Documentary Novel/ Biography/ Memoir
Since 2010, I have been dedicated to researching and locating the families of the victims of all 32 passengers killed in the famous 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon. My first installment of this narrative was All They Will Call You, published in 2017 by the University of Arizona Press. I am currently working on book two of the series, and aim to complete it by summer of 2021, at which time I will begin seeking publication.
This project centers around the famous 1948 plane crash in Los Gatos Canyon, Fresno County, which took the lives of 32 passengers, 28 who were “Mexican Nationals.” This is the same crash made famous by Woody Guthrie and Martin Hoffman, in the song “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (The Deportee Song),” which has been recorded by musicians such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger. You can listen to the version that my good friend Lance Canales recorded, and the incredible video which features me reading the names in the background here.
In the past decade I have accumulated hundreds of records, files, testimonies, documents, photographs, and ephemera of this single incident. As of my book’s publication in 2017, I had located the families of seven of the passengers, and since then I have located five more. My search continues… Please check back here for updated info.
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