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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Luis Muñoz Marín

Luis Muñoz Marín was the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico. His father was a distinguished journalist and island politician, and his grandfather was mayor of the town of Barranquitas.

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Some people claim he sold out the independence of Puerto Rico, in order to become governor.

Others say he was a great visionary, who helped pull Puerto Rico through the Great Depression through the “Operation Bootstrap” program, and other economic reforms.

In any event, the U.S. named a postage stamp after him. Here is a short newsreel of Luis Muñoz Marín, delivering a passionate speech:

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Juan Bobo and Leo Machuchal:

Two Fops in Fajardo 

FAJARDO, PR – The law firm of Bobo & Machuchal is hated throughout all of Puerto Rico.

The reason is very simple – they win every case they take on, and make more money than Governor Anibal Acevedo-Vila (a well-known crook).

In all fairness, Juan Bobo and Leo Machuchal have developed a strange courtroom demeanor.

They dress like British barristers, complete with silk underwear and powdered wigs.  For this reason, the San Juan Star has accused them of legal foppery.

Garcia and Machuchal, accused of foppery

The two lawyers are inseparable, which raises a series of other questions. 

What is the relationship of these two men?  Why do they wear the wigs?  Why does Juan Bobo look suspiciously like Charles Laughton?

Juan Bobo presents the “yo no se” defense

The entire island of Puerto Rico is demanding answers. 

Meanwhile Bobo and Machuchal have become multi-millionaires, and will soon star in a TV reality show. 

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Juan Bobo leads a revolution

in Brazil

VOLTA GRANDE DO XINGU, BRAZIL  – Juan Bobo is leading several Indian tribes into armed revolution against the government of Brazil.

All along the XinguRiver, the indigenous people are becoming aware that the proposed Bel Monte dam will dry up their river, and force them all into starvation.

“We fight with Bobo!” screamed Chief Toño Bicicleta, leader of the deadly YanuManu tribe. “He kill the white man for us.” 

YanuManu TribeJuan Bobo leads the YanuManu tribe into battle

Local sources are uncertain who this white man may be, and whether or not Juan Bobo has killed him yet. But Juan Bobo spent the last nine months running up and down the XinguRiver basin, warning everyone about the white man’s dam.

And now 40,000 Indians are carrying spears and looking for the white man. The revolution is here.

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Divorce, Juan Bobo Style

Juan Bobo has become a famous divorce lawyer in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

“At first I represented the men,” said Juan, “but every man in Caguas is cheating on his wife, plus the women pay better.”

Juan specializes in the “His and Her” settlement, where the husband ends up with a “His” towel and the photos taken by Juan’s detective.

The wife (Juan Bobo’s client) keeps everything else.

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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Correa Cotto

Correa Cotto beheaded his girlfriend, stabbed his stepfather, and strangled some guy named Luis. He also killed several cops and escaped repeatedly from jail.

On October 30, 1950 he staged a mass riot in El Oso Blanco, the largest prison in

Puerto Rico. Correa escaped that night, with dozens of guards and policemen chasing after him. Since October 30, 1950 was also the date of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Revolts, some people say that Correa was a patriot.

They made three movies about him. Here is a trailer from one of them:

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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Vieques

From World War II onward, for over 60 years, the U.S. Navy used the Puerto Rican island of Vieques for target practice. They exploded live ammunition, millions of pounds of ordnance, all over the island. 

They left Vieques more pockmarked than the moon.

Puerto Rico ViequesU.S. Navy training exercise in Vieques

Finally in 2003, due to world opinion and massive demonstrations, the U.S. withdrew from Vieques.

For a little more Vieques history, and some military footage, see:

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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Toño Bicicleta

Toño Bicicleta beheaded his girlfriend, stabbed his stepfather, and strangled some guy named Luis. He also killed several cops and escaped repeatedly from jail.
 
On October 30, 1950 he staged a mass riot in La Princesa, the largest prison in Puerto Rico. Toño escaped that night, with dozens of guards and policemen chasing after him. Since October 30, 1950 was also the date of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Revolts, some people say that Toño was a patriot.
 

By the time the police caught and killed him in 1995, Toño had become a legend all over the island – not because they approved of his crimes, but because he managed to escape seven times, from maximum security prisons…on a bicycle.
 
That’s why they called him Toño Bicicleta.
 
They made three movies about him. Here is a trailer from one of them:
 

 

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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Luis Muñoz Marín

Luis Muñoz Marín was the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico. His father was a distinguished journalist and island politician, and his grandfather was mayor of the town of Barranquitas.
 
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Some people claim he sold out the independence of Puerto Rico, in order to become governor.
 
Others say he was a great visionary, who helped pull Puerto Rico through the Great Depression through the “Operation Bootstrap” program, and other economic reforms.
 
In any event, the U.S. named a postage stamp after him. Here is a short newsreel of Luis Muñoz Marín, delivering a passionate speech:
 

 

The Chronicles of Juan Bobo