Local photographer remembers meeting with Castro

Boise photographer David Frazier shares memories of the 1977 trip in which he accompanied Sen.

Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, died on Friday at the age of 90 after struggling with failing health. Local photographer, David Frazier, remembers a historic trip he took to meet Castro nearly 40 years ago.
 
"It was a trip that made a big impression," said Frazier.
 
Frazier accompanied Idaho Senator Frank Church to meet Castro. He was there to establish the beginning of normal relations and to release political prisoners.
 
Church was the chairman for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the Jimmy Carter administration.
 
Frazier says most of the trip was a tour of the area around Havana. The country's leader, dressed in uniform and Gucci boots, was the guide.
 
"You know Castro was driving his own Jeep with Church for awhile and it was real fascinating and a novelty for the media," said Frazier.
 
He says although it was well-known Castro was not kind to all Cubans, a much different picture was formed when meeting him.
 
"He was the kind of guy you might want to go fishing with," said Frazier.
 
Frazier says he was a good story teller and funny. He says Castro was also very honest.
 
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