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A lock of socialist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's hair and related items were auctioned on Thursday in Dallas to a Houston-area bookstore owner for the very capitalist sum of $119,500 (52,000 pounds).

 

The curious collection had belonged to Gustavo Villoldo, 71, a former CIA operative who helped hunt Guevara down in the jungles of Bolivia in 1967 and who claims he cut off the lock before burying the guerrilla fighter with two of his comrades.

 

Ernesto "Che" Guevara is probably everybody's revolutionary hero. He was our hero when as students thumbing through news magazines we set our eyes for the first time on this dashingly handsome-determined-angelic face with a well-fitting beret marked with a lone star.

 

40 years after Che Guevara’s assassination, the son of his executioner, soldier Mario Terán, thanked Cuban Operation Miracle doctors, Fidel’s army of white coats, in the Bolivian newspaper El Deber, for restoring his aging father’s eyesight.

 

Mario Terán was the noncommissioned officer who, in the small schoolhouse of La Higuera, Bolivia, shot the wounded Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, captured the day before, October 8, 1967.

 

The real perpetuators of this crime, United States CIA agents Joaquín Sanjeniz and Félix Rodríguez Mendigutía, chief and second in command, respectively, of the sinister CIA Operation 40, two former members of the 2506 Brigade that invaded Cuba in 1961, were at the forefront of the manhunt organized by the ‘Company,’ which provided the strategy, tactics, resources, technology and know-how for the operation against Che.

 

Obviously, in such circumstances, if not the order, at least the approval of the execution was the responsibility of the CIA and of those at the highest levels of government in Washington.

 

The operation against Che was the CIA’s main objective that year. The very latest photographic technology was installed in U2 aircraft, night vision infrared sensors capable of functioning from heights never before possible, detecting not only light but also heat from a radio, a motor, an oven or water boiling, even underground. In their long march through the jungle, the guerrilla fighters left a trail of heat that was detected and contributed to their discovery.

 

Terán was able to regain his eyesight, because he did not have to pay a cent for the surgery performed by Cuban doctors in a hospital donated by Cuba and, significantly, inaugurated by President Evo Morales in Santa Cruz.

 

The magnitude and importance of the crusade to rescue the health of the earth’s condemned by Fidel, and seconded by Chávez, is difficult to imagine; it is very difficult to conceive of such altruism. Many decades will come and go before its full relevance is understood.

 

Cuba’s contribution – training doctors to serve the most neglected layers of the world’s population, including students from the United States – is truly immeasurable. While future physicians and technicians acquire the knowledge in Cuba to take on this task in their own countries, Cuban health professionals offer their collaboration wherever humanitarian efforts are needed, at a level unprecedented in the world today or in history.

 

Cuban doctors and paramedics have treated the disinherited for many long years, since 1963, in cities, remote villages and disaster zones throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Many are the health workers the world over who value and thank Cuba for the human and professional training they received on Cuban soil.

 

Natercia Paulina Simba is a good example. Now 33 years old, a medical doctor and obstetrics-gynecology specialist, Simba arrived in Cuba in 1990 as a girl of 15. She spent 15 years in Cuba, learned Spanish, completed her secondary studies and after graduating, attended the Higher Institute of Medical Science in Camagüey. After finishing her studies, she visited her country for a one-month vacation and returned to Cuba to pursue her specialty.

 

30,000 CUBAN DOCTORS TREAT 60 MILLION PEOPLE

 

This small and underdeveloped island nation maintains cooperative agreements within many sectors with 155 countries; more than 42,000 professionals and technicians are offering their services in 102 nations. Currently 53,000 young people from 89 countries are being trained in and outside of Cuba. The majority of the cooperative efforts being undertaken are related to health needs. More than 30,000 doctors and health technicians are working in 71 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Cuban doctors provide medical attention to 60 million people around the world, offering services never before available in some of the most remote areas of these countries. With Cuban help, 300 million people have been treated, two million surgeries performed and nine million children vaccinated. Thirty ophthalmological centers have been built in eight Latin American and Caribbean nations. Operation Miracle, in cooperation with Venezuela, has returned their sight to thousands, and approximately 600,000 patients have benefited from surgery using the latest technology. Just recently this miracle has been extended to Africa.

 

This last academic year, 2006-2007, more than 8,800 new health professionals received their degrees in Cuba, close to 1,800 from outside the country, in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Health Technology. This year’s graduating class was the third from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and included eight students from the United States.

 

The students make an initial commitment to offer their services wherever they are most needed by poor communities such as those from which the majority of the graduates come.

 

President Bush would like to weaken this effort with a program to attract members of these communities with promises of riches.

 

But no one can stop this army of 30,000 white coats, powerful, because of their altruism, prototype of the new human being Che dreamed of, reproduced through the force of ideas and a sense of independence; not blossoming in heaven but rather on earth. While Bush reacts to attacks by demanding a life for every tooth, with 300,000 human beings massacred in Iraq, the followers of Fidel forgive and cure, in the name of Che.

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Historic Che Guevara Archive, Including a Lock of His Hair, from the CIA Agent Who Supervised Che's Burial, including finger... (Total: 1 Item)

 

Buyer's Premium: 19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9.00 per lot)

Auction Name: 2007 October Grand Format Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction #675

Description: An historic rare book and manuscript auction that includes documents from the Henry E. Luhrs Collection and will feature some of the finest signatures from American Presidents, Declaration Signers, and Revolutionary War notables available in decades. In addition, we will be offering a premium selection of rare signed books & first editions, as well as Revolutionary War-era imprints, science fiction, and a fine group of books with fore-edge paintings.

Auction Type: Grand Format (The floor auction is being held in Dallas, TX on October 25-26, 2007. Online bidding ends at 10:00PM CT the night before the floor session for this lot. Your secret maximum bid will compete for you during the floor auction, and it is possible that you may be outbid on the floor after internet bidding closes.)

 

Tom Slater is one of the nation's best-known experts and auctioneers of historical and popular culture Americana, Tom began his career as a pre-teen in early 1960s Pittsburgh, where he owned and operated half-interest in a retail coin store. Beginning in the 1970s, he published nationally distributed auction catalogs, specializing in political campaign collectibles. A ejaculate laude graduate with a BA degree from Yale University, Tom also attended Columbia University law school. He became a full-time collectibles dealer in 1976, and operated art galleries in Los Angeles and Indianapolis throughout most of the 1980s. He ran The Political Gallery throughout most of the 1990s, which evolved into Slater's Americana. In 2004, Tom joined Heritage Galleries in order to reach an even broader collecting audience. His primary personal collection today is museum-quality African tribal art.

 

Heritage is located 40 minutes from DFW Airport and 20 Minutes from Love Field on Maple Avenue. Nearest intersection is Oak Lawn and Maple. Land Marks Scottish Rite Hospital - Reverchon Park.

 

Taxis to the office are available at DFW ($45-$55) and Love Field ($20-$30) airports at the front exits.

 

Limo Service

 

Carey Limo - (214) 638-4828

 

The cost from DFW Airport or Love Field to Heritage is approximately $61.00.

 

From the office:

 

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And the left wing is out in full bloom. And history repeats itself again. Karl is there a point to your post?

 

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A lock of socialist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's hair and related items were auctioned on Thursday in Dallas to a Houston-area bookstore owner for the very capitalist sum of $119,500 (52,000 pounds).

 

The curious collection had belonged to Gustavo Villoldo, 71, a former CIA operative who helped hunt Guevara down in the jungles of Bolivia in 1967 and who claims he cut off the lock before burying the guerrilla fighter with two of his comrades.

 

Ernesto "Che" Guevara is probably everybody's revolutionary hero. He was our hero when as students thumbing through news magazines we set our eyes for the first time on this dashingly handsome-determined-angelic face with a well-fitting beret marked with a lone star.

 

40 years after Che Guevara’s assassination, the son of his executioner, soldier Mario Terán, thanked Cuban Operation Miracle doctors, Fidel’s army of white coats, in the Bolivian newspaper El Deber, for restoring his aging father’s eyesight.

 

Mario Terán was the noncommissioned officer who, in the small schoolhouse of La Higuera, Bolivia, shot the wounded Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, captured the day before, October 8, 1967.

 

The real perpetuators of this crime, United States CIA agents Joaquín Sanjeniz and Félix Rodríguez Mendigutía, chief and second in command, respectively, of the sinister CIA Operation 40, two former members of the 2506 Brigade that invaded Cuba in 1961, were at the forefront of the manhunt organized by the ‘Company,’ which provided the strategy, tactics, resources, technology and know-how for the operation against Che.

 

Obviously, in such circumstances, if not the order, at least the approval of the execution was the responsibility of the CIA and of those at the highest levels of government in Washington.

 

The operation against Che was the CIA’s main objective that year. The very latest photographic technology was installed in U2 aircraft, night vision infrared sensors capable of functioning from heights never before possible, detecting not only light but also heat from a radio, a motor, an oven or water boiling, even underground. In their long march through the jungle, the guerrilla fighters left a trail of heat that was detected and contributed to their discovery.

 

Terán was able to regain his eyesight, because he did not have to pay a cent for the surgery performed by Cuban doctors in a hospital donated by Cuba and, significantly, inaugurated by President Evo Morales in Santa Cruz.

 

The magnitude and importance of the crusade to rescue the health of the earth’s condemned by Fidel, and seconded by Chávez, is difficult to imagine; it is very difficult to conceive of such altruism. Many decades will come and go before its full relevance is understood.

 

Cuba’s contribution – training doctors to serve the most neglected layers of the world’s population, including students from the United States – is truly immeasurable. While future physicians and technicians acquire the knowledge in Cuba to take on this task in their own countries, Cuban health professionals offer their collaboration wherever humanitarian efforts are needed, at a level unprecedented in the world today or in history.

 

Cuban doctors and paramedics have treated the disinherited for many long years, since 1963, in cities, remote villages and disaster zones throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Many are the health workers the world over who value and thank Cuba for the human and professional training they received on Cuban soil.

 

Natercia Paulina Simba is a good example. Now 33 years old, a medical doctor and obstetrics-gynecology specialist, Simba arrived in Cuba in 1990 as a girl of 15. She spent 15 years in Cuba, learned Spanish, completed her secondary studies and after graduating, attended the Higher Institute of Medical Science in Camagüey. After finishing her studies, she visited her country for a one-month vacation and returned to Cuba to pursue her specialty.

 

30,000 CUBAN DOCTORS TREAT 60 MILLION PEOPLE

 

This small and underdeveloped island nation maintains cooperative agreements within many sectors with 155 countries; more than 42,000 professionals and technicians are offering their services in 102 nations. Currently 53,000 young people from 89 countries are being trained in and outside of Cuba. The majority of the cooperative efforts being undertaken are related to health needs. More than 30,000 doctors and health technicians are working in 71 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Cuban doctors provide medical attention to 60 million people around the world, offering services never before available in some of the most remote areas of these countries. With Cuban help, 300 million people have been treated, two million surgeries performed and nine million children vaccinated. Thirty ophthalmological centers have been built in eight Latin American and Caribbean nations. Operation Miracle, in cooperation with Venezuela, has returned their sight to thousands, and approximately 600,000 patients have benefited from surgery using the latest technology. Just recently this miracle has been extended to Africa.

 

This last academic year, 2006-2007, more than 8,800 new health professionals received their degrees in Cuba, close to 1,800 from outside the country, in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Health Technology. This year’s graduating class was the third from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and included eight students from the United States.

 

The students make an initial commitment to offer their services wherever they are most needed by poor communities such as those from which the majority of the graduates come.

 

President Bush would like to weaken this effort with a program to attract members of these communities with promises of riches.

 

But no one can stop this army of 30,000 white coats, powerful, because of their altruism, prototype of the new human being Che dreamed of, reproduced through the force of ideas and a sense of independence; not blossoming in heaven but rather on earth. While Bush reacts to attacks by demanding a life for every tooth, with 300,000 human beings massacred in Iraq, the followers of Fidel forgive and cure, in the name of Che.

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