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Rosalie, My Darling: What’s In a Name?

The funny thing about being named after something is that you are often embarrassed about your name while growing up. Me? I was named after the song “Rosalie, My Darling” from the musical Rosalie written by Cole Porter. I hate my name. I was called Rosalie, Ro or Rosie. Whenever a guy sang “Rosalie, My…

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Growing Up In An Italian-American Family

It is truly a treasure to grow up with a loving and complete family. There is no other bond in the world that can surpass this kind of belongingness. And to grow up in an Italian-American family was something to be envied upon by even the Irish, Germans or Polish. If you have Italian blood…

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My Brother, Bob

My parents, Domenica and Nicholas Contino, had three kids—Roberta, who died three days after she was born, me, and then my brother Robert (Bob for short). Bob was born two and half years after me. He was named after the actor, Robert Taylor, whom I, like lots of young teenagers at the time, adored and…

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD