Testimonials & Other Stories

What People are Saying

In Response

In Memoriam

Tony Pirozzi Passed Away August 13, 2020

It’s a very sad day in San Pedro. One of the all-time greats of the Italian American community has passed away. Tony Pirozzi was a kind man who loved his family, his heritage, and the game of soccer.

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“A wonderful way to preserve the amazing history”

Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area: For Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (SOLAHA) oral history project is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing history of the fascinating community I grew up in. As a native San Pedran, now residing in the State of Washington, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the collection of stories.

My parents – Nick and Lubie Lovrich – came to San Pedro as immigrants from Crikvenica (Croatia). Dad was a founder ( in 1926) and both were active in the Dalmatian American Club. He was in ILWU Local 33 (fishermen’s union), and both were avid supporters of American Legion and San Pedro High School baseball (my sport). After graduating from SPHS in 1962 I went on to play baseball at Stanford University, then earned a PhD in Political Science at U.C.L.A.

My doctoral thesis: Political Culture and Civic Involvement: A Comparative Analysis of Immigrant Ethnic Communities in San Pedro (1971) speaks to the valued and immense Croatian and Italian heritage of the locale.

Thanks to Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, District 4, for supporting this important project and her excellent opening “welcome” remarks. I hope there will be a Volume III to which I and others can contribute for the preservation of the history of a very special place in the world.

Nicholas Lovrich, Ph.D

Pullman, Washingtonn

“A lovely piece”

Watched Perri Veganes story about kayaking and the shark at Catalina Island. It’s a lovely piece; well shot, nice sound & very watchable.

Andrew Silber

Owner, Whale & Ale English

“These oral histories ….. are PRECIOUS.”

“These oral histories of the LA Harbor Area are PRECIOUS. I would like you to know how much they are appreciated. ….. In the meantime, please know that your work is touching souls.”

Nicholas P. Lovrich, Jr

“I was smiling the entire time”

“I was smiling the entire time as I listened to Joe (Buscaino) tell his story.  I thoroughly enjoy these oral histories.”
Jody (Meacham) Bubica

“Such special moments”

“Thank you for providing an opportunity to share such special moments with the Wilmington and San Pedro communities. I enjoyed hearing the stories and meeting participants.”

“I found it very interesting”

“I checked out the stories website, and I found it very interesting. Your story is very interesting also.
I know a couple of Pedro guys that were also raised here. One is a real good story teller. I’ll give them the cards that you gave me.”

Robert Harper

“So Very Interesting”

” Each time I see a glimpse into the pride and loyalty, and rich history felt by the diverse community that is San Pedro, I am impressed.”

“A terrific project”

“It was a wonderful night and what a terrific project!”

“Fascinating Stories”

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note on how much I enjoyed last night. The SPBC food was good, the beer tasty and the stories fascinating and a great mix of topics!”

“That’s A Good Story”

That’s good story. She is quite a spirit of the city. Thanks for sharing this project with us.
[Regarding the Irene Mendoza piece]

Dean Hanley

“Congratulations SOLAHA!”

I just watched a few of your stories (videos) and just love it. I think it’s important that we preserve and learn from our past. I was listening to Rudy’s story about the ship parades and how the whole community came together, and wonder if that’s what we need again to bring us all back together. …I look forward to watching more videos

John Cruikshank

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Rancho Palos Verdes