Archive for the ‘Milongueros’ Category

Alberto Luis Ayala

July 6, 2021

July 2, 1941 — October 2018

Years had passed since I saw or spoke with Beto.  His 80th birthday was a few days ago.  I called his former employer to ask if they were in contact Beto.  The man suggested I search Facebook for his son.  That’s what I did and hoped for a reply.  His son wrote to me today with the news that his father passed in October 2018.

I am grateful we have recordings of Beto teaching, dancing, and talking about his life in tango that are posted on my YouTube channel.

Rogelio Heredia

July 3, 2021

September 21, 1932 — May 27, 2021

DSCN7523Yesterday I made a list of people from the milongas that I want to call, especially those I got to know in Lo de Celia.  The first call I made was to check up on Rogelio.  His wife Julia answered the phone.  When I asked how he is, she told me the sad news that he passed on May 27.  They went to Cordoba in February by bus.  When they returned, Rogelio said he wasn’t going to get out of bed anymore.  The doctors wanted to do many things that didn’t help Rogelio.

I remember Rogelio for his smile and joking around.  After Lo de Celia, he and a couple of friends always went for dinner at the restaurant on the corner.  On one occasion, my friend Jean and I stopped to talk with them.  Rogelio kept us laughing constantly.

Julio Ale (1932-2014), Victor Alberto Ramire (1932-2001), Roberto Alvarez (1933-2010) and Jorge Orellana (1932-) at the milonga El Arranque in Nuevo Salon La Argentina organized by Juan Carlos La Falce.

When I was getting ready to take this photo, Rogelio got up and walked away.  He was at the table with his friends, but for some reason, he didn’t want to be in the photo.  I didn’t ask why and never knew the reason.  I remembered this later and wanted to share it.

Jose Maria (1938 – May 17, 2021)

June 18, 2021

Soledad and Jose Maria were regulars in Lo de Celia Tango Club.

Horacio Julián Prestamo

June 18, 2021

January 22, 1943 —  June 2021

Horacio Julian Prestamo

Juan Topalian

June 18, 2021

May 12, 1937 — June, 2021

Juan Topalian….

Juan Topalian

The last time I saw Juan was on a Zoom call when I took this screen shot of him.

Romeo Ferramosca

March 10, 2021

March 10, 1946 —

I retired from the milongas about two years ago.  I would happily return to any venue just to dance a tanda of Carlos Di Sarli with Chiche.  I am certain that Pocha and Chiche are eagerly awaiting the opening of the milongas after one year since closure.

Humberto Morales

March 7, 2021

March 7, 1935 —

This is my favorite photo of Humberto with Claudia Sanese.  They found the perfect embrace.

Carlos Biccai

February 15, 2021

February 15, 1939 —

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Jorge Slaiman

January 30, 2021

January 29, 1939 —

People who use cellphones have their home phones disconnected.  I found that was the case for Jorge when I tried to reach him yesterday.  I had to call one of his friends for his cell number.

We had a pleasant conversation about maintaining connections with family and friends during the pandemic.  I told him that Obelisco Tango is for sale since he danced there regularly.  Jorge is well and staying active.  Of course, he misses going to the milongas.

Luis Abulafia

January 23, 2021

January 21, 1941 —

I thought I had a home phone for Luis, but it was not in service.  I remembered sending his son some videos of his father dancing in the milongas, so I sent him an email about talking with Luis.  Horacio passed on my message. The next morning Luis called me.  He’s doing well at home in Villa Soldati.  Luis was a regular at Lo de Celia, Obelisco Tango, and Centro Region Leonesa.