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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)
After arriving from La Habana,I spent a few days in Miami with friends, waiting to catch a plane to Santiago,Chile. Flew alone, during 2 days with one extra night in Lima, Perú, after the plane broke down. Lived in Santiago until late 1970,when I had to flee the country for political reasons, before Allende took control of the government and reinstated diplomatic relations with Cuba, that year. Lived for 2 years in Madrid and 15 years in NYC, first undocumented and latter exiled until 1985, when I became a US citizen. Moved back to Chile in 1987,where I have been ... (read the rest of this story)
I arrived at Miami Airport on Pan-American Airways at age 10,on Sept. 21st,1961. I was born in San Luis, Pinar del Rio and remember the rich tobacco industry and family farm in El Retiro,San Luis,tobacco growing region known as Vuelta Abajo. My family lost all their material possessions: the farm, family car, agricultural tractors,equipment,cattle, home,etc.,the so-called agrarian reform meant that the government was confiscating farms and administering them under a communist centralized,soviet-style collective system.
Our family principles, beliefs and morals were retained; a government that went to the extent that before my family was allowed to leave Pinar del ... (read the rest of this story)
NACI EN LA CALLE PICOTA DE LA HABANA VIEJA, PERO ME CRIE EN MATANZAS. ESTUDIE EN LA ESCUELA SAGRADO CORAZON DE JESUS EN MATANZAS. DESPUES DEL TRIUNFO DE LA REVOLUCION SALI PARA LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS UN ABRIL 6 DEL 1961... RECUERDO QUE TRIUNFA LA REVOLUCION Y EMPIEZAN LOS FUSILAMIENTOS, LOS COMITE DE LA REVOLUCION, EL I.N.R.A., COMIENZAN A CERRAR LAS ESCUELAS PRIVADAS, AVIONETAS PROCEDENTES DE MIAMI VUELAN Y TIRAN PANFLETAS CONTRA-REVOLUCIONARIAS, RADIO SWAN HABLA DE LOS AGENTES DEL G-2 EN CADA PROVINCIA DE CUBA, INCLUYENDO EL NOMBRE ...DE MI PADRE. SE EMPIEZA A OIR DE GUERRILLAS CONTRA-REVOLUCIONARIAS EN ... (read the rest of this story)
I arrived at Kendall, Florida on September 9 1961 at the age of 12 with my twin sister Ana Maria. Within a few weeks we were relocated to Illinois. I went to Freeport, Illinois where I spent a short time in an orphanage and later went to live with the Connor Family, who resided at 849 South Arcade Ave. My twin sister went to Momence Illinois. After the first year, II was reunited with my aunt, who had just left Cuba, in New York City. Another year passed and then I was reunited with my mother who then sent for ... (read the rest of this story)