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Sunday, October 06, 2002

LIVE FROM MIAMI, IT'S SABADO GIGANTE!
hola!
There can't be a Univision without it's signature show, Sabado Gigante ("Giant Saturday", to you gringos). And at the center of that Saturday maelstrom is emcee Don Francisco, whose real name is--of all things--Mario Kreutzberger. The show's been around forever, and it and Don have become cultural icons for the Hispanic community in the U.S.

As a kid, I'd tune in to this and other shows on Univision for a minute or two, to try to dope it out. The programming can be pretty surreal. It's like watching an old Milton Berle-type variety show, but with lots and lots of female skin.