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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
02:10 PM ET (US)
Hi John.Glad you're back. It's been quite a while. Hope you will get to the Ball one day soon. It's a great event. Yes. Ed was very generous with CDs and knowledge of Mario. I was so fond of him. Best.
John WPerson was signed in when posted
10:30 PM ET (US)
Good evening, everyone. I haven't been on the forum for a while, but am glad to be back. Life has been a bit crazy. I, as Julie, also miss Ed McManus greatly. I still have a few of his old emails where he sent me music. I also still have the CDs he sent me when I lived overseas. Great and kind man! Ed told me back in the day that he met and briefly corresponded with Richard Tucker. Very impressive!

I hope to attend the Mario Lanza Ball someday. Blessings to all of you!
Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10:13 PM ET (US)
Yes, I miss Ed McManus also. Not only a great fan of Lanza and Caruso, he was also very fond of Sergio Franchi, whom he saw on TV many times, as did I. Ciao.
Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
02:53 PM ET (US)
Another thought. Thinking today of our friend , EdMcManus, such a great devotee of Mario, I still miss him and wonder how Darleen and his family are.
Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
02:49 PM ET (US)
Hi, Jim! I've been reading again a bio of our Mario and it isn't the first time I've wondered who his friends really were. This one was by Terry Robinson who represented himself as Mario's best friend. However,both he and Callinicos seemed anxious to capitalize on the aspects of Mario that would sell books, before Mario was forgotten by some. This book, I found , came from the Escondido ,CA. library and was marked a "discard". Seems prophetic, somehow. I've had it for quite some time, but re-read all the books about him every now and then. Have another mentioning Mario by Jesse Lasky. He seemed to appreciate him. Found it some years ago at our local Historical society. A few writers I stay away from. Jim, I hope you're successful with WHYY. Best to everyone.
Al CanezPerson was signed in when posted
12:48 PM ET (US)
Jim Thompson here: thank you Bill Ronayne for the work you continue to do. I too am sorry that we can't make it to the balls. My first one was with Fred Desjarlais back in 1966 when we first met Maria Cocozza. The writing may be on the wall as the comments here have dropped off considerably. It is good to have the recordings to play for ourselves and especially others. If any of you are near NPR stations call or email them about playing Lanza recordings. I am going to try again with the Philadelphia station, WHYY, to see if they would be interested in having me do my "Mario Lanza and Friends" program that I have done for years here in Connecticut.
 Bill, all the best with the Ball and I am sure you will update us nicely as to how everything went. To everyone...Ciao! as we all continue to keep the Lanza name and artistry before eyes and ears of those not in our realm!
Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
02:19 PM ET (US)
 I am unable to travel,so sadly will not be attending the Ball weekend. so thankful that I went once years ago, and met Damon. I hope someone will be able to attend and tell us all about it, as I don't think Sam will be going this year. He usually gives us a great play by play description of all the events. I enjoyed being there so much. Met lots of nice people, including Bill. Thanks for your effort,Bill.
Bill RonaynePerson was signed in when posted
02:06 PM ET (US)
Mario Lanza Ball Weekend
November 1 – 3, 2019

Carole Shea Welcoming Dinner
November 1, 2019 5:00 pm

La Viola West Restaurant (252 S 16th Street)

3 course dinner. $49 BYOB

Reservations for this event only must be booked through Carole Shea at pastawithclams@gmail.com.

Mario Lanza Movie night
Saturday November 2, 2019 6:30 pm

Mario Lanza Museum (1214 Reed St)

A special screening of “That Midnight Kiss” to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the film’s premiere. Reception to follow.

$20 per person.

Mario Lanza Ball
Sunday, November 3, 2019 5:00 pm.

DoubleTree Hotel (Broad and Locust Streets)

Cocktail Hour

Scholarship Winner’s concert

Two video presentations devoted to Mario Lanza.

Frank Tenaglia posthumous award ceremony and video tribute presentation.

Dinner and Dancing to the Tony Dee Orchestra

$165 per person.

Overnight accommodations are available at the DoubleTree Hotel for $189 per night plus tax.

Remaining rooms must be booked by October 1, 2019 to get this special rate. Call 215-893-1600 to make a reservation.

Reservations to attend the ball can be made by filling out the response card located at www.mariolanzainstitute.org and mailing it in with your check.

If you cannot attend please consider making a donation by going to www.mariolanzainstitute.org and clicking on the donate button or by sending a check to

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

For more information call 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org.
Edited 09-09-2019 02:51 PM
Bill RonaynePerson was signed in when posted
09:36 PM ET (US)

From today's Mario Lanza Sociey of NY luncheon at Patsy's Restaurant. L-R: David Maiullo, Elaine Malbin and Teresa Castillo. It was a little challenging to get to the restaurant because of street closures but it was still a great afternoon with wonderful food and tremendous performances by Teresa and David! We also enjoyed audio selections from several of Mario Lanza's films as well as recordings of Ms. Malbin.
Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
05:48 PM ET (US)
Julie: Yes, I stayed home. I am thankful that it was very minor, here in Orlando. Ciao.
Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
02:06 PM ET (US)
Fred, happy for you all there. Did you stay where you were? We don't have those things here,but it's feeling like Fall already, though it will warm up again, I know. Sorry for the Bahamians, and everyone who lost so much.
Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
01:35 PM ET (US)
(aka Diane Cox) Glad to hear it, Fred. I always sigh when the storms pass us by. Went through Ivan in 2004 - enough for a lifetime.
Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10:06 AM ET (US)
Well, here in Orlando, Florida, we were lucky; we got almost nothing from hurricane Dorian. It stalled and then moved northward. I sigh with relief. Ciao.
Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
11:53 AM ET (US)
Thank you, everybody. I , pray, too, Hurricane Dorian will expire. The latest weather report now has it veering away from Florida's East Coast(I live on the West Coast of Florida)heading towards the Coasts of Carolinas, hopefully, it will pass them, too. Prayers, also, for Brazil and their Amazon Forest fires. For fans of TCM, in September, Sidney Poitier will be Star Of The Month, there will be a celebration of United Artists Movies 100th Anniversary(founded by Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford), movies about football, the James Bond Movies, too. There are plans for TCM Classic Cruise, coming in November. Scheduled guests, for that, are Cicely Tyson and Mitzi Gaynor. Next April, 2020, will be TCM's Classic Film Festival. I hope , one day, they will show a Mario Lanza movie at , either, event. Have an enjoyable Labor Day Holiday week end !
Bill RonaynePerson was signed in when posted
09:18 AM ET (US)
To all our friends in Florida and the path of Hurricane Dorian, be careful and safe. Best, Bill
Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
05:03 AM ET (US)
Yes, I will take care. I will probably go to a shelter. We will probably lose power for a few days. I hope and pray for the best. Ciao.
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