About the Book
This is a book about a little boy whose thyroid problem that put his life a risk in 1965 that was discovered by the Head Start health check by a doctor in Santa Maria, as part of the Office of Economic Opportunity program started by Lady Bird Johnson in 1965. Fifty years have passed, Pancho who's name is actually Frank Mansera was named the Cover Boy for the program after his picture by the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune news photographer Jim W Vestal, that was selected by the OEO staff. A movie was done by Robert Sharpe for OEO in 1966, and on March 13, 1967 his teacher, doctor, and support crew at Nipomo, California, were all invited to the Lyndon B. Johnson White House to celebrate Lady Bird's new wonderful program that took care of thousands of children in the United States in the new pre-school program. This book brings us up to what has happened to Pancho, how his family grew, telling a positive story about a nation wide program. The question is, Frank, his wife and kids have been invited back to the various Presidents Head Start birthdays over some 10-year anniversaries, so now at the 50th, will that happen at the half-century anniversary?
I was a news photographer and picture editor for seven newspapers, and member of the National Press Photographers Assc. since 1956. A Life Member of the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, after being the Picture Editor at The Sacramento (CA) Union (1968-89), New York Newsday (1989-94), and Contra Costa Times (1994-96) when I retired after 40-years in the newspaper business - starting as a shooter since 1956. I'm retired but still shoot and actively travel today for my own interest. The assorted blurb.com books have turned out to be a way to gather many of my images for nice and simple presentations.