Woody Guthrie http://kvpr.org en New Memorial Gives 'Deportees' Their Names http://kvpr.org/post/new-memorial-gives-deportees-their-names <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1948, a plane chartered by the U.S. Immigration Service crashed in Los Gatos Canyon, near </span>Coalinga<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Everyone on board died. Immediate news reports named the flight crew and an immigration officer, but referred to the passengers as “28 Mexican deportees.” The crash was immortalized by folk singer Woody Guthrie, who wrote a poem about the tragedy, and assigned symbolic names to the Mexican nationals. On Monday morning, those passengers were formally named and recognized.</span></p><p>---</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:44:12 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 20980 at http://kvpr.org New Memorial Gives 'Deportees' Their Names The People Behind Guthrie's 'Deportee' Verses http://kvpr.org/post/people-behind-guthries-deportee-verses Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>We want to turn, now, to a current effort to address a decades-old tragedy. In 1948, a U.S. Immigration Service plane carrying undocumented immigrants from California to Mexico, crashed. All 32 people onboard were killed. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:28:28 +0000 editor 12820 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: 'Deportee' Plane Crash; Working Past Retirement; Fresno Food Expo http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-deportee-plane-crash-working-past-retirement-fresno-food-expo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on Valley Edition we look into an airplane disaster that took place in the hills near </span>Coalinga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 65 years ago. The accident grabbed national headlines and even inspired a song by Woody Guthrie titled </span><a href="http://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Plane_Wreck_At_Los_Gatos.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">'Deportee.'</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Valley Public Radio reporter Rebecca </span>Plevin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explores the tragedy with the help of local author </span><a href="http://timzhernandez.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tim Z. Hernandez</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his quest to ensure that those who died in the crash are not forgotten. Hernandez, along with the Fresno Diocese and Holy Cross Cemetery are working together to erect a memorial headstone with the full names of all 28 passengers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:20:42 +0000 Juanita Stevenson, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 11696 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: 'Deportee' Plane Crash; Working Past Retirement; Fresno Food Expo Coalinga 'Deportee' Plane Crash Sparks Search, 65 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/coalinga-deportee-plane-crash-sparks-search-65-years-later <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author </span><a href="http://timzhernandez.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tim Z. Hernandez </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was digging through old newspapers at the Fresno County library when a dramatic headline from the late </span>1940s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> captured his attention.</span></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:07:32 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 11651 at http://kvpr.org Coalinga 'Deportee' Plane Crash Sparks Search, 65 Years Later