Jose Arango Buzainz
It was an unusually cold late October evening 1961, at Miami airport when I arrived here alone on a KLM flight at the age of 8 from Havana. I was really 10 but my parents were told that I may be too old and elligble for government indoctrination and possibly unable to leave the country. That was not good. Upon my arrival I was taken to a large barracks style building.The sobbing of young boys trying to fall asllep in a cold lonely place far from home was something I will never forget. Im sure I was one of them. There were rumors about some of us will be transferred to another place called Pueblo,Colorado. Now,that sounded really far away. An early snow was falling at The Sacred Heart Home in Pueblo upon my arrival at the orphanage home. Some of the boys from Kendall were also there, that was comforting. One of the main things I remember in Pueblo, besides the cold and snow was being taken out with a bunch of other children going from home to home around the neighborhood dressed in funny looking outfits and people giving us all kinds of candy and treats. I said to myself 'what a great country every week people are going to give us candy?' Little did I know how disappointed I was going to be when I discoverd Halloween only happened once a year! I was fortunate that my father arrived a year later and sent for me to live with him in Coconut Grove, Florida. Other kids were not so fortunate some, their parents were unable to leave Cuba and stayed at the orphanage until they were no longer minors.I can't imagine that.I'm one of the lucky ones.Those times. I would just as soon forget. By the time those nuns got through with you, you can recite all the states capitals in your sleep. I see very little has been written about the post Pedro Pan years we all went through. Going to the Refugio and getting cans of Spam, big chunks of cheese,peanut butter, powder milk, powder eggs it tasted terrible but, we were never hungry. Does anybody remember that? Thank you Uncle Sam! I attended Edison Jr, Sr High and Beach High. We hung out at Shell's City, Fun Fair. We grooved at the Grove's love-in's and Greynolds Park, lets not forget "Fall Over Beach", Thee Image and The World. I was drafted went in the Army then "discoed" at Honey For The Bears, Regines, The Cricket Club and Turnberry.I met my wife, been married 32 years and have a 30 year old daughter. Now, those times I DO NOT want to forget!.Ocasionally I wonder how my life would have been had I stayed behind, hmmm? Oh well, I really wish everyone what I wish for myself. The best of health and a little luck doesn't hurt.