All posts tagged joaquin castro
Posted by willielightning on October 2, 2012
Yesterday, State Rep Joaquin Castro, spent an hour with us as he narrated this original story on the life of Willie Velasquez for children. Based on the stories the Velasquez family has told me, especially the late Mary Louise Velasquez, Willie’s mother, who was buried the week before (Que Dios Te Bendiga, Sra. Velasquez). Celeste Guzman, a poet, had told me that Joaquin was in debate with her at Jefferson HS, and that he could do this. The combination of his political achievements and his growing up in San Antonio, made for a potent read that is very smart, very American, and for reals. When I ask children what heroes do you know? They answer Tim Duncan and then — Joaquin Castro (sometimes they mix Julian and Joaquin). Rep. Castro told us that he was not quite 14 when Willie Velasquez passed, and I heard his voice change when he said “Su voto es su voz,”
Jimmy Klein, the son of Victoria Zapata and Javier Klein, San Antonio, is the voice of Willie. He was signing in the audiobooth on the day we taped him.
I think that Willie would be very proud of both Jimmy and Representative Castro.
Credit: “Hand” by visual artist Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez
Posted by willielightning on August 6, 2012
We are based at Geekdom, and they hosted a visit for San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal on March 6th. Graham Weston, one of the founders of Rackspace and Geekdom was on hand to give them a full tour. The entourage was very impressed with our collaborative multi-modal project, especially when we were able to give them a full demonstration of the iPad capabilities we have developed, along with the rich illustrations Artist Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez has been developing for the book, written by author Barbara Renaud Gonzalez.
Posted by willielightning on March 8, 2012