Valor: The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez

By Rogelio Dominguez; James B. Lane | Go to book overview

Preface

In Spanish the word valor means not only courage but also values and worth. Summers, when my Texas relatives arrived in Indiana to pick crops, I’d sometimes go with them into the fields. Looking back, the experience seems spiritual, almost sacred, connecting me with my roots and teaching me to appreciate not only the hardships and sacrifices of those who came before me but also their love, devotion, and practical wisdom. One day my maternal grandfather turned to me and predicted that his way of life was ending and that in the future young people would need a good education in order to provide for their families. It was a lesson I never forgot. During more than half hisworking life, he was in constant pain and experienced asthmatic difficultieswhile doing manual labor, but he always gave an honest day’s work. His valorwas an inspiration to me.

In selecting a title for this autobiography, I sought to convey a quality of spirit that paid tribute to the sacrifices of my forebears and that might provide a moral compass for those moved by my life story. In Spanish the word valor is usually said with pride and emphasis, but I do not mean it in an egotistical sense. Rather I wish to honor those such as my parents whose strong heart and generous spirit made possible my own odyssey from Texas to Gary, Indiana.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, I spoke at Valparaiso University’s Multicultural Center at the invitation of the minority law students. I had received a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from that institution’s law school, so the day was full of memories for me. I told the students a little about myself and how fortunate and honored I was to be an alumnus of our law

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • One - Roots 1
  • Two - Growing Up 15
  • Three - Teen Years 35
  • Four - Work and College 53
  • Five - State Trooper and Law Student 67
  • Six - Advances and Setbacks 85
  • Seven - Evan Bayh and Statewide Office 105
  • Eight - 1990- Political Campaigns 155
  • Nine - Becoming Lake County Sheriff 175
  • Ten - Triumph and Tragedy 201
  • Eleven - Second Term 215
  • Twelve - Dreaming Big 233
  • Core Values 254
  • Conclusion - Core Values 255
  • Afterword 267
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