Tuesday, February 27, 2007

INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION PRESENTATION A SUCCESS

I WANT TO THANK ROGER ‘RUGGERO’ PRINCEVALLE AND THE OFFICERS OF THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION (IPA) FOR INVITING THE ‘OLD RANCERE’ TO THEIR MEETING IN SAN JOSE LAST SUNDAY. THE ‘RANCERE’ WAS A BIT APPREHENSIVE ABOUT GIVING HIS PRESENTATION BEFORE A GROUP OF PEACE OFFICERS WHO MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAD ANY TIES TO ‘LA COSTA’ OR THE ITALIANS WHO SETTLED THERE. I HAVE FOUND THAT PEACE OFFICERS ARE SOME OF THE MOST DISCERNING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

I am happy to inform “La Nostra Costa” fans that the ‘Old Rancere” was warmly received. As he looked out onto the audience he could both see and feel the group’s attentiveness. They were definitely interested in the “La Nostra Costa” story.

This was most important to me, because one of my goals for 2007 is to take the ‘story’ away from “La Costa” (although I can never really do that) and expose other people in different areas to the rich history of the Italians ‘su per la costa’. Quite frankly, I am quite surprise that people from non-Italian backgrounds have such an interest. And I sometimes get the impression that some (certainly not all), descendants of the “rancere” and “amici della costa”, do not have that same interest. It seems to me that they take the historical significance of what the “Italiani su per la Costa” achieved, much too much for granted. Perhaps they were too close to the action to see its significance.

Now back to Santa Cruz. “The Old Rancere” will be giving a presentation at the Santa Cruz County Red Cross Office 2960 Soquel Ave., at noon this coming Monday, March 5. Seating is limited. For more information call Donna Rodoni at 831-462-2881, Ext. 23.
Ivn0



10 comments:

Hank Bradley said...

Hello Ivan,

It's great to get your postings on the talks about the coast. I was down there last weekend, but it was on some family business and there wasn't any extra time, so I missed communicating with the old gang.

But I read your post today on your IPA talk, and saw where you said that it was surprising that some of us non-Italians had such an interest. Well, in my case, I was there during the period you describe and knew many of the folks in your book, and am just tickled to death that someone took the time to do the research and write up the details as you did. What you've done is turn all those folks into celebrities. So good on you. Great picture of you and Rachel Goodman and Norma Dinelli Wilson, too. I know Rachel pretty well through my musical adventures.

Cheers,
Hank

Hi Hank: Thanks for your e-mail. I appreciate your comments. I don't know about making all those folks celebrities. I think they were all celebrities in their own right. At least to me they were. Each had a story. I wish I could write about all of them. ivn0

rachel 'voce d'oro' goodman said...

Hi, Ivan,

Yes, Hank is a great fiddler and wonderful guy. He and I played a square dance
not too many moons ago. You might tell him that we are looking good
to get my documentary played up there in Seattle, so he can hear you on the air.
We don't know when exactly yet.

Other good news:
We are planning a celebration/slide-show to kick off the local premier of the series Pastures of Plenty.
It is tentatively scheduled for 7 pm on April 22nd.
You are of course invited, and we will have several people from the series present,
as well as Sandy Lydon giving a talk/slide presentation.

I'll keep you better posted as we get more firmed up.

Thanks for your participation in the project,

ciao,

Rachel

LNC: Thanks Rachel. Wow! Maybe we can get you and Hank together at my next presentation . I wonder how "Quel Mazzolin d'Fiori" would sound on Hank's fiddle. ivn0

Roger 'Ruggero' Princevalle said...

Thanks Ivan! It was a very good presentation and I believe enjoyed by all that attended. I will talk to you soon.

Ruggero

Hank said...

Hi Ivano,

"I wonder how "Quel Mazzolin d'Fiori" would sound on Hank's fiddle. ivn0"

I'd be happy to try it, but somewhere I'd have to hear it to learn it (us heelybeelies play by ear, mostly, but I could read it if necessary).

That's a part of your book I'm sorry I missed, all those guys with the big accordions and the songs. Are there any records you could recommend?

Cheers,
Hank

ivano said...

Hank: I am sure there are; however, the quickest way is to get it off the internet. Try the link below (provided by Gino Campioni).The song "La Penna Nera" was my fathers's favorite. Also try "googling" "Quel Mazzolin d'fiori" . Links will come up. Ivno
----- Original Message -----
From: Gino Campioni
Subject: La Penna Nera


Ei Ivano,

I found it on the first shot! You can listen to it here. (Perhaps you already have)

http://italiasempre.com/verita/lapennanera1.htm

Ciao. Gino

Ivano Franco Comelli said...

At 11:35 AM 3/3/2007

Saw this in the Sentinel the other day. ivno

Obituaries

March 3, 2007

Obituaries




Marlene C. Majors

Services will be in April for Marlene C. Majors, who died Jan. 4 at Emmanuel Convalescent Home in Los Gatos. She was 70.

A native of Santa Cruz, she attended Laurel Elementary School and Mission Hill Junior High School. She graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1955.

She lived in Davenport and Santa Cruz, and held jobs at the Lipton Co. in Santa Cruz and Threshold Enterprise in Scotts Valley. She enjoyed reading and photography.

She is survived by her partner of 21 years, Ron Baldwin of Santa Cruz; daughter Hope Parks of California; sons Jon Glaizer of Idaho and James Rex Cole Majors of Montana; sisters Dolores Butler of Arizona and Loretta Williams of Nevada; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be in Santa Cruz in April.

derrill kerrick said...

In the revised version of your book I suggest you include something about the Majors brothers. There is a picture of the Majors ranch at the cafe where we first met in Davenport. Joe Majors was married to our stepfather's (Lee Russell's) mother for a while. Lee told me that when Joe and Tom (Marlene's grandfather?) were young they were quite wild...used to go to San Francisco and raise trouble. My bro. Geraldine (a.k.a. Jerry a.k.a. Jeremiah) might give you some additional info. about the Majors brothers.

Ciao a presto,

Derrill

p.s. Kathy & I really enjoy the blagga...keep it up!

Victoria Parks said...

I really wish I knew more about the history of the family myself since it is mine were talking about here. I'm the grand-daughter of Marlene C. Majors. Please get in contact with me if your willing to share any information you may have on my family. Please email me at admin@tparksmarine.com

Jonna Glazier said...

My grandmother was Marlene Majors and I'm trying to find more info on her and her relatives. Please email me at starstellar17@yahoo.com

Liz said...

Also a grand daughter of Marlene Majors could you perhaps tell me where they laid her to rest ?? My email address is MillsLiz44@yahoo.com. Thank you