Remember the “online focularu”?

I recently received an email from someone in the U.S.A. whose ancestry traces back to Gagliato. A peek at the guestbook will reveal who I am referring to.

During our correspondence, I naturally offered to discuss her father’s family tree with my parents, in the hope that possibly they may recall something about some of her ancestors.

And the other night I also had the opportunity to ask my brother if he recalls any details that would contribute something to the discussion.

The sad and frustrating reality is that my parents and my brother all had little or nothing to contribute because, like all of us, their memories are limited and their knowledge of such details would exist only if it was transferred to them by someone else (through either hearsay or the recounting of actual experiences by an older generation). As time goes on, the memories get fainter and the knowledge gets farther and farther removed.

So, as a result of this exercise, I realized that the words that I had written in the “About this site” section are so very “on the mark”! What am I referring to? Read on…

Imagine for a moment that someone with roots to Gagliato was interested in tracing back their lineage (just like the situation at hand) – and could visit this site and type is a name and the ancestry records would miraculously pop-up, along with any incidental historical details! Would that not be amazing? And, for free!

The only reason such a site does not exist today is because of the lack of cooperation among those who truly would be capable of creating such a site. At various points in time during the existence of this site I have extended an invitation to many individuals and groups to “come together” – only to be either outrightly rejected or silently shunned. Hey, I tried…

So, I can visualize the many who could benefit from such a site and I see them all floating farther and farther away from their origins until the link is lost altogether.

It is truly sad and shameful, and the future generations’ loss.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

365 Days of Gagliato PhotoGallery re-activated

I have received many emails inquiring why I removed the PhotoGallery from the site. That was done temporarily because of a new and unfair law that was introduced in the UK affecting images posted on the Internet. Well, I have decided to reverse my position for the time being and I have now REACTIVATED the image galleries that were very popular with visitors to this site.

So, either select the page from the drop-down menu in the header above or click on the following link: PhotoGallery.

Please do not hesitate to email me your comments at

Happy viewing!

“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!

Exhibit Photo 24 of 24

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…

[Click on image to view a full screen version.]

Exhibit Photo 24 of 24