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Que pasa? : PEOPLE AND EVENTS

August 31, 1989|EDWARD J. BOYER

* "I'm the hottest thing in the sixth grade in this city," quipped KCBS-TV weatherman Maclovio Perez, host of the station's Saturday morning "Kidquiz." "I go to visit schools, and those kids say, 'That's the "Kidquiz" guy.' They don't even know I do the weather."

In what Perez called "an impressive victory," Sierra Park Elementary School of East Los Angeles won the championship round in the show's last series. Contestants earn the most points if they can answer questions after the first of three possible clues. "It's not always the smartest kid, but the kid who'll take a chance who wins," Perez said.

* By all accounts, the "philosophical differences" between Latino trustees at Whittier's Rio Hondo Community College and the school's immediate past president, Herbert M. Sussman, had created strains requiring the touch of "a peacemaker, a healer." Trustees said they have found such an administrator in Alex Sanchez, 54, a former University of New Mexico vice president. He became Rio Hondo's fifth president earlier this month.

* It was an extraordinary lineup of Latino musical performers: Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Ruben Blades, Linda Ronstadt, Carlos Santana, Los Camperos and others. They were brought together for the Biltmore Bowl concert by film producer Moctesuma Esparza.

The concert will be aired in November on the Cinemax "Sessions" series. But Esparza hopes the benefit event will pay dividends forever. The National Hispanic Arts, Education and Media Institute will use the money to hold leadership training conferences for Latino high school students, Esparza said. The co-producer of the "Milagro Beanfield War" said he was motivated to succeed by a similar conference he attended in the 1960s.

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