Author: Leonard Rodriguez

Phil Valdez

After growing up in the Rio Grande towns of Dixon and Espanola, N. M., Phil Valdez enlisted is the U.S. Navy at age 19 , training as a hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War. On Jan. 29, 1967, Valdez was killed during a helicopter airlift when he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to rescue two wounded Marines. Credited with saving their lives, Valdez was awarded the Navy Cross. On July 27,1974, the U.S. Navy honored him by naming an antisubmarine destroyer escort the U.S.S....

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Henry B. Gonzalez

Born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1916, Henry B Gonzalez was barred from restaurants reserved for the anglo community. After earning his law degree, he entered politics in the ‘50s. Elected to the San Antonio City Council in 1953, Gonzalez put an end to segregation in city facilities. In 1956, Henry B Gonzalez was elected to the Texas Senate, and went on to become the first Texan of Mexican ancestry to serve in U.S. Congress. A man of the people, an outspoken advocate of equal rights for minorities and one of great filibusters in U.S. history. Gonzalez twice held...

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Outstanding Hispanics

One of the fastest rising actresses, Jennifer Lopez is on fire. Working in films since high school, this Puerto Rican from the Bronx made her break in 1991 when she outperformed 2,000 other women for a spot as a “fly girl” on Fox-TV’s “In Living Color.” She made her film debut in Gregory Nava’s “Mi Familia” as the matriarch Maria Sanchez, and since then ,her career has soared. In just a few years, she has worked with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in the “Money Train,” Robin Williams in “Jack,” and opposite Jack Nicholson in “Blood and Wine.” Her...

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Outstanding Hispanics

Leonard “Flaco” Jimenez Known as the foremost purist of conjunto music, Leonard “Flaco” Jimenez learned to play the accordion by watching his Dad. By age 7, he was makin’ ‘em dance,” and 50 years later, he has worked with such stars as the Rolling stones and Dwight Yoakum and performed on the soundtrack “Striptease.” In 1986, he won his first Grammy for his remake of his father’s classic, “Ay te dejo en San Antonio,” and since then has added more to his resume. He is considered the only genuine conjunto artist to win a Grammy and is adored in...

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Leonard E. Rodriguez

Leonard E. Rodriguez, 76, was called to his heavenly father on, August 31, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by family and friends. Leonard lived an extraordinary life whose foundation was built on his love of Christ. This foundation would be his greatest legacy to his children and grandchildren. Leonard graduated from South San High School in 1958 and briefly served in the Air Force, where he was awarded an honorable discharge. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in 1977 while working full time. In his youth, he worked with his father driving trucks...

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