Excellence in Journalism ’17 may be over, but there is one night that a couple of dozen journalists are treasuring, after being treated to history, culture and poetry from a legendary newsman. Retired TV reporter Rigo Chacon gave a memorable toast before this crowd, as he strolled down memory lane.
It’s been several years since Chacon, the Emmy-award winning retired journalist attended a conference with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, which was part of EIJ 2017 this year. In 2007, Chacon was inducted into the NAHJ Hall of Fame and recognized for his reporting career in San Francisco and his commitment to improving the Latino community. But now that he was in Anaheim, he had a surprise to share on the night traditionally known as the “Tejano Party”.
Usually the gathering of journalists from the conference will get together in a suite, hosted by a Texas delegation of NAHJ members. It’s been happening for decades. However, long ago, there was a toast, a brindis in Spanish, that was given in the wee hours of the morning, according to longtime NAHJ member and Corpus Christi Meteorologist Maclovio Perez.
The toast among friends, El Brindis del Bohemio, Perez says, was given by Chacon.
And now Chacon showed journalists in 2017, most who have never experienced this brindis at the conference, a glimpse into the Tejano party’s early traditions.