All Whataburger has to do is start selling veggie burgers and they’ll be unstoppable
I had talked to Gilberto Lopez a few times on the phone, and I finally ran into him the other week in Mercedes.
He had a group in Edinburg during the 1960’s called Gilberto Lopez y su conjunto. He’s most well known for when he teamed up with Gilberto Garcia, who led his own conjunto in Edinburg as well, to form Los Dos Gilbertos. The two accordionists, who naturally referred to one another as tocayo, became a very popular act in the Rio Grande Valley in the 1970’s.
Lopez left the group after dealing with some health issues at the end of the 1970’s, but still plays regularly at his church, and on special occasions with Garcia.
To those that attend UTPA/UT-RGV, the Border Studies Archive did an interview with Lopez and Garcia together in 2013.
This is all great, but if you only have time to listen to one song, listen to his interpretation of Agustín Lara’s “Maria Bonita”. Beautiful music.
I’m hooked on Moreno at the moment, and I’m hoping to unearth more of his stuff. Ramiro Cavazos used to record him for his Discos RyN label, so I might go to Cavazos’ shop on S. 23rd Steet in McAllen to ask if he has any old Moreno recordings stored away somewhere.
El Hijo del Santo vs. Negro Casas
I used to have this photo on my MySpace wall about a decade ago. Probably my two favorite luchadores. Just a great photo of Santo’s wild dive on Casas.
Pedro Garcia of the Pharr Community Theater in the background of a scene on Breaking Bad.
"I went to Albuquerque, NM," Garcia said. "I shot the scene and then I came back home. So they called me back, so I went back again [to shoot a second scene]. Of course, I only have that one speaking bit part, and yes I did meet Bryan Cranston on the set. The first day that I was there, he looked at me. He came up to me and he goes, ‘Pedro, great audition, thank you. You know a little bit about your character? This is what I want. [The character] likes his job, not in love with it, but he likes it and he’s doing well. Basically that’s it.’ I go, ‘That’s it, that’s great Bryan. That’s what I thought.’"