Boxing for Cuba: Bill Vidal's StoryDENVER - Denver's Public Works/Deputy Mayor, Bill Vidal, knows just what the children coming to America are going thru. In 1951 he was one of 14,000 kids from Cuba, who came to the U.S, duing Operation Pedro Pan.
"My parents put me and my two brothers on a plane to Miami when Castro came into power," said Vidal. "They were to come in a few weeks, but never did and we wound up in Pueblo, Colorado at a Catholic orphanage."
His book, "Boxing for Cuba" tells his life story and a great read. Vidal says his often horrific stay at the Pueblo facility molded him.
When he sees the Haitian kids coming off the planes, in cities around the country, he sees himself.
"I know how these kids are feeling, will I ever go home, see my relatives, or know if they are dead or alive," said Vidal. "Their lives are going to change so much, they have no idea."
And now the boy from Cuba is on the verge of being a big city mayor, when and if Mayor John Hickenlooper steps down as he runs for governor.