Golden Words


“The greatest thing you have is your self image, a positive opinion of yourself.

You must never let anyone take it from you.”

-Jaime Escalante, Educator

Decorative inscription at Eastside Metro Gold Line Station, 3rd Street & Mednick.

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Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697

6 thoughts on “Golden Words

  1. Maybe its just me… but I see this guy as a vendido. He was named honorary chairman and supported Ron Unz and various other Repubicans in their quest for an English only state, and to eliminate bilingual education. He was a long time supporter of Republican ideals, anti immigration, English only, the core of what put the bread and butter on his table.

    I respect him for giving these kids “ganas” to excel and for giving up his time to make sure they did. But find it confusing that his voting record did the opposite.

    Here is the full version of the quote: (which is a great, positive quote, he should have internalized it)
    “One of the greatest things you have in life is that no one has the authority to tell you what you want to be. You’re the one who’ll decide what you want to be. Respect yourself and respect the integrity of others as well. The greatest thing you have is your self image, a positive opinion of yourself. You must never let anyone take it from you.”

  2. Yup, he did the old Rethuglican-bootstrap BS switch so his quote is def tainted to me. Also I’m not a supporter of Ed J Olmos and Disney for putting American Me out there. He’s on my shit list.

  3. is it just me, or do those decorative overhead fan like things here on the Gold Line station look like giant versions of those little mirror instruments that the dentist sticks in your mouth?

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