|Raquel A. Regalado - Member of the Miami Dade County School Board|
I had a delightful lunch Friday with an admirable woman, Raquel A. Regalado. We share a love of bread pudding. My father would make it and she said her mother was 'the best' at making bread pudding. This brought us to a discussion of her mother also named Raquel (Her maiden name was Ferreiro but her married name was Raquel R. Regalado). She died at 72 years old in 2008. Raquel R. had had a daily radio show for about 30 year --- since 1972. It was where she met her husband, a fellow broadcaster, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Her show was called "What others won't say." (That would also be a good
|Raquel R. Regalado - Radio Host|
Raquel told me about this one particular day when she was about 7 1/2 years old. After her mother had interviewed Janet Reno (little Raquel always listened to the shows) she was left with a big question. She ran out to the elevator as Janet was leaving and stuck her arm in the elevator. She said: "You hold office right?" Janet Reno said yes. The doors were closing, Raquel stuck her arm in between the doors again: "You were elected, right?" Janet said yes again. Reno stepped out of the elevator to talk to the little curious girl. Raquel said, "Do you mean a woman can be elected and hold office, I thought only men could do that." Janet Reno assured her it was true (It was 1981 and Reno was the State Attorney). “Do I have to be as tall as you?" Raquel asked. “No” Reno chuckled "Are you sure?" Raquel insisted “My mom isn’t tall.” “Yes” Reno said “and if I’m wrong you can always wear high heels.”
Remember, most little girls at this age were home playing with dolls. Raquel Regalado was busy meeting and listening to politicians and the movers and shakers in Miami. Raquel said she never liked dolls, she was obsessed with Radio Shack and wrote an article about it.
|Both Raquel's with Tomas Regalado Center|
It goes without saying, she said the conversation once home was always about politics too. If anyone has had a political education, it is Raquel Regalado and it shows. The vastness of her knowledge about Miami Dade County was astounding. She talked about her vision for transportation, preserving the UDB line, increasing high paying jobs, the Value Adjustment Board, and even a lot of stuff way over my head -- but I nodded politely while stuffing bread pudding in my mouth.
It was an enjoyable lunch and I had great company to share it with, a little girl now all grown up and a member of the School Board, with aspirations to be a woman in politics to make a broad difference for the entire community. Thank you Janet Reno for telling little Raquel what could be...
(There are reports that Raquel will run for Mayor of the City of Miami or Mayor of Miami Dade County, but not from me...yet. Also see October 7th blog)