October 13, 2004
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From: [Name Withheld]
They had this program on TV about this American whose Japanese-born wife taught Americans how to place the media for pearls in the fresh water clams of Tennessee to make American-grown pearls. Some visiting Japanese were outraged. They also said that these pearls would not sell in Japan as they had been processed by Amer-e-kee.
[James Fulford replies: I looked it up. This is the Latendresse family business. The late John Latendresse, a former American soldier, who married Chessy Latendresse when he was stationed in Japan years ago, created an all-American pearl farm in Tennessee.