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Photographer's Note

Masked wrestlers ("Luchadores Enmascarados") are a fascinating piece of Mexican culture. Besides performing their athletic choreographed "wrestling" melodramas in the ring, they have starred in strings of movies for fifty or sixty years. (A cultural parallel in the United States may be Elvis movies.) The heroes are never without their masks; out of the ring, they wear nice suits; they are consummate gentlemen and, out of respect, no one ever says, "Hey, you have a mask on!" They protect the weak, solve crimes, and beat up bad guys. The greatest of them all was "El Santo." If you get a chance to see a Santo movie, grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Austin, apparently, has its own superhero, and he drives a silver Corvette.

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