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Vacation Reading—Taking Rick Perry To Rhode Island

With a plane to catch soon and  time in Rhode Island ahead, it is time to select what book I’ll be reading while on the road.

I’d headed to Rhode Island for a final observance of my father’s life.  He spent much of his life in Rhode Island.

Tony Aquino lived 1930-2011.

I often get a great deal of reading done on airplanes and on vacation.

I’m considering this trip a vaction because I’m certain that this is how dad would have wanted me to imagine the trip.

For this vacation, I’ve picked books relevant to Rhode Island, Cincinnati and Texas—The three places I have lived in life.

I have The Cultural Life of the American Colonies by Louis B. Wright.  This book was published in 1957.

I don’t much about this book, but it is just the type of stuff that I often read.

Another book I have is The President Makers 1896-1919—The Culture of Politics & Leadership In An Age of Enlightenment by Matthew Josephson. This book is from 1940.

This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Mr. Josephson.  He wrote about the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. In the President Makers I’m currently on the chapters involved the Presidency of Cincinnati’s William Howard Taft.

The final book I’ll bring along is Fed Up!–Our Fight To Save America From Washington by Texas Governor Rick Perry. This great work was published in 2010.

Fed Up! may provide me with a few quick blog posts while I’m traveling.  Also, since I’ll be wearing a Houston Astros’ baseball hat for much of the trip, maybe I’ll read the book while wearing the cap and make loud comments about seccession and bitching about how George W. Bush was not conservative enough.

It’s going to be a great trip and I’ll be posting from Rhode Island. Thanks to everybody for reading Texas Liberal.

August 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Obituary For Anthony S. Aquino

Below is the obituary for my father. It ran in the Cincinnati Enquirer two days ago. I appreciate the kind comments that were made here at the blog and elsewhere at the time of my father’s death last month. There is no need to for anyone to repeat those comments. I just wish to offer a more complete account of Tony Aquino’s life. ( Above–Tommy Dorsey. Tony saw Tommy Dorsey and his band perform in Providence in the 1940’s)

Aquino, Anthony Samuel. 80, of Cincinnati, OH, died peacefully March 12, 2011, after a short illness. An award-winning journalist, he was born in Providence, RI, a son of the late Samuel and Mary Grace (Ferraiuolo) Aquino. During his newspaper career, he worked variously as a reporter and copy editor for The Call, Woonsocket, RI, The Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin, The Worcester (MA) Telegram & The Evening Gazette, and the Pawtuxet Valley Daily Times (RI). He began his career as an editorial assistant with The Reporter Magazine in New York City. He won a first place, general news award, from the New England Associated Press Managing Editors Association while working for The Call. As a freelance writer, he had numerous op ed pieces published in The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati Post and The Washington Post. His career included seven years as a senior writer and editor of alumni publications at Xavier University in Cincinnati and creative director at Goldsmith Tregar Company, a Providence advertising agency. He also had his own advertising and public relations company, Communications Plus, in Providence. A Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Army for three years and received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for two years. He attended LaSalle Academy in Providence and the University of Rhode Island. Survivors include three sons, Peter D. Aquino of Coventry, John G. (Nadja Wackerling) Aquino of Chicago, and Neil A. (Laura Goldberg) Aquino of Houston; two grandchildren, Melita and Thomas Aquino of Chicago; special friend Carol (Huested) Aquino of Cincinnati; a sister, Mary Dacey of Coventry, RI; a brother, Thomas Aquino of Providence; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Anna J. Minicucci and Annette Andreoli of Rhode Island. A memorial service will be held this summer in Rhode Island. Memorial donations may be made to WOBO-FM, PO Box 338, Owensville, OH 45160; Prospect House, Inc., 682 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, 45205; United Way of Greater Cincinnati, 2400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, 45202, or a veterans’ organization of choice. J.C. Battle & Sons serving the family.

( Below–Rocky Marciano. Tony saw Mr. Marciano fight in the 1940’s)

April 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Anthony S. Aquino

Anthony S. Aquino lived September 20, 1930-March 12, 2011.

Tony was a third-generation Italian, a Rhode Islander, a combat veteran of the Korean War who saved many lives as a medic in that war, a committed liberal, a reader of books and newspapers, an award winning reporter, and my father.

Just like the boats and ships in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, Tony would want for me and for all of us to stay the course.

So that is what we will do.

At the top of this post is a picture of Narragansett Bay at Providence, Rhode Island. This is a scene Tony would have known well.

March 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 11 Comments