Truth Is My Sword Volume I -Collected Speeches in the Public Arena
by Bo Hi Pak
Making Newspaper History
October 1, 1984
The following remarks were made at the inaugural reception of the Los Angeles edition of Noticias del Mundo in Los Angeles on October 1, 1984.
Deputy mayor, Ms. Grace Montanez, Mr. Daniel Villanueva, director of Channel 34, and distinguished ladies and gentlemen. I want to welcome you to this truly historic event: the birth of the national edition of Noticias del Mundo. Not only does this occasion mark the debut of the first national Hispanic newspaper in U.S. history, but it is also the first time that satellite communications have been utilized in Hispanic journalism.
Four short years ago in New York on April 22, 1980, a handful of dedicated men and women realized a dream by establishing a major newspaper to serve the American Hispanic community. They sought to defend the ideals of freedom and democracy and the principles upon which this great nation was founded. That newspaper was called Noticias del Mundo.
Noticias del Mundo is published by News World Communications, Inc., which also publishes The Washington Times, in Washington, D.C., and the New York City Tribune in New York. The Washington Times launched a national edition in San Francisco earlier this year, and it now also appears in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
When Noticias del Mundo began operations in New York, our critics were certain we would follow in the footsteps of so many newspapers that had tried and failed in New York City. They gave us a mere six months. I am happy to stand here four years later and say, "Thank God they were wrong!" We said then that we were here to stay and we meant it-and that meant not just in New York but in the entire United States. Los Angeles is our first step in this great enterprise. We plan to expand to Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Texas, Washington, D.C., and all areas where there is a large concentration of Hispanics. Today I would like to repeat our original statement and expound upon it: "We are here to stay, because Hispanics are here to stay."
The Hispanic community is the fastest growing ethnic community in the United States. It has made numerous valuable contributions to this society and has gained the respect and admiration of Americans. Hispanics have achieved positions of prominence throughout the country, and we believe there is much more to come.
Noticias del Mundo is a community-oriented newspaper reflecting community concerns. Due to enthusiastic community support we have become successful in New York, and I am certain that with a 100 percent dedication to the Los Angeles area and its concerns, an equal success will be achieved here. Los Angeles has changed over the years. Today we find growing Central and South American communities in addition to our very large Mexican-American community. Noticias del Mundo will uniquely serve these peoples.
Finally, please join me in recognizing the founder of News World Communications, Inc., the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, whose vision and inspiration has made this project possible.
Our doors here at Noticias del Mundo are always open, and we want you to feel that this is your paper. Your concerns are our concerns, your joys our joys, your success and progress our success and progress. I want to thank you all for coming tonight and for participating in our inaugural celebration.
May God bless you.
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