Manuel was walking to school and started thinking about the talent show he volunteered for. He was doing "La Bamba" in front of his school. Manuel thought he regretted it but realized he liked the limelight. Manuel made it to school, but forgot his math workbook.
During Lunch Manuel practiced in front of Benny, and Benny gave him the great idea of dancing while lip syncing. After lunch Manuel went to rehearsel. When Benny started practicing and blew the trumpet so loud that Manuel dropped his record. He rolled until it hit the wall, but didn't break.
Manuel's day whizzed by fast and he was in his best clothes and backstage. After a couple of different talents it was Manuel's turn. The music started immediately and he started his made-up dance step, and while doing it he noticed some people weren't even paying attention. During dancing the record got stuck and he kept on singing the same words over and over. He thought it was over for him, but he noticed the crowd was clapping for him and his siblings were amazed and in awe, and he enjoyed the limelight.
Gary was born in Fresno, CA, on April 12, 1952, so he is 66 years old. Gary's father Manuel died when he was 5 and he and his mother Angie struggled to find work. In high school he found an interest in poetry. With his great interest in poetry Gary went to a college for it and got his B.A. degree in English. After that he was a teacher and made books, which he got many awards for.