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Uberto Pozzoli

Uberto Pozzoli was born in Brianza, in Capriano, his father’s country, on May 6, 1901

Shortly after, his parents moved to Lecco, his mother’s city, in a house in Mascari Street, near the Church, at No. 8. There, Uberto Pozzoli grows, and to that street, which for him was enlivened by the most tender memories of early youth, he was singly fond of all his life. Still very young, in summer, during the holidays, it seemed too much to stay home for three consecutive months and wanted, at any cost, despite the contrary opinion of the family, to deal with something. He already had the craving for work, a characteristic that will mark him for all his short life.

Social commitment

But Uberto Pozzoli was known in Lecco especially for his great personality deeply rooted in the Christian faith, a personality that finds expression in the activities of everyday life. For Pozzoli, Christian inspiration is inseparable from a living presence in reality, it can not be limited to an intimate religious experience. With this certainty, the commitment becomes more and more consistent, spread throughout the twenties, is articulated in the presence in the most diverse associations, in the Cooperative La Popolare, in the White Trade Unions, in the Popular Party, in Catholic Action, in journalism.

The journalist

Uberto Pozzoli – whom the city of Lecco also recalls in the naming of the civic library – made his journalistic and investigating talents of events in Lecco collaborating in particular with local publications: his articles appeared, starting in 1924, on the weekly Il Resegone, and later on the magazine All’ombra del Resegone. The reinterpretation of those pieces – including those published in the Bollettino of Lecco’s hikers newsletter – shows its participatory attention to the events of a world far back in time; but his interest was also attracted by all those local news situations that he ennobled with his affectionate irony and his stimulating comparisons with related events of the past. Stretched out, with a simple and modern style, suffused with irony, readable by anyone but at the same time built on a careful historical documentation, his articles demonstrated the possibility of a popular but at the same time serious and correct journalism.

The journalistic collaborations were extended in the last years of life to the Milanese Catholic newspaper, Italy, with those “Lettere Lecchesi” that were appreciated and sought out even outside our city, and only the rejection of Pozzoli himself prevented the Corriere della Sera from own editors. Further demonstration of the estimate that the journalist had been able to earn, despite being self-taught, even in the national press. Much of Pozzoli’s writings and more incisive pieces have been collected in the anthology “Frammenti di vita lecchese”, edited by his friend Aristide Gilardi.

Uberto Pozzoli dies, unfortunately still very young, after a brief illness, November 14, 1930.

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