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By Bob Alvarado

From the Editors Desk
The First Interactivo Flag Flying issue In the World

Theres an old Mexican proverb, oft repeated: No hay nada mal que de bien no provenga- There is nothing so bad that something good doesnt come of it. Must be true, because we all live it at one time or another. Case in point? Huh!... well there are many. Just when you thought that each previous issue was so hard to beat, along comes an opportunity for improvement. Not just for us, mind you, but globally. In times of skinny cows companies get leaner and tougher, making them more resilient to change. Ours, I admit, doesnt worry about managing change, we lead change. When opportunity knocked on our door we were ready to take on the challenge, as this issue will show.

Skinny cow, another good Mexican proverb, means times are so lean that youre lucky to feed your family, so your cows get skinny. In interview with Cornelio Garcia, the noted world troubadour, radio and television celebrity gets the call for an in depth tete-a-tete, he also runs one of the best print-making shops around. See Culture In The Times of Skinny Cows. We brought our own peanuts for this one.
Two brand new departments: Ex-libris looks@books, featuring reviews as conscientious as our readers demand; and after securing strategic alliances with the best brokers in the world of real estate: Haciendas, Casitas and Hideaways, have emerged in this issue. So great is our readers admiration for things Mexican that they often ask us if there is anything good out there in the adobe market. The changes are set.

But Roberto, yours is a publication about arts and antiquities, collecting and collectors, ........and the story unfolds. A knock at El antiQuarios door is heard the opportunity for continued good will between our two common boarders, north and south, is at the vestibule. Mind you, not from a Yankee but rather a soft spoken southern gentleman rebel, Mr. X, a long time loyal reader, wishing to remain anonymous, and owner of the Mexican flag that allegedly flew over the Naval Academy in Veracruz on April the 22, 1914. You saw it, its probably what attracted you to buy this issue in the first place. I recommend you stop right here and go straight to page 61 and see how this exciting story unfolds. What's more, after close scrutiny by the biggies at the Department of Mexican Naval Affairs, they will accept the repatriation of this fine relic in a ceremony befitting of heads of state, tentatively to be held in Mexico City. Maybe at Chapultepec Castle, maybe the Prez. will be there. Another first, El antiQuario, el diplomatico, e interactivo. If Dwight Morrow were alive today he would shake our collective hands. Thank you Mr. X. Oh! and on your way there, first read Morrows legacy in Exlibris, book review of Casa Mañana.

Hopefully our readers will better understand our own benign obsession to weave Mexican arts, folk art and antiques into an intricate and colorful pattern that bridges understanding, appreciation and a heartfelt desire for a continuous bond with our northern neighbors.

It's interesting to note that all the close friends I have met (including my ex-wife) had at one time or another been in a student exchange program. The experience was an invaluable life lesson which helped them develop into more mature, thoughtful and empathetic personalities, traits that the unexchanged student seldom develop.

You never know a person until you are able to crawl into their skin and walk around in their shoes, remember where that came from? Requirement before graduation for any university degree should include a minimum of one year living abroad with a Mexican, or Peruvian, or Bolivian family. Imagine the experience. I feel it just makes for good neighbor diplomacy, and just think of all the neat trinkets these young students could bring back. A whole new generation of collectors is born.

Indeed our flags should fly together. For better or worse, we are in your back yard and you are in ours. Hundreds of years of living in proximity should make us the better for it. Nothing is so bad that something good doent come of it. We've lived with each other and have worked for each other. Like millions in the north, this writer is a Mexican, and also an American. I am proud to be Mexican-American.

To quote another long time reader from the Boston area, 96 year old Margaret Henry, when commenting on the arrival of issue No. 2, Vol. 1: After a life-long career in the publishing business, I believe yours is in for a long life. I congratulate you heartily. Long may your flag fly.