Castro Dead...Or Not

Kris_LTRMa

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Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 12:00 AM

Rumor has it Castro is dead — once again
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003852598_castro25.html


By Lydia Martin
The Miami Herald

MIAMI — On Friday, the rumors heated up again for the third week in a row: Fidel Castro's death would be announced, first at 2 p.m., then at 4, then at 5.

For the past year, since the Cuban government said Castro had ceded power to brother Raul after intestinal surgery, rumors that Castro is on the brink of meeting his maker keep boiling over and dying down.

Friday, teary callers told Ninoska Perez, of Radio Mambi, they were sure this was it, and Perez, as usual, reminded, "The moment will come, but this is not the moment."

At Aaction Home Health in Hialeah, office workers were abuzz because somebody from Cuba called a colleague to say folks in Havana were taking to the streets in anticipation of the news. At the University of Miami, media-relations officers worked the phones in search of confirmation.

But again, none of the rumors seemed to be panning out.

For many, waiting for proof has become like the low-grade anxiety that comes when you're bracing for a hurricane that may or may not hit. Everyone knows whatever happens will be disruptive in some way.

The rumors also reached fever pitch last weekend. The media perked up and started another round of the confirmation game. Calls flooded Miami Mayor Manny Diaz's office. The University of Miami and its Cuba experts wound up on high alert. And the community started rumbling anew, parents reaching out to children, friends calling friends.

"Last Friday, when the rumors started again, my phone rang off the hook," said Andy Gomez, senior fellow at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies. "It was everybody. Friends, family, the State Department. People went nuts."

Another false alarm.

For now, the older generation in particular is keeping a stiff upper lip, said Radio Mambi's Armando Perez Roura, a longtime Cuban radio personality who has been poised to break the news of Castro's demise for decades.

"This is definitely the calm before the storm," Perez Roura said. After all, he said, it was a younger, more recently arrived Cuban crowd that jumped the gun and swarmed Calle Ocho to celebrate Castro's death when news of his ceding power broke at the end of July last year.

"The rest of us have spent a lot of years in this process," Perez Roura said. "Waiting for something to happen, hearing rumors that never turn out to be true. We're not going to react until we know for sure."
The man has come back from the dead more times than Jesus
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#2
i cant wait till the embargo is over, cuba is a beautiful place, friends of mine from england go there all the time, a smart man would be waiting at the border the day communism falls, with bags full of money to buy up as much as possible
 
#3
i cant wait till the embargo is over, cuba is a beautiful place, friends of mine from england go there all the time, a smart man would be waiting at the border the day communism falls, with bags full of money to buy up as much as possible
i plan to buy land there
 

Kris_LTRMa

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i cant wait till the embargo is over, cuba is a beautiful place, friends of mine from england go there all the time, a smart man would be waiting at the border the day communism falls, with bags full of money to buy up as much as possible
Go through Canada. I've heard that's how a lot of Americans get down there.
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#5
Go through Canada. I've heard that's how a lot of Americans get down there.
yea. i could do that but i would rather just take a boat. as far as im concerned cuba should have been made the 52nd state years ago. oh and yea i know theres only 50 states but in my mind purto rico should have been forced into state hood years ago also
 

Kris_LTRMa

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#6
yea. i could do that but i would rather just take a boat. as far as im concerned cuba should have been made the 52nd state years ago. oh and yea i know theres only 50 states but in my mind purto rico should have been forced into state hood years ago also

lol - I'm sure the Coast Guard would be so shocked to see someone trying to get INTO Cuba that they wouldn't stop you .... with your building skills I'm sure you could construct something sturdy enough to survive the trek over. ;)

And yeah, Puerto Rico should've become a state years ago. Either that or we should just stop supporting them. Same with the other U.S. protectorates.
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#7
i have a 51 chevy sedan that im just dying to turn into a cuba express
 
#8
If Cuba gets into the casino business again Vegas will have some serious competition. Castro can't die fast enough.
 

jackjack

Registered User
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The man has come back from the dead more times than Jesus
Yeah, but jesus was holding onto that record by a thread. You only have to do it once to tie. How long did he expect to hold on to it slacking off for so many years?
 

BIV

I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
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i cant wait till the embargo is over, cuba is a beautiful place, friends of mine from england go there all the time, a smart man would be waiting at the border the day communism falls, with bags full of money to buy up as much as possible
You forget that, as soon as Americans get their grubby little hands on it, the beauty of Cuba will go up in smoke.
 

Kris_LTRMa

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#15
We may never know if he's dead - they'll just prop him up a la Weekend at Bernie's :icon_conf
 
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