This Wednesday, a video of a worker from Lama, the mining project located in Iglesia, came to light. He was dancing in the footsteps of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. His companions, as faithful devotees, raised their cell phones to film the artist as Billie Jean danced on the snow, thousands of meters above sea level. The images went through social networks. They surprised old acquaintances of Francisco Aguilar, a figure of the local Pedestrian.
Aguilar’s story is that of a fan of the American. From the age of 15 he imitates him wherever he goes: Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza or Neuquén. He arrived in the province in 2014 as a Techint worker in the Veladero project. In San Juan he found love and settled in Chimbas. He has two young children. He went through different jobs, but his passion never changed. He is a great acquaintance in the Peatonal, he is a friend of Grillo Malbrán and other local characters. He misses stepping on the center of San Juan to spread his art.
The 49-year-old is currently in Lama. As an electromechanical technician and works on high voltage towers. And every time he meets his teammates it is all the rage. “Here I have friends and fans: they are my family,” he told Tiempo de San Juan. When they see me go by they yell at me “Michael is coming and I have to restrain myself from dancing.” It is that it revolutionizes everyone on the mountain. “He puts on a barbaric mess” when he begins to imitate the King of Pop. “Even those in charge say that working with me is like working with a celebrity,” he said.
Francisco Aguilar is a life enthusiast. About dancing, he said that “the idea is that you always have to be happy and transmit it.” And he remembered times when he caused a sensation in pre-pandemic times. “I was sitting in a cafe and they recognized me, people began to gather, ask me for photos and to take a few steps,” he commented, “and I had to agree.” He thanked the San Juan families and asked them for hope because of the coronavirus “we are going to leave.”