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Alejandro reminisces about Jerry Cattouse

Dear Editor,

In the From the Publisher column of November 22, 2019, Hyde refers to an Amandala article (Aug. 25/81) about Gerald Cattouse, the eldest son of Minister Albert Cattouse, the right hand of George Price in the 50’s and 60’s.

I knew Jerry Cattouse when he had Jerry’s Tours in the 7th St. Zone-1 in Guatemala City.

We used to palaver together and drink coffee. Jerry used to help people, especially Belizeans.

I remember that in 1963 Lord Rhaburn went to cut a record (33 rpm) in Guatemala, because Belize did not yet have the technology of printing records (45 and 33rpms). Lord Rhaburn made a long-play which included “Bud Bank Wedding,’” and Belize went raves for that song!

Jerry also had a rent-a-car facility. One day I carried (I used to rent Jerry’s cars) my mother.

RIP, and my sister Emelia, and nephew Oscar to Esquipulas.

Gerald Cattouse was also employed as a bi-lingual guide by the Government of Guatemala and was the official guide to US. President Richard M. Nixon when the US president travelled through Guatemala.

I was shocked to learn in later years that Jerry was shot by robbers!

Alejandro Vernon, JP.

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