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The Inauguration of the Panama Canal in Pictures

Today, August 15, 2013, marks the 99th anniversary of the inauguration of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914 . We thought you might enjoy a gallery of images, mainly provided by the Library of Congress, related to this momentous event so many years ago that changed the lives of people all over the world and became a boon to international commerce and travel.   We hope you enjoy the pictures.

A Brief History of Colegio Abel Bravo

Entrance to the College. Image thanks to Patrimonio Histórico.

At the beginning of my last article I stated that Don Abel Bravo’s “life and work helped to unite us as Abel Bravistas, even when we found ourselves living in the States and other overseas locations.” May I just add that the College, as we West Indian kids called it, also gave us a sense of belonging and place in this world that we inherited from our forefathers. Let’s talk about the actual school building, how it was founded, its facilities and its human inhabitants. Continue reading

Who was Abel Bravo?

Don Abel Bravo in two different periods of his life.  Image thanks to La Prensa.

Don Abel Bravo in two different periods of his life. Image thanks to La Prensa.

Let me take some time to discuss the life of a brilliant man who impacted the lives of many of us Westindian youths, both in Colon and Panama City as his life and work helped to unite us as Abel Bravistas, even when we found ourselves living in the States and other overseas locations.  Continue reading

My Chance Now!

This is an image from 1937 of some motorized Canal Zone Policemen.  I was grateful for the cop's intervention that day in front of the Commissary. Image thanks to czimages.com.

This is an image from 1937 of some motorized Canal Zone Policemen. I was grateful for the cop’s intervention that day in front of the Commissary. Image thanks to czimages.com.

Yes, they had closed in on me that night at the commissary until a Canal Zone policeman, who had overheard their taunts and all the commotion said, “Get out of here and leave that boy alone!” This was one time that I had been really glad to see a zone police officer because his instinct had immediately told him that they were about to attack me and steal all the groceries my Aunt had bought from the commissary leaving all of her packages strewn all over the sidewalk. Continue reading

The Children Martyrs of Panama

Every year in Panama our calendar begins with the commemoration of one of the most significant historical events of the twentieth century, The Day of the Martyrs of January 9, 1964. According to some historians and to those participants who survived the patriotic manifestation, the events of that fateful day created a ‘horizon of expectation’ that culminated in the country’s decolonization, territorial integration and the reversion of the Panama Canal to Panamanian hands in 1999. Continue reading

Lloyd LaBeach and the London Olympics 2012

Promotional image from London Olympics 2012.

Lloyd LaBeach in 1946 while at the University of Wisconsin.

Today we are scarcely a month away from the start of the London Olympic Games 2012 and this event, above all other Olympics, symbolizes a remarkable milestone for the Silver People of Panama.  It was exactly sixty four years ago that our native son, Lloyd LaBeach, brought home two Bronze medals- the first Olympic medals ever in Panama’s history in its participation in a worldwide Olympic competition. Continue reading