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AK3 Abelardo Abrego
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Date Posted: 17:14:44 12/09/04 Thu
Author Host/IP: nocd.uar.navy.mil/22.214.171.124
In reply to: Dr. Armando Ayala 's message, "Mac Donnel Grade School en la Main st." on 16:49:42 02/09/03 Sun
La Macdonnell... And the Holly Redeemer Church. This is really amazing. I never thought about reading this type of conversation on the web, Sirs. I am AK3 Abelardo Abrego USN. I've been stationed onboard USS Bataan for over 3 yrs now on the East Coast. I rarely go home due to deployments. Your words bring back memories of when I attended My Vieja Escuela, and attend las Jamaicas de la Iglesia. Thank you for sharing this conversation with a young Laredoan. I lived at 1508 Main for 15 yrs. God bless you.
>Doc Riojas, in answer to your question about the
>tendajito kitty corner from la MacDonnel grade school.
> Yes, Alicia lived there.
>"Severita," was the name of the lady who owned
>the "Tendajito"' we use to buy "pirolis", conos de
>"pinole" & sometimes una "Nehi" soda. Te acuerdas?
>Las Nehi's tenian doble la cantidad de la Coca, only 5
>La MacDonnal la escuela next to iglesia El Redentor,
>producio muchos WWII heroes & "successful" people in
>of the low socio-economic level. My Dad was tough on
>my brother and I; but, let us remember what a struggle
>it was to make a living during our "NiNES". I made a
>deal with my Dad ; that if he would let my brother & I
>sleep at home , we would feed & clothe ourselves with
>our part-time work.
>My brother Xavier , got tired of this lifestyle and
>did exactly as you did; he dropped out and joined the
>I stayed to graduate the next year because I was madly
>in love with Connie Burr. I married her before I
>joined up, but kept it a secret until after Basic
>She joined me in Ft. Worth, Tx. & we had a little
>girl; 3 months later Iwas assigned to French Morocco.
>Yes brother; we walked the same paths; I asked you one
>time how you had earned your "Doc" degree & you
>replied,' With a lot of hard work and $70,000 worth of
>loans!". I admire you for that & for returning to
>serve our RAZA.
>I too returned to serve nuestra RAZA, but
>unfortunately I had to serve us in Ca. because Laredo
>politics for teachers were in the control of "Pepe"
>Martin & his beloved "Nixon".
>Even after my neighbor and childhood friend, Vidal
>Treviņo, became the Zar of Education, he didn't
>believed in my specialty of "Bilingual /Multicultural
>Ed. That is another chapter. ( in 1970 when I got my
>M.A. :Laredo had a dropout rate of 80%.)
>Thanks "Doc" for your compliments.
>Un fuerte abrazo CHICANO,
>"El Hueso" de Laredo
>"Ora es cuando! Le da EL CHILE savor al caldo"
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