Happy Birthday Mr. Mata
Near the end of the day today, we heard a whirring sound outside the booth. It turned out to be Juventiho Garcia Mata driving up in his little red scooter for his 5:30 StoryCorps appointment. Today is Mr. Mata’s 85th birthday. His granddaughter, Sonjia, set up the appointment. She was raised by Mr. Mata, who worked for Santa Monica’s Parks department all his life. When we asked Sonjia why she wanted to bring her grandfather here today, she shrugged and simply said, “He’s my favorite person.”
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