Mark Alvarado and Rus Bradburd

Recorded February 8, 2023 Archived February 8, 2023 43:22 minutes
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Friends Mark Alvarado (59) and Rus Bradburd (63) talk about Basketball in the Barrio. They also talk about El Paso, Texas, and the connection between art and basketball.

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TRACK 1 MA and RB recall meeting the poet Bobby Byrd. They also talk about Rocky Galarza.
TRACK 2 RB talks about meeting Rocky Galarza and recalls Rocky's character and how he interacted with others.
RB talks about the evolution of the camp Basketball in the Barrio and about the camp's focus on writing, education, and music as well as basketball.
MA talks about how he became involved in Basketball in the Barrio.
MA talks about the connections between basketball and music.
RB talks about being able to practice basketball on your own.
RB talks about some of his experiences in El Paso.
MA says that the greatest people in the world live in El Paso.
RB recalls Bobby Byrd reading a poem to coaches at the camp.
MA talks about creating an identity as a Mexican American. He also talks about the validation that Bobby Byrd provided him with.
MA talks about El Paso and Chicano culture. MA and RB also talk about Segundo Barrio. RB talks about growing up and about diversity.
MA discusses the value of people taking the time to acknowledge others.
RB talks about Fort Bliss and its history. MA also talks about Don Haskins and Nolan Richardson.


  • Mark Alvarado
  • Rus Bradburd

Recording Location

La Fe Community Center

Partnership Type