Happy Birthday to John Leguizamo

Happy Birthday to John Leguizamo, a talented, highly regarded actor, singer, playwright, and producer who works in theater, film and television.  Leguizamo has appeared in over 20 movies, and was the first Latino to have his own TV comedy/ variety show and one man show on Broadway.  Born in Colombia to Puerto Rican and Colombian parents, he immigrated to the US with his family as a child.  Leguizamo is a great American success story, starting humbly and paying for his tuition for acting classes with his earnings from his job at Kentucky Fried Chicken.   Conscious of the stereotypes and discrimination facing Latinos, he wrote “Mambo Mouth”, a play based on real people who also happen to be Hispanic.  (Image of album cover)

Happy Birthday Jose Canseco

Happy Birthday to the talented and controversial baseball player Jose Canseco, born in Havana, Cuba on July 2, 1964.  Canseco played for a number of Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox.  In June 1990 Canseco signed a five-year contract for $23.5 million; at that time, he was baseball’s highest-paid player.  Known for his powerful batting as well as speed and agility, Canseco was a formidable sportsman.  He also garnered serious disapproval for his self-admitted use of steroids and his rude behavior off the field, which he detailed in his 2005 book, “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big”