...una biblioteca es un gabinete mágico en el cual hay muchos espíritus hechizados. Despiertan cuando los llamamos; mientras no abrimos un libro, ese libro, literalmente, es un volumen, es una cosa entre las cosas.      - Emerson

Public Libraries Using Spanish



Spain’s Nobel Prize-winning playwright Jacinto Benavente was born this day in 1866. He directed the National Theater and, unfortunately perhaps, was a firm supporter of Franco*.

On August 13, 1521, the great metropolis of Tenochitlan fell to the Spaniards, who rebuilt it into the little burg we all know today as Mexico City.

SOL 27 Contents:

August 12 , 2000

1- NPR Report on Latin American Internet Companies

2- Baseball With an Accent (on its bare chest!)

3- Hockey’s Hispanic Hero

4- Any RNC2 News?




1. E-commerce in Miami
National Public Radio’s All Things Considered aired a story this week regarding Latin American e-biz. Following is NPR’s synopsis of the piece, along with its RealAudio URL:

Hispanic Internet -- NPR's Phillip Davis reports on Internet companies aimed at Latin America that are setting up shop, not in their native countries, but increasingly in Miami. They're doing so mainly because it's easier to get to Latin America from Miami than anywhere else. But Davis also says doing business from Miami helps alleviate traditional rivalries among Latin American countries. (5:00 minutes)

[By the way, SOL 25 features a list of online Spanish- and Portuguese-language booksellers.]

2. Beisbol…been berry, berry good…to me!
The latest Hispanic magazine reports that ESPN has begun properly incorporating accent marks in the names of ballplayers in order to show "respect for the Hispanic players and their heritage" (July/Aug 2000, p. 12)

Flaco was watching a White Sox game the other day and the camera showed a group of shirtless bleacher creatures cheering for Venezuelan star Magglio Ordóñez. Each fan had painted on his torso a letter of the right fielder’s name; in the row ABOVE were two more guys with the accent mark and the tilde painted on their chests!

One interesting Spanish-language baseball site is which features history, news, and profiles of current players.

The official MLB site includes some articles in Spanish, such as one on the All-Star game that uses the neologism ‘bigleagures’ <> and one on another Venezuelan estrella, NY Mets second baseman Edgardo Alfonso:

And, sports fans, today’s SOL quiz asks the question: What character made famous the phrase that heads this section, and who was the actor who played him? Prize is a book.

3. Scotty Gómez Makes Hockey History
Mexican-Alaskan hockey phenomenon Scott Gómez helped lead the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup a couple months ago, won the Calder Award as the NHL’s best rookie, shares Flaco’s birthday, and has a dad who worked with Flaco’s brother up in Anchorage. I mean, we’re practically best friends even though I’ve never met the guy. Read all about him at his fan club site <> as well as at and

4. RNC2
Did you make it to the REFORMA national conference in Tucson? If so, we’re envious and want to hear about it…

*As in Generalísimo Francisco Franco, who is still seriously dead. (Consider that a hint for this issue's quiz...)


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