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“u focularu” 11 maggio 1973 – pg 4

Finally we get to see some images of some of the founding and executive members of the original Club Gagliato. Yes, at that time, the Club had a physical location where members could visit to socialize. The “sede” of the Club was on Wilson Avenue, just west of Dufferin Street.

This page features an article written in English by Peter Saccoia.

[As with the first page, if you click on the image it will open in a new window and then you can zoom in to read the articles.]

Page 4 of “u focularu” newspaper dated May 11, 1973

“u focularu” – 11 maggio 1973

Well, dear friends, as promised, I am sharing with you my recent finds…

The image presented below is a scanned version of the front cover of the very first issue of “u focularu” (Anno 1, Numero 1) and it is dated May 11, 1973.

Each page measures approximately 12″ x 17.5″ (30cm x 44cm). The front page features prose and an article by Dante Amato, an article by Egidia Amato, and an “open letter” from the President of Club Gagliato, Mr. Giuseppe Gareri (yes, my brother).

I believe it will be fun to create individual posts of each page in the newspaper. Next post will feature page 2.

Click on the image to open a new window which you can then zoom in to read.

Please, let me have some feedback!


Nicola Gareri

The first issue
The first issue of “u focularu” dated May 11, 1973

Archives unearthed!

Hello friends!

Today was cleaning day for me and guess what I found? Old photos, newspapers and editions of “u focularu” from the early 70’s! Yes, material from almost 40 years ago.

So, I thought that it would be great and that I should share some of my finds with everyone. If you’re interested, stay tuned. I will organize the material and likely do a little scanning and Photoshop work to present old pictures and articles from the defunct Gagliato Social Club (of Toronto). Given that I was the last President of that club, I believe I have the freedom and authority to publish some of that material. And even if I don’t, I’m going to do it anyway!

I am certain that you will find some of the material interesting.

It will take me a couple of weeks to get things posted. As in the past, I will likely upload one post per week.

Hope you’re all doing well.


Honeymoons of the past…

Last week my family was fortunate to partake in a quiet celebration of my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary.

We sat around the table enjoying a simple meal and listened to my mom and dad as they each took turns recalling their wedding day and the “reception” that followed.

We listened intently as they described how “things” differed “in those days”… the wedding celebration, in church, on a Saturday morning… a walk through the town and a simple home reception immediately followed for close friends and relatives… then socializing of “guests” until the wee hours of the morning – while the newlyweds waited patiently on the sidelines for everyone to leave… and then “honeymoon seclusion” for 8 days! Yes, an 8-day seclusion. Apparently, the custom was that newlyweds were frowned upon if they showed their faces in public prior to the 8th day following the ceremony. And, on that 8th day, they were expected to be first seen at Holy Mass – in church, where it all began.

The reception consisted of home-made treats/goodies and, get this, home-made hard liquor! Yes, my father had a big smile on his face as my mother explained how he had to walk to and from Catanzaro to purchase the alcohol in order to create the base for the distilled luxury.

At one point, my father sarcastically described how a “limousine” picked them up and took them to the honeymoon “retreat” at one of our lands outside town – no such luck! Such things did not exist, for them – even in their dreams.

Of course, I am certain that exceptions existed and that social status likely determined the elaborate-ness of a wedding celebration and a “honeymoon” – the description my parents shared with us was the wedding and honeymoon of a “common” couple.

A look back at the simple times.

Well… did you enjoy the exhibit images?

After 24 straight days of posting images, it feels like I’m coming up for air from a long swim… I now have to get creative and come up with something else to keep the momentum flowing.

As can be seen from the “Hits” stats, we’ve officially surpassed the 7,000 mark! That is an awesome feat and I thank everyone who has been a loyal follower/visitor to this site.

Time is again becoming very precious for me and, at the moment, it appears that I may have an opportunity to only post weekly, rather than daily. I apologize in advance, but I am embarking on a new project (which I cannot discuss at the moment) which will require huge amounts of research and preparation.

At this time, I would like to whole-heartedly invite interested individuals to submit articles that can be posted on this site, to supplement the posts that I will create.

I will try my best to have the next post up by this coming Monday. Until then, thanks again and I wish you all a very happy American Thanksgiving and a buona fine settimana (end of week) – have a great weekend!

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The final image presented is one that was taken from the place known as U Castidu or Il Castello (direct translation = “the castle”), much higher in altitude than U Pandinu. The chair is symbolic that Gagliato awaits the viewer, to return and enjoy the simplicity and natural beauty of the town…

Hope you enjoyed the images…

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