Tuesday, August 22, 2006

From Barbershop to Prime Time (Is Morning Prime?)

Manuel Ramos
Here's a special flash --

The Newsletter from one of the best-known bookstores in the Southern Cal area has this bit of news that may make you want to flip on the TV early Thursday morning:

"Set your TiVo, DVR or VCR for Thursday, August 24th between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM because Dave Price - The Early Show weatherman and feature reporter - will profile Rueben Martinez and the genesis of Libreria Martinez. The Early Show airs nationwide on CBS (Channel 2, in Southern California). Producer, Erika Josephson and Mr. Price were in town from New York last week to film the piece. As you can imagine, Mr. Martinez gave the talented CBS News crew plenty to work with for the upcoming segment. His passion and enthusiasm had them jumping out of their seats, energized and looking for more. You do not want to miss this exciting and important segment, which allows Mr. Martinez to share his story and mission of the Libreria Martinez bookstores with the rest of the nation.

What: Rueben Martinez profile by Dave Price
Where: CBS (Channel 2) The Early Show
When: Thursday, August 24, 2006: Between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM
Special thanks to CBS News, Dave Price, Erika Josephson, Max Stacy and crew. For more information about The Early Show click on the following link.
CBS The Early Show"

It's worth pointing out that Martínez started as a barber who sold books in his shop, often giving them away, and recently was honored as a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship because of his passionate and productive community service. He usually has cool art on hand. I picked up a nicely framed print of Mike's Pool Hall by Emigdio Vasquez in Rueben's shop a few years ago and those pool-hustling, sharp-dressed vatos are peering over my shoulder as I write this.

Later (Friday, actually).

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