Local boy makes good, history

Barbara Byrd Adamson, Woodrow ’56, and Paul Dalton, Woodrow ’68, present Mariano Martinez, Woodrow ’63, with his wWw Hall of Fame award. — Photo by Kyle Rains, Woodrow '76

By Bruce Felps

Ever vigilant, ever ardent Lakewood and Woodrow booster Kyle Rains today sent word of some serious recognition paid tonight to a Woodrow grad who made libation history.

ABC’s “Nightline” — WFAA-TV (Channel 8), 8 p.m. — airs a feature on Mariano Martinez, Woodrow class of ’63, member Wildcats Hall of Fame, and inventor of the frozen margarita machine, which now resides in the Smithsonian Institute.

The piece will feature interviews with Martinez and his wife, Wanda Wade Martinez, Woodrow ’67.

According to a piece prepared by the Mariano’s Restaurants people, the broadcast tells the motivational story of “a 25-year-old Mexican-American short on education and cash but long on enthusiasm and perseverance, who in 1971 started his business with $500 and an SBA loan.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

But hey, what do they mean “short on education?” He graduated Woodrow.


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