Hey pallies, likes I am likes so so pumped likes to be able to share with you that our beloved Dino will soon be gettin' 'nother honor that likes he so richly deserves. Next Monday, September 6th, our King of Cool is bein' paid homage to by bein' inducted into the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada.
Turns out that Toronto is "home to the largest community of Italians outside of Italy" and the Italian Walk of Fame was begun last year to pay "tribute to the extraordinary achievements Italians have had, both locally and globally, in all fields." Why our Dino was not part of the initial group of honorees, we will never know, but likes so glad that he is gettin' his due this year.
To read more 'bout Toronto's Walk of Fame and 2010 inductee, our Dino,...just reads on below. To view this in it's original site, just clicks on the tagg of this here Dino-gram. ilovedinomartin will do it best to report more as the day of Dino-homagin' drawth nigh. Dino-delightedly, DMP
Welcome to the Italian Walk of Fame.
From the city that is home to the largest community of Italians outside of Italy comes the world’s first Italian Walk of Fame (IWOF). Located in the heart of Toronto’s famous downtown tourist destination known as “Little Italy,” and co-founded by Jimi Bertucci and Marisa Beaco Lang, the IWOF pays tribute to the extraordinary achievements Italians have had, both locally and globally, in all fields.
The official launch of this historic event took place on Monday September 7th, 2009. Stars, honouring deserving individuals of Italian origin, were placed permanently and prominently in the sidewalk and unveiled during a red carpet ceremony which was followed by a lavish gala awards dinner. First year inductees included international film actor Giancarlo Giannini, famous Italian-American singer Connie Francis and hockey legend, Phil Esposito to name a few.
The first annual Italian Walk of Fame event not only received an enthusiastic response from the community but also garnered overwhelming attention and coverage from the local as well as international media.
Born Dino Paul Crocetti on June 6, 1916 , Dean Martin would later become one of the entertainment world’s biggest superstars. Nicknamed the “King of Cool”, he was one of the members of the “Rat Pack” and a major star in four areas of show business: concert stage/night clubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. As a singer, Martin recorded countless hits including “Memories Are Made of This”, “That’s Amore”, “Everybody Loves Somebody”, “Mambo Italiano”, “Sway”, “Volare” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?”. As an actor he played straight man to comic genius Jerry Lewis in a highly successful series of films commencing with My Friend Irma going on to later became an impressive dramatic actor. For almost ten years from the mid 1960s he hosted one of the most successful television shows of all time, The Dean Martin Show. Martin passed away on Christmas Day in 1995 leaving a vast legacy through his many recordings, television specials/series and movies.