On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

ELGIN — Alina Fernandez may have been a toddler in 1959, but she said she remembers “sitting quietly in my little rocking chair with my diaper and pacifier when the cartoon I was watching on TV disappeared.” “Uncle Scrooge, his nephews and Mickey Mouse” were replaced on Cuban television by a “hairy man” whose first televised speech was seven hours long, Fernandez said. She remembers when that man “stepped out of TV and showed up in my living room.” And she remembers when she was 10 years old, she learned that man — former Cuban leader Fidel Castro — was her father, she said. More than 250 people packed Elgin Community College’s Advanced Technology Center Auditorium Tuesday to hear Fernandez share tales of growing up in her native Cuba, including her memories of her father. Her appearance was organized by the Organization of Latin American Students, part of the celebration of Latino Heritage Month at the college. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

Castro daughter shares stories of Cuba and its former leader at ECC (Sun-Times Media)


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