Yesterday’s post featured the October 14, 2010 cover of Chile irreverent weekly news The Clinic, which appeared shortly after the successful rescue of “Los 33,” the miners trapped in the San José Mine. There were 10 faces on that cover, and I left you with a challenge–a test of your knowledge of Chile’s current events. How many of those people could you identify?
If you haven’t read the original piece yet, go take a look now: Language Play & Politics a la Chilensis.
And now, as promised, here are the answers:
1- An as-yet unidentified model… Anyone know?
2- Leonardo Farkas, golden-locked, flashy-dressing Chilean businessman with a fortune in mines, former US night-club circuit entertainer, extravagantly over-the-top philanthropist. The day after they were discovered alive, he gave $5 million Chilean pesos (roughly $10,000 USD) to each of the miners’ families and then threw them a huge party shortly after they were rescued during which he gave away more money, a house, and accepted to become the godfather of one of the miners’ babies. See also “Farkas Mania.”
3- Miguel “Negro” Piñera, black-capped night club owner, quasi-musician, and member of the darker side of Chile’s jet set–oh yeah, and brother of the president to boot. (FYI, in case you were wondering, “Negro,” which means black in Spanish, is a common nickname and even term of endearment here in Chile.)
4. Senator Baldo Prokurica, Represents the Renovación Nacional (right-wing) party in Atacama region, where the mine is located.
5. Jaime Mañalich, Chilean Health Minister.
6. Mario Kreutzberger, better known as “Don Francisco,” a popular Chilean TV personality who created and has hosted the famous variety show Sábado Gigante (now based in Miami) since 1962. He also hosts the Teletón (yes, that’s Telethon, just like the old Jerry Lewis version) to benefit children.
7. Senator Isabel Allende, no, not the author. This one is the daughter of former President Salvador Allende and represents the Socialist party in the Atacama Region (note she is positioned next to her right-wing counterpart in the photo).
8. Laurence Golborne, Minister of Mining. He was both highly praised and harshly criticized for his actions during the entire efforts to save the 33 trapped miners.
9. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, he too took a lot of flack (and earned a lot of praise) for his participation in the rescue effort. He was standing by to personally greet and hug each miner as they rose, one by one, to the top. Some criticized him for having too much presence, others congratulated him for being so involved. Compare this to Bush’s involvement in the Katrina disaster people… ’nuff said!
10. Amaro Gómez-Pablos, Spanish-Chilean newscaster for TVN’s “24 Horas” program, criticized for talking too much during the broadcast.