The journey of Ernesto Uribe begins with his birthplace in Hebbronville, Texas and leads to the beginning of his sporting career on the track team at Raymond and Tirza Martin High School in neighboring Laredo where he was raised and taken under the wings of great mentors.


Ernesto attributes his success to coaches and brothers Johnny and Alfonso Valls who, along with Col. Oscar Hein and Coach Albert Ochoa, guided and inspired his pathway to college after graduation in 1956. Good fortune followed through his collegiate passage as roommates and coaches continued to further help him attain two undergraduate degrees (Agriculture Education and Journalism) and then a Masters in Sociology from Texas A&M University. Here also, with the beginning of his college freshman year, he dated his future wife Sarah Meade who was from Laredo Martin as well and married in 1959. The legacy left by Uribe is that of lettering in both high school track and football where the Valls brothers coached and trained the potential they saw in this young man and who Ernesto attributes his success to for their dedication and preparation time invested in him. Entering Texas A&M College with a full athletic scholarship landed Uribe in the Aggie varsity track team where he ran all hurdle and sprint events and surprised the coaches by beating all but one upperclassman. Uribe has always considered himself a team player, and it is this discipline and training that has instilled in him the appreciation for those who have taken the time to educate and motive the younger generation. Through inspiration and motivation, Ernesto claims, leaders such as Coach Ochoa offer hope and encouragement for a college future.

A thirty-year career trek lists national and international workforce skills and experiences from around the world in various capacities in International Communication and Diplomacy. Uribe possesses in-depth knowledge of all media relations, public relations and is a Latin American specialist founded on his extensive field experience in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Uribe recalls many bosses who were wonderful mentors and who offered their time guiding him through the intrigue and challenges of his career. He attributes his good fortune along the way to ‘someone up there watching” over him. Now retired, Uribe has amassed an interesting collection of novels, journals and other publications, many of which address Hispanic culture and academic patterns of behavior when choosing a college.

Uribe is well aware of the trends and patterns that are being set up for the future that anticipates the turning tides of the Hispanic American leading the nation as a political majority being aggressively courted by both Democratic and Republicans willing to invest academic funding sources for the future Latino votes. Primarily, because of this current state of affairs among our culture and relations with others, it is essential that the future generation must prepare with an education or any kind of training. All kinds of skills are necessary, Uribe notes, for the future generation of Latinos and all cultures of the melting pot of America.

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Proposed museum location is downtown Laredo, Texas, intersection, Farragut at Juarez Ave.