Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Latin Scene, No Stopping.

Now that Mexican music is becoming more standardized and accepted throughout Latin America, the American version is getting disturbed. There is a buzz over Narco Cultura and it is causing audiences to sigh again about poor Mexico--so far from God, so close to the United States blah blah blah. About the country's failed status. About the continued degradation of cultura.

"Look around you, strong people don't put people down. They lift them up!"


A Two Minutes Hate for our neighbors south of the border (which includes the invasion by the children invited by US Organizations.) This attention proves again two realities that Mexicans know: Americans will believe anything about Mexico that a white "authority" tells them, (the Republican Attack Dogs) and only then.

"Ojos Verdes" por Placido Domingo


And the lamestream media is as lazy as ever. Fortunately, throughout the world we are getting a more positive image of the entire Latin American Song and Dance. And nicer people to go with it. There is no stopping it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Slow Move, Right Direction

I am cutting back and the hits show it. They are dropping down, surprisingly not too fast. The only thing that will save them is the Two Center and/or the Guest Author. If we get one, the hits will be there and everyone will know. I will post the Blogs Stats every month in the Town Dancer blog.

"So many hear an almost completed fabrication and they believe even what they didn't hear.
Then they repeat it as if it were the truth. The Creative Researchers And Producers."


As an Information Contributor (Two Center) you can write one sentence, two sentences, a paragraph or you have seen entire articles, sent as an email. If you like what you see and what you accomplish by that, then you can certainly volunteer and be Guest Author and get in and out whenever you wish, with only your password to Blogger and you create a blog within a blog all your own. The most needed at the moment are a "Line dancer," a "Studio dancer," a "Salsa Dancer" and perhaps even a Country dancer Just so all our reader/dancers can be aware of what is happening in all of "our" dance circles.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed



They say you can’t be kind to everyone.But kindness is not to be mistaken for weakness, nor forgiveness for acceptance.  It’s about knowing resentment is not on the path to happiness.  Having confidence and class is the ability to walk away from a bad situation with a smile on your face and forgiveness in your heart.

Blogger's Law No.27F: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Adjusting Nicely

Ok, I am feeling better after all the trials and triubulations of the last couple weeks. I can walk, but only sometimes and for not too long. My Vertigo comes and goes. I have ordered a walker with four wheels, brakes, basket, Seat, and back rest. I will be able to walk anywhere up and down the mall and I have something to hold on to. And lucky, made a new connection and will be able to take the VA Van from Waianae Coast to the VA and back.

World Wide Opinions: In the last 3 decades, Obama stands definitely as the
second best president of the US. The others are tied as idiots of the century.

With my physical capabilities diminishing so quickly, I may have a year to wind up this entire enchilada just right. Town Dancer had been destined to go first but no one wants to attempt competing with Calvin and his team. No doubt, Cal and his gang are the best in the Pacific. We can all learn from them for the benefit of the rest of us.

"Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Now at end of every month, I will post the blogs according to monthly hits. I would suggest getting a group of two or three dancers and pick anyone of the bottom blogs, They can have it and I could help in the transition. At that point they will have become Guest Authors and each will have their own blog within the blog.

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

Many potential Guest Authors do not want it because they believe they will have a commitment which has a little truth to it but it is mainly with their own fans. Otherwise they can write what they please and any time they please and the only one making that decision is the Guest Author. They can even change the name of the blog. Either way they would run up the hits to to the high heavens, guaranteed.

"Mister Sandman" by the Chordettes

Love is not an obligation. Love between two people comes because both people want to share their love, not because YOU want it from the other person.  Your family, friends, co-workers, partner – they all love you because they choose to, not because you want them to.  Love is meant to be felt, enjoyed and lived, not to be forced on anyone.


Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome. The studios had been in the background for too long. Everyone can see what is happening now in the blogs and it sure is looking good.

Latin Pop All Over

Reintroducing those Latin music pop icons we may have forgotten.:
By Ricardo Mejicles, Hawaii Kai.

During the 1980s songwriters like Guillermo Méndez Guiú, Rafael Pérez Botija or Aureo Baqueiro wrote songs for singers like Yuri, Lucía Méndez and musical groups like Timbiriche, Flans and Fandango. These groups headed the radio charts in Mexico and launched international careers by promoting their music in Latin America.

 "It is a loss, which mostly teaches us about the worth of things."

Other pop music icons in Mexico during the 1980s include Ana Gabriel, Juan Gabriel, Roberto Carlos, Franco de Vita, Magneto, Juan Luis Guerra, Emmanuel, Ricardo Montaner and Luis Miguel. Although not all of these singers are from Mexico.
 
The most well-known Mexican singer of the 1970s and 1980s was the Indian, José José. Known as "El Principe de La Cancion" (The Prince of the Song), he is recognizable for his romantic ballads and gifted vocals.

José José has sold over 40 million albums in his career and became a huge influence to very popular singers like: Cristian Castro, Vicente Fernández, Alejandro Fernández, Nelson Ned, Pepe Aguilar, Manuel Mijares, Lupita D'Alessio, and Reyli.


Beginning the 1990s, iconic pop act of the 80's Timbiriche began to lose popularity mainly to the constant change of band members, while Magneto stood stable in the music scene, however, before the teen bubblegum pop explosion in the US during the late 90's, many pop acts came to light during the mid-90's in Mexico and became successful.

"Pop Goes The Weasel, Papas Con Chorizo" By Ruperto Montez

Almost all of them lasting until the end of the decade: this includes boy bands Mercurio, Ragazzi, Tierra Cero and Kairo, female singers Fey, Jeans, Lynda and Irán Castillo, and boy/girl groups Onda Vaselina, Kabah, Sentidos Opuestos and the comeback of Timbiriche in 1998.

Pub's Side Note: My physical incapacity forces some changes. They are coming. Do I need help? Yes, I do. Blogger's Law, No 28D: Nothing is so bad that it cannot get worse.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

La Orilla, Milonga, Part two

By Ronaldo Beltran, Honokai Hale:

Where it came from: We know the Milonga existed among the Indians in South America for at least a millennium. And it was even danced by the few newcomers in the same way for a few centuries after their arrival in the 1500s. But the real change and creation of a new dance came in the middle of the 1800s with the arrival of thousands of Europeans and the introduction of the Bandoneon.

"True friendship isn't about being here when it is convenient,
it is about being there when it is not."

The "Orilla" developed rapidly. The young Indian and Mestizo girls that were “enticed” usually started for the middle class men as “Virgins.” From there a very few would move into a higher class and even find a Godfather who married or not had the money to keep her as a mistress. Many would drop into being lower class prostitutes with even lower class Compadritos.

 "La Comparsita" by Libertad Lamarque

Greek style Milonga (men in a line dance with interlocked arms) became sporadic, but the new partner Milonga continue to evolve and with it the introduction of the obscenity of sex in the lyrics. This was most often in Milonga but also in the crossbreeding of all the newcomers music and dance too.

And these men loved to dance. “Men would go to a bar to see a fight and a dance would break out.” And the common sailor still carried most of the low class culture from one country to another. In Milonga territory it was mainly in the interchange from the slums in Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

"Volver" by Carlos Gardel


 "A lot of people get through thinking before they think things through."

Initially, "partner" Milonga might be best described as stopping the walking step to rub together the male and female genitalia areas by the pimps and the prostitutes. It was soon omitted and from these crude beginnings, it developed into something slightly more acceptable to the poor society around them, and soon became popular in the "barrios" (slum areas).

 "Cuesta Abajo" por Placido Domingo

The idea that the development of the Milonga was by the prostitutes in the brothels dancing with the pimps or the patrons may be an appealing one but also a myth. The point was that the men were waiting because the women were otherwise occupied. If anything they would dance with each other.


Obviously the brothel's income would be maximized by keeping the girls busy at their primary occupation, so certainly at peak periods where the brothel was busiest there would not be women available for dancing. In La Orilla, there may have been up to 50 men for every woman. And the Milonga musicians were forced to mold a Milonga music to entertain the men while they waited.

It would not be until the 1890s that the music and dance began to invade the middle classes, forcing the top people to get rid of the Milonga name. They came up with the name of the old obsolete Andalusian Tango and called it Tango. However the Milonga name could not be deleted that easily and it took 20 years to really change into Tango. And only because by that time it was discovered by Europe. In the rest of the world, the name Tango is used. In Argentina it is still intermixed with the name Milonga. Now there are at least 50 different Tangos around the world. Ten of them in Argentina.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wits And Wats.

The Photo, (singular) - gotta start somewhere. We have seen quite enough to be able to make some judgement. A picture may be worth a thousand words, however it not the same with two pictures and with three even less. Facebook gets 350 million photos per day. Can you figure how much each one is worth. Heh, heh, heh.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

So I still leave it up to our probable Two Centers. Just one photo of the dance gang, the location, the occasion and the first names of the people in the photo. Can you imagine the impact on any of our blogs for our readers, friends, neighbors and fellow dancers? Of course we must understand if you do not wish to share with our readers. That decision is strictly up to you. And we are getting more readers every day.


"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by the Crew Cuts.

The love of your life isn’t perfect, you aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect.  But if you can make each other laugh once in awhile, cause each other to think twice about the sweetness of life, and both admit to being human and making mistakes, your relationship is something special.  No, you two may not always choose the most poetic words, and there will likely be inconsiderate slip-ups on occasion, but that’s what makes your bond real.  Smile when they make you happy, speak up when they make you mad, and miss them when they’re gone.  Love hard when there is love to be had.  Perfect love doesn’t exist, but true love does, and it’s worth the effort.

"Walk Through Paradise With Me" by Melveen Leed


Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone. Nothing--not money, power, or fame--can replace your family and friends or bring them back once they are gone. You probably have delusions of immortality right now—that’s natural. At least consider that while you may be immortal, those around you are not.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

La Orilla, Milonga, Part One

By Ronaldo Beltran, Honokai Hale:

Argentine Tango is coming more into prominence in Hawaii, lately. There is an upswing in American Tango and Filipino Tango and most important the music. A little review from different sources.

"We are learning all the time and the tombstone will be our diploma."

The center of Buenos Aires in the 1800s, was of course where everyone lived but mostly the upper and middle classes. As higher classes came in they gravitated inland and pushed out the lowers farther away from the center. So the biggest houses and the commercial districts developed in the center and the waterfront became a less desired district. When it got too big it began going up to two, three and even four stories. But the poor were pushed out ever farther.

"Caminito" por Julio Iglesias

After the independence of most of the Latin Countries in the 1820s and 30s the entire section in the lower parts of South America became inundated with people from Europe. Most had been Roman Catholics. San Ignacio de Loyola Church (on the left) the oldest church in Buenos Aires had been completed one hundred years earlier.


The people on "the edge" (La Orilla, pronounced Oh-ree-ya) were the poorest and lived among dirty industry such as the stock yards and butchering of animals for meat and the tanning of skins. And most were men and newcomers from Europe and the easy to reach brothels and drinking places.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" por Placido Domingo

The most common music and dance was the Milonga which had belonged to the Indians and Mestizos for centuries. However it was promptly picked up by the poor, uncouth and remained at the bottom of the pile. This music and dance became a common language that united the lower class people from many different cultures.

"Nostalgias" by Placido Domingo

They keep up the old Relics
It was here in the surrounding neighborhoods, that other music and dance styles blended together much of it as fads that came and went. It was still an easy walking dance with an even rhythm and accepted by the poorer immigrants from the different countries and by the lower class people already in Argentina. But slowly because of the brothels, a newer partner Milonga emerged.

After independence it was the rise of the Compadres (the Godfathers,) in La Orilla, who really promoted the Milonga. Even though the changing Milonga ebbed and flowed over a large territory of at least one thousand miles in diameter around them.

"La Comparsita" por Julio Iglesias


These Compadres were local men of some means, sometimes shady dealings, smugglers, slightly better off than the Compadritos who tried to emulate them. And they owned most of the brothels in the Orilla. The Compadritos were street men, petty criminals and small time pimps. This was the real basics of Argentine Tango. This was still mainly a local Indian dance colored by European preferences.

 (will continue with Part Two)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Salsa?

By Aristides Raul Garcia, New York.
Da Max in Latin History.

The Cuban rulers (Cuba was a Spanish colony at one time, and slavery was still flourishing there) took well to this "new" dance, (Contredanse) from Europe and adopted it with enthusiasm. Eventually it evolved into the Danzon. Funny, that in a "proletarian" state as Cuba is now, the National Dance is the dance of the ruling class; the Danzon.

"Don't let someone who gave up on their dreams, talk you out of yours."

The Son, according to the Cuban musicologist Alejo Carpentier (and others) is from its beginnings working class. According to them it was brought to Cuba by "sailors". Its history doesn't seem to interest many people today, perhaps because its transculturalisation was due to the efforts of obscure individuals as opposed to a social cataclysm, such as the slave trade, or the Haitian revolution.

"Moliendo Cafe" by Placido Domingo

I mention this business about social classes, demographics, and race because to understand the popularity of Mambo in NYC, all these things have to be considered.

 "Poinciana" by the Ross Mitchell Band

A few years ago, Mike Bello wrote a message on this board to "ANGRY, ENOJADA". In it he makes a statement which probably is the belief of many; this is what he told her, "Also, realize that salsa began and was developed by, for the most part, Puerto Ricans in New York. They used the Afro Cuban styles as a foundation and took off with them. So, naturally, New Yorkers have a longer history with salsa and mambo. Everywhere else, including South America, it was picked up much later and they developed their own styles. The same has happened in the west coast (L.A.)."

Pub's Side Note: Check in on Town Dancer blog. Rich has a good write up. None of us can be everywhere.

Gotta Git This Up and Running.

The Chinese symbol for the word “crisis” is written using two strokes of a pen.  One stroke stands for danger, and the other for opportunity.  In other words, in a crisis, beware of the danger, but also recognize the opportunity.  Life always balances itself out.  Everything that happens is neither positive nor negative; it just depends on your perspective.

"We need more people who do not read with the intent to understand,
they read with the intent to reply." Social Media.

So we are still at a good point and the first Two Center will decide it. Just a photo emailed would do for a starter. I could ask around and find out where the photo was taken and perhaps get the names of the dancers in the photo. Or the information could be submitted along with the photo. So we are not asking too much and every one will make their own decisions as to the extent of their commitment.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

The people in our dance environment are becoming more knowledgeable about dancing on the entire island. It had been a little too private clubby. Something that had never been discussed before is now being evaluated. Who puts out the best International Style Dancers? We are talking about competitions, are we not? Remember the Aloha Games? Somebody sure screwed that one up. Now these people can get as derogatory as they wish with their "junk dancer."

"Til I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

Music is taken much more into consideration. In the past we were lucky to get what we got. Now, many are preferring live music and the goodies but oldies kind where they recognize and re enjoy their favorites. This century is evolving very nicely on all fronts. We are accepting more easily those that wish to be separate and we are amalgamating an awful lot of people into "our" social dance environment. So Rome was not built in a day.

Blogger's Law #48D: Everything depends, nothing is always, and everything is sometimes.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Still Stumbling.

With just SOS information this blog is not doing that bad. However, all the blogs need something else besides SOS. The presentation of a different opinion or view is what makes a blog into real Social Media. And the primary item in our blogs is the Two Center also better known elsewhere as the Information Contributor.


A couple more Information Contributors and specially that one that becomes willing to be a Guest Author and Wow! We will see the increase in hits and plan on independence for the Blogging Hawaii blog. And we all know that there are dancers out there that are willing and able to share a few photos and/or dancing thoughts with our fellow dancers.

 "Chantilly Lace" by Big Bopper


Fortunately the Guest Authors we have now, are well aware that we provide the platform only. And they have in effect their own blog within a blog. And they along with other readers can see the hits go up every time one of them blogs. Check in the latest by Richie Fun in Town Dancer. And we have no clones. He is different from Calvin and I am different from the both of them. And that's our version of "Social Media."

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Looking Back

The National Standards in World History have been very explicit. They usually specified that students should understand "the major characteristics of civilization and how civilization emerged in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley." At no time do they mention the MesoAmerican civilizations.

"Good things come to people who wait, but better things come
to those who go out and get them."


The development of Ragtime into Jive by the Blacks in the US after the Emancipation is very well documented. It did not come from Africa and was developed by Blacks in the fifth or even sixth American born generations. They loved the Indian music and they love the marches of the day. Combining both in their simple ragtime with plenty of syncopation and they were on their way.

"Alexander's Ragtime Band" (all whites)


The records mostly by Spanish, were not the same in South America. The tango comes from Africa. The Samba comes from Africa, and all the Latin dances in the Caribbean come from Africa. And you can read plenty of Spanish and Black writers with their opinion of where in Africa it came from.

"Capullito De Alili" por Placido Domingo


The truth of the matter is that the Blacks in Latin America learned the native Indian music like everyone else and were even able to make small changes along the way. Most changes were made by the European poor separately from the Blacks for the first three centuries, then as the Blacks gained their freedom, the amalgamation of all of the music and the movements to that music standardized in the different sectors of Latin America. For the native Indians too but only in the bigger towns and cities.

No one in Africa danced the Mambo before the 1950's and where did they get it from? Heh heh heh.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mambo In Chinatown

It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. They may surf the web, or the read the occasional newspaper, but they do not read more than one book (fiction or non-fiction) in a year. It doesn’t matter whether you look at men or women, kids, teenagers, young adults or the middle-aged; everyone is reading less literature, and fewer books.

"If ever there was a time to follow your passion and do something that matters to you.
Now is certainly the time."


Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher.


But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie’s natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed—something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western.


As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds—Eastern and Western, old world and new—to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.

This could be a nice book. Look into it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

What is it?

Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints. They range from functional movement (such as Folk dance) to codified, virtuoso techniques such as International Style of ballroom. In sports, gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming contain dance disciplines while Martial arts "Kata" are often compared to dances.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at
the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow."


Our complication has lately been "Ballroom Dancing" when the Internationals took the term as their very own. And with reason for they dance in ballrooms much more that us ordinary mortals. It left the rest of us with what? We are still in the process of defining it and in this blog we are stuck with "Latin Dancing" and trying to find the proper and acceptable definition of that phase.

 "Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer


"Aquellos Ojos Verdes" por Placido Domingo

Most of what is danced in the US and has been picked up by the rest of the world is of Caribbean Origin. Though it is usually sprinkle with many Mexican favorites. Then there was, Samba, (Brazilian) and Tango (Argentine) and both have been taken over by other foreign countries and sectors. Now the Mexican is coming in strong. Their only weakness is the vast diversity of their own.

The Mayans had on record at least 2500 different dances. You got something new? Heh Heh Heh.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Blogging Is Changing.

I am tidying up the situation all around. Thinning all my micros down to a nice friendly bunch, All Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire studios are being unfollowed. The big dance clubs of over 1500 combined follower - following are being unfollowed. Our blog strength doesn’t come from what we can do; it comes from overcoming the things we once thought we couldn’t do. And I definitely to not need those people anymore and they are not likely to miss us.

Note to the Republican Attack Dogs:
"War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's left."


The Twitters on the Neighbor Islands have increase ten fold and I am keeping those well within the 1500 following - follower limit. When I am at my low point, I may be open to the greatest positive change. Happiness is not the absence of problems, but having the strength to deal with them. I have been getting some followers from the Philippines, I don't know about those yet. I am willing to accept a Two Center on dancing. Why not?

"Come Dance With Me" by Diana Kral

The strongest people are the ones who feel pain, accept it, learn from it, and fight through it.  They turn their wounds into wisdom. Obey the absolutes. When we were young, it was absolutely wrong to lie, cheat, or steal. As we grew older, we would be tempted to think in relative terms - The Republican Attack Dogs? With the wrong people, we could see that right and wrong would seem to change from absolute to relative. Of course, this is wrong: right is right and wrong is wrong forever.


The dance atmosphere is changing and most of our social dancers seem to be more comfortable in smaller groups. They are uncomfortable in a social environment where they use terms such as Ala Wai Dancer or Junk Dancer. Those High Class people may be nice people and the rest of us need not intrude in their dance environment. So more Social Dance Clubs are coming and with their own rules too.


Now the biggest problem facing our dance world is finding a place to dance. Not 10000 square feet of dance floor. How about a tenth of that. Oh Boy. A nice small Club would have a ball every Saturday Night. Our chance just may be in Kapolei. A District Park or a Community Center. We can be dancing up a storm. No Rail Disaster, no crowded freeways, no downtown traffic. Our very own Paradise in the West.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Javier Solis. One of the Greats

Javier Solís was born Gabriel Siria Levario in 1931 His mother Juana, whose mother was Korean, had a stall at a public market and as her spouse had allegedly abandoned her, she had little time save for work. After dropping out of school he worked many different labor jobs. In his spare time, he trained as an amateur boxer, with aspirations of going professional, but after suffering a few defeats, he was urged to work at something "more decent".

He was singing at the Teatro Lirico in Mexico City when he met dancer Blanca Estela Saenz, who would later become his wife. His first hit, Lloraras, came two years later, and it was his then-producer Felipe Valdes Leal who gave Solis his stage name, Javier Solís.

"Lloraras" por Javier Solis

Solís began to receive international acclaim in 1957, when he began appearing in the U.S. and Central and South America. He was among the first artists to sing in the new style now known as Bolero-Ranchera. He sang boleros typically associated with trio music, but which now were accompanied by mariachis.

"Vereda Tropical" por Javier Solis


"En Mi Viejo San Juan" por Javier Solis

Solís was a versatile interpreter; he sang not only boleros, but rancheras, danzónes, waltzes and also tangos. His hit recordings included Sombras, Payaso, Vereda Tropical, En Mi Viejo San Juan, composed by the Puerto Rican Noel Estrada, and Amanecí En Tus Brazos, the latter a re-recording of the hit written and recorded by José Alfredo Jiménez.

Solís began his acting career in 1959, and appeared in more than 20 films, working with such artists as Pedro Armendáriz, María Victoria, Antonio Aguilar and Lola Beltrán. His last picture, Juan Pistolas, was finished in 1965, the same year that his film Sinful was released.

Los Tres Gallos
Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Javier Solis

All of the "Roosters" Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante and Solis died young; Solís was the last, passing at age 34, in Mexico City, from complications due to gallbladder surgery. Javier Solís was a prolific artist, leaving an extensive discography, and like Infante, most of his albums are still in print. This gives an indication of his continuing popularity, so many years after his death.