Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Alphabe-Thursday..."I" as in my favorite ITALIANS

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny over at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  For a list of this week's participants and information on how you can join the the fun just head over to Ms. Jenny's blog.

The letter "I" really had me stumped.  Some of you had great suggestions last week, but all of a sudden it hit me...I could show you two of my favorite ITALIANS.

Yes, two of our sons were born in ITALY.  That's Keith on the left and Troy on the right.  Keith was born on May 31, 1969 and Troy was born on October 20, 1970 at the US Naval Hospital in Naples, ITALY.  Here they are they are dressed in their little ITALIAN knit outfits shortly after we came back to the States.

Over the years I've had people tell me that my sons could never be President of the United States because they weren't born here.  That's incorrect.  You just have to be an American citizen at birth.  They have two birth is ITALIAN and the other one was issued by the State Department for the birth of a U.S. citizen born abroad.  If you or Donald Trump would like to see their birth certificates I can make them available.  At the present time they have no aspirations to run for political office (thank goodness!)

We lived in Sicily for 2 1/2 years, but unfortunately all our pictures from that time period are slides and I haven't gotten but a few scanned.  Otherwise I'd be showing you where we lived, Mt. Etna, etc.  For now you'll just have to use your IMAGINATIONS.

Then I thought I'd show you an example of INFLATION.  This is a menu that my mother had from Baumgart's Luncheonette at 215 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ.  I have no idea what year it is from, but I would guess somewhere between 1938 when she was a senior in high school and 1943 when she married.  What throws me off a little is that on the cover it says the place is air conditioned.  Did they have air conditioning that early?  (Click on image to enlarge and use your browser back button to return to this page.)

As you can see prices have gone up over the years due to INFLATION.

Now head over to Ms. Jenny's blog to visit some of the other Alphabe-Thursday participants.


  1. You were clever to think of your Italian children :-). I love the menu! The typewritten stuff! Those were really the good old days. Wonder what the Yule Log dessert was exactly.

  2. You would have been able to feed your whole family for a dollar.

    Your boys are so cute!

  3. How fun to have two citizenships...
    That's a sweet picture of your little Italians...

  4. Dual very cool,especially for the post 9-11 world.

    I have a menu like that my in-laws saved from their honeymoon in 1940, New York City.

    Mind blowing inflation, right???

  5. I think it's so cool that your sons were born in Italy :) My daughter was born in Japan but she can only have a US citizenship since neither me or my husband are Japanese citizens. They're pretty strict here about granting Japanese citizenships. Still, she's been to more countries than we had when we were her age!

    As for the! 15 cents for ice cream! If ice cream was still that cheap, I'd be sooooo overweight right now because I would eat so much of it! :)

  6. Your two Italian boys are just gorgeous and yes they can run from president. DO you have 3 or 4 boys? Why did you get to live in Italy you lucky duck?

  7. Anonymous7:58 AM

    Awww, they were adorable,two little Italian Americans,two certificates makes them double delights!
    I'm visiting from Alphabe Thursday!
    Come see me I have "I" mprovised and having my first giveaway!

  8. Oh, Betty, ALL of my ancestors are from Sicily!!! My grandparents were born in Palermo, Roccamena, and Sambuca. I think that one of my cousins from IL went to Sicily to visit our relatives but I don't know the details.
    Great "I" post.

  9. Oh Betty, your Italian/American boys are so adorable....I love the picture. I bet you were a busy mother with your boys.

    I love the old menus, sure wish we could go back in time.......

    Lucky you to live in Italy and Sicily, we've vacationed to both places, and loved it.

  10. ...such cute "Italian" bambinos! And I love the menu from! Can you imagine those prices compared to those on a menu today? I googled Baumgart in NJ...I wonder if the original moved from Hackensack to another city?

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Oh yes, do let me know if you try the skillet bread for your "Italians" :o) It is sooo easy and great with any meal :o)

  11. Those are two mighty adorable italians! Love that menu, too!

    What a fun stop this week.

    I'm just grinning from ear to ear.

    You are just so cool!

    Thanks for linking.


  12. Brilliant ideas for "I" and love the photo of your sons.


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