Thanks For The Memories
By Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez
It is with a sad but grateful heart that I advise our wonderful readers and writers that because of eyesight problems, I must bring my 25-year tenure as the Ojo’s editor to a close. It has been a joyous ride, made possible by Richard and David Tingen, to both of whom I extend my deepest gratitude for their professional support, as well as their friendship. I also want to thank Victoria Schmidt, my close associate and friend, who will now take over the editorial reins of the Ojo. She has long been my trusted associate, both at the Ojo and with the Ajijic Writers’ Group, and prior to coming to Lakeside was a lady with many and extensive professional accomplishments. Finally, I want to thank Roberto Rojas, the Ojo’s production designer, for his unstinting professional support and unflagging friendship.
In this deeply troubling worldwide moment, I’ll close by wishing our beloved little community the best of luck.
This is where I get to say hello in my new capacity as the editor-in-chief of El Ojo del Lago. I am both honored and humbled that Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez and David Tingen have entrusted me with what has become the go-to magazine for Lakeside’s old-timers and newcomers alike, and will do my best to guide this publication in a similar manner as Alex has for the past 25 years. In addition to writing for the Ojo for the past 13 years, my background includes editing a publication which won a national award, and prior to that I acted as editor or was on the editorial staff of three other publications. I also worked as a speechwriter for several individuals who held state offices in their corporations in Minnesota.
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Wrote/directed first movie about Mexican-Americans, Only Once in a Lifetime-- Recently purchased with another film of his, No Return Address, by Turner Classic Movies. Lifetime premiered at the Kennedy Center in Wash., D.C. —1979. Awarded Governor’s (California) Commendation—1980. Special Award of Appreciation from the National Association of Mexican-American Educators—1981. Wrote 23 film scripts, nine of which were either sold or optioned, some repeatedly.
Established Ajijic Writers Group in 1988. Wrote seven novels, three of which were at one time in 1400 libraries in the U.S., Canada, England and Ireland. Best Screenplay Award—Mexican International Film Festival—1999. Award of Appreciation from Ninos Incapacitados—2007. Biography appeared in Who’s Who in Mexico—2007. Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 —Lakeside Community Awards Committee. Winner of IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in 2014 for historical novel The Dark Side of the Dream. Editor-in-Chief of El Ojo del Lago for past 25 years.
Grattan’s seven novels, as well as his collection of articles, short stories and film/ literary/political commentaries are all in the Local Author’s Section of the LCS Library.
The last motion picture Grattan wrote and directed, Only Once in a Lifetime, is now in the LCS Video Library.