Peter Frusetta

Tres Pinos resident and former State Assemblyman Peter Frusetta has written a book about the little town were he was born. The Tres Pinos community he calls home was once famous for hay and the site of ice cream parlors and movie theaters, he said.
Born July 6—“the same day as George Bush,” as he likes to say—in 1932, Frusetta, now 83, came into the world in the house next door to his current home on Fifth Street.
Frusetta lived in Tres Pinos his whole life except for a stint at Stanford University where he graduated with bachelor’s degrees in business and languages in 1954 and joined the Army, he said. He came back home to help his father run a cattle business that was “quite an empire in four or five western states.” He later went on to serve six years in the state assembly.
This weekend, Frusetta will present his book, “Tres Pinos: Its Colorful Past, ” to the public for sale and will autograph the workfrom noon to 3 the Immaculate Conception Church at 7290 Airline Highway in Tres Pinos. The previously published local has written two other books on regional history including “Beyond the Pinnacles: The History and Folklore of Southern San Benito County” and “Quicksilver Country: California’s New Idria mining district.”
The public has never seen some of the photos in his newest book, which is about 60 to 70 pages, he said.
Those wishing to order a book can call Frusetta at (831) 628-3559.

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