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.