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Panamanian Pandemonium: Ruben Blades: Musician, Actor, Activist

Gerrie Lim, L.A. Style, July 1988

RUBEN BLADES, Panamanian musician and aspiring politician lately turned Hollywood actor, pulls from a pack the latest in a series of Merit Ultra Lights and ignites it with the still-burning stub of his last, nearly finished cigarette. His preferred attire - blue jeans, canvas shoes, and an untucked cotton shirt hung casually on his six-foot frame - reflects an open nature: He'll answer any question with unbridled enthusiasm.

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