Truth Is My Sword Volume I - Collected Speeches in the Public Arena

by Bo Hi Pak

Appointment With Destiny

May 3, 1984

The following speech underscores the remarkable success of Noticias del Mundo, Reverend Moon's Spanish-language newspaper that became a springboard for other successful media enterprises throughout Latin America and the Hispanic community, such as Ultimas Noticias in Uruguay. These remarks were made at the fourth anniversary of Noticias del Mundo in New York City on May 3, 1984.

Muy buenos senores and senoras, bienvenidos! I want to extend my wholehearted thanks for attending our celebration this evening. Four years ago, there was no such thing as Noticias del Mundo. Today we can look back at a most remarkable success story of the growth and accomplishment of what is now New York's leading Hispanic newspaper.

The concept of a new Hispanic daily began life in early 1980 with a handful of individuals who literally worked day and night to create a newspaper. Finally, on April 22, 1980, the first issue of Noticias del Mundo appeared on New York newsstands. Some people predicted our newspaper would not survive six months. Thank God they were wrong!

We believe that we have an appointment with destiny and have been endowed with success in order to serve the entire Hispanic community in the United States. Ladies and gentlemen, we have already become New York's number one Hispanic newspaper. This July, Noticias del Mundo will begin publishing a Los Angeles edition featuring special local coverage of the Hispanic Community in Los Angeles. Early next year we will also begin a Miami edition, and in the future we will expand to other major cities using the most advanced satellite technology.

Our success is your success; we could not have done it without your support and encouragement. Because of you, we can stand here today and announce our expansion to a national edition.

The importance and influence of the Hispanic community in the United States has grown tremendously. Recently I heard that a Hispanic was in an elevator in downtown Miami and several Vietnamese people walked into the elevator talking loudly back and forth in their own language. Before he got to his floor the Hispanic man could not contain himself any longer. He turned and said, "Hey, you're in America. Talk Spanish!"

I would like to thank each and every one of the employees of Noticias del Mundo for their hard work, professionalism, and sacrifice. I especially want to thank Pepe Cardinali, who has guided this ship through difficult waters and proved himself to be a first-class captain.

All of this would not have been possible without the vision and inspiration of the founder of News World Communications, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. He inspired the founding of Noticias del Mundo, and throughout these four years has been its number one supporter. Muchas gracias.

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