tony Otero Perez

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HELLO EVERYONE:

MY BROTHER AND I SPENT 13 MONTHS OR SO IN FLORIDA CITY FROM 1962 TO 1963. MY FUNNIEST RECOLLECTIONS FROM THOSE DAYS ARE TWO, BOTH INVOLVING ONE OF MY HOUSE MATES. ANYWAY, ONE DAY FELIPE(NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE INN0CENT) SAYS TO ME THAT HE HAD OVERHEARD ONE OF THE GIRLS SAYING THAT SHE WAS NOT FEELING WELL BECAUSE SHE HAD HER PERIOD AND BECAUSE HE HAD SOME SORT OF REAL OR PERCEIVED PAIN IN HIS LOWER ABDOMEN "I PROBABLY HAVE MY PERIOD TOO". SEVERAL WEEKS LATER, HE GIVES ME A LETTER HE WAS GOING TO SEND TO HIS "GIRLFRIEND" IN CUBA AND HE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT I THOUGHT OF THE LETTER. I ALMOST DIED LAUGHING WHEN I READ THE CLOSING LINE WHICH SAID: "TU SABES QUE EN EL CORRAL DE MI CORAZON, TU ERES LA UNICA PUERCA"

AFTER FLA CITY,WE WERE SENT TO WILMINGTON DELAWARE, WHERE WE STAYED FOR ANOTHER YEAR. MY BROTHER WAS ASSIGNED TO A REFORMATORY SCHOOL THERE WHILE I WAS ASSIGNED TO A HALF WAY HOUSE ALONG WITH 18 OTHER CUBAN BOYS.

WE LANDED IN NEW YORK IN 1964 UPON THE ARRIVAL OF OUR MOTHER AND I STAYED THERE UNTIL MARCH OF 2008 WHEN I MOVED TO MIAMI. SO IF YOU EVER WANT TIPS ON WHERE TO GO AND WHERE TO EAT IN NY, I AM YOUR MAN.

I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL WHILE IN NY. I SPENT 35 YEARS WORKING FOR VERIZON AND TOOK EARLY RETIREMENT IN 2005 AT THE TENDER AGE OF 57.

SINCE MOVING TO MIAMI, I HAVE VOLUNTEERED HUNDREDS OF HOURS TO HERENCIA MAGAZINE, WHERE CURRENTLY I HOLD THE POSITION OF MANAGING EDITOR (FOR THE PRINCELY SALARY OF NOTHING). I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO VOLUNTEER TIME TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE THE PERSONAL REWARDS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD. AND THIS MAGAZINE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE PRESERVATION OF THE CUBAN CULTURE AS WELL AS HISTORY

I HAVE TWO BOYS. THEY ARE BOTH NATIVE NYers AND BOTH OF THEM ARE US NAVY OFFICERS. THE OLDEST IS A LIEUTENANT COMMANDER IN THE SUBMARINE CORPS AND THE YOUNGEST IS A LIEUTENENAT ASSIGNED TO THE USS ENTERPRISE, THE LARGEST AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN THE US FLEET. THEY BOTH HOLD MASTER DEGREES IN NUCLEAR ENGINEERING A CIRCUMSTANCE THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. SORRY FOR THE LONG DESCRIPTION BUT MY CHILDREN MAKE ME TOTALLY PROUD.

I HAVE RECONNECTED WITH MANY OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM FLORIDA CITY AND EXPECT TO DO MORE OF THAT AS TIME GOES BY. IF YOU REMEMBER ME, PLEASE WRITE AND THAT GUARANTEES YOU A RESPONSE

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Is just amazing that on the 50th anniversary of my arrival to this country, I have found some of the brothers and sisters that I had at Florida City. Is great to know that you are well and with such a beautiful family. Let's keep in touch

Message by Barbara E Tuero Jimenez | Aug 20th 2012

Saludos, Tony. Ya hemos hecho contacto via Escuelas Pías de la Vibora en Facebook. Esto es para dejarte saber que estoy aquí también.

Message by Carlos A Cruz Martinez | Sep 6th 2011

Hola Chico. Soy miembro de OPPG Inc hace anos, soy trustee activa en California, acabo de estar en Miami para la toma de posecion este 15 de mayo pasado. Hare todos los intentos para estar alla en Noviembre., de todas formas aqui tambien estare ocupada. Un abrazo, Alex

Message by A. Alejandra Tiffer Goya | Jun 9th 2010

Felicidades por ser tan genuino.He soltado las carcajadas con el dicho "tu eres la puerca de mi corral" eso es autentico.Enhorabuena, por tener una familia profesional y bien criada. eso ha sido muy esencial para nosotros los Pedro Panes en tener hijos que triunfen y sean orgullosos de ser cubanos.Que Dios siempre los proteja a ti y los tuyos. No pierdas la chispa. Un abrazo Pedro Pan.

Message by A. Alejandra Tiffer Goya | Jun 9th 2010

I like your story. Saludos !

Message by Wilda M. Bello Quintana | May 23rd 2010

Hola, Tony...como van las cosas por Herencia?

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Apr 15th 2010

Tony, I've been a subscriber to Herencia for a year. I recommend it highly! The articles and photographs are excellent.

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Apr 8th 2010

tony says: Please call Herencia on 305 443 1522 and Cecilio or Nancy will help you with the subscription

Status update | Apr 8th 2010

tony says: The mission of the mag is to preserve the Cuba of yesterday for the Cubans of tomorrow. Wont you consider becoming a subscriber for $35 a year?

Status update | Apr 8th 2010

tony says: Pedro Pans: 2 years ago, I joined the staff of Herencia magazine as a volunteer as have dozens of other Miamians.

Status update | Apr 8th 2010

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