Friday, May 7, 2010

Flashback: Dallas Morning News celebrates bureau opening in Cuba

Here are photos from the opening of the Dallas Morning News bureau in Cuba more than a decade ago. Cuban economist Pedro Monreal, left, speaks with Bob Mong, editor of the Dallas Morning News.

Bob Mong and Vicki Huddleston, then chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. This photo was taken at a formal reception we had in the lobby of the Lonja de Comercio building in Old Havana. The bureau was located on the fifth floor.

Burl Osborne, at left, gestures as he speaks. To his left are Stu Wilk, then an editor at the Morning News, Gilbert Bailon, another editor, and reporter Alfredo Corchado.

Cuban athletes Jorge Fis, left, and Javier Sotomayor, middle. I can't recall the name of the athlete to the right.

Kerry Gunnels, then international editor at the Morning News, talks to Alfredo Corchado, right, over daquiris at the Floridita bar in Havana. I was handling the cash that day - remember no American credit cards are allowed in Cuba - and I recall being somewhat alarmed that our group consumed something like $145 in daiquiris and appetizers in a matter of about 10 minutes.

From far left, Ricardo Chavira, who came up with the idea of pursuing a bureau in Cuba, Cuban economist Julio Carranza, and Marta Rojas.

Cuban musicians entertain the crowd.

Stu Wilk, right, speaks to Carl Leubsdorf, then Washington bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News.

Cuban journalist Marta Rojas, above at left, and Ricardo Alarcon, middle.

Marta Rojas, left, architect Mario Coyula and his wife, and I'm blanking on the name of the gentleman to the right. I believe he's a Havana professor.

Visitors from the Morning News met some of the local celebrities in Havana. Here Stu Wilk poses with Cuban artist Jose Fuster, left, nicknamed the Picasso of the Caribbean.

1 comment:

Lazaro Gonzalez said...

Mario Coyula chief designer of pro-Soviet Cuban architecture