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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 83, Number 1 (Nov. 1981)

Murphy, Tom
Fiesta weekend,   pp. 14-15


Page 15


men played guitars and then a woman
played solo guitar. Fabio Gaxiola sang sev-
eral songs, and when he came to Mexico
Lindo y Querido, the God Bless America of
Mexico, the audience joined in. The TV
camera crew took brief shots of everything
that happened.
   After dinner, Fabio Gaxiola introduced
Phillip Cohen again, who spoke in English,
and then Edmundo Flores came up on the
stage. The crowd stood and applauded. He
spoke warmly, like an old bishop. (One of
the TV crew explained: "He is telling them
how much he loves Wisconsin and how
much he learned here. When he came here,
he had to sell some clothes at the border to
get enough money for the trip.") When
Flores finished, they stood again and ap-
plauded as he went back to his table.
   It was abut 11:00 by now. Small children
were asleep in parents' arms. Couples be-
gan to leave. The next day, Saturday, they
were to go to a reception at Union South,
then to the UCLA game, then to dinner at
the Chancellor's Residence. Sunday was an
open day, offering a chance to visit friends
and drive around the campus. They were
scheduled to leave at 9 A.M. Monday.
   Louis Legarreta '73, who graduated in
computer sciences, is a private consultant in
Mexico City. He and his wife Lorenta said
they missed the quiet of Madison when they
went home after his graduation. "The quiet
and the beauty," Legarreta said. "Mexico
City is no longer beautiful." To say they
went home after graduation is not chrono-
logically accurate; they went to Edinburgh,
Scotland, where Louis finished and where
he acquired a recognizable Scotch burr.
   "I want to find time to go to the Univer-
sity Bookstore this weekend," said Jorge
Cambiaso. He had finished much of his
Ph.D. work in economics when he went
back to Mexico in 1973, then he came back
to present his dissertation in 1977. He is an
economist with the Mexican government.
His wife was not on this trip because their
baby was due in a few weeks. "We lived in
Eagle Heights," Cambiaso said, "but be-
fore that, when I was a bachelor, I lived on
Langdon Street. I want to walk along there,
and go back to the library, and walk around
the Heights. Then, soon, I want to bring my
wife back to see it all again."
   "It is wonderful to come back, but it is
also sad because we don't have time to see
so many of the people we want to see," said
Annmary Cajuste. Her husband, Lenon
Cajuste Ph.D.'72, is a soil scientist on the
grad school faculty of the University of
Mexico. Annmary, an MD, did postgradu-
ate work in our State Laboratory of Hy-
giene and is head of the cytology depart-
ment at Juarez Hospital.
   Ricardo Guajardo and Alba Trejo were
boyhood friends who studied here to-
gether. Each graduated in 1969, Guajardo
in electrical engineering, Trejo in chemical
engineering. Their wives were with them,
one of whom is tall and so fair-skinned and
blond I thought she might say she was born
in Sheboygan. But it was the first trip for the
women. The two couples live in Monterrey,
where Guajardo is treasurer of an electrical
firm and Trejo is with Cuauhtemoc
Brewery.
   "It is not a terribly hard cultural adjust-
ment to make, coming to school here from
Mexico," said Carlos Arellano, who earned
his MS in veterinary science in 1967. "You
have to take an English proficiency test be-
fore you come here, so there is not the lan-
guage barrier, and the people were always
so very friendly." He is director general for
the National Institute of Livestock Re-
search. Celso Cartas agreed and said,
laughing, "Sometimes the adjustment is
when you go back." Cartas left here just
short of completion of his Ph.D. in agricul-
tural economics in 1977, and is general di-
rector of microeconomics for a government
project which Marcelo Perez had earlier
described as one of great promise for Mex-
ico. Its acronym is SAM, and it is aimed at
achieving a greater degree of agricultural
independence for Mexico. Cartas's wife,
Paula Rucinski, did not necessarily look
like she might come from Sheboygan-she
is a dark, pretty woman-but it turned out
she is from Niagara. Paula got her master's
in library science in 1972, and now works
for InfoTech, an information center for
small and medium-sized businesses.
   Outside, at a little after midnight, the
Wisconsin Singers were loading the van for
the second trip to bring their equipment
back to Alumni House. One of the visitors
stood watching them. Francisco Larrondo
looks about thirty-five years old, but "it was
a long, long time ago when I came here for
the first time. It was 1951 and it was won-
derful. I had just finished medical school,
and I came here that October for my resi-
dency. I had seen Washington, so when I
got here on a cold night, I saw your capitol
and thought I must be in a very big place.
But the next morning I found that Madison
was a small town. But it was a small town
which gave me not only my future medical
life, but guidance for the kind of life I want
to live." His friends were calling to him
from a car, and he hurried to the parking
lot. From inside the building I could hear a
mariachi band.
-Tom Murphy
At Saturday's reception in the Union South: Sober6n, Madison Chancellor Irving
Shain,
Guzman, Schlicting.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1981 / 15


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