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“El Lector” by Ferdie Pacheco

In my years of growing up in Ybor City, which was the 20s, 30s and 40s, there was one man who stood out head and shoulders above the population. All who aspire to intellectualism, to appreciators of art and music, and to be leaders in the politics of that day, basically a long sputtering fight against communism, had to look up to Don Victoriano Manteiga. He was our leader, our lector!