People, Aug. 6, 1979

"I missed the applause." Who wouldn't, if you had one been El Cordobés, the Cordovan, Spain's foremost matador with a record of more than 2,000 bulls and an unforgettable style of frog jumps and other moves that brought the bulls—and the people—to their knees? In 1972, with no more whirls to conquer, El Cordobés, a.k.a. Manuel Benítez Pérez, retired as a millionaire to a cattle and pig farm. But the quiet palled, and, after testing the ring and his reflexes in a benefit performance last year, El Cordobés decided to retire from...

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