Remembering Alito

Mario Allan Candamil (May 13, 1929-May 4, 2017)

Alito would have been 94 today.  He liked celebrating his birthdays with friends.  I have two printed invitations that Alito had made for the celebrations in 1985 and 1990.  I’m certain that his oldest and dearest friend Ricardo Vidort attended them.  This proves how much Alito enjoyed being with his friends.  Alito shows his sense of humor in the invitations.

I’m neither sad nor worried but I’m going to complete 56 years on May 13th, 1985.  I am pleased to invite you to a dinner show for my birthday on Monday, the 13th at 21 hs.  Salon Armenonville at Cordoba 6237 near the corner of Newbery.

Before my final trip, I do not want to leave without saying goodbye to my friends, so I am pleased to invite you to the dinner show on the occasion of my birthday on the 14th of this month at 9:00 p.m.  Restaurant Concert – to the artists – Hipolito Yrigogen 917

Note that his nationality is “Chilena” on his DNI which is still valid for four more years.  Alito was three years old when his mother immigrated from Veracruz, Mexico to Buenos Aires where she danced in the ballet at Teatro Colon. He was learning social dancing (jazz, salsa, and tango) by the age of 12.  Alito always found some means of earning money, such as selling the contraseña or password to enter a milonga without paying admission.  Alito was the first independent organizer of social dances in Buenos Aires. At the age of 16 in 1945, his first dances were held at Asociacion Natio Buenos Aires (A.N.B.A.), at Chacabuco 467 on two outdoor basketball courts. Until then, the confiterias and sports clubs ran their own dances.

I am grateful that I had the pleasure of dancing with Alito and taking care of him.  He will always have a special place in my heart.


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