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Hi!! Updated January, 2008. I worked for the Navy for 38 years prior to my present job as a research engineer with Penn State University. I'm originally from Long Island. I met my wife, Grace Mastellone, when I was 16 and she was 13. We've been married since 1963 and we've been living in Pennsylvania since 1974. We have two married sons and 5 grand children. We enjoy eating out at Italian restaurants as well as Applebees. VENICE We have two sons, Philip and Joseph. Our son Joe is a professional body builder. His website is www.FitFranco.com More Body Building pictures of JoeJoe won this contest Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Choosing low GI carbs - the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels - is the secret to long-term health reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss. This free GI database can be used to find the GI value of your favorite carbohydrate foods that have been tested over the past 25 years from all around the world. You can also check the glycemic load (GL) and grams of carbohydrate per serving. We also have 5 grandchildren. A picture of Phil and Tricia's three boys: Philip at a Giants game: Lucas and Angelina were 3 in March of 2006. This is their picture: Anthony in is the youngest of the grandkids. He was born on 1-11-06. This is his picture: Anthony's Baptism: A picture of my Mom, my wife Grace, Anthony and my sister, Marianne. This is a picture of Mom and Pop. He died in December of 2005 at the age of 94. We miss him dearly. He also liked to cook. I have a collection of several Italian cookbooks and I enjoy cooking with my wife. In the past five years we've visited Italy 4 times and each time I come back several pounds heavier. The thing that bothers me most are nuisance telephone calls, especially at dinner time. One of my favorite foods is pizza and in particular Pizza Rustica!!! which we usually make for Easter. I enjoy spending a quiet evening at a local restaurant with my wife. We also get pleasure with our grandkids at our beach house in Ocean City, New Jersey. We have part of the first floor in this triplex. That's our family in Ocean City,NJ in 2002. Since then we've added three grandchildren.