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5D 1 1 : I F THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 The day Cuba is free, I would love to go back' :4 rr- r" Note that Jon Secada is gazing longingly in my direction. (Or so it seems.) Join me in forgetting he remarried last year. Drat! EXCLUSIVE SIZE5 14-24 Exceptional Selection of Casual 'J """ and Designer Sportswear, J 1 '7 Daytime and Special Occasion f A f J M lol f BOCA RATON . I 7 ' (561)395-1930 I 1 ! i Ij Glades Plaza i . :'t I Blue Section V I 2200 W. Glade Rd f AVENTURA MIAMI J f' Please attend our FREE informational seminar J to team about the variety of treatments available to jr eliminate unsightly varicose and spider veins. All attending are entitled to a free initial fm""tpr ' consultation. rf I Loxahatchee office Mon, March 30 6pm . ( X West Palm office Tue, March 31" 6pm VEIN CARE K MEDICAL GROUP Space is limited. k. I Jv S! S I Call for reservations. tgV . LORETTA From ID Magazine) is recording his eighth solo album, this time for a new label, Sony Music. And he's also fairly recently wed, having gotten hitched last year to second tyjft: Maritere "Mari" Vilar, former assistant to his publicist. c- (He and his first esposa, Jo Pat Gafaro, split in '93. She'd been a voice student of his at Miami-Dade Community College.) t 'I got my start in chorus when I;was a kid," recalls Secada, who sang the part of young Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol in 11th grade. His class-ipates were blown away. rHe eventually earned his master degree in jazz vocal performance at the University of Miami ajid began singing with local bands apd recording commercial jingles. . "I don't even remember the prptlucts," he says. "But I don't think there's a bank in South Florida I haven't sung about." -An only child, Secada also worked in his parents' Hialeah coffee shop. The family immigrated Jo the States in 71 when Jon (formerly Juan) was 9. " "I have almost no memories of Cuba. The day Cuba is free, I vfould love to go back. But right npw, it would be too painful.. I wouldn't want to bring attention to tfie government by going there." J Discovered by Emilio Estefan (flvho's still his manager), Secada was invited to tour with Gloria ("a sweetheart") eight years ago. "That's when I knew I'd made referring to his custard quest. "I'm going to be victorious." We snake through a maze of back hallways to exit the stadium, and Secada hands his ticket to a valet cashier. No Unto, no driver, nice touch. As we wait for his ebony BMW 850 to be brought around, Secada tells me I might think he's sappy. "But it's true," he says. "What I have is the American dream. Family and hard work. I'm simple. That's all I need." In that case, Jon, hand over el carro. The performer, who recently moved to a Mediterranean estate on Venetian Island QuMo Iglesias is a neighbor), bought his parents a home nearby. He'd lived with them in their modest Hialeah house "well into the success of my career," he says. "That's how we are about family. Why would I have lived anywhere else?" When he's not conjuring up lyrics ("I turn into a space cadet when I write") or on the road, Secada sweats in his home gym, catches Ally McBeal and toils "to perfect a fat-free flan." "I'm getting there," he says, it," he says. "Since then, my biggest satisfaction has been writing Coming Out of the Dark for her." (He co-writes with longtime amigo and Hialeah High classmate Miguel Morejon.) We pause for a sec and sit quietly the thwack of tennis balls in the background but there's no awkwardness. Secada's one of those folks who's so relaxed that small talk isn't required. ALL TO MYSELF ...Jon Secada. The ONE day my lipstick clashes with my jacket. "I think it looks fine," he reassures. "You're like Oprah and Rosie all in one. " One Of The Best Things We K Give Our Patients Is Hope. environment of our special oncology unit "j care center in the region. 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