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It Took 71 Years To Graduate High School, But These Latino BFFs Had A Great Reason

Three friends who dropped out of Lincoln High School in Los Angeles to serve in World War II have waited seven decades for the moment they could finally call themselves graduates. The emotional ceremony marked another shared milestone for lifelong pals Julian Lopez, Tony Romero and Lupe Malacate. http://4.nbcla.com/ehshErP

Posted by NBC LA on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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You are never too old to finish what you started!


Three besties are finally graduating high school… after 71 years! Julian Lopez, 90, Tony Romero, 88, and Lupe Malacate, 89, are all World War II veterans that had to abandon their dreams of becoming high school graduates when they were drafted for the war in 1944. Before being deployed for the war, Julian Lopez married his high school sweetheart, Henrietta. She too had to drop out of school — in those days, you were not allowed to be married and in school at the same time. Connie Miranda, the daughter of Julian and Henrietta, talked to the Los Angeles Unified School District to allow the three friends, along with Henrietta, to graduate.

“I believe that anybody who served their country is entitled to all the benefits,” Miranda told NBC LA. “I think I might cry when I see them walk across the stage to get their diplomas.”

Now, after more than 70 years and a year and half spent in talks with the LAUSD, all four seniors (pun fully intended ?) have walked across the stage at Abraham Lincoln High School. It goes to show you that you are never too old to go for your dreams. But, why graduate now?

“So we can go to college,” Julian told NBC LA while laughing. “I’m looking for a job!”


(H/T: NBC LA)


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Meet The Hardcore Mexico Soccer Fan Who You've Probably Seen On TV

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Meet The Hardcore Mexico Soccer Fan Who You’ve Probably Seen On TV

Meet Hector Chavez. Look familiar?

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Sorta? How about now?

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If you watch fútbol, especially the Mexican national team, you’re definitely familiar with Chavez.


That’s right, Chavez — better known as “El Caramelo” — is a Mexican soccer super fan who has attended hundreds of Mexico matches.

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Chavez, whose obsession began at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, has traveled to more than 100 cities and 30 countries to support the Mexican national team.


You can easily spot him by his signature gear. A black charro hat featuring his nickname…


And a Mexican flag emblazoned with the name of his hometown: Chihuahua.

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Chavez said he’s got a simple reason for going to so many matches: he’s proud of his people.

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“I believe in my country. I believe in Mexicans,” he once told Univision.


He’s become such a ubiquitous figure that Mexico’s national team has actually given him tickets to attend matches.

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Chavez told Univision that on some occasions, the Mexican national team will hook him up with seats when its players have left over tickets.


When he doesn’t have a ticket for an important match, Chavez has a go-to routine to score tickets on gameday.

Chavez says he waits outside the stadium about 10 minutes before the national anthems play, because scalpers want to get rid of their tickets and are willing to drop their prices.


All of this begs the question: What does El Caramelo do for a living?

According to Mexican journalist Luis Froylan Castañe, Chavez owns several businesses — one of them involves jewelry and another involves parking lot rentals.


And according to Chavez, his wife is totally cool with his hobby.


So next time you’re watching a Mexico game on TV, look closely and you may find El Caramelo in the crowd, cheering on El Tri.

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READ: Here’s Why Rob Schneider Loves Mexican Soccer So Much

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