This is no sheepish tale, Pete Lanathoua weaves a tale of Basque heritage in Bakersfield

This is no sheepish tale, Pete Lanathoua weaves a tale of Basque heritage in Bakersfield

For nearly two hours, Pierre “Pete” Lanathoua commanded the microphone on Monday afternoon as he told his story of how he came to America, suffered through years of hard work and came to call Bakersfield home during an interview on “The Richard Beene Show.”

For 34 years, Lanathoua has been the affable and lovable bartender at Bakersfield’s landmark and popular Woolgrowers restaurant, but before he landed there he shared a similar story that man Basque immigrants can tell and that’s one of hard work and toil tending and herding sheep in California and Nevada.

Lanathoua, who is now in his 80s, arrived in the United States as a teenager, just 17, and was set to work in the sheepherding operations of the early 1950s in California and Nevada. He knew no English or Spanish — just Basque and a smattering of French. A native of France, Lanathoua was raised in the Basque regions of the French Pyrenees mountains, where his father had raised sheep, but the work for young men was in the U.S.

To tell this story we’ve broken it into several video segments that touch on the key parts of the story. At the end of this post, you can find the complete audio interview between Lanathoua, Richard Beene and Randy Martin.

INTRODUCTING PETE LANATHOUA

ON STAYING IN THE US, BAKERSFIELD IN THE 1950s

TAKING QUESTIONS FROM CALLERS

ON HIS FAVORITE BASQUE MEAL

PETE SHARES A JOKE

Here is the full 1-hour, 5-minute interview with Pete Lanathoua and Richard Beene.

Latest Blogs

Ralph Celebrates Stevie’s Birthday & Highlights Delusional Republican

Ralph Celebrates Stevie’s Birthday & Highlights Delusional Republican

Ralph Bailey celebrates the birthday of Stevie Wonder, gives an update on the tiger loose in Houston, and gives his final thoughts on Republican Andrew Clyde’s ridiculous comments about the insurrection. KERN Radio · Ralph Celebrates Stevie’s Birthday & Highlights Delusional Republican

Petrey Explains Cryptocurrency Crash

Petrey Explains Cryptocurrency Crash

Daniel Petrey from Mestmaker and Petrey Wealth Advisors joins TRBS and discusses Elon Musk’s effect on the Dogecoin stock after his Saturday Night Live skits and when the best time is to flee to bonds. KERN Radio · Petrey Explains Cryptocurrency Crash

Mike Turnipseed: Is Kevin McCarthy Vulnerable?

Mike Turnipseed: Is Kevin McCarthy Vulnerable?

Ralph talks with the President of Kern Tax, Mike Turnipseed, about Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde’s questionable comments about the insurrection and discuss the fight House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy could be facing if his district gets restructured. KERN Radio · Mike Turnipseed: Is Kevin McCarthy Vulnerable?