Felipe Zapata is a nom de plume. After working 30 years in the United States as a newspaper copy editor (New Orleans, Puerto Rico and Houston), I retired at 55 in December 1999, chucked all my stuff, packed two suitcases the following month, and flew to Mexico alone. I knew no one and spoke no Spanish.
I have since married, become a citizen, built a home on the outskirts of a Colonial town high in the Sierra and learned español.
Though I mention Mexico on occasion, this website is mostly about other things.
It is fact, fiction and opinion stirred in an odd pot.
And that is not me in the mugshot above, but it’s a reasonable resemblance. But it is me in the photo below, long ago in San Francisco, California.
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Tidbit: The real Felipe Zapata was the son of revolutionary Gen. Emiliano Zapata. Little Felipe died at the age of 5 from a snake bite. And his daddy, Emiliano, died at the age of 39 from gunfire.
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