooming Grove, Ohio, December 21, 1843 Death: May 20, 1910 Brothers: Charles Alexander Harding (1874-1878); George Tryon Harding (1878-1934) Sisters: Charity Malvina Harding (1867-1951); Mary Clarissa Harding (1868-1913); Eleanor Priscilla Harding (1872-1878); Abigail Victoria Harding (1875-1935); Phoebe Caroline Harding (1879-1951) Marriage: Marion, Ohio, July 8, 1891 Wife: Florence Kling De Wolfe Harding Birth: Marion, Ohio, August 15, 1860 Death: Marion, Ohio, November 21, 1924
Death: San Francisco, California, August 2, 1923 Place of Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Marion, Ohio
TEXAS ( The Lone Star State ) Year of Statehood Dec. 29, 1845
EARLY TEXAS HISTORY When the first Europeans arrived in present-day Texas, Native American tribes in the region were numerous and diverse in culture. Coahuiltecan, Karankawa, Caddo, Jumano and Tonkawa Indians lived in the area, and during the 19th century, the Apache, Comanche, Cherokee and Wichita arrived. The Spanish explorers who first ventured among these Indians showed up only a few years after the voyages of Christopher Columbus. Spanish explorer Pineda sailed along the Texas coast in 1519; Cabeza de Vaca and Coronado visited the interior in 1541. These explorations were the basis of Spain's claim to Texas, but their failure to find treasure and riches led the Spanish to turn elsewhere for more than a century. Spanish interest was renewed when Robert Cavelier claimed lands for France that included Texas. To meet the French challenge and to bring Christianity to the Caddo Indians, the Spanish founded missions in east Texas in 1690. By 1722, when the area was organized as a province, they had settlements at San Antonio and near the site of present-day Goliad, but Texas remained for the most part a sparsely settled borderland. In 1820, almost three centuries after the first Spanish explorations, Spanish settlers in Texas numbered only about 2,000. Americans moved into the region early in the 19th century. Mexico, of which Texas was a part, won independence from Spain in 1821. Texas developed rapidly under Mexican rule, but revolution broke out in 1835, when President Antonio López de Santa Anna threw aside Mexico's democratic constitution and assumed the powers of a dictator. Santa Anna wiped out defenders of the Alamo, an old Spanish fort at San Antonio, in 1836; Sam Houston's Texan forces, in a dramatic reversal, defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto, and independence was proclaimed that same year. The Republic of Texas, with Sam Houston as its first president, functioned as a nation until 1845, when it was admitted to the Union on December 29 as the 28th state. The state's name is derived from tejas, the mid-16th-century Spanish rendering of a Caddo Indian term meaning "friends"; it was adopted and spelled as Texas when the area was organized as the Republic of Texas. TEXAS' MIDDLE HISTORY By 1860, the population of Texas included citizens from most European nations and Mexico, although the bulk of the people were immigrants from other southern states and slaves. During the American Civil War, Texas cast its lot with the Confederacy. Throughout the war it functioned primarily as a supply source, saw little actual fighting and suffered less than other southern states. The decades after Reconstruction were years of growth and change. By 1880, the Indian tribes in the West had been defeated and removed to Indian Territory, and railroads were being built in every section of the state. Cattle brought wealth to Texas during Reconstruction and for a time thereafter, but the mainstay of the economy was cotton. In a population that increased fivefold between 1860 and 1900, eight out of every 10 people lived on farms or in small towns, and most grew cotton.
Change was even more dramatic after 1900. Agriculture remained an important part of the economy, with the state leading the nation in the production of cattle, sheep, cotton, grain sorghum and some vegetables. At the same time, Texas became one of the more highly industrialized states in the Union. The discovery of oil at Spindletop near Beaumont in 1901 sparked industrialization. By the 1920s, refining and petrochemical complexes were spread along the upper coast of the state. World War II brought aircraft and electronics production, and space age industries developed in the 1960s and 70s. TEXAS TODAY By 1990, 80 percent of Texas residents lived in urban areas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. A decade later, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio--each with more than 1 million residents--all ranked among the 10 most populous U.S. cities. From 1970 to 2000, the population grew at a rate more than double the national average while retaining its tradition of diversity. In the first part of the 21st century, Texas was in the national spotlight with the elevation of its former governor, George W. Bush, to the U.S. presidency. Additionally, when Houston-based Enron, one of the world's leading energy companies went bankrupt in 2001, its name became a symbol of corporate greed and corruption. Today, Texas continues to lead the nation in production of oil, cattle and cotton. Tourism is also a big industry in Texas, nicknamed the Lone Star State in reference to the single star in its flag. Among the state's numerous and diverse attractions are Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains national parks, Padre Island National Seashore, The Alamo, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth and the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin. Famous Texans include cyclist Lance Armstrong, "Father of Texas" Stephen F. Austin; comedian Carol Burnett; U.S. Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush; industrialist/ aviator Howard Hughes; politicians Ann Richards, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Barbara Jordan and Sam Rayburn; writer Molly Ivins; actors Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek; musicians Janis Joplin and George Strait; businessman H. Ross Perot; and journalist Dan Rather.
TEXAS Fun Facts
Texas comes from a Spanish misunderstanding of the Caddo Indian word tejas, meaning friend. The LBJ Space Center in Houston was named for the 36th U.S. president, Texas-born Lyndon Baines Johnson. Houston, Texas, is also home of the world-famous Astrodome. The Astrodome was the world's first all-purpose, air-conditioned domed stadium. The colors in the Texas flag, red, white and blue, symbolize bravery, liberty and loyalty, respectively. Six different flags have flown over the state of Texas since 1519: the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, United States and Confederate. In all, the government has changed hands eight times. Corn was a staple crop of Native Americans in Texas long before the arrival of white settlers—it has been grown in Texas for more than 2,000 years. Contrary to popular belief, there were survivors of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo between Texas and Mexico—20 women and children survived the siege and were allowed to return to their homes. Texas is the second largest U.S. state, after Alaska. Texas is home to mountain lions, bobcats, coyote and red wolves, as well as 400 species of birds. Texas produces more fuel, including petroleum and natural gas, than any other state.
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In Memory of Our Departed Members Dee Arasi
William J. Bloodgood
Donald F. Stokes
Anthony Joseph Bova
Vito Charles Leanza
Wallace Fredrick Beard
Lina ( Lee ) Scognamiglio
Joseph Lonati Rest in Peace
MICHAEL J. LONATI
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