Italy has developed an undeserved reputation as an economic “basket case.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Italy is a creator and exporter of quality: in design, fashion, foods, precision engineering, construction and high-grade chemical products, among many other things. I am looking for a speaker who would be interested in giving us a talk on this subject. How about it, you sophisticated Italophiles? We want to remain connected to our spiritual home.
From an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle with Christopher Herb Caen, Herb Caen's son:
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
A. When I was very young, I was at a birthday party. My mom was going around the table saying, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Kids were saying: "An astronaut," "A fireman," "A policeman." I said, "An Italian."