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I f you call the Bozzo residence and happen to get the recorder, Sam welcomes you to the Bozzo Famiglia. If you are a resident of Gilroy and have not had contact with the Bozzo family or their work, you do not get out much! As one gets to know Sam’s family one realizes their life story is about connections, friendships and family. Sam and Judy Bozzo moved to Gilroy in 1976. Sons, Dave and Greg, grew up here and both run local businesses. Sam Bozzo was inducted into the Gilroy Hall of Fame this past October. His introduction cited his many local accomplishments: adjunct faculty at San José State University, Chapman and Brandan Universities, Trustee for Gavilan College, commissioner for the City of Gilroy, restaurant owner, educator/Human Resources director, co- author of Any Bozzo Can Cook, Garlic festival leadership and twenty-five years on the Garlic Festival Cook Off Stage, Sister City leadership, Man of the Year for the Chamber and on and on… Sam and Judy came to Gilroy because Sam’s brother, Dr. Carl Bozzo, convinced them to run a restaurant in the center Carl was developing in Gilroy. The first restaurant owner had just backed out. Sam and Judy had been operating some smaller restaurant venues in San Jose and Gilroy. According to Sam, Judy ran Digger Dan’s, while he just helped out! From 1974 to 1981, Digger Dan’s was the “Cheers” of Gilroy. The history of connections continues … how else could a restaurant owner - educator - volunteer get paired up with Gene Sakahara to fill in at a cooking demonstration on the Garlic Festival Cook Off Stage? After a last-minute can- cellation Gene and Sam teamed up as the “SakaBozzo, Twins Separated at Birth.” Their cooking comedy routine lasted for twenty-five years and took them to other festivals and events as Garlic Festival ambassadors. Both Gene and Sam are Past- Presidents of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. SakaBozzo also co-authored the book, Any Bozzo Can Cook and they are in the pro- cess of producing a second edition for the Garlic Festival 40th anniversary in 2018. Judy, the quiet one of this bunch, has been the nurse ݅́݅͡ѕѼ))Ց䁡́ݕ䵙ٔ啅́ɥ)͔́ݥѠЁѡЁѥ)Ѡɔ)!ȁ͕ٕ啅́չȁe)݅̃qɕ䁙ոЁЁݽɬtQ) 鼁ѵЁѼ݅́٥)ѡЁ啕́ձЁݽɬ)ѠMɑ䁅Mչ丁ٕ役)ͽѥݥѠ))Ց䁥́ɽՐѡЁѡ)Ѡ͕́ٔѼٔɅ͔)ѡȁ́ɔɽ丁M)Ց)Ё9Ʌ ɥѡ)յȰɥЁ͍)ͽ́ѽѡȸɽչѡ)́ѡ䁅݅́хѥѼɕɔ)Ʌ٥Ѽͽɕ͠Ʌ)䁙ٽɥє=Q͝٥)٥ 鼁Ё́эЁѡé1ѡ!)ݡɔݡ́饹́ȁɽ́չȁѡ)ɽIх ՈٕQՕ͑)%1I=d5=I8!%10M85IQ%8)啅́ѡ́չѼ9(ɅѡЁѡ݅ѕѼ͕ѡ)Ʌ́ѡ́ѡݽձٔ)Ѽѡ!݅ѡ䁑)ٔѡаɅѕ́ɽɥ) ѕɥ́ѡЁѡé1)ٔ́ɕ܁Ёѕɥ)ɥɕЁ́ѡ)ѕɕѕ̸ٕ]ٔ)ɅѕɕхɅ̰QɥЁɽ) ͔ 鿊éѡ)éѥե䁙ɕЁѡ)ѡɕхɅЁͥ́݅́Ёȁ)!́Ё݅́ѡ͕Ё) 鿊éѡЁѼѡЁɕѥ)!͍ɥ́ѕɥ́)ͽѥݡɕхɅЁ́չɕ)͵̸ٔ́ͼٽٕݥѠ)ѡM͵ ̸!́ɕձ)ѡ͍́хЁѡ)ɱѥمٕٔ́ѽݸݥѠ))ѽѡȁѡ䁅ɔɅͥѡ)ͽ)ɕѡչȁͽѕ́ѡѽ)ݡ݅́չȁ͍)Ё՝Ёɥ́ѽɍ危)MɕиQȰɕ饹݅)M 鿊é͕Ё́݅)ݥѠ݅ɹɕѡѼمՔ)ѕ́́ѡˊéՕ)ɽ丁ɕɅՅѕɽ A䁥M)1ե́=Ёѡ )䁡́ͼݽɭɕхɅ̸ )́Ёٔ́ѡё́ɽܴ)ѡ̸ɕݥ1Ʉݸ)1͍Qȁ͍ͥݽɬ)́٥Ёѡɽ՝Ёɽ)M 鼰Qݥ́MɅѕЁ Ѡѕѡɽ́ѡȁɽѕ)ѕхѡȁ݅䁥Ѽѡ́ɽɱ)ѥم́Ȁԁ啅̸)9=Y5 H 5 H)ѽ乍(