Interviewees

Bill Drummond

Bill Drummond
Former Reporter, L.A. Times

Bill Drummond is a professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. As a reporter, he extensively covered the civil rights movement. Drummond served as a local reporter and later bureau chief at the Los Angeles Times where he worked alongside his friend and colleague Ruben Salazar... More info

Stephanie Salazar Cook

Stephanie Salazar Cook
Daughter

Stephanie Salazar Cook is the youngest daughter of Ruben Salazar. In 2011 Cook, along with her sister, Lisa Johnson, and brother, John Salazar, donated the professional and personal collection of their father to the Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies at the University... More info

Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson
Former Foreign Editor, L.A. Times

Bob Gibson was a foreign editor at the Los Angeles Times before retiring. He worked closely with Ruben Salazar at The Times during Salazar’s work as a foreign correspondent in Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Mexico City bureau. Gibson has worked for Business Week and also covered... More info

Jimmy Flores

Jimmy Flores
Witness, Silver Dollar Café

Jimmy Flores was a witness at the coroner’s inquest for the death of Ruben Salazar and was forced inside the Silver Dollar bar by LA County Sheriff’s Deputies just prior to the firing of the tear gas projectile that led to Salazar’s death... More info

Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez
Community Historian

Ricardo Lopez, a Vietnam War veteran, is a former gang counselor turned theater producer. Lopez, who has spent the last 25 years following the Salazar case, transformed the Silver Dollar bar into a community theatre and cultural center from 2000-2004... More info

Phil Montez

Phil Montez
Friend/U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Phil Montez was the Western Regional Director for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a position President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to in 1967. He is a Chicano civil rights activist, author, teacher, and former director of the Foundation for Mexican American Studies. Montez was a friend and... More info

Bob Navarro

Bob Navarro
TV Journalist

Bob Navarro is a veteran broadcast journalist who spent 38 years covering news at KCBS and KNBC in Los Angeles and Sacramento. In 1967 Navarro became the first Chicano news writer to join Los Angeles’ KNXT-TV “The Big News.” Navarro interviewed Ruben Salazar... More info

Guillermo Restrepo

Guillermo Restrepo
TV Journalist

Guillermo Restrepo is a broadcast journalist who was a friend and colleague of Ruben Salazar during his time at KMEX Los Angeles, and was present at the Silver Dollar bar when Salazar was killed. He would later work for KTMD Houston... More info

Julie Ruhlin

Julie Ruhlin
L.A. County Attorney, Office of Independent Review

Julie Ruhlin is a Deputy Chief Attorney for the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review. Her office released an independent report in 2011, detailing the handling of the Ruben Salazar case by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department... More info

Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz
Former Editor/ Photographer, La Raza Newspaper/Magazine

Raul Ruiz, PhD, is a professor of Chicano Studies at Cal State Northridge and former editor and photographer for La Raza, a Chicano-movement newspaper started in the late 1960s that operated through the early-1980s. He was one of the photographers at the Chicano Moratorium... More info

Earl Shorris

Earl Shorris
Friend/Journalist

Earl Shorris, who began his journalism career alongside Ruben Salazar at the El Paso Herald-Post and knew him since childhood, was an author, social critic, lecturer and activist. He founded the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a program that teaches college-level humanity courses to... More info

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas
Former Editor, L.A. Times

Bill Thomas was most notably known for serving as chief editor for the Los Angeles Times from 1972 until his retirement in 1989. He worked at The Times for 27 years, helping the paper win 11 Pulitzer Prizes. He was a colleague of Ruben Salazar during his time at the paper... More info

Man in the Red Vest

Man in the Red Vest

During the day of the Chicano Moratorium a man wearing a red vest reported to Sheriff's Deputies on the street, that a man with a gun had gone into the Silver Dollar bar. This report led to the events that saw Salazar killed by a LASD Deputy. The "Man in the Red Vest" testified during the Inquest into Salazar's death and asked to remain anonymous for fear of his own safety.

Ernesto Vigil

Ernesto Vigil
Chicano Activist/Author

Ernesto Vigil is an activist, author and speaker. As a young Vietnam War draft resister and member of the Denver-based Crusade for Justice from 1968-1981, he was and is strong supporter of civil rights for Mexican-Americans. Vigil recalls the Chicano Movement and Ruben Salazar... More info

Danny Villanueva

Danny Villanueva
Former President/General Manager, KMEX

Danny Villanueva was president and general manager of KMEX Los Angeles, and former NFL punter and place kicker for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. After retiring from the NFL in 1967, he became a sports broadcaster on KNBC Los Angeles... More info

Steve Weingarten

Steve Weingarten
Journalist/Activist

Steve Weingarten is a journalist and communications consultant, who has worked for Cox Newspapers, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times as a foreign reporter. He has worked with corporate, legal, nonprofit and labor clients since 1999, and has been strongly involved... More info

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson
Former L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy

Tom Wilson is a former L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy responsible for firing the tear-gas canister that killed Ruben Salazar at the Silver Dollar bar. During the inquest he was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, but he has admitted to accidently firing a torpedo-shaped tear-gas projectile... More info

Boris Yaro

Boris Yaro
Former Staff Photographer, L.A. Times

Boris Yaro is a veteran freelance photographer and retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer best known for his photos of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. He was also on hand as a photographer in Northridge following the devastating 1994... More info