It's Friday! It's Cinco de Mayo! Come drink all things delicious at Bacchus today. We've got tequila and beer (local favorite Primo is always $3/pint); all flavors of Absolut are just $6. RuPaul is on at 5PM and DJ Matt is on at 10PM. Never a cover. Always fun.
By now, we've all seen the stories and memes about how Americans have completely bogarted this minor Mexican holiday. Parties and promotions are stereotypes of our southern neighbors.
As mainstream America now embraces Mexican culture (but, perplexingly not the population), we remember a time when we embraced Cuban culture.
The rise of Fidel Castro changed all that, but back in the 30s, 40s and 50s, we listened to the Straw Hat Song:
Damn, hats can be sexy! ....welcome distraction, but back to our story...
It was a time of big bands and rhumba dancing. It was the time for Cuban-born Desi Arnaz.
Desi's family fled Cuba during the Revolution of 1933. He was 16 years old. He worked his way into playing guitar for the Xavier Cugat band, then singing and a few years later he was a Broadway star, then on to Hollywood. He met and married Lucille Ball, cheated on her alot, starred in their own show and started a production company, Desilu.
Desilu would become one of the most prolific and profitable production studios in the world. It wasn't trivial that they were producing hits: The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, Mission: Impossible, and, most people find this hard to believe, Star Trek.