Listening To This Story Of A Mexican Immigrant Dad Securing His Son’s Future Will Make You Ugly Cry With Joy

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“Your mom and I will do whatever needs to be done.”

In 1942, 6-year-old Francisco Preciado’s family moved from Mexico to the U.S. because of the Bracero program. Preciado grew up wanting to be a teacher, but financial obligations forced him to drop out of college. He ended up being a groundskeeper at Stanford University. But having to give up on his dream forced Preciado to make sure that the same thing didn’t happen to his son, Frankie. Many years later, Frankie ended up graduating from Stanford, the very same school whose lawns were manicured by his father. Unsurprisingly, his dad was a huge reason why.

The Preciados’ beautiful story was recorded by StoryCorps. You can listen to the whole thing above. We dare you to listen and not cry.

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Singer Who Helped Put Tejano Music On The Map Has Passed Away


Singer Who Helped Put Tejano Music On The Map Has Passed Away

Emilio Navaira, the Tejano music legend who, along with Selena, helped catapult Tejano music to the mainstream, has died. After being found unconscious by family members on Monday, the 53-year-old was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, but an autopsy has yet to be performed.

Navaira will be remembered for helping put Tejano music on the map. “He was the male to Tejano music what Selena was as the female to Tejano music,” San Antonio disc jockey Randy Carroll told Reuters.

Friends and fans of Navaira took to social media to express their condolences.

Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, sent a message to Navaira’s family.

A.B. Quintanilla also posted a message to his fans.

Some shared old photos, like this shot of Navaira with Selena.


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Other shared personal photos of the moment they met Navaira.


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Chingo Bling kept it short and sweet.

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Some fans recalled memories of hearing his music at family gatherings.

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And dancing to Navaira’s music with family.

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Texas-based radio DJ Michelle Rodriguez shared one of her favorite dance moves.

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And this fan shared a memory that’ll hit close to home.


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Watch Emilio Navaira and Selena perform together at the Tejano Music Awards:


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