Ever since Santiago Hernandez appeared on the scene in 2000, in Three Rivers, reviving the 50 years, since the so called Longoria incident happened, claiming that he had done some research into the subject of the incident.
Well for his information, I did not have to do any research into the matter, because I was present as the events unfolded, being 13-years-old at the time. It is my belief that this qualifies me to have more than hearsay information about the incident as Santiago had not been born, yet.
He was aware about what he read and no first hand knowledge about it. But the why kept eating at me and I needed to connect the dots as too the why? There is an old saying that if a person has patience all things soon come to him as too the why.
I read an editorial in the Corpus Christi Caller Times, concerning Armandon Garcia an Attorney relative of Dr. Hector Garcia, who helped Dr. Garcia setup his foundation. According to the editorial the foundation was setup to attract big donations from large donors for the purpose of building a museum to house the doctor’s papers and a learning resource center. The foundation managed to get a $100,000 donation, where upon Dr. Hector Garcia’s brother Dr. Xico Garcia and the founding GI Forum council sued the foundation for half or $50,000 of the $100,000 donation for the purpose of a museum.
After this no more donations were given for fear of money falling into the wrong hands, or other than intended use of the money. Felix Longoria’s name and attack on Three Rivers was used again by Santiago Hernandez to draw away attention to the on going inter-fighting in the founding GI Forum Council among its members.
By the way the $50,000 was used to fund a grand convention, not for the intention given in the first place. Rest in peace Felix.
Battle Creek, MI.