Icon: Don Francisco
Mario Kreutzberger/Don Francisco, 65, TV host, Miami-based
Don Francisco [Photo: Brian Smith]
I went back to Chile at the end of 1961. After awhile I got the (television) opportunity. I was 21. I'm doing the same program since I'm 22.
Today especially I'm tired. There are some days when you are tired and some days when you're OK.
The time of Jack Paar, Art Linkletter, the beginnings of Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan -- there was a lot more interaction with the audience than today. I have to do this show on the side of the audience. I'm always with the audience, through the audience, talking to the audience.
I'm working here with the company trying to have subtitles in English. When I'm traveling around the states, many people say, 'You know, I don't speak Spanish, but I watch 15, 20 minutes. It's entertaining for me.'
I was making money in Chile. I couldn't make enough money here. This was a very humble show. (So) I flew every Saturday night from Santiago to Miami, every Wednesday night from Miami to Santiago. I did that for three years. Only the ego can keep you going. When I got to the level I was respected here, then I stayed here and went back to Chile only once a month.
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