Published: Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 1:17 a.m.
Peter Manetti, a Guerneville artist and local chess master, was 66 when he died March 10 of prostate cancer at a convalescent center in Sebastopol.
While working as a landscaper, he also was an artist who often sold his woodcarvings and sketches in San Francisco.
Having taken up chess at a young age, he played in California's first international tournament in Lone Pine in 1972. He was an acclaimed chess master who tutored many schoolchildren in the game and often could be found in Sonoma County coffeehouses giving chess lessons.
He was born in Germany, and his father died in World War II. His mother brought him to New York at age 12.
He served in the Marine Corps and became fluent in several languages through his international travels.
He attended art school in New York and came to California in the mid-1960s in search of rural and alternative lifestyles. Still searching for country atmosphere, he moved from Berkeley to the Russian River area in the mid-1970s, according to his family.
Separated from his wife, Generosa Manetti of Santa Rosa, he raised three daughters in the Guerneville and Pocket Canyon area.
"He was a great father who could love the Three Stooges, the works of Dutch painter Vermeer, Hitchcock's movie 'Vertigo' and anything to do with world history and share it all with his girls," said daughter Barbara Schilling.
In addition to his former wife and daughter Barbara Schilling of Santa Rosa, he is survived by his daughters Diana Manetti of Colorado and Xhana Manetti of Sonoma County, and four grandchildren.
At his request, services for family and friends will be private.
- Bleys W. Rose
Bernard Lacoste, entrepreneur
Bernard Lacoste, who spent more than 40 years at the helm of the Lacoste clothing empire best known for its crocodile-embossed polo shirts, has died, the company said Wednesday. He was 74.
Lacoste, who is widely credited with turning the family sportswear business into a major apparel company, died Tuesday in a Paris hospital, said company spokesman Philippe Lacoste, nephew of Bernard Lacoste.
The family did not provide the cause of death, but said Bernard Lacoste had been suffering from a "serious illness" for more than a year. He stepped down last year as president.
Bernard Lacoste succeeded his father, tennis player Rene Lacoste, as president of the Paris-based clothing manufacturer in 1963.
The Lacoste polo shirts adorned with the little crocodile have for generations been the company's staple. The famous insignia comes from the father, whose nickname was "Le Crocodile."
The nickname apparently originated when Rene Lacoste admired a crocodile suitcase in a store window, and his Davis Cup captain promised to buy it for him if he won an important upcoming match.
He never got the bag, but U.S. sports writers took up the name because it described his style on the court.
The company was founded in 1933. Bernard Lacoste presided over its international expansion and added women's and accessory lines to the company's sporty look.
- Associated Press
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