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But, above all, it is dedicated to those Abruzzese who, on a clear, late-summer day, were deprived of their lives by hallucinating minds and barbaric, suicidal folly: Victor Saraceni, Marisa di Nardo, Vincenzo Trentini and other Abruzzese Americans who disappeared in the dust of hell, on September 11, 2001.
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A gap that Domenico Serafini from Giulianova, Dom for his friends and readers, was able to fill as none before him. Dom, a big gentleman with a wide smile, that loves wearing broad hats and speaks an unmistakable Italian with a double accent, a giuliese and a NewYorker, paid finally a long-deserved tribute to the many Abruzzese in America that, in the last fifty years, gave, and are still giving, glory to their two countries: the country of their origin and their adoptive country. Dom is one of them: after leaving Giulianova filled with great ideas, he found in the United States the fertile soil to plant them and make them grow. By now a high-ranking character in the world of communications, he lives more on the airplanes than among walls: he bounces without rest on the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and between a meeting and a job, he is able, nobody knows how, to find also time for his family and, most unbelievably, to keep the appointment with the readers of "Il Messaggero-Abruzzo", writing stories about Abruzzo people that gained success in the States. His weekly article "Abruzzo America" is very popular.
It is by reading the stories collected in this volume that we were able to learn about Antonio Rocco D'Alessandro, a tailor from Ari, who at twenty years old arrived in the States and was so good as to get the task of manufacturing the uniforms of the Marines; of Mario Fratti, from L'Aquila, a Broadway lord who received five Tony Awards (the theatre Oscar); of Antonio Carlucci, the president of the mutual aid society of Orsogna that gathers more orsognesi than are currently living in the town of origin; of Fernando Masci, a chef from L'Aquila who with his restaurant called "Il Mulino" conquered the diffident tastes of New Yorkers. How much Abruzzo, and how much America, is in Dom's stories. Of course, there are also famous persons, from Lanza to Marciano, from the writer-mason Pietro Di Donato from Vasto, to Joseph La Palombara, also from Vasto, a great political expert. But the most interesting part of the volume is made of the others, the great, less known Abruzzese, whose stories Serafini recorded in "Abruzzo America". Those who already read the articles, will love to read them again, those who never read them will surely be pleasantly amazed.
Claudio Valente, Caposervizio of Il Messaggero-Abruzzo Culture Department
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