Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez

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Current Name
Susy Rodriguez
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez
Age on Arrival
10
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 23, 1962
Relocated To
St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana
Stayed With
Velasco family-Florida City
Groups
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Susana, please, accept my sincerest apologies. In light of the tragic events you're going through at the moment, my inquiry is without a doubt foolish, if not outright insensitive. My heartfelt condolescences go out to you and your loved ones on your brother's passing and on the passing of friends you hold close to your heart. Fondly and with my deepest sympathies, José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 16th 2009

Susana, you were saying... I'm referring to your message to me of Thursday 08/13/09 @ 8:00 a.m. I feel as though you were about to say something when you were interrupted by your duties. Ever since then I've been waiting for you to finish conveying your thought. I'm looking forward to it. Affectionately, José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 15th 2009

PS, I meant should, not shuld. It is so hard to proof read in that little square.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 13th 2009

Susy, your idea of contacting the Pedro Pan Network Administrator asking if they would be willing to post the idea of a proposal for the Florida City Camp commemorative plaque is very good. Should they reply in the affirmative, I think that our Jose Antonio, with his instruction manual, has proven to be the master articulator and could draft an outstanding proposal. In the mean time I am trying to contact some PP that might have some idea of the feasability of the project. I am doing so by other means as to not put them on the spot shuld they decide that they don't want to get involved. I will keep you guys posted as to my findings. Love, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 13th 2009

Susana, your idea of requesting the Pedro Pan Network Administrator to ask for feedback on the Florida City Camp commemorative plaque idea/proposal from other registered Pedro Pans is a good one. Perhaps we first should ask him/her whether he/she would be willing to post it. Assuming his/her response is affirmative, we should then figure out the best way to frame the question. Sometimes the way a response is ellicited is almost as important as what is being ellicited. So why don't we just ask the administrator first and proceed accordingly depending on his/her response. Of course, you should you feel free to do it in whatever way you feel would be most fruitful. Rest assured that you can count on my full support regardless. Lastly, may I suggest we consult Carmen too? She may have some ideas of her own that she would like to share with us. Thank you for taking the time to give this matter your full consideration. Warm regards, José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 12th 2009

Susana, thank you for your generous comments on getting things rolling on a commemorative plaque for the Florida City Camp. Bear in mind, however, that for it to become a reality we must all express an interest. As you know, no movement ever reaches critical mass without a large number of people getting behind it. Hopefully, the remainder of our Pedro Pan brothers and sisters will join us in expressing such an interest. Needless to say, it gratifies my heart immensily to know that you support it. Now we need to reach out to others for their support as well. As Carmen so wisely noted: "no hay peor gestión que la que no se hace." I'm very sorry you weren't able to see the current condition of what used to be the Florida City Camp using Google. Perhaps your memories of the camp are a bit too fuzzy at the moment. I would suggest you visit the Miami Herald's Pedro Pan website, where several pictures of the camp are on display. Better yet, you might want to paste the link included below to your browser and go directly to it. Image # 1 provides a panoramic view of the camp. The picture was taken from the second floor of the building where many of the girls'homes were located; that is, from a south to north direction. Looking westward, you'll see many of the individual houses where the boys lived while looking eastward you'll see the cafeteria (comedor)buiding as well as other buildings, which housed mostly boys also. Once you have refreshed your memory, you might want to go back to the Google instructions I provided. The address I chose will place you half-way the street that cuts across the camp from north to south. If you followed the directions correctly, you probably saw the front of the house that corresponds to the aforementioned address(one of the boys'houses). Next, look up at the Google navigating tool on the upper left corner; it looks like a car's steering wheel with 4 arrow heads. Click on the arrow head pointing left until you see s full view of the street appear on the screen. By the way, at the end of the street, in the far distance, you will see the girls' building. To travel up and down the street with the navigator, place the cursor or mouse pointer on the street and a line with arrow heads pointing in opposite directions will automatically appear. Assuming that you might want to travel towards the girls' building, you would have to click on the arrow head pointing in that direction. As you will notice every single time you click on it, you'll be moving closer toward the building. In other words, you'll be navigating. If along the way you feel like looking at the front of a house, go back to the navigation control on the upper left corner and click on the appropriate arrow head. By the way, whenever you move the cursor away from the street, the navigation line will disappear. Here's the http address to the Miami Herald's Florida City pictures I mentioned earlier: http://www.miamiherald.com/1491/gallery/1047247.html If, by any chance, you deem it necessary to ask for further assistance, please, do not hesitate to ask. Estoy a tu disposición. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Warm regards, José Antonio Amaro Reyes

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 12th 2009

Susana, by the way, you do not need to have Google Earth installed to access the street view of Florida City. This is all you need to do: 1. Access Google with your regular browser: http://www.Google.com 2. Choose maps in the Google web page (top left corner) 3. In the Google Maps page, type in the following address: 1440 NW 2nd Ave Florida City Florida and click on "Search Maps" 4. Inside the map, you will see a small window with the address you asked for. Next click on "Street View" in the small window. 5. You'll see the house which corresponds to the address. Next, use the Google Navigator Control(Top left corner)to get a full view of the street and be able to navigate up and down as well as sideways. You'll get the hang of it after you mess around with it for a little while. 6. Happy traveling down memory lane, Susy!

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 11th 2009

Estimada Susana, escribe la siguiente dirección en Google Earth: 1440 NW 2nd Avenue Florida City Florida. Dicha dirección te ubicará en el mismo corazón del campamento (La 2da avenida NW es la calle que atravesaba el campamento desde las oficinas hasta el edificio donde se alojaban las niñas). Una vez que Google Earth te ubique en dicha dirección, selecciona "Street View", lo cual te permitirá navegar por dentro del campamento.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 11th 2009

Hi Susy, donde estoy ahora no tengo el Google Earth, pero si buscas en Florida City entre la 8 y la 14 calle de norte a sur, y entre la 1 Avenida del N.W. y el antes mencionado rock quarry, encuentras el campamento que esta igualito. Espero lo encuentres, sino cuando llegue a la casa te mando mas especificas instrucciones, o un link. Muchos cariños, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 11th 2009

Susy, I loved your story, it is so vivid and real you can actually feel you are there. Thanks for sharing it with us, I know how hard it is, especially at this time for you to do this. I send you all my love....

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Aug 10th 2009

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