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city (1990 pop. 87,535), San Bernardino co., S Calif., at the foot of the San Bernardino Mts.; inc. 1952. Fabricated metal products, construction materials, and transportation equipment are manufactured, and there is a small steel mill. Mormons farmed on the site in the 1850s; in the early 1900s extensive orchards were planted. During World War II the huge 22-story Kaiser steel mill was built, and Fontana began its transformation from an agricultural to an industrial community. The city has grown extensively along with the development of southern California, and the population increased fourfold from the 1970s to 1990s. Fontana suffered a significant economic blow in 1983 when Kaiser closed its plant; in the early 1990s, parts of the factory complex were dismantled and shipped to China. The California Speedway is on located on the former mill site.
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a city in the western USA, in the state of California; an eastern suburb of Los Angeles. Population, 20,000 (1974). Fontana has ferrous-metallurgy, chemical, and building-materials industries.

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Wolfgang Jungraithmayr, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Brandenburg Medical School-Theodor Fontane, Neuruppin, Germany
Bender's study of Flaubert's novels is with regard to Salammbo and L'Education sentimentale and he posits that previous to Salammbo there is no similar narration either in Zola's or Fontane's novels.
Vincenzo e Anastasio at Tre Fontane. Among her perspectives are the settings of the vita humana cycle, a man in the tree of life, the eagles, the wheel of senses and the ages of man, the harvest of fruit in the garden of life, and birds and cages.
Theodore Fontane, the most important German novelist of the years between Goethe and Mann, has enjoyed nowhere near their popularity here in America despite a string of translations beginning in 1964 (On Tangled Paths--Irrungen, Wirrungen--is the exception, the first of its five translations into English having appeared in 1917).
Both scenarios are instances of the "foreigner-in-Europe motif" (3), which takes such forms as the Chinese Mandarin in Le Pere Goriot, the Chinese ghost in Fontane's Effi Briest, and the American entrepreneur in Trollope's The Way We Live Now.
Muscle Al went on to star in The Godfather as singer Johnny Fontane - a character said to have been based on Frank Sinatra.
Martino played the Frank Sinatratype role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather and recorded hits including Spanish Eyes and the Italian ballad Volare in a 50-year musical career.
The Berlin Artistic Award in literature is presented every six years and it is dedicated to renowned German novelist and poet Theodor Fontane.
Wisely skirting around the irresolvable question whether Fontane, a son of Prussia's Huguenot community, had any real personal faith, this collection takes as its subject the varied and complex representation of Christian themes in his work.
Martino also starred as Marlon Brando's screen godson Johnny Fontane in The Godfather in 1972.