IN MY BOOK, 'LA NOSTRA COSTA' (OUR COAST), A FAMILY'S JOURNEY TO AND FROM THE NORTH COAST OF SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (Pages 204-207), I write about the arrival of the Degli-Esposti Family (Louige ("Moro"), Vanda, Roberto and Fabrizio) to America. In this article, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 1959, Fabrizio (Fabby) tells a little bit more about that story as he celebrates becoming a Naturalized American Citizen.
The Degli-Esposti Family, (l-r) Fabrizio, Vanda, "Moro", Roberto (1948)
Subsequently, Fabby, went on to try his luck in Hollywood, changing his name to Lance Egan. He is now a High School Teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Dave Ferrari, later to become owner and manager of "Ferrari The Florist" Flower shop is shown here in this 1930s news clipping with his accordion.
Aladino Gemignani (in front on the left) wearing his white cookhouse apron. Also in photo, Americo "Piccino" Presepi (Standing on the left), Noemi and Joe Antonetti standing next to Aladino. Looks like the photo was taken on the Gulch Ranch c. 1938.
THREE ICONS OF THE CENTRAL COAST: (l-R) Tony Franceschini, Leon Panetta and John Battistini. (December 1989)
From the book "La Nostra Costa (Our Coast): "Francesco spent three full months in Santa Cruz Hospital and another three months in an apartment nearby. During this period, his wife Nuncia, along with special nurses cared for his every need. Francesco was so severely burned that he could not feed himself. Nuncia was constantly at his side taking care of him, talking to him, and reading from Italian newspapers and books to keep his moral up." (1940) Francesco (Frank) Franceschini was the father of Tony.
ANNA MARIA VOLPINI, MISS SANTA CRUZ COUNTY 1959
Davenport - May 1961
Ivano Franco Comelli's birth announcement in Santa Cruz Sentinel - April 1937
(The reporter got Ivano's and his mother's name wrong)
Pietro "Pete" Brovia and Maria "Mary" Brovia - June 1970
Doug James later to become Santa Cruz County Sheriff - July 1954
Forest McDermott, long time Fish and Game Warden - April 1947
Forest McDermott on the prowl. 1932
Nino Faggiano, Santa Cruz award winning Cosmetologist, Sep 1957
Gilbert Caiocca, Davenport , Entrepreneur - May 1935
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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