Gilroy Today 2010 06 Summer - Page 38

PHOTOS: Column One Greg Bozzo manning his parents booth at the first Gilroy Garlic Festival in 1979. Greg running in the Garlic Fun Run at the first Festival. Greg with his father Sam Bozzo and friends Shawn & Derek Johnson at the second Garlic Festival, held at Christmas Hill Park. Growing up in Gilroy, Greg played soccer. His coach was our current Mayor, Al Pinheiro. Al started the first soccer team in Gilroy in 1968-9 and served as the President of the Gilroy Blazers. Column Two At age 19, Greg decided to abandon hanging out with friends at the Amphitheater in favor of working with Bert Berry (l) and Chris Sullivan (r) at Hospitality marking the beginning of his official involvement in the Festival. Greg with students in Takko Machi during his first experience there in 1991. During a trip to Kyoto in the Fall of 1999, Greg met Lora, his wife. Together Lora and Greg visited Takko Machi and Greg played Santa for the children. 38 G I L R O Y T O D A Y S P R I N G 2 0 1 0