THUMBS DOWN! END OF AN ERA
After more than a century in business, Parisian Cleaners is closing its doors for good, and that’s sad news for our community. Owner Charlie Vigil, who began working at the dry-cleaning business 62 years ago, says he has been losing roughly $1,000 a month for the last six months. Besides, he’s 84 years old and says it’s time for him to retire. We hate to see the business close, but there’s no question that Mr. Vigil deserves to rest now.
THUMBS UP! A LIFE WELL LIVED
In this day and age where former child stars seem destined for a life of ruin, it’s hard to imagine that there was ever a time when that wasn’t the case. But there was. Just take a look at the life of Shirley Temple Black. As a child, she brought joy into so many people’s lives at a time when the world was falling apart. Indeed, she was this country’s top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938. But her mother, Gertrude, worked to keep her daughter from being spoiled by fame. And it worked. As an adult, she raised a family and even became an ambassador. She died Monday at the age of 85, but she leaves a huge legacy behind.
THUMBS UP! CLOSER TO HOME
Speaking of a life well lived, Manuelita “Macie” Dominguez Rogers died last week after battling cancer. Macie Rogers, as most people knew her, was a remarkable woman in her own right. When her father died in 1966, she stepped in and helped her mother run the family business, El Alto Supper Club, and she also helped raise her six siblings. She eventually became a personnel manager at Kmart. When the store closed, she went to work for San Miguel County and then for the 4th Judicial District. She rose through the ranks, eventually becoming court administrator. She retired in 2005 due to her poor health. Even more impressive than those accomplishments was her reputation as a person who was always trying to help people in need.
AND WE QUOTE
“I guess it is just time for me to do nothing and retire. I just want to enjoy the years I have left. I can live to 100 or just two more years. I am just tired of working. I’ve been working since I was 10 years old, and I think I have paid my dues.”
— Parisian Dry Cleaners owner Charlie Vigil about his decision to close his shop.