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Past Newsmakers

Fall 2008

MARIO ANDRETTI is one of seven "living legends" named by the U.S. Library of Congress in April. Considered by many the greatest race car driver of all time, Andretti has won racing's most prestigious contests, including the Indianapolis 500, the Formula One World Championship and the Pikes Peak Hill climb.

ANDREW CAPPUCCINO, M.D., a spine surgeon, is credited with successfully treating Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett, who was paralyzed from the neck down last year during a game. Doctors feared he would never walk again, but Cappuccino induced hypothermia to reduce the swelling around Everett's spine, allowing the athlete to walk again. He teaches his techniques around the world, performs operations on needy children and serves as a celebrity chef for fundraisers. He and his wife, also a surgeon, have six children.

PASQUALE D'AMURO, chief of counterintelligence at the FBI, was lauded last spring in a Washington Post editorial (May 25, 2008) as a hero during a "disgraceful chapter of American history," because he was the first to direct FBI agents not to use violent interrogation techniques on foreign detainees held by U.S. forces in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba even though such abusive techniques, including sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation, had been approved "at the highest levels." He believed they violated the bureau's standards and tainted the government's ability to prosecute detainees.

MARY ANN ESPOSITO, the chef/host of PBS's popular "Ciao Italia" cooking show, continues to teach America about authentic Italian cuisine. The number of stations airing her show coast to coast has grown 61% since 2005. Her new website, www.ciaoitalia.com shows videos of her preparing recipes and offering cooking tips.

ALDO MAGAZZENI, CEO of Champion Fasteners, has traveled half way around the world to design and install water delivery systems in villages in the mountains of Afghanistan. He has done the same in Kenya where he also helped build a village for AIDS orphans.