|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1932|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1998|
Matador, Literary Figure. A noted torero who killed around 1,000 bulls, he is remembered as one of the two protagonists of Hemingway's posthumously-published "The Dangerous Summer". Born Antonio Ordonez Araujo, he was the son of respected bullfighter Cayetano Ordonez and learned the art from early childhood. Making his debut in 1948 he first appeared in the ring at Madrid in 1951 and thru the next decade was to steadily increase his reputation. In 1959 the legendarary Ernest Hemingway, whom Ordonez had known from childhood and called "Father Ernest", contracted to write a series of articles for "Life" magazine on bullfighting, possibly as a sequel to his 1932 classic "Death in the Afternoon". The pieces were to center on a press-manufactured rivalry between Ordonez and his older and more experienced brother-in-law Luis Miguel Dominguin (1926-1996), a situation somewhat analagous to the "feuds" of American television wrestling. (Both men were to state that any antipathy was media fiction). Hemingway openly supported Ordonez during the series of corridas which began in May of 1959 though he was able to maintain a relationship of mutual respect with Dominguin; the 'dangerous summer' was indeed dangerous with the two men often appearing on the same card and each suffering multiple cornadas (horn wounds) while collecting numerous ears, tails, and even hooves. Hemingway asserted that the older matador sometimes fought 'doctored' bulls having deliberately injured horns and used tricks that looked more dangerous to the crowd than they actually were. For his part, Ordonez delighted the fans with hazardous maneuvers, sometimes fighting recibiendo, a technique in which the matador allows the bull to charge, using the animal's force to drive in the sword. Ordonez had several small injuries and Dominguin two major ones, the first at Valencia revovered from quickly and the second at Bilbao ending the campaign. Ordonez remained much in demand but with time became overweight and a mediocre performer; he more-or-less retired to his bull ranch in 1968 but continued fighting intermittantly up to 1988 and died of cancer. Papa Hemingway died in 1961 and thus did not live to see his friend's decline; "Life" published three articles in the fall of 1960 and the original notes, which are housed at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, were eventually edited and released as "The Dangerous Summer" in 1985 with a long forward by James A. Michener. Today, "The Dangerous Summer" continues to be available while "Death in the Afternoon" has been in print since 1932 and remains the definitive non-Spanish work on bullfighting. (bio by: Bob Hufford)
Cayetano Ordonez (1904 - 1961)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes divided with portion scattered on his ranch near Ronda, Spain, and the rest at the toril gate of Ronda's bullring.
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jun 10, 2011
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