Title

Mary Fontanills oral history interview

Files

Interviewer

Mormino, Gary R.

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

July 1983

Publication Date

1-20-2010

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Mary Fontanills, the daughter of Manuel Aparicio, one of the most famous lectors, or readers, in Ybor City's cigar factories. Aparicio came to Tampa when he was fifteen and quickly became a lector; the workers liked his ability to give each character a distinct voice. He was also involved with local theatre groups as an actor, director, and writer. After the factories banned lectors, Aparicio had a radio program and a newspaper, and eventually went to New York, where he worked as a translator for the United Nations. In this interview, Fontanills shares her memories of her father, discusses her own life in Ybor City, and comments on some of Tampa's Latin politicians.

Keywords

Spanish Americans--Florida--Tampa, Cigar Industry--Florida--Tampa, History--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.), Social Life and customs--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)

Description

1 sound file (59 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file

Subject: topical

Spanish Americans--Florida--Tampa; Cigar Industry--Florida--Tampa; History--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.); Social Life and customs--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)

Language

English

Type

Article

Genre

oral histories, online audio

Format

audio

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Ybor City Oral History Project

Identifier

Y10-00019

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