People, Jun. 25, 1979

"My father, God bless him, would have burst his buttons. My blessed mother would have been running from door to door to tell the neighbors the good news." Neither, alas, was alive to see their distinguished son Frank Sinatra invested as a grande ufficiale al merito della repubblica italiana. The citation read by Amedeo Cerchione, Italian consul general in Los Angeles, ranked Sinatra a "great and meritorious official of the Italian republic" for his philanthropic work, the prestige he has brought Italy as an Italian American and, of course, because he has "proved...

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