In "La Nostra Costa (Our Coast), page 356, I write about the death of Johnny Modolo at age 20, (1948), and how the whole North Coast mourned his death. I also write (pages 36-38) about the Filipino workers and their influence on the North Coast (including their cock fights). The article which was published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel a few years back talks about both. I also included the wedding photo of Frank and Rosina Modolo, Johnny Modolo's parents.
Born the youngest son of Immigrant parents from the Friuli Region in Northeastern Italy, I was raised on a "rancio" on the North Coast of Santa Cruz. In 1959 I graduated from San Jose State College and joined the City Police Force. I retired in 1989 with the rank of Captain. In 2001, my article, "Wrong Side of the Highway," was published in the book, "Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment during World War II" (Heyday Books). "La Nostra Costa" (Our Coast),which covers my family's journey to and from the north coast, roughly covers the period between 1923 to 1983. It is my first book.
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