By Robert J. Paredi
Bob Paredi’s The American Legacy of an Italian Motorcyclist is a well-drawn and good-humored look at a full, happy, and adventurous life. From San Francisco to France, from Venezuela to Norway, Bob was and continues to be influenced by his parents’ can-do spirit and make-do mentality.
A San Francisco native, young Bob Paredi watched from his bedroom window as ships bound for the Pacific Theater of the Second World War left the San Francisco Bay in huge flotillas. Bob enjoyed all that the historic City by the Bay had to offer, made friends easily, took to the trumpet like a fish to water, and was elected senior class president of Lick-Wilmerding High.
My life was shaped by the remarkable personalities of my parents.
With the goat shed completed, my father and I spent a weekend driving around the countryside south of San Francisco searching for a goat.
The German firing-squad commander unceremoniously released Ercole from the lineup and substituted the complaining hero, who was executed in Ercole’s place.
None of us were aware that someone had attached a poster at the base of the campanile on the forklift reading “SATHERS LAST ERECTION.”
Upon Sheila’s introduction of her younger sister Sandra, I was “gobsmacked,” a curious Anglicism meaning astounded, speechless, dumbstruck.
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