Cuba Libre

The Bacardi Cup is an annual sailboat race off the coast of Miami in Biscayne Bay. During the ’60s and ’70s, my father would go to the race each year as the public relations representative for Bacardi. I’ve been thinking about those days because one of the jokes I’ll tell in the Host with the Most Competition is about the Bacardi Cup bag that I used as a book bag in grammar school.

I mentioned my father and Bacardi in a conversation with Jerry Fogel at the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Leadership Conference in Denver last month. Jerry told me that his former boss, Desi Arnaz, was the grandson of one of Bacardi’s three founders. The company originated in Cuba in 1862. Their Cuban rum became Puerto Rican rum after the Cuban Revolution. You may have seen the ads promoting their sesquicentennial.

Desi was the producer of “The Mothers-in-Law.” Jerry played Kaye Ballard’s son on the show. Jerry said he and Desi were “great friends for 56 weeks.” That’s how many episodes there were.

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