Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 | 2:05 p.m.
Las Vegas truly is the Entertainment Capital of the World. It's amazing when you discover someone like Bob Flanigan, one of the original members of the Four Freshmen, living here.
As an entertainment writer here, I tend to take this for granted -- at least until I get an e-mail like this one from Las Vegas Sun reader Miguel de la Uz, who lives in Cuba but was on a worldwide tour when he saw my article about one of his favorite groups, The Four Freshmen:
"I just read your article about the (magical) Four Freshmen and I took the inspiration to send you this that I just wrote, about the reasons for my deep admiration (for) The Freshmen. I’ll be (grateful) if you can send (this mail to them)." (Editor's note: We did)
"I adore The Four Freshmen since the first time I hear them, about 1955 in Havana, Cuba. I was (a) member of a non-professional vocal quarter and it was amazing for me when I listened to that marvelous group. I was only 16 or 17 years old. I became ... A deep fanatic of the group and I got the opportunity to buy eight LPs of the group during the years.
"In 1960 I became a member of a professional vocal quartet named Los Modernistas. During the 33 years which I performed I performed in TV shows and many different places and countries. In Cuba there were many vocal quartets and many of them became fanatics of The Four Freshmen.
"(For) 13 years I (have been a) member of an instrumental-vocal quintet, performing at this moment in Thailand, but I live in Cuba and next March we go back home.
"I'm writing this mail only to say to you that I enjoy a lot knowing that there is an association of Four Freshmen fanatics. I can’t be one of you but I’d like you to know that The Four Freshmen they are the best of all time, my preferred one of many vocal quartets in my country.
"Once I return to Cuba I will not have internet connection there. Every year I’m the organizer of a convention with all members of old and new vocal quartets in Cuba and I’ve written a book about this history in Cuba and for sure I’ll mention The Four Freshmen and how deep is our admiration for the quartet.
"Sorry because my English is not so good, but my soul is all with The Freshmen."
Miguel de la Uz