MEXICO: Pineapple Pioneer

Dressed in their holiday best, the people of Loma Bonita turned out last week to honor their "most beloved citizen." The man: Frank Peters, 81, a native of Mount Carmel, Ill. The occasion: the dedication of the Frank Peters elementary school.

Tropical Loma Bonita (pop. 6,000) in the state of Oaxaca is probably the only town in Mexico whose "most beloved citizen" is a yanqui. Peters did not actually found the place, but he did introduce pineapple-growing, which is now the basis of the district's economy. When he arrived in 1906, Loma Bonita was a tiny village, and not...

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