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On March 21, 1962, my sister Magaly (age 6) and I (age 8) arrived at Miami's airport expecting to be reunited with our aunt and two older brothers who had come in July 1961,as our parents had told us. But our aunt never picked us up and eventually we were taken to Florida City where we stayed a week. Our aunt had a difficult time making it as a guardian of the boys and decided that the best for us was to be picked up by Pedro Pan. On March 29, 1962, my sister and I were ... (read the rest of this story)
Spend time in Florida City, Opa Locka and St. Rafael, after my parents came from Cuba back in June 1966 we move to New Orleans, LA. Graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. After attending Delgado Community College and received an Associated Degree in Automotive Technology, I was drafted and joint the U S Marine Corps, after six years in the Corps, I joint the U S Coast Guard Reserve where I retire. I was a business owner of Penny's Auto Chassis Inc. I currently own C.N.R. LLC. in Kenner, La. I am semi retired, enjoying life, in my ... (read the rest of this story)
Well… I never really heard of “Pedro Pan” until years after I was in California and someone mentioned it to me. This is how really disconnected I was and have been.
This all started one morning after about 4 hours at the Havana airport, going through lines, being questioned and made to wait some more, I finally waved goodbye to my dad on the other side of the large glass wall and went to get in the plane. I arrived at Miami International Airport on July 18, 1962 at about 12:00 noon or so. I was on a KLM flight ... (read the rest of this story)
Within year of arrival was joined by my parents and sistema Myriam and in Dec 1962, relocated to Hartford, CT.
Studied HS in West Hartford and attended Villanova University (MSEE) and The Thunderbird School of International Business (MBA).
After a brief stint as a design engineer, spent most of professional career in telecom industry and over the past several years as CFO / COO for a cigar manufacturer and reseller.
Relocated to Miami area in 1987. Married to Marlene and have a son Paul.
Carlos W. Bermudez
Emperador de Antilla, Virrey de la Bahía de Nipe y Conde de Alburquerque,
Me mandaron pa' un orfelinato en Davenport Ia. (St. Vincent's). Estuve 3 años con las monjitas; los viejos GAD llegaron a NJ y alli estuve hasta que me gradue de MD en Filadelfia en el '75.
Llevo casi 40 años arreglando huesos rotos en "San Pancho". (La unica ciudad casi tan linda como nuestra Habana)
Naci en ella, fui a Belen, jugue pelota, al kimbe y cuarta, patine en El Vedado y monte a caballo en Guanabo.
Estoy muy orgulloso de ser Cubano, Yankee y Pedro Pan.
It has been a long and never ending journey
I was only 7 1/2 years old and mad as hell to leave Cuba because my father had given me a beautiful horse for my 7th birthday. We broke-in the horse in time for me to ride him twice. The first time was a long ride all over the ranch with my father, which I had never done before. Having 10 siblings, his time was sort of hard to come by. LOL
I was very fortunate compared to many of the other Pedro Pan children. When my PanAm flight touched down on 3/30/62, I had family ... (read the rest of this story)
November 26, 1961 arrived at Camp Matecumbe, welcomed by Minina and Cuco. Lived at the camp until released in June of 1962 upon arrival of my parents to Miami.
Coral Gables High class of '65. Diploma
Miami-Dade Junior College, Associate Degree in Criminolgy and Police Science 1968.
Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts, School of Social Welfare, Department of Criminology 1971.
Married in 1973 to a wonderful woman Marina Escobar. Three children, two girls and one boy, ten grand children
1974-2004 Miami-Dade Police department. After thirty years of continued service Honorbly retired as Police Bureau Commander.
My name is Maria Elana Dominguez Marin. I am from Guines Cuba.
My parents are Joaquin Dominguez Jurado and Gladys Marin Jacomino de Dominguez.
I have three siblings,
I also have the most fantastic, diverse family a person could want. I' am so blessed in so many ways.
My Peter Pan story is very similar to others; we all share the unique experience of leaving
EVERYTHING we knew; leaving ALL that was dear and sacred to us, to face an unknown life and future; without our parents.
It was by far the most profound and life changing experience I have ever had.
Living ... (read the rest of this story)