We The Italians | What's up with WTI: Editorial # 103

What's up with WTI: Editorial # 103

Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #103 magazine of We the Italians!

I'd like to start this editorial by celebrating all the Italian American soldiers who lost their lives, in all the American wars: Monday May 28 is Memorial Day. To pay my respect, this year I've interviewed somebody who not only beautifully represents the Italians who have fought or still serve for the U.S. Military. This interview has a touch of personal to me, as Andrea Gastaldo not only is Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Army North (the U.S. Army North is what was called until 2004 the Fifth Army, which liberated Italy during World War 2). Andrea is the daughter of Edward "Eddie" Gastaldo, one of the three heroes my father Teodoro "Rino" Mucci was saved by, together with the other soldiers in the Fifth Army. Salvatore "Sal" Di Marco, Anthony "Tony" Tiso and Edward "Eddie" Gastaldo have been, are and forever will be those I owe my life to. I will always be thankful to them.

I recently came back to Community, the Italian RAI television show for the Italians abroad. I will be in two episodes. In the first, on Thursday June 7th, I will be talking about the numerous museums regarding the Italian emigration in the US: New York (Manhattan) NY, Albany NY, Los Angeles CA, New Orleans LA, Independence LA, Philadelphia PA, San Francisco CA, Pittsburgh PA and the one that will open in October 2018 in Baltimore, MD. I will also describe two different kinds of museums, both in Chicago, IL: the Italian American War Veterans Museum and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

In the second episode, which will be aired the next day, Friday June 8th, I will be describing the Christopher Columbus issue, and what the Italian American community is doing to defend him and the Federal holiday named after him.

Last but not least, we're working very hard on the Roman premiere of Lucia Mauro's movie "Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People’s Saint". On Friday June 8th at the Cinema delle Provincie in Rome, the documentary will be aired and followed by questions and answers moderated by me with Lucia Mauro, author and director of the documentary, and Mons. Guerino Di Tora, President of Fondazione Migrantes and Auxiliary Bishop of Rome. All of you who will be in Rome on June 8th and are interested in attending can email us at info@wetheitalians.com.

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That’s all for now. So stay tuned, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. The future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades!