Everybody thought college would be a breeze for José Ramirez. A starter on his high school football team, he was voted most popular in his senior class of 1966, and he had a pretty girlfriend named Magdalena Santos, who was voted second-most popular in her class. In addition to his athletic and social prowess, he was no slouch in the classroom either. He won a scholarship to Laredo Junior College,... More >>>
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After doctors finally figured out José had leprosy, he was sent to Carville in Louisiana. Told he'd probably spend six months there, José ultimately stayed in Carville eight years.