Buttafuoco, freelance writer and retired college
instructor, has been writing for the Post-Gazette since
1998. His columns include "The Bilingual Corner" and
"News Briefs From Italy."
Born in Italy, Orazio
came to the United States on November 13, 1958 as an
exchange student. After marrying Eileen Driscoll in
1962, he resumed school at Northeastern University.
Graduating in 1968, Orazio began teaching Latin and
Italian at Christopher Columbus High School until 1970
at which time he entered the Boston Public Schools and
taught until 1987. In 1990, he began teaching American
government and U.S. history at Quincy College, and later
taught Italian which he was instrumental in having
included into the college curriculum.
Orazio is the author of
two books, "Sicily - Myth & Reality" and "Soccer
Universal Game," as well as the author of essays
published by the Pirandello Lyceum.
He has received many
honors, including, Cavaliere (Knight) of the Order St.
George in Carintia, and Academician (Accademia) Tiberina,
Rome, Italy. He is a member of many organizations and is
a certified interpreter/translator through Berlitz
International Services in Washington.
Orazio is a member and
co-founder of the Dante Alighieri Society of
Massachusetts, the Pirandello Lyceum, the Massachusetts
Italian Teachers Association, and the OSIA Lodge Peter
E. Donadio #2649 in Milton, Massachusetts.
Orazio is producer and
announcer of a weekly Italian-language TV program,
"Panorama Italo-Americano," aired on Channel 10, AT&T
Broadband, Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Monday, Tuesday
He has been an active
member of the Order Sons of Italy in America since 1967,
as well as being a member of most state commissions and
committees. He is presently the Chairman of the Italian
Culture Commission, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and a
frequent lecturer on several aspects of Italian cultural
Orazio is a volunteer at
South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.