Source: Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library. Copyright Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
In a recent 60 Minutes interview, CNN’s anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican xenophobe Lou Dobbs revealed that he is married to a Mexican-American (read: Chicana), the former Debbi Segura. In fact, Mr. “Broken Borders” revealed that he lives with 2 Mexicans and a Chicana (not counting the workers or seasonal ranch hands that may help out) at his Nuevo “Yersey” Rancho.
Yes! Dobbs lives with his esposa y los suegros! I love it! I can only imagine that Dobbs probably eats lots of comida Mexicana at home. Probably lots of tacos de carne asada, carnitas, tostadas, etc. are eaten at the Dobbs Rancho while some good Mexican music is playing on the estereo. You know, the kind of music heavy on the accordion, tubas and the tachun-tachun. Do you think “Meester” Broken Borders eats frijoles, too? Yo pienso que si! In fact, Dobbs’ suegros look like mi Tio Cornelio y la Comadre Chata. Dobbs’ suegro even has the Mexican-style razor-thin mustache on his upper lip, just like Pedro Infante used to sport. Can’t get more Mexicano than that. Read the connection to John Wayne after the bump.
Dobbs’ revelation reminds me of another fact. I recently found out that all 3 wives of John Wayne were Latinas. Wayne was widely perceived as a great “American” and defender of all things “American”, and even referred to as the “cowboy patriot“. In 1946, John Wayne married his second wife, Mexican film actress Esperanza “Chata” Bauer. By most accounts, Chata the Mexican was wild and a heavy drinker. The other great fact is that despite having portrayed a soldier in hundreds of war movies, John Wayne never served in the military.
…Wayne’s first wife, Josephine Saenz, was the daughter of a Panamanian consul in Los Angeles… Wayne met his second wife, Esperanza Baur Diaz, nicknamed Chata, in Mexico while vacationing there… He met his third wife, Pilar Wildy (born Palette) in Lima, Peru, in 1953, while he was scouting locations for The Alamo… her father was a Peruvian politician…
…The fact that all three of his wives were Latin American surprised Hollywood; this was the only “non-American” aspect in his life. “I have never been conscious of going for any particular type,” Wayne said in response to a challenge from the press, “it’s just a happenstance…”