My Grandfather and the President

I just realized that today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was shot in Dallas, Texas, on 22 November 1963. I’m not old enough to have any memories of that day. But my grandfather knew JFK; he was treasurer of his presidential campaign for the state of Pennsylvania. ResearchingContinue reading “My Grandfather and the President”

Art on the Avenue, at Last

Today was the day! Thousands of people gathered in my neighborhood for our yearly arts festival, Art on the Avenue. This outdoor street festival usually takes place in early October, but had to be postponed this year due to bad weather that day. I was volunteering as a Block Captain, walking up and down myContinue reading “Art on the Avenue, at Last”

Throwback Thursday: Giovanni and Rosalina

Lately, my genealogical researcher has shifted from my father’s side of the family tree to my mother’s. And here is a photograph from her ancestral line. This is my mother’s paternal grandparents, my great-grandparents. They are Giovanni (John) DeRiggi and Rosalina (Rosa) Ambrosini DeRiggi. John DeRiggi (1878-1955) was born in Cicciano, a village outside ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Giovanni and Rosalina”

Throwback Thursday: My Mother, the Pinup Girl

I mentioned recently that my mother let me borrow a lot of old photos from her side of the family, so I could scan them all. This one is a treasure. This is my mother, back when she was a pinup girl. A newspaper on an Air Force base published her picture one month asContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: My Mother, the Pinup Girl”

Throwback Thursday: My Mother’s Side

Much of my genealogical research so far has focused on my father’s side of the family, but I have been lately spending more time on my mother’s family. When I visited her last week, she let me take home a lot of old photographs to scan. I’ve only just gotten started, but here is oneContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: My Mother’s Side”