Friday, January 18, 2008
Today we feature a photograph of Pancho Villa. Pancho Villa has always been somewhat of an enigma to me. Primarily remembered as a bandit, he was in fact a populist revolutionary fighting for the people, against Mexican Dictators such as Diaz. He was the only military leader to invade the mainland of the United States in the 1900's. In 1916 he crossed the border and led a raid on Columbus, New Mexico. In response, the US sent General John Pershing into Mexico to track the man down. After two years, Pershing gave up, unable to find Villa. Pancho Villa is said to have had the habit of having an ice cream cone before executing his enemies. Eventually, he was assassinated by his own associates. His last words . . . "don't let it end like this, tell them I said something good." What I find interesting about him is that in all the picture I find of him, he has an interesting twinkle in his eye.