“…Pardini is Mediterranean: he enjoys observing how his style and his expressionist and cubist experience adapts and modifies if the sea is the Tyrrhenian of his native Versilia, or if it is the Spanish east coast running from Catalonia to Andalusia. He went to Spain to pay homage to no other than Goya and Picasso and, it goes without saying, he adores them, because from the old school he has the magic of light, and from the modern school, the breaking up and putting together again of images…”
(Verona, 5 July 1907 – Rome, 18 April 1994) was an Italian journalist and politician.
Born in Verona, but of Sicilian origin, he was one of the most popular TV and radio journalists in Italy.
A refined art collector, he graduated in mathematics, and began his career as the London correspondent for the radio network EIAR, and during World War II, after having written for “La Difesa della Razza” (edited by Telesio Interlandi), his fame began to spread from the microphones of Radio Londra. He was the first RAI correspondent for New York, where he lived between 1954 and 1970. For the Italian nation, he was the voice of the American space missions, with numerous radio and TV broadcasts. He is particularly remembered as one of the protagonists of the historical night in which Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on 20 July 1969. During the live broadcast of the space landing, Orlando, who was at the NASA Space Centre in Houston, Texas, got into an argument with Tito Stagno, who was presenting the program from Rome, because they did not agree on the precise moment of the landing..
In 1972 he resigned from RAI and was elected into parliament for the PSI party in the VI term, in the constituency of Rome. From 1981 to 1983, he edited the foreign and military policy monthly magazine “Italia Internazionale”.
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