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Matt Weinstock -- April 10, 1959

April 10, 2009 |  4:00 pm

Dilemma Continues

Matt_weinstockdA year and a half ago the frustrating dilemma of Roy Huerta, 38, a cook, and his wife, Manuela, 32, was told here.

Ten years before, in 1947, they were married in Los Angeles. One day in 1949 they took a trip to Tijuana. At the border on the way back they were asked the usual questions.

Roy had no trouble. He was born in Johnstown, Pa., and served three years in the Army in World War II, 18 months in the South Pacific.

Manuela panicked. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, she speaks little English. She said she had never been in the United States, then said she had. She was detained and accused of entering this country illegally.

A hearing was set and she was notified but, out of fear, she ignored the summons. She was convicted of perjury and forbidden under theMcCarran Act to reenter the country.

"And so for the last eight years," it was stated here, "Roy has made a weekly pilgrimage to Tijuana. He takes along groceries, clothes and gifts for the five children."

1959_0410_fashions THE OTHER DAY a letter came in from Mrs. William Hr. Rosenblatt, 2424 Wilshire Blvd., stating, "The story in your column Sept. 13, 1957, about Roy Huerta and his separation from his wife and children living in Mexico has pricked my conscience daily. Can you let us known if this situation still exists? An injustice of this kind disturbs me. Perhaps enough attention can be focused on this case to try to heal one of the many heartaches caused by theMcCarran Act."

THIS IS TO REPORT that the situation is unchanged. Roy now works as a cook in a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard and lives with a brother on North Broadway.

He still travels to Tijuana each weekend to be with his family. There are now six children, three girls and three boys. The oldest, Gloria Jean, 9, and two others attend school.

Manuela's case is at a stalemate. Roy has been told by attorneys and the immigration people that the only hope is the repeal of theMcCarran Act.

Meanwhile, this patient, conscientious man continues to look forward after nearly 10 years to the day that his family may join him in Los Angeles


1959_0410_comicsDID YOU HEAR about the tabulating machine that can translate into Russian and then back into English? Someone inserted the line, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." It came out, "Vodka is ready but the meat's gone bad."



Though I often buy a new car
Don't call me an easy touch,
It's because my new car dealer
Claims he needs used cars so much.



Malvin Ward wrote a film based on the Mad Bomber of New York. One scene showed airplane passengers' luggage being examined because of the bomb threat.

Last week as he was about to take off for L.A. from Idlewild Airport in N.Y. policemen surrounded the waiting room and asked passengers to open their luggage for inspection. There was a rumor a bomb would be planted in the plane.

The real-life incident had an odd twist. A heavy fog prevented the plane from taking off.


1959_0410_abby ONE OF THE
most imperishable lines I ever heard was the cry of a downtown newsboy, now dead. No matter what the headlines stated he shouted, "It won't be long now!"

Walking past sunset and Gower the other day I heard another enduring remark, one unemployed actor sadly to another: "I've never seen it like this before." And never will again.


Language enrichment note: Mike Molony heard a customer tell Eddie, a Hill Street bartender, how he "got stooken" with a bum check. Superpluperfect of stuck, Mike figured ... The L.A. Press Club has 2,543 members, 1,398 actives -- largest in the world ... As one who only recently was dragged kicking and screaming into his 30s, JackSearles shuddered to hear the announcer dedicate a TV kiddies' program "To you -- the leaders of the 21st century!"