By Dr. Neo Gutierrez

The first time I learned of Type A and Type B personality was in Dr. I.I.Nelson’s educational psychology class when I was a teacher trainee at UT Austin over 50 years ago. Most recently the topic came back to mind when comparing Schwartzenneger and Weiner’s public behavior. To recap: The A/B personality theory first became known in the 50’s. Type A is that of the high-strung individual, in comparison to Type B, which explains the easy-going person. Originally, the theory was that which type you are could raise or lower chances of developing coronary heart disease, but who knows. So, what are the characteristics of both types? Type A people are multi-taskers tightly-wound, time-conscious, preoccupied, impatient, highly competitive, controlling, business-like, aggressive, and ambitious. Delays and ambivalence irk them. Type B persons, on the other hand, stand in perfect contrast to Type A’s. They are lacking a sense of urgency, they are easy-going, relaxed, and generally patient. A Type A might think of a Type B as being non-involved and apathetic. And, of course, there’s a Type AB personality, for those who cannot be listed exclusively in either category. If you want to take a test to find out which type you are, google the topic. I came out as a Type A, of course.

But grab on to your seats…now with the Arnold/Weiner cases so prominent in the news, psychologists are blaming their behavior due to the fact they posses the Type T personality. I had never heard of Type T. As it turns out, the main characteristics include a need to express power, a love of conquest, and they are probably victims of narcissism, which is excessive self-love. Public officials are a good target for Type T because of necessary risk-taking, which doesn’t have to be a problem till the characteristic spills over. The “T” stands for “thrill.” Many of our country’s success was accomplished by Type T individuals. So, it can be a desirable quality, until it spills over into negative behavior, such as drug use, bad sexual affairs, and/or crime, or a combination thereof.

Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine, a “free speech” advocate, has made Weiner an offer. Flynt writes: I would like to make you an offer of employment with Flynt Management Group. As a Congressman you are known for your intensity and perseverance, and I believe this attitude will make you a valuable asset to this corporation. This is not in jest. We are willing to pay 20% more than your previous salary, we will pay relocation costs.This offer is not made in jest. To show our sincerity, Flynt Management Group, LLC is willing to pay twenty percent more than your former Congressional salary, ensuring that your medical benefits would be equal to what you were previously receiving. While you will have to relocate to our corporate offices in Beverly Hills , California , we would pay for all relocation costs. While this employment opportunity is being offered in large part due to your qualifications and clear passion for making a change, I feel that your unfortunate resignation is a prime exanmple of unfounded political pressure and the hypocrisy that has invaded democracy in Washington D.C. I hope your will sincerely consider this offer, and I look forward to your response. (End of Larry Flynt message.)By the way, Larry Flynt’s high rise building is 12 blocks from where I live. He lives in the top floor, and in the back of the bulding there’s a beautiful huge larger-than-life sized bronze of John Wayne on a bucking horse.

Some lighter stuff: Did you see Laredoan Suzy Mayo’s grandson Nick Mayo sing/dance on national television during the Broadway Tony Awards show? He was in the first two opening production numbers! What a performer! And some Laredo music performers memorabilia… Carlos Landin, singer with the famous Rondels, is now in the Smithsonian website. In an e-mail, Carlos explains: The Rondels started around 1961, when Sammy Ibarra went on to write “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero.” He was the leader of the original Rondels. I came in around 1962 and became the lead singer. We added brass instruments to the band and played locally until 1966, when we started to tour all over the U.S. We recorded six LP’s and 30 some 45’s. The rest is history. I was inducted into the TMA Hall of Fame in 2002 at the Alamo Dome, and I was also inducted to the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in 2004. Then in 2009 I was inducted into the Smithsonian, for my contributions to the Chicano music of the 60’s. At the start of our era, we were all MHS Tigers. Then as traveling became more complicated for the guys in college, I got out of town members. Laredo guys were Baby Vera, Julia’s brother, as well as Joe Lee Vera, both drummers. We also had Humberto Gonzalez on sax, later a dean at TAMIU. Humberto Herrera played sax, Joe Compean, who played trumpet, has worked for LCC in the music department. Robert Alonzo played bass, Victor Garza, guitar, later replaced by Pete Gonzales, who came in as guitar player and Raul Arechiga on the piano. They were the original full band with brass from Laredo . Eventually, the band went on to have musicians from all over Texas , and we traveled more. Let’s not forget Noe Esparza was the original singer for the Rondels, the same Noe who moved to San Antonio and started a fine career with AT&T as administrator. By the way, I am now in Dallas , visiting my grandchildren, who want all my time!

Here’s a note on Mexican actress Carmen Salinas, relative of Laredo ‘s mayor. She got a huge write-up with photo in the La Opinion de Los Angeles newspaper recently. Originally from Torreon , Mexico , at 77 years of age she has spent 50 in the movies, theater, and television show business in Mexico . She says she’s lasted this long in show business because she’s always been herself. She may currently be seen in “El triunfo del amor” on Spanish television in the evenings.
And Jennifer Lopez and Pepe Aguilar will be immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with their own stars engrained onto the sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd. JLo, actress-dancer-singer, and Pepe, famous for his regional Mexican music, are the two Latinos heading the new recognition list which recognizes professionals in movie, television, and radio. They were selected from a list of hundreds of nominations, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer Aniston and Vin Diesel will also receive sidewalk stars this year. Television star Mariska Hargitay, daughter of Texan Jayne Mansfield, is also on the list. Jane Mansfield attended UT Austin one semester while I was a student there. And I once had lunch with Mariska’s dad, bodybuilder Mickey, at a Thanksgiving dinner at the Peter Lupus home. And on that note, it’s time for–as Norma Adamo says: TAN TAN!

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