About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I'm Chicano from southern Californian, a GenXer, and a fan of the Dodgers and Elvis. I am a husband, a father of three, and in my spare time I'm an asociate professor of Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies and History at Pomona College.
Tag Archives: History
Regular readers of Latino Like Me might remember an earlier post on JFK’s last night alive. In it I discuss how the night before he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, the President spent the evening at an event hosted by … Continue reading
Elvis Presley (born in Mississippi, 1935-1977), performing “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” by Lloyd Price and “Baby What Do You Want Me To Do” by Jimmy Reed (1968).
Beginning in 1849, the lure of gold made San Francisco into an “instant city,” and a cosmopolitan one at that, with more than half of its population born somewhere other than the United States. This quality almost certainly added to … Continue reading
On July 13, 1985, perhaps the largest concert event of my lifetime took place. Live Aid was a benefit concert for sub-Saharan African relief, a single day comprised of two concerts–one in London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s JFK. Born in … Continue reading
It has occurred to me that this past Sunday was another strange pop cultural event in the world. Ronnie James Dio died on May 16, 2010, on the exact 20 year anniversary of the passing of Sammy Davis Jr. On … Continue reading
The life of an untenured professor is a busy one, not to mention rarely free from the relentless pressure that you should be doing something “productive” with your time. For this Chicano, that means doing things other than updating this … Continue reading
One of the hopes many people had with the election of Barack Obama was some improvement in the diplomatic relations between the US and Latin America. The past thirty years have been among the worst of the previous century with … Continue reading
One year ago today, on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. At the time, and like many others, I celebrated this milestone in US history: Today I think of all the millions of lives … Continue reading
Today is October 12th, which is many things in different parts of the world (Día de la Raza in Mexico) but in the U.S. is officially “Columbus Day.” I wasn’t going to write anything about the holiday since, I figured, … Continue reading