Italian Tribune: Book Remembers Rodino Years
By the editors
The Italian Tribune
August 6, 2009
“Fifty-Two Words My Husband Taught Me” is a new book by Joy Rodino, wife of the late Congressman Peter Rodino. The book showcases Peter’s rise to success and the struggle to make the decision to vote to impeach President Nixon in 1974.
Rodino was the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that voted to impeach the President. Joy’s book follows the details of Peter’s climb to power, from starting out as the son of an Italian immigrant to being the head of the House Committee. Born Pelligrino Rodino, Jr. in Newark, NJ, as Congressman, he was perhaps best known for his sponsorship of legislation that made Columbus Day a national holiday.
During the Nixon impeachment hearings (May to July 1974), Rodino was generally considered to be a fair moderator of what, at times, were partisan hearings.
This Sunday, Aug. 9, marks the 35th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, making it an appropriate occasion to pick up Joy Rodino’s book. Throughout it, she ties the lessons the Congressman learned to the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States.
She also writes about the numerous honors and distinctions her husband acquired, such as being named Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy and Knight of Malta, and receiving Italy’s highest decoration, the Grand Crown of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy.
Joy’s book not only is a beautiful memoir, but also a book about U.S. history and patriotism.
For more information, visit www.peterrodino.com.