Over 500 show up for Gustavo Arellano’s book signing

Over 500 fans of Gustavo Arellano showed up tonight for his book signing, over at the Yost Theater, in downtown Santa Ana.  We all had a great time.  Ruben Martinez (pictured above), who owns Libreria Martinez, introduced Arellano.

When Arellano strode onstage he had a large bag slung over his shoulder.  He explained that the bag was used by an Uncle of his who used to pick oranges in Orange County.  Arellano’s book is filled with such vignette’s of Orange County’s past – which is probably why he entitled it “Orange County: A Personal History.”

Arellano started out by thanking various organizations that helped him put on the event.  Then he singled out Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez and asked everyone to vote for her, for Mayor of Santa Ana.  He later mentioned that I was running for the Santa Ana City Council and he urged everyone to vote for me and get rid of Carlos “Busty” Bustamante.

Arellano also mentioned this blog in his book, referring to it as the schizophrenic, libelous Orange Juice – which is pretty accurate actually.  Arellano also mentioned the other blogs in town, the Liberal OC and Red County, but he said that the Orange Juice is the OC Weekly of the political blogs in Orange County.  High praise indeed!  Thanks for the plug Gustavo!

Arellano then read from his book, and he shared additional stories with us.  My favorite one had to do with his father, who wanted him to dress up Mexican style when he was growing up, complete with a Stetson hat.  Well, Arellano finally made a deal with his dad.  In return for his dad buying him a Sega Genesis game system, Arellano put on that hat – and the rest of the outfit.  He wore it exactly one time!

Arellano brought his family to the event and had them stand up on the stage with him.  This is America’s future, he opined. And he was right about that.  And yes, his dad had on his Stetson.

After the book signing, everyone headed to Libreria Martinez, and then to the Memphis.  It was a great night.  I bought a copy of Arellano’s new book and he signed it thusly, “Art – you kick ass – keep it up!”  Thanks Gustavo – I’ll do my best!

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