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1889 March 18 – BIRTH OF HECTOR BLOMBERG

Poet, Writer, Journalist (Pisces) – he flung open the door, rushed in and started grabbing  a few clothes,“where are you going son” his mother asked worriedly,“to Norway” he responded…that afternoon while walking the waterfront, deep in thought, he had suddenly stopped in front of a massive ship and had been seized by an inexplicable urge, “the ship leaves at 12 noon” the sailor on guard had told him…Hector Blomberg was gone for two years during which he visited far away lands and exotic ports of call; he returned with a suitcase full of poems…at the age of seventeen he had received his first recognition, a gold medal for his poem “Ode To Spain”…in time he would become one of Argentina’s great men of letters leaving behind an extensive collection of poetry books, historical novels, plays, newspaper articles, children’s books and several immortal tangos…being fluent in German and English he even found time to translate noted writers in those languages

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He was born in the neighborhood of Montserrat in Buenos Aires; his mother, originally from Paraguay, was herself a writer and a translator…his father was an engineer and a descendant of a long line of Norwegian sailors from whom he fell heir to his passion for the sea and for travel…sometime in the late 1920s he was introduced to singer Ignacio Corsini with whom a lifelong friendship would flourish…in collaboration with guitarist Enrique Maciel they would author a waltz “La Pulpera de Santa Lucia” which was a great hit and would launch a renowned career for Corsini; the three would collaborate on a number of other successful tango like “El Adios de Gabino Ezeiza” and “La Que Morio en Paris”…”La Pulpera de Santa Lucia” was originally on of Hector’s historical novels which continues in circulation to our very day as a collector’s item at prices many times its original cost…the kind of person Hector was, revealed itself in 1920 in a poetry contest; when it came to his attention that he would be awarded first prize, he argued with the jury that the second place designee’s entry was better than his  and really deserving of first place and in fact the order of the awards was changed

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1906, September 6 – BIRTH OF DORA DAVIS

Shy, coy Emma Gallardo admired Betty Davis; she had just seen her in “The Man Who Played God” which premiered in 1932 and was the film which launched Davis’s fame…a few months later when fame and fortune were inadvertently thrust on Emma; she chose the stage name of “Dora Davis”…one day, Emma’s sister-in-law had asked her to accompany her to an audition at a local radio station…while there, Emma unexpectedly found her self auditioning her voice…to her surprise she and not the sister-in-law were hired…this was to lead to a 12 year-long relationship with Radio Belgrano…her voice and as well as her cheerful, sunny disposition were to make her a darling with the radio audiences…in fact in a poll conducted by Sintonia Magazine, she was rate along with Libertad Lamarque and Amanda Ledesma, as the most popular female singers…Dora Davis (Virgo) was born in the neighborhood of Monteserrat and quit school early to work…her father love to sing and he encouraged a similar interest in his beloved daughter…

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She married Eduardo Regard a magazine owner and club director and had resigned herself to her roll as a wife and a mother when fate intervened…she had the distinction, on March 31, 1944, along with Eva Peron of appearing on Argentina’s first television broadcast…she would appear on two films; the acclaimed “Idolos De La Radio” on which she sang the walz “La Tapera” and “Alma De Bandoneon” on which she sings Discepolo’s “Mis Suenos”…Dorita endeared herself to a grateful public for having organized a special event to honor the legendary Azucena Maizani, “The Queen of Tango”….however, shy Dorita was never really comfortable in the glitter of show business and following a radio interview in 1946 she chose to recede from the public eye and was forgotten for 30 years…in 1972 at the age of 66 she returned to the stage for one final performance to enthusiastic applause and ecstatic reviews…she would recall in her waning years, with deep nostalgia, the early years when chauffeured by her brother, her mother in the back seat would give last-minute encouragement as they raced from home to the radio station and then to publicity appointments afterwards

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