More Masi California lore on employees at the California shop in the 1970's
Adney was the second American hired at Masi
in Carlsbad. He was being taught to braze. He came from the Yellow Jersey
Bicycle Co-op in Madison, WI. He actually had a masters degree in physics!
We used to call him "Mr. Wizard" (he was the inspiration for "Wizard"
Cycles). Don't know why he wanted to work for Masi, but there he was. It wasn't
too long after I got there in November '73 that Jim got fed up with the whole
situation and quit. Apparently Mario was difficult to work with. Jim was very
smart, he didn't put up with too much monkey business, which there was a certain
amount of between the Italians and the Americans. Jim felt they weren't teaching
him what he wanted to know and felt they planned to keep him just brazing
forks for the duration of his employment, so he left. The rest of us were
bummed; he was the first to leave on his own.
Marcel was one of the four original people to come over with Faliero Masi
from Italy to start Masi California in 1973. This included Falerio, Mario
Confente, himself and an older Italian man, Marcel didn't remember his
name "he went home after a while, he became sick and decided to leave".
Marcel seemed like a very nice guy, I met him a few months ago at his
shop (he runs Celo
Europa bike shop in Laguna Hills, California). Celo Europa has lots
new bikes for sale and even a few vintage bikes and parts from the old
days on display. Marcel related some of this reminences of the old Masi
times in Carlsbad- "I hired Brian Baylis, we needed someone to build
wheels". He said it was tough working for Faliero. Faliero, who had
not built frames himself in many years wanted everything done just so,
and done "the old way". "Everyone was doing everything,
it was crazy. I was building frames, and every other thing you could imagine,
it's what all the employees were doing at that time, Mario included. Frustrating
too, as we had to go behind the old man's back to run next door to use
the machine shop." "It's not that anyone was lazy, but why make
your job harder than it should be?"