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La Plaza; Vaquero: The Forgotten Cowboy


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La Plaza
Vaquero: The Forgotten Cowboy
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

The unsung hero of the American West - the Mexican-American vaquero, descendant of America's first cowboy

The unsung hero of the American West is the Mexican American “Vaquero”, literally translated as “cowboy” in the Spanish language. Today, there are only a handful of these descendant of America’s first cowboys since a rapidly changing industry has quickly made this lifestyle obsolete. Shot on location in South Texas, this documentary produced by Hector Galan pays tribute to a breed of men that history has overlooked as it focuses on the present days lives of the proud men who continue to trade from an era gone by.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Vaquero: The Forgotten Cowboy,” 12/31/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E9BBDEEFD41240ADB30D54B60A67F0D8.
MLA: “La Plaza; Vaquero: The Forgotten Cowboy.” 12/31/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E9BBDEEFD41240ADB30D54B60A67F0D8>.
APA: La Plaza; Vaquero: The Forgotten Cowboy. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E9BBDEEFD41240ADB30D54B60A67F0D8
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