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Tag Archives: Joe Melendrez

My Father’s Spirit

When my brother Rick, who lives in El Paso, visits San Antonio, we always take a walk in the neighborhood where we grew up.
The building where my father’s small barbershop was located still stands at the corner of Nolan & […]

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Why I Carry 31 Cents In My Pocket Every Day

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

Each morning, as my father would drop me off in front of St. Michael’s School in San Antonio, Texas, he would give me 31 cents from his pocket […]

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908 1/2 Nolan St. ~ A Tribute to My Dad

My dad, the late Joe A. Melendrez, Sr., was a barber who probably never made more than $600 in a single month, and yet he was able to support his family and send his boys to a private Catholic school. […]

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The Smartest Man I’ve Ever Known

I was 9 years old when my dad taught me to shine shoes in his small two seat barber shop located at the corner of Nolan and Pine streets in San Antonio. From the brushing, to the saddle soap, to […]

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