Monday morning briefing: Tribute to Jesse Leal

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

Tribute to an inspiration:

Jesse Leal, founder of Leal’s Mexican food restaurants, died Friday at age 79. An anonymous Clovis News Journal reader passed along this tribute:

“I never personally met Mr. Leal, but I have heard many wonderful stories about him. I am a former employee of Leal’s in Clovis and I believe Mr. Leal’s hard work influenced my life in a positive way.

“Laura Leal hired me to work when I just started high school. At this age, I had almost no work experience, and I knew very little about financial responsibilities.”

“While at Leal’s, I learned the value of hard work and responsibilities. Like her father, Laura encouraged her staff to thrive on knowledge and seek higher education. She and her management team were always encouraging me to stay in school and to be successful. They would even be very considerate in scheduling when I needed extra time off for major projects and exams.”

I think the loving environment at Leal’s even passed off onto many customers. I can name many loyal customers that would get to know me and have lots of encouraging words to help me through my life.”

“During my time at Leal’s, I went from working for extra school money to working to pay for college and to support my new family. I basically grew up at Leal’s and I am thankful for all that was done for me.

“I believe all of the positive influences I encountered at Leal’s were built on the foundation and atmosphere that was inspired by Mr. Jesse Leal.

Planning ahead

Clovis High School’s drama class will perform “Suite Surrender” Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21 at the Lyceum Theater. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for everybody else.

Web site of the day

This is a Facebook page on which stories are told about Muleshoe:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=57344934608

Weather forecast

Monday in eastern New Mexico will have a high of 70 and low of 41, according to AccuWeather. Winds will be 10-15 mph most of the day. And National Weather Service says there’s a 10-20 percent chance of isolated showers.