By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com
“Chairman of the Board” – Frank Sinatra –
Frank Sinatra was considered the Chairman of the Board of the Rat Pack and Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were board members. However the “Chairman” nomenclature originated in the late 1700’s
Back then many houses consisted only of one large room with a single chair as its only furniture. Commonly, a long wide board was folded down from the wall and used for dining. The “head of the household” always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on stools or on the floor. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge – “The Chairman”. Today
in business we use the expression or title “Chairman” the others, sitting in the room, are known as board members.
The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread a day, 26 gallons of wine a year, and 25 kilograms of pasta a year.