Clemente C Amezaga Wolf
Clemente C's Story
I Left Cuba on the KLM morning flight of October 24, 1961. I was picked up by Alfonso Gomez Mena who was replacing Jorge Guarch that particular day. I knew Alfonso, who had been the owner of a Sugar Mill my father had managed, and we connected inmediately and It was very reassuring for me. After a brief stop at Kendall to drop off some of the children, Alfonso took me to Camp Matecumbe where I stayed for about a month, assigned to Sergio Garcia Miro's cabin. At Matecumbe I was called "El Tecnico" because of my electro-mechanical abilities. I was the boy who rigged an old juke box that I found in the camp, to the Kendall Girls' portable "maletica" record player, so that the music could be heard very loud on Friday's dances. Before me, the music from the "maletica" alone could be hardly heard!!!!
I was then transfered to the Jesuit Boys Residence at 163 S.E. 15 Rd, Miami, where there were 20 other boys, including my first cousin Charles Wolf. This house was also called White Hall. A few month later, the next door house #175 was given to the Jesuits, and about 20 other boys came from other camps, some from Matecumbe and my brother Pepe from the Florida City Camp. At this house there were many of my old classmates and friends from El Colegio de Belen in Havana, as well as some of the Jesuit fathers and brothers taking care of us. Here I was call "El ingeniero", so I guess I was promoted. I attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School where I graduated in 1963, just a couple of weeks after my parents arrival from Cuba. My father signed my last Report Card, as all others before were signed by Father Jesus M. Nuevo who was my guardian for those two years.
I very much enjoyed my stay at both Camp Matecumbe and at The Jesuit home and I deeply admire the courage of my parents in making that hard and difficult desicion; and I feel eternal gratitude to them and to those who in their absence, my Jesuit teachers and my aunt Lily, who with so much love, dedication and unselfisness, cared for me, my brother, and my sister.
I served in the US Army 1966-1968 as a Telecommunications Instructor at Ft. Gordon, Georgia Southeastern Signal School.
I live in Miami and work as Director of Physical Plant at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which is part of the Department of Opthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.