July 31, 1999 |
The stranger at Mike's nightclub seemed a daydream made flesh. To the men, rural Mexicans newly arrived seeking work, he had all they longed for themselves: manly good looks, fine cowboy clothes, the confidence of a rich man or maybe an Anglo. Unlike the other patrons, he didn't appear to be paying the woman beside him. He never even asked her to dance. Eyeing the light-skinned stranger from bar stools, the women just hoped he'd ask them to dance.
December 22, 1991 |
While most of the nation is suffering through a recession-plagued holiday season, business is booming in--of all places--this border city, one of America's poorest metropolitan areas. Shoppers wheel dollies stacked with merchandise down Convent Street, the main drag extending from the bridge spanning the Rio Grande. Customers snatch electric mixers off the floor at Lazaro's electronics store as quickly as harried stock clerks can put them out.
November 13, 1985 |
After a yearlong search for a transfusion of money, United Press International's management, union and creditors agreed Tuesday to sell the debt-ridden news agency to Mexican newspaper publisher Mario Vazquez-Rana and Houston real estate developer Joe Russo for a sum estimated at $10 million to $25 million. That sale agreement now requires the approval of the federal bankruptcy judge in Washington who is overseeing the financial reorganization of the wire service.
March 6, 2004 |
Eighteen months after relations derailed in disputes over Iraq and the death penalty, Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived Friday for a two-day visit with President Bush at his Texas ranch, a trip designed largely to signal that the relationship is back on track. The two leaders -- both dressed in blue jeans, boots and open-collared shirts -- exchanged greetings in Spanish after Fox and his wife, Marta Sahagun, stepped out of the Marine helicopter that ferried them to the ranch.
July 8, 1990
Although I do not come from Ecuador, and West San Antonio was my barrio and not Carmelitos Housing Project, I also lived through the exhilaration of earning a perfect high school academic transcript (San Antonio Vocational and Technical High School, now "Fox High") in June, 1956, and shortly afterward found myself "young, talented and Mexican" at Texas A & M and Rice universities. (The term Hispanics had not yet been "invented.") We had no trouble in calling ourselves poor Mexicans in Texas.
July 13, 1999 |
Their votes won't count, but millions of Mexicans living in the United States will be given a chance to cast ballots, at least symbolically, in the July 2000 Mexican presidential election. Orange County business executive Carlos Olamendi said Monday that California-based activists met with Mexican legislators and electoral officials seeking their support for the alternative ballot. But with or without their backing, Olamendi declared, it will take place at 300 voting booths to be set up in U.S.