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Guglielmo Marconi in Roger Williams Park

September 1, 2010

Diane and I heard that there was a statue to Marconi in Roger Williams Park, so we went to find it one day last winter. There it was, an 18 foot shaft of granite nestled in a copse of trees on a knoll off Frederick Greene Boulevard about 100 yards south of Carr Street.

Marconi Monument, RW Park

Marconi Monument, RW Park

Guglielmo Marconi, Nobel Prize Winner

A handsome and  fitting monument to the inventor of the wireless telegraph, it sat overlooking the tranquil pond. I was impressed by its beauty and its power. I needed to know more of the story so, as usual, I went to the best source of information that I know, The Providence Public Library. Betty mailed me the information from the 1953 stories in the Providence Journal.
Work for the monument started before WW II in 1937 or so. It was halted when the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Italy at the start of the War. The granite pieces had been completed and stored in Westerly and Providence.
A committee of undeterred citizens…Walter F. Fitzpatrick, Oresto DiSaia, Frank Rao and Mrs. Alice Thompson, with advice from Antonio Pace and Luigi Scala…moved forward after the War to get the Roger Williams site approved.
The monument was dedicated on October 26, 1953 with Marconi’s proud daughter, Degna Paresce, the guest of honor. Imagine, Marconi’s daughter in Rhode Island not so long ago. “I am honored and pleased,” she said while standing at the foot of the monument. A host of other State and Religious dignitaries were present one of whom, Bishop McVinney, expressed the hope that Marconi’s invention would be used for the good of mankind.. Senators Pastore and Greene said it was fitting for the monument to be in Roger Williams Park as both men…Marconi and Williams… were described as pioneers.

Marconi Monument, RW Park, Providence, RI

I wonder what Marconi would think if he were present today to see where the wireless world has come. Power indeed.
As you all know so well and have heard me say, I believe it is good to remember and record the past. It is good to recognize those who have contribited. It is good to recognize those who acknowledge genious and so erect lasting monuments.
Giuseppe Marconi, a humble and kind man, typified the “spirit of the good heart and genius for work.”
If you are in the Park, find the Marconi statue and pause for a moment to think of those who made it possible.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Dr. Ed


Voice of Italy Radio

June 30, 2010

Title: Italian Radio Show
Many years ago, I remember my grandparents and parents listening to the “Italian radio program” with Antonio Pace. Over subsequent years, I have listened to hosts Claude Campellone and Rolando Petrella and, more recently, to MariaGina Aiello. MariaGina has been in the Italian Radio broadcast business for many years, starting with Rolando in the late ‘80’s and now hosting  Radio Italia(Rhode Island’s Voice of Italy), broadcast every Sunday at noon on 88.1 FM WELH, Providence, RI.


Her Voice of Italy, started in 1999, no longer caters to just immigrants, but to Italians of mother tongue as well as to all Rhode Island American ‘Italophiles’ and other ethnic groups:  Spanish, Greeks, Portuguese and Armenians.
MariaGina’s web site, mirrors the Sunday “Radio Italia” program in a new format…a magazine radio broadcast not of stereotypical customs, but of Italian lifestyle in all its forms.
MariaGina says,
“I’ll try to keep you updated, entertained and informed about the topics dear to me and those like me:  Italy; its history, its culture, its people, its present and therefore, our very identity.  It is not an encyclopedic or literary undertaking; it is a transparent presentation of who I am (we are) and where I (we) come from.”
MariaGina has posted this great quote from Verdi on her site:
“Avrai tu l’universo, resti l’Italia a me.”
“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.” 
Indeed, all of us wish a part of this great country.
Listen to and support this wonderful show for a taste of Italy, its art, music, culinary traditions, and history…from the past and for the present.

Thank you, MariaGina.