Documentation(?): _Chicano_ "Mexican-American"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 11 02:36:19 UTC 2008

I'm not sure whether this truly constitutes "documentation," there
being only my word that "Chicano" has the meaning claimed for it, but
WTF, eh?

"At one point, in late _1951_, I ... hosted a series of ... shows ...
By that time, my audience was not just blacks. Whites and _Chicanos_
were also listening to 'Harlematinee' and coming to my live shows. ...

"... Margie died earlier this year (_1999_). ..."

Hunter Hancock (1913-2004), retired Los Angeles DJ

I personally first heard this term used by Lionel "Chico" Sesma in
1957. At that time, he was the only person DJ'ing "la música
afro-latina" [his term] in English. How and when Hancock became
familiar with it. He was from Uvalde, TX, but Texican students that I
knew at Harvard assured me that the term has never been used in the
Lone Star State. IAC, the only date truly documented is 1999.

In the 'Eighties, Harvard recruited a Mexican-American student from
Permian High School, the source of both the book, "Friday-Night
Lights" and the TV drama of the same title, in Odessa, TX. In addition
to being a member of a minority group, he was a straight-A student and
a high-school All-American in football. Needless to say, hearts
skipped a beat in the Harvard athletic department.

However, after a couple of practices, he quit the team. When asked why
he had done so, he replied, "They don't take football seriously enough
at Harvard."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

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