My guest: Fernando (Fernan) Hernandez
The Cubans-Our Footprints Across America traces the contributions that Cuban immigrants have made in the United States from as far back as the 1800′s until the present time. In 2012 Fernando Hernandez wrote “The Cubans Our Legacy in the United States” in music, education, sports, business, science, politics and many other sectors of society.
In this book the reader will discover how in 1930 A Havana bandleader traveled to New York City, recorded a million copy hit that kick started a Cuban music craze throughout the United States. Science Fiction lovers will learn that a Cuban-American was the writer, producer and story editor of many of the Star Trek episodes. An author born in 1865 in Brooklyn, NY of Cuban origin began his career at age 12, becoming a prolific boy’s fiction writer, earning the nickname the American Jules Verne. History buffs will enjoy reading about three sisters who became confederate spies during the Civil War and thanks to their bravery, a union warship was captured. New Yorkers and those who visit the Big Apple will read of the work of a structural engineer, born in Havana of immigrant Lithuanian Jews, who was known as “Mr. New York” for his engineering of the city’s skyscrapers, including the 70-story Trump World Tower. Read about a surgeon who in 2012 led a team of 150 Doctors, Nurses and others in Maryland in the most extensive face transplant ever performed in the world. The book also profiles those who serve the less fortunate, including the co-founder of Florida’s largest free clinic serving migrant workers. the working poor, the sick and families who fall between the cracks of America’s social system. This book is journal of Cuban Americans and the footprints they have left on their path across the United States.