Father of three: Hector Allen, Robert and Cristina. Married to Maribeth Bandas.
Lives in Encinitas, California
My Fine Art Photography
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Hispanic Link Legacy
When my family and I founded Hispanic Link News Service in 1983, I was the photographer/publisher and tech guy. Thirty years later, I find myself as the curator of Hispanic Link News Service archives.
The Link’s archives contain a 33-year record of Hispanic news, opinion and events, from 1980 to 2013. It is the most extensive collection of its kind, with articles authored by many of the nation’s outstanding Latino journalists, commentators, public officials, and opinion leaders.
The articles, newsletters, taped interviews and photographs may be the only inventory of news, information and opinion pieces covering a time when mainstream media avoided or simply ignored the Latino community in the United States.
The files are a history of the Latino movement written by Latinos who participated in the movement.
Maria de la Luz, Author
María de la Luz Reyes is the 8th of nine children in her family. She grew up in a close-knit family where personal toys were rare. As a child, she enjoyed outdoor play with her brothers, sisters, and friends. She played marbles, jump rope, hid ‘n seek, jacks, card games, and loteria, a Mexican bingo game where all the family could play together. María also loved school, books, coloring, and even homework! (Yuk, you say?)
Just as her mother played lotería with her children and grandchildren, Maria also plays loteria with her own children and grandchildren on holidays and visits. Given her background, it is not surprising that Maria has a passion for culturally diverse children’s books that depict characters in large families and issues of economic struggle, culture and language.
Lemon Grove Oral History Project
The Lemon Grove Oral History Project documents the story of “The Lemon Grove Incident of 1931”. This court case was the first successful school segregation challenge in the nation. The personal stories, photos, writings, experiences and recollections of living participants from the era and their direct descendants are being documented, preserved, and archived digitally through videos, recordings, and taped interviews.
The archives will be available online for libraries, college, universities and researchers.
BEAM Translations offers certified translations — from one-page birth certificates to extensive legal contracts and settlements. We also translate outreach and promotional materials, content-rich websites, news reports and studies, non-fiction books and more.
Translations by BEAM
BEAM Interpreter Training
BEAM is proud to offer interpreter training to bilingual staff, volunteers and independent contractors who work in medical, social and educational settings.
Route 78 Rotary Club