- Joseph Scafetta Jr.
Jacuzzi, Candido (24 February 1903–07 October 1986), inventor and pump manufacturing executive, was born in Casarsa della Delizia in the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, the son of Giovanni Jacuzzi and Teresa Arman, farmers. Because of his family’s poverty, Jacuzzi left elementary school after five years to help his parents and siblings on the farm. In March 1920 he arrived with his two oldest sisters to join five of his six older brothers already in the United States. His parents and other siblings emigrated in 1921. They settled in Berkeley, California, where the brothers operated a machine shop. Jacuzzi started work as an apprentice machinist as soon as he arrived at the Jacuzzi Bros. Co. In 1925 he married Inez Ranieri; they had four children. He was promoted from master machinist to sales manager in 1933. After applying for his first two U.S. patents relating to agricultural well pumps, which formed the heart of the family business at that time, Jacuzzi was promoted from sales manager to general manager in 1940....