Mary Curtis Verna

Born: May 9, 1921, Salem, MA Died: December 4, 2009, Seattle, WA Spouses: Ettore Verna, Giuseppe Basile Education: Hollins College, Roanoke, VA & Juillard, New York, NY American operatic soprano Mary Curtis-Verna was born in Salem on May 9, 1921. After attending Abbot Academy (now part of Phillips Academy in Andover) she earned her bachelor’s degree in music from what was then Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. She continued her music studies at Juilliard. She began her career in Europe

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Parker Brothers

George Parker Born: December 12, 1866, Salem MA Died: September 25, 1952 An economic mainstay of Salem, Massachusetts from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries, the Parker Brothers Game Company has left few remaining monuments despite the fact that its products included the popular board games Clue, Risk and more importantly, Monopoly, arguably the most well-known board game of all time and which is still embedded in popular culture. The Parker Brothers were George, Charles and Edward. However,

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Al Ruscio

Born: June 2, 1924, Salem, MA Died: November 12, 2013, Encino, CA Spouse: Kate Williamson (m. 1954–2013) Education: Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre Children: Elizabeth Ruscio, Nina Ruscio, Maria Ruscio, Michael Ruscio Alfred Ruscio was an American character actor who appeared in numerous television series and dozens of major motion pictures. Mr. Ruscio grew up near St. Mary’s Italian Church in the Ward 3 neighborhood of Salem. He was a news carrier in the Derby Street area and an

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