Interview of Edmondo Catania

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Title

Interview of Edmondo Catania

Subject

Oral History, Italian-American, South Florida

Description

  • Name: Edmondo Catania

  • Place and Date of Birth: South Philadelphia, PA, 09/23/1944

  • Generation: 2

  • Family Origin:

    • Paternal = Naso, Sicily, Italy
    • Maternal = Capo d’Orlando, Sicily, Italy

  • Spoken Languages:

    • English
    • Proficient in Italian (understands some Sicilian dialect and communicates at an advanced novice level in standard Italian)
  • Relocation to Florida: 2012


List of the Italian Expressions and Traditions Mentioned in the Interview:


  • Festas (referring to street festivals in Italian American enclaves)
  • Agnello (means “lamb”, Ed intended to say “anello”)
  • Anello (means “ring”)
  • Zingaro (means “gypsy”, Ed intended to say “zanzare”)
  • Zanzare (mosquitos)
  • Cittadini (means “citizens”)
  • Contadini (means “farmers”)
  • Lardo (means “fatback”)
  • Prosecco (bubbly wine)
  • Prosciutto (dry-cured ham)
  • Liquore (means “liquor”)
  • Bocce (lawn ball sport related to British bowls and French pétanque)
  • Morra (hand game that dates to ancient Roman and Greek times)
  • Porchetta (fatty and moist boneless pork roast)
  • Quanti quante volte in Italia? (means “How many times in Italy?”)
  • Prima volta in Italia? (means “First time in Italy?”)
  • Edmondo, come stai? Quanti anni? (means “Edmondo, how are you?
  • How many years [has it been]?”)

Creator

Edmondo Catania

Source

Interview

Publisher

Program of Italian of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University

Date

02-18-2019

Contributor

Domenica Diraviam

Rights

Program of Italian of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University

Relation

Italian-American Oral History Collection at Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Format

Audio mp3

Language

en

Type

Oral History

Coverage

US-FL, 2019

Interviewer

Domenica Diraviam

Interviewee

Edmondo Catania

Location

EC's House

Transcription

See Attached File

Original Format

Audio mp3

Duration

00:58:49

Bit Rate/Frequency

130Kbits/s

Time Summary

0:07

Beginning of interview with Edmondo Catania

0:56 - 3:00

Grandparents settling in Philadelphia and description of the old neighborhood

3:30 – 5:00

World War II and parents’ newlywedded life

5:00 – 6:45

Memories of food and festas in Philadelphia, anecdote about grandfather’s bakery

7:00 – 8:20

Grandfather’s funeral and father’s commitment to Ed’s future

8:30 – 10:40

Ancestral property in Sicily and Ed’s first trip to Italy at which time he met his relatives who had not emigrated

10:40 – 11:40

Memories associated with food and navigating the language during the trip to Sicily

11:50 – 14:30

Piecing together family history through Zio Giovanni’s stories and property ownership

14:30 – 15:00

Cultural distinctions between maternal and paternal hometowns in Sicily

15:00 – 16:00

Hosting a dinner and delivering a speech of appreciation to the relatives in Sicily

16:00 – 18:00

Parents visit to Sicily regarding the land and the continued pursuit of claiming the ancestral property

18:00 – 22:00

Talks about identifying as Italian growing up in Philadelphia and throughout life, compared to the ethnic identity of his sister, cousins, and next generation

22:00 – 26:00

Memories of his father including: his father’s letters from when he was in the service, the dedication Ed gave at his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, wartime stories he associated with his father.

26:00 – 29:00

Ed’s professional life, marriage and family life

29:00 – 30:00

Use of Italian, English, and dialect in different settings

30:00 – 32:45

Family professions: baker, tailor, steam fitter, military serviceman; involvement in racketeering

Citation

Edmondo Catania, “Interview of Edmondo Catania,” Italian-American Memories: Documentary Archive, accessed August 4, 2021, https://itamm.omeka.net/items/show/271.