Thursday, February 26, 2009
LIFE IS A BEACH
SANTA CRUZ BEACH C. 1945 (WHERE THE PROS AND OTHERS PLAY VOLLYBALL TODAY) FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ELIO "BEBO' RODONI, GIOVANNI PRIMO (JOHN) COMELLI, ME (IVANO COMELLI), MY MOTHER VALENTINA COMELLI (DIRECTLY BEHIND ME) LAURA NERI (BESIDE ME) AND HER MOTHER ELVIRA NERI.
IVANO SAYS: THE ABOVE PHOTO WAS SENT TO ME BY LAURA (NERI) GULARTE ALONG WITH THE FOLLOWING LETTER:
My name is Laura Neri Gularte. My parents were Quinto and Elvira Neri. I am "LaNorma's"cousin. Going through some old photos, I came across the picture I am sending you, taken at the Santa Cruz Beach. It is Elio Rodoni, your brother John, you, your mom, myself and my mother. I don't know what year it was taken, however; I'm thinking sometime in the middle 1940s. Norma thought you might enjoy having it. I do remember your mom often picking us up to go to the beach. (Ed: Probably in the "Old Carrettone".) Norma and I had a great time going over these old pictures.
I have your book and have enjoyed reading it.
Laura Neri Gularte
Thanks Laura. I really appreciate you sending me the photo and letter. Life was really a "beach" back then.....or was it? Judging by the expressions on "Bebo's" and my face we were wishing to be elsewhere. BTW: The other photo was also taken at Cowell's Beach circa 1957. Sitting from left to right: Bruce Hansen and Jim Ceragioli. Standing left to right "Charles Atlas" and Jerrill (The Old Professor) Kerrick. ('clicca on foto for enlarged image.)
'Con Un Bacin D'Mor Ivano