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December 12, 2017

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Mario Kreutzberger/Don Francisco, 65, TV host, Miami-based

Mike Vogel | 6/1/2006

I love what I do, and I feel I have this big responsibility with my audience.

I think it's heaven for Latinos here in Florida relative to other places, especially in Miami. The community is very big, and they have a great position in society. You have here bank presidents and workers in the field. You have everything. The community is more respected than in other places.

Celia Cruz was a very good talent for interviews. Julio Iglesias is very good too. And Gloria Estefan is too.

I'm doing a documentary on the Holocaust.

I have nine grandchildren. I've been married 44 years. I married my wife and the television at the same time. I'm a bigamist.

Success and failure is the same line.

I like the traditional shows like Jay Leno, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey.

This is my fourth language, English. For me, learning language is very easy. If you send me to Japan, I'm sure in one year -- not that I will talk perfect -- but I will understand.

It's terrible the television in the world today. Everything is, as you know, gossip and reality shows. (But) musicals are coming back, the game shows are coming back, the traditional shows are coming back.

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