No Italy, no Italians, no Italian ancestry, no National Inquirer founded by Gene Pope, Jr., no Planter’s peanuts, founder was Amedeo Obici, no Tic Tacs due to no Ferrero confectioner, no Cubs Win! Cubs Win! a saying made famous by sports broadcaster Harry Caray born Harry Christopher Carabini, no Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a service created by Charles Bonaparte, no first woman to be nominated to the US vice presidency, Geraldine Ferraro, no first woman to be speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, no Like a Virgin, no Madonna (the singer), no It’s a Wonderful Life as we know it, produced and directed by Frank Capra, no Italy, think about all the entertainers and athletes the world would be missing. No Anne Bancroft born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, no Isabella Rossellini who is the daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini known for creating the film genre of NeoRealism, no Joe DiMaggio, no Rocky Marciano, no Alan Alda born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo, no Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rudolph Valentino, Mario Andretti, no Back to the Future or Forrest Gump as we know them directed by Robert Zemeckis. His mother was of Italian descent, no Robert DeNiro, no Leonardo DiCaprio, no Danny DeVito, no Nicholas Cage, nephew of Francis Ford Coppola creator of the Godfather who partnered with writer Mario Puzo yet none of them would’ve existed and Living on a prayer wouldn’t have either for Jon Bon Jovi born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. wouldn’t have been here to write it as no Anjelica Huston, her mom was Italian, no Martin Scorsese, no Dog Day Afternoon, no Al Pacino, no Born in the U.S.A for there would be no Bruce Springsteen singing it if his mother of Italian ancestry would not exist, no Yogi Berra, no Laverne and Shirley, at least no Laverne for Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Masciarelli, and on and on it can go.
If Italy hadn’t existed another country, another civilization would have given many of the aforementioned contributions; they may not have been given in the same way or style yet if you were to re-read the posts and absorb Italy’s contributions, there have been many and so many not mentioned.
I couldn’t name all of Italy’s contributions and I aim for accuracy, if you have more to add and/or see an inaccurate statement don’t hesitate to let me know.