Álvaro Romero Ferreiro discusses (in Spanish) Francisco Franco’s love for Catalonia, as reflected in the considerable time he personally spent in that region, the great attention his regime devoted to Catalonia, and his regime’s many accomplishments there. To give you an idea of these accomplishments, allow me to translate one brief excerpt from the article into English:
“The creation of SEAT (a Spanish car manufacturer based in Catalonia), the international Ondas de Cataluña entertainment awards, the Barcelona Sports Palace, the organization of the second Mediterranean Olympic games, the creation of the Chair of Spanish American studies at the University of Barcelona, the Valle de Hebrón Hospital (to this day one of the crown jewels of the Spanish healthcare system, albeit considerably deteriorated since the transfer of jurisdiction over healthcare from the national level to the local level), the construction of 4,020 houses for homeowners plus an additional 225 dwellings for SEAT autoworkers (living in some of these houses today are no doubt separatists yearning for the Catalan Republic), the organization of an international trade fair, the Universidad Laboral de Tarragona…”
On another note, it’s been a while since we last featured a cartoon-related post on this blog. One is coming soon, but in the meantime, Thad Komorowski — a freelance cartoon restoration artist and a dialoguer for IDW’s line of Disney comic books — recently shared a fascinating magazine article from 1952 about the UPA animation studio (perhaps best known for Mr. Magoo). What I really enjoyed about the article is its in-depth discussion of the process by which cartoons were made during the twentieth century. Being a cartoon geek (why else would I talk about cartoons on my blog?), I previously was familiar with many of the stages of making an animated cartoon, but this article clearly laid out for me something I did not fully understand before: the exact order of the steps in the process and how they relate to one another. Check it out.