"Voices" are brief capsules collected during our fieldwork among descendants of Spanish immigrants in the US.
"He, he was a cook, you know. And, when he got here, I mean I really don’t know how, you know, how he started working, but, uh, he worked at the Jai Alai. You know, I only knew my father as working at the Jai Alai, uh, which was not too far from here. And, uh, as a child I remember, when I was four or five, going with him to the restaurant, he would take me to the fish store, uh, where he would get the fish for the restaurant. But, he was always the cook there, you know, and then he became the chef, and he would have other, you know, guys who helped him, who were first and second cocineros. He was the first cocinero. I remember Victor Canales; he was, uh, the assistant chef. And, then I remember another man, uh, whom I liked very much because he was the youngest of the three. His name was Ramonín, I don’t remember his last name, but he would always, you know, joke with me and, you know, what you remember when you’re a kid. I didn’t know Valentín Aguirre. I only knew Valentín Aguirre as my father’s employer. Uh, when I would go to the restaurant, I knew them men he worked with. You know, we didn’t socialize with Valentín Aguirre, you know— we lived in Brooklyn, we didn’t live in Manhattan. My father was an employee."