In 1950s Southern California, Hispanic school children often suffered the indignity of having their names anglicized (Ramon became Raymond, Maria became Mary). The humorous short animation “Facundo The Great” recounts the true tale of a boy whose name proved impossible for his school teachers to anglicize. The animation was created by Rauch Brothers Animation for StoryCorps, an oral history preservation project.
Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez was raised in a small farming community in southern California in the 1950s. As was common practice at that time, teachers at his local elementary school Anglicized the Mexican American students’ names. Here, Chunky remembers a new classmate who proved to be the exception to the rule.