Esta semana en nuestra sección “A day in History”, puedes practicar tu lectura en inglés con el artículo:
From Terminator to Governator
In November 18th 2001, Arnold Schwarzenneger, who back in the 80’s became a Hollywood star, was elected governor of California.
Schwarzenneger is not the only actor that has been governor of California. Another famous star served in the Golden State, from 1967 to 1975, before becoming president of the United States: Ronald Reagan.
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on July 30th, 1947 in Thal, Austria. His passion was bodybuilding, and his dream was to go to the United States.
At the age of 20, he became the youngest man to win the “Mr. Universe” title. Speaking little English, Schwarzenegger made his dream come true and moved to the United States. There, he won several titles and was 7 times Mr. Olympia. In 1983, Schwarzenegger obtained his U.S. citizenship.
His first major role was “Conan the Barbarian”, back 1982. He played a sword-wielding hero of ancient times. Then in 1984, he did the sequel “Conan the Destroyer”.
His first big success was the action film “Terminator” in which he played a killer cyborg sent from the future to present times. Who doesn’t remember his now famous line: “I’ll be back”.
In 1990, he was nominated for the Oscar Award for the sci-fi thriller “Total Recall”.
He then performed in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991) which contains the memorable phrase “Hasta la vista, baby”. “Terminator 3” as well as some comedies like “Twins”, with Danny DeVito, “Kindergarten Cop”, and “True Lies” with Jamie Lee Curtis are also part of his career as an actor.
But, Arnold Schwarzenegger also built a reputation as businessman and advocate of good causes as physical fitness and after school programs for children.
In 1986, Schwarzenegger, a committed Republican, got married with Maria Shriver, journalist, Democrat and niece of President John F. Kennedy.
He had never served in public office before, but in August 2003 he announced on the “Tonight Show” program, that he intended to seek the California governorship that year. After winning the election “The Governator,” as he was dubbed, was re-elected in November 2006 to serve a full term in office.
Will we see him someday as the president of the U.S.?
Some vocabulary for you to practice:
- Golden State – California
- sword – a weapon with a long metal blade
- wield – hold and use (a weapon or tool)
- sword-wielding – fig. a person that has the sword in his hand
- sequel – a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one
- sci-fi – science fiction
- advocate – attorney, supporter (in the case of this text, it’s used as supporter)
- committed – dedicated to a cause
- dubbed – give an unofficial name or nickname
Hasta la próxima.