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date: 18 February 2020

Jacuzzi, Rachelelocked

(11 November 1886–24 August 1937)
  • Joseph Scafetta Jr.

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Jacuzzi, Rachele (11 November 1886–24 August 1937), inventor, was born in Casarsa della Delizia in northeastern Italy, the son of Giovanni Jacuzzi and Teresa Arman, farmers. After only three years of schooling, he began selling newspapers in the local train station where his father worked part-time as a porter. At age fourteen he began working during the summers at a brick-making factory near Wiesbaden, Germany. At nineteen he was employed full-time as a telegraph operator but soon enlisted in the Italian army. He attended the communications training school in Florence before being assigned to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, an Italian colony in northeastern Africa. After his discharge in 1909, he sold his gold watch and bought a ticket to the United States, where he joined his brothers Valeriano and Francesco picking oranges in Los Angeles in 1910....

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