A life as a reporter
Biography
Vittorio Coco is one of the most famous Italian journalists abroad for his reportages and documentaries often made in collaboration with international networks.
Vittorio Coco, born in Roccagorga in the province of Latinal`11 November 1939, began his career as a journalist in 1962 at the Edmonton Journal (of which he would later be one of the photo journalist staff).
In 1967 he made his debut at CBC Radio as a contributor to the Italian-language radio news bulletins created for the Montreal Expo.
In the same period he founded the weekly Il Mondo.
In 1969 he was appointed deputy editor-in-chief and special correspondent for the weekly Il Giornale di Toronto.
In 1973 he was called by Johnny Lombardi to make the first Italian-language morning broadcast in North America entitled "Wake up Italian Style", which he would conduct with unprecedented success for over 40 years.
He was sent to Sanremo and conducted for two consecutive years the Italian song festival for Radio International on air all over the world.
He has been creative director and television producer and has produced a series of documentaries entitled "Sulla traccia di Colombo".
He was the first western journalist to interview Fidel Castro.
He was, alongside the greats of radio and cinema: Nunzio Filogamo, Carlo Croccolo, Nico Navarra and Franco Valli.
He was one of the founders of the political monthly magazines "Il Faro", "Il Messagero delle Praterie" and "Il Mondo". He was correspondent for the prestigious news agency "Il Progresso" directed by Antonio Pederzoli.
In 1984 he won the "Best Morning Announcer" award in Toronto. Prize awarded by the newspaper "The Sun" in Toronto.
In 1995, the President of the Province of Latina, Paride Martella, presented him with the "Man of the Year" Award for the best television and radio journalist abroad.
Among the most successful documentaries, some of historical character on Giovanni Caboto and Buzz Aldrin, the astronomy that together with Neal Armstrong set foot on the moon.
Vittorio Coco has made over 4000 interviews for TV and radio, some of them very interesting and some others to be trashed.
The most interesting one with Andrea Bocelli, the worst with Gina Lollobrigida.
In 1997 the journalist started a series of interviews with the Italian community of Toronto.

During his long journalistic career he has received many certificates
1) Latium of the Year
2) Honorary Member State Police in concession
3) Citizen of the Year City of Vaughan
4) Sick Kids Hospital Certificate of Merit
5) Prize Man of the Year Province of Latina
6) Certificate of friendship City of Pisticci (Basilicata)
7) Certificate of friendship City of Pescara
8) Certificate of Recognition from the Latium Federation of Canada
9) Vaughan 'The Mirror' Certificate of Friendship
10) Certificate of Merit City of Samana (Dominican Republic)
11) Certificate of Friendship City of Sora
12) Certificate of Merit City of Matera (Basilicata)
13) Certificate of Friendship Campodimele (Latina)
Social, humanitarian and commercial activities
1) President Roccagorga Social and Cultural Club of Canada
2) President (12 years) Latium Confederation of Latium Clubs and Associations of Canada
3) Don Luigi Sturzo Foundation Executive Director (Canada)
4) Chairman International Agencies
5) End Musi
6) CIA Records
7) Fattoria di Vittorio
8) Imera Travel Public Relations Director
9) Certificate of brotherhood City of San Juan ( Puerto Rico)
10) Founder of the UDC Canada National Committee
11) Political Secretary UDC Canada
12) Co-author " Latium in Canada" A little-known story
13) Executive Secretary Comites Consular District Committees Toronto
14 Member of the Board of Directors Capac-Canada



THE TIME OF HISTORY AND MEMORY
In Vittorio Coco's writing, memory and history are fundamental because the flow of images and eternal becoming become the metaphor in which the past and the present are recomposed, as in a melody correlated by the intertwining of different temporal planes.
With the introduction of the news in the narrative discourse, the fusion between professional experiences, political issues, ideological and spiritual reflections takes over: all included between private instances and the social dimension.
In an articulated and defined structure, the analysis is lucid and the argument well constructed since the effectiveness of the thematic composition corresponds to a wise care in the story in which the detail is always ennobled and enhanced in the systematic use of incisive sentences with thoughts of philosophical nature.
In the complexity of memory and history, there is a fair balance of themes and tones, form and content as the author focuses on concrete data of external reality that are charged with intense suggestions. It is the novel of the conscious elaboration that derives from the recovery of the past through reportages, flashbacks, historical news, reminiscences, interviews and anecdotes, incorporated in a biographical-professional path that gives an important contribution to journalism and a sense to the motivations of individual research- existential. On the other hand, the deepening of national peculiarities involves a true analysis of cultural pluralism with ideological-social demands and formal elaboration.
Attentive to the reconstruction of family life and history, he traces the most significant experiences that are intertwined with the dynamics of his thought. It captures its environmental and above all social contexts, giving us an almost cinematographic representation accompanied by a complete analysis.
In fact, Vittorio Coco retraces, in a sequence that mainly follows the flow of memory, childhood and youth, the terrible and devastating experience of the war "When I was born my father Ubaldo was missing. A few months before my birth, he had been called back by the ministry of war to participate in the campaign in Ethiopia… ..I will meet him for the first time on his return from captivity in Africa… .. Before he died he told me to dismantle all the falsehoods said in the last 70 years on the cardboard shoes worn by our soldiers… .. And what we (my uncle and I) believed were fireworks in fact were the cannon shots that left from the ships docked in Anzio-Nettuno to hit the Germans in withdrawn near Cassino ".
Vittorio Coco recounts the "great exodus to Canada, the United States of America, Brazil and Argentina", recalling his departure for Canada: "In 1959, I got the act of recall from my father and I leave for vault of Canada with my Bencini as a shoulder. I knew little or nothing about Canada. The only thing I had read was that the Eskimos lived in this immense country ... Accompanied by my mother, uncle Ferdinand and grandfather Vincenzo I went to Naples to take the turbo ship Olympia that would take me to Halifax. Eight days of odyssey…. In April 1960 my whole family is finally in Canada. My mother finds work at a restaurant run by a Greek family, my sister and brother will be enrolled in elementary schools. In November of the same year the woman I will marry joins me and in 1963 Nancy will give us the only heir: Vinicius ”.
The author brings to life the scenes he witnessed in a real way; they are experiences that now, many years later, create deep reflection and analysis in him. The meticulous study of Italian emigration to Canada is remarkable: "like most emigrations, it had two moments: the first between the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s and the second after the Second World War. The first to arrive in Canada were the emigrants from the Veneto and Friuli, subsequently many young people from Southern and Central Italy arrived. I was among them too. I was not yet twenty years old …… Today the Italians are present in almost all the territory. The most popular destinations for emigrants were Montreal and Toronto, only later did the Italians also move to other cities such as Ottawa, Windsor, Edmonton, Vancouver …… Getting used to living in Canada was not easy… especially the climate was a big problem for the beginning, a climate very different from Italy, all the more rigid, in particular colder than in Southern Italy ... ... there was no Italian sun and we had to work almost always outdoors. The first years were really hard, made of sacrifices and tears; soon, however, that sadness made room for hope, the hope of being able to live with dignity and of being able to offer one's children a better life ".
From the narration of concrete and moving realities, the most deeply rooted aspects of the author's personal consciousness emerge continuously, which often lead to lyrical and poetic inspirations: “The collective image of the Italian immigrant who arrived in the early 60s in the North is common America ... is a manual worker carrying a cardboard suitcase tied with string ... This is an image that is used both within the Italian community as part of its immigration folklore, and outside by the media and others. While the possessions kept inside the cardboard suitcase could be few, there were customs and traditions that were centuries old. "
In addition, the author points out that there is "another piece of data to be analyzed regarding this emigration, or the fact that it has never completely ended. Even today, in fact, there are many young Italian researchers and scholars who travel to Canada to build their future, continuing to do what many Italians have done before them. There is a difference, however, compared to the young Italians who came to Canada to work the fields or to work as bricklayers ... today's young people have a degree or diploma in their pockets and Italy cannot guarantee equal career opportunities ... "
Furthermore, the style of this novel combines quality of clarity and journalistic linearity with engaging episodes of the dialogical structure. The overall effect of the argumentative structure is instead enhanced by the rational and persuasive force on the emotional level. There is a profound religiosity evident also in the whole family of the author: “My mother Irma: a sweet, beautiful and devoted woman to Sant`Erasmo, patron of Roccacorga… .. On July 26th in Pontinia there is the great feast of Sant`Anna …… In 1959 the Santa Maria Goretti Church of Edmonton was inaugurated ".
In his extraordinary writing talent, the reader is amazed by both a noble sensitivity and the ability to recompose events and stories according to a logic that adds the nuances of the characters of the various characters to the colors of different but parallel worlds.
Vittorio Coco then gradually passes from analytical clarity to complex historical evolution. At the same time, a metamorphosis is felt because the historical frames within which events are framed as in a film, are reconstructed and narrated with skill; they bring to mind and introduce readers of the new generation to issues and situations from a past that they have read in history books or told by grandparents. And his message is also for dear grandchildren Christopher, Gabriella and Isabella.
However, the time of history and memory is inserted into another time: the peasant and modern time, the mythical and nostalgic time of the eternal return. One of the predominant themes is the relationship of love and nostalgia with the paternal place, a microcosm happy but affected and scratched by history, war, needs and courageous decisions. And after a few years the father "in August 1966, after almost seven years in Canada ... together with his mother and brother he decides to return permanently to Italy ".
From this world view flows a poetic and perfect coherence that finds its most complete and systematic formulation in the value of friendship: "In the journey of life ... you meet many people with whom friendship becomes sacred and for a lifetime. Among these, I like to include Johnny Lombardi, his son Lenny, his wife Grace and Teresa Lombardi…. Sergio Tagliavini who in addition to being a master of journalism, was an adviser, an older brother ... .. Among my adventure friends, I like to mention Tony Porretta, a man of great humanity and promoter of our culture in North America. But among my friends there is also a foreigner, Ali Bidabadi ".
Above all, the ability to confer unity and compactness to different topics that make up the novel intensifies, allowing passages and links from one topic to another. Some passages describe country scenarios, landscapes and sensations that form a dense network of memories. Furthermore, Vittorio Coco's style has the function of highlighting the relationships of analogy and historical, thematic and argumentative continuity existing between the various parts of the text dating back to different periods. Hence the constant use of reportages and links through the technique of shooting and memory.
The author also reflects on the social aspect and Italian pride emerges: "The Italian community has always had a very important role in Canada so much so that, on October 25, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced the launch of a project for elementary and middle schools to promote and recognize the great contribution of Italian-Canadians in the developmentof the country. The project is called “Italian Heritage in Canada Curriculum
…Through the different generations, Italians have climbed social positions and over time have founded businesses of various kinds... Today Canada is a destination for a smaller number of Italians but with very high professionalism".
Moreover, the rational and intuitive attitude allows a deep knowledge of reality and allows to grasp the journalistic essence. The time and space of decades are experienced by Vittorio Coco not only as results of remarkable collaborations with CHIN, sent for the Sanremo Festival, political appointments, presidencies of the Lazio Federation, documentaries, interviews and articles, but also as symbols and examples. If on the one hand they are the object of historical references and therefore of reflection, on the other hand they are the object of a mitigation of a past incorporated in the regret of the values of a less rich period but capable of strong feelings and moral ideals.
The choices of realistic and naturalistic forms induce the author to remember the myth of the village-family, the ideology of a serene archaic-rural reality. The two fundamental components of the novel take over: the documentary and sociological one that comes directly from the story and the lyrical and symbolic one that reveals the strong presence of subjective elements. Similarly, on the one hand there are well-defined geographical spaces, on the other hand there are poetic, lyrical outlines, allusions to tones of fairytale and regrets of a world now over: "Today no one would dream of asking a stranger to hitchhike: Sign of the times that the world is changing and not for the better".
The novel becomes a work of "historical, journalistic and intellectual reconstruction" in which flowing prose is an element that makes this narration interesting because the author gives us a testimony of the history of his family belonging to a community in the South of Italy, supported by a deep and nostalgic interest in national-popular culture.
And yet there is the minutely realistic and exact representation of the indications that lead to the need for idealization or symbolic remembrance. History and memories, realistic analysis and romantic idealization overlap and intertwine in Italian and Canadian history, representing its evolution and the passage between emigration, transformation and continuity.
It follows that Vittorio Coco is a delicate pen that tells the story to speak of eternity. He is a fascinating journalist, a multifaceted personality whose deep historical knowledge is combined with sensitivity and stylistic consistency. With the outlines of the historical document, he offers us a fascinating journey into inner reality as well as into Italian and Canadian temporal space. The narrative is grafted onto a real historical context, but becomes an ideological tool and personal interpretation of the world. For this reason the historical and personal experience becomes a myth in which many people can be recognized.
The reader who is preparing a historical, social and existential evaluation is consequently led to relive the elements that make it up. From the origins and the idealization of the past one arrives at the realization of the present, harmony and rare happiness. It is therefore a novel that represents an important document, a precious gift that Vittorio Coco gives to Italians, emigrants from all over the world and compatriots living in Canada, including my sister Clara, my nephews and my entire Canadian family.
Prof.ssa Maria Pia Cappello

. Biography
Vittorio Coco is one of the Italian journalists best known abroad for his reportages and documentaries often produced in collaboration with international networks.
Vittorio Coco, was born in Roccagorga in the province of Latina the  11th of  November 1939  and began his career as a journalist in 1962 at the Edmonton Journal (which he would later be hired as   photo journalist staff).
In 1967 he made his debut at CBC Radio as a collaborator of radio newscasts written in Italian for the Montreal Expo.
In the same period he founded the weekly Il Mondo.
In 1969 he was appointed deputy director in charge and special correspondent for the the weekly Il Giornale di Toronto.
In 1973 he was called by Johnny Lombardi to make the first broadcast in Italian in the morning in North America entitled "Wake up Italian Style" which will lead to unprecedented success for over 40 years.
He was  sent  to Sanremo as special reporter and for two consecutive years he hosted the Italian song festival for Radio International, broadcasted all over the world.
He has been creative director and television producer and produced a series of documentaries entitled "In the wake of Colombo".
He was the first western journalist to interview Fidel Castro.
Vittorio has worked, alongside the greats of radio and cinema: Nunzio Filogamo, Carlo Croccolo, Nico Navarra and Franco Valli.
He was among the founders of the political monthly "Il Faro", "Il Messagero delle Praterie" and "Il Mondo". He has been  correspondent for the prestigious journalistic agency "Il Progresso" directed by Antonio Pederzoli.
In 1984 he won the "best morning announcer" award in Toronto. te Award was  offered by the newspaper "The Sun" of Toronto
In 1995 the President of the Province of Latina, Paride Martella, presented him with the "Man of the Year" Award as the best television and radio journalist abroad.
Among the most successful documentaries, some of a historical nature about Giovanni Caboto and Buzz Aldrin, who along   with Neal Armstrong set foot on the moon.
Vittorio Coco has made over 4,000 interviews for the TV and radio, some very interesting and others for trashing.
The most interesting one  was with Andrea Bocelli, the worst with Gina Lollobrigida.
In 1997 the journalist began a series of interviews with the Italian community in Toronto.
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During his long journalistic career he received many certificates
1) Man   of the Year Lazio Federation of Ontario
2) Honorary Member of the State Police in pension
3) Citizen of the Year City of Vaughan
4) Certificate of Merit at Sick Kids Hospital
5) Man of the Year Province of Latina Award
6) Certificate of friendship Citta 'di Pisticci (Basilicata)
7) Friendship Certificate City of Pescara
8) Certificate of recognition from the Latium Federation of Canada
9) Certificate of friendship "Lo Specchio" Vaughan
10) Certificate of merit City of Samana (Dominican Republic)
11) Certificate of Friendship City of Sora
12) Certificate of Merit, City of Matera (Basilicata)
13) Certificate of Friendship Campodimele (Latina)
Social, humanitarian and commercial activities
1) President Roccagorga Social and Cultural Club of Canada
2) President (12 years) Latium Confederation of Clubs and Lazio Associations of Canada
3) Executive Director of the Don Luigi Sturzo Foundation (Canada)
4) President International Agencies
5) End Music
6) CIA Records
7) Vittorio's Farm
8) Director of public relations Imera Travel
9) Certificate of Brotherhood City of San Juan (Puerto Rico)
10) Founder of the UDC Canada National Committee
11) Political Secretary UDC Canada
12) Co-author "I Laziali in Canada" A little-known story
13) Executive Secretary Comites District Consular Toronto Comites
14 Member of the Board of Directors Capac-Canada
















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