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James Ernest Podesta, or “Ernie” as most people call him, is today in his 80s, the proud patriarch of an Italian American family. He has traveled a long road from his adolescence when he was uncomfortable with his ethnicity, to success as an adult in business and in the broader community. His parents were immigrants from Northern Italy. They chose Northern California because its climate and terrain were similar to what they had known in Italy. They were part of the second wave of Italians to migrate to Calfornia, and like others who came with them, hailed from a rural background…
Oral History, Stockton - CA, California, Italian American, History
Kaufman, Brent. "Podesta Family: James (Ernie) Podesta (Elder)". (2005). STOCKTONSpeaks! Italian American Stories. Oral History 4.
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