Agustín Guarache: We shared the reading of the newspaper ÚN among neighbors

"I reveled in the reviews of national politics and their tirades." Photo: Courtesy Fernando Pulido

The newspaper Ultimas Noticias arrived at 6 am at house No. 11-41, on Los Rosales street, in the Buenos Aires sector, in the city of Barcelona, ​​Anzoátegui. It was carried by the town crier who, when the rooster crowed, shouted the headlines of the news. This happened every day between 1958 and 1965. This is how Agustín Ramón Guarache, a reader of the newspaper for more than 40 years, remembers his encounter with Últimas Noticias.

“In the Los Rosales block there were very few neighbors who could buy the newspaper. My family was one of the privileged ones who could buy the tabloid for 0,50 bolivars. The newspaper arrived in various ways, with town criers, with boys on bicycles who sold the newspaper and to the kiosk closest to the house, ”recalled Guarache.

He commented that in the pages of this tabloid at that time, in the late 50s, “we found news about the deficiencies of public services in the lowest-income areas of the country, the events that the Venezuelan people were experiencing at that time. My relatives were regular readers of this newspaper, especially my sister Demetria. Everyone read the news that was reflected there with great sympathy ”.

Guarache recalled that the tabloid was also shared with neighbors, on hot afternoons, in the city of Barcelona, ​​where they discussed the relevant issues that the newspaper recorded. He recalled the column El Reverbero, which “was written by a priest who was very critical of the problems that afflicted citizens and also with the current rulers and their public policies. He commented on the congress discussions; he described social realities honestly and concretely. For me as a reader, it was one of the most emblematic sections ”. He added that the most shocking news he read was the start of the war between Israel and Palestine.

Agustín Guarache described the places where he acquired the newspaper in 1965. “When I arrived in the city of Mérida, in this land of mountains to study undergraduate studies in Economics, at the University of Los Andes (ULA), I continued my fidelity to the newspaper. He bought the newspaper in Milla, on Universidad Avenue, at the same kiosk for four years. Then in the center of Mérida. Also on the sides of the Colegio la Inmaculada, and by 1970 it was buying several newspapers with national circulation, some regional and others with left-wing content, "he said.

He read the newspaper at noon and was delighted with the reviews of national politics, especially with the diatribes between Democratic Action (AD) and the Independent Political Organization Committee (Copei).

Similarly, local news was recorded, with special emphasis on tourism in the city of Mérida, the dynamics, the problems that were generated around this area.

He points out that by 2012, the newspaper no longer came to the city as often; But on Sundays, he would buy it on Urdaneta Avenue, at the La Salle College traffic light, with a town crier. At that time, all my family, wife and children read the newspaper, each one had their favorite sections, the Sunday magazines, the Tricolor editions were the favorite ones for my daughters.

Another of the readings for this period was the column of José Vicente Rangel. He commented that this newspaper was the only national tabloid that began with the beatification campaign in the 70s, and it was possible to read about the miracles of José Gregorio Hernández, which occurred in the neighborhoods of the country's capital.

From the east

Agustín Ramón Guarache is an oriental born in Anzoátegui who moved to Mérida to study at the ULA and there he stayed and strengthened his family, but never stopped reading Últimas Noticias. He was a member of the Regional Youth of the Revolutionary Left Movement (Mir), in 1965, then regional secretary general of the Socialist League Party in 1970, currently he is a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. He worked for more than 20 years in the Central Unitary of Workers of the state of Mérida giving guidance to the union groups of the Andean entity. He settled in Mérida when he married Mireya Angulo from Azul, a graduate in nursing, with whom he had two daughters and a son, now professionals in social careers.



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