Obituary: Ruggero Orlando
Friday 06 May 1994
You could reach Cape Kennedy, as Cape Canaveral was then called, by flying to one of two Florida airports, both about 50 miles away: Melbourne and Orlando. At our hotel a clerk was checking our return flights. 'Your name please?' she said to Ruggero. 'Orlando,' he replied. 'Yes, I know about the airport, but I must have your surname to cross off my list.' 'Orlando,' he repeated, with emphasis. When she began a third time Ruggero shrugged his shoulders and said, 'OK, I'll go by Melbourne.'
Ruggero Orlando always ended his television reports with the word 'Ciao' and a cheery wave of his arm from left to right in front of his face. The gesture became his trademark. Once, after his return from New York to Rome in 1972, he had to go into hospital with a serious illness. A small Roman girl asked her father why she had not seen Signor Orlando on television recently. She was told that he could not appear because he was on his sickbed. The little girl was shocked. 'But who is going to clean the inside of our television screen?' she asked.
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Madonna claims jokes about her age tantamount to racism: 'No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black'
Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
Mohammed Emwazi: Nine things we know about Isis militant 'Jihadi John'
What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Madonna claims jokes about her age tantamount to racism: 'No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black'
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...
£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...