QUITO – The dean of Ecuadorian journalism and Guinness record-holder Alfonso Espinosa de los Monteros shares his view of local and international realities over the past 60 years in his first autobiographical work, a book interspersed with personal anecdotes that give it a special warmth.
In 2014, Guinness World Records honored Espinosa de los Monteros for his 47 years and 83 days without interruption on the air as a news announcer, an occupation he continues to this day on Ecuavisa, the same TV station where he began his small-screen career back in 1967.
The journalist, who will turn 75 this Dec. 24, has compiled in the 669 pages of his first volume of memoirs, called “1961-1988: Between Populism and Dictatorship,” a history of newsworthy events in Ecuador and around the world.
The journalist, whose radio career began while he was still in high school, sees his book as “a legacy, so that no one can say that in this country we have no memory, that we forget, that all we have suffered passed so quickly we repeat it.”
In an interview with EFE, he expressed his hope that the book, whose second volume is scheduled to come out in early 2017, will give young people an in-depth understanding of current events that are influenced by what happened in the past.
Considered one of Ecuador’s most credible announcers, Espinosa de los Monteros noted the importance of the historic context for understanding things that happened in his country, and for that reason the easy-to-read book transcends borders to recount events that occurred around the world.
Though the book is full of historic names, facts and figures, the journalist’s sober writing is peppered with entertaining tales of his personal life.
The book therefore describes the hard times of his childhood when he sometimes suffered hunger, along with tough situations he faced as a journalist – experiences that now enable him to say he is “happy” with the life he has lived despite some very serious difficulties.