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A Retiree Spotlight


s Maj. Pratt Morales traveled all over the world with the Air Force and Air Na- tional Guard, he usually ended up spend-


ing his spare time at local bakeries. He loved to chat it up with village bakers, sample crusty bread, and watch as cookies, pastries, and regional delicacies were pulled out of the oven. Today, as owner of Golden Crown Panaderia, he’s the village baker of Albuquerque, N.M. How did you end up in this career? I was one of four boys with no family experience in the bak- ing business. But 35 years ago, I was driving down Central Avenue in Old Town Albuquerque and spotted a shut-down bak- ery with a for-sale sign. I bought it on the spot. When I put on this apron and get behind that flour- dusted table, I am happy. What are your specialties? I bake “New Mexico in the oven”: stuffed pumpkin empanadas, green-chili bread, fresh-baked pan [bread]. Everyone who walks through the door gets a warm biscochito, New Mexico’s official cookie, spiced with anise and cinnamon.


Has the bakery changed over the years? I am 73 and still trying new things. I in- stalled a coffee bar, where we serve espres- so drinks. I added pizza to the menu, with roasted blue corn and green chili cooked in the dough. I’m best-known for sculpted loaves of bread, formed in the shape of turkeys, which are popular on Thanksgiv- ing. I’ve always been fas- cinated with what I could do with dough. Why do you see your- self as the “baker’s version of Cheers”? We are the neighbor- hood bakery. My father always said that I should become talented enough so that I would ... never have to look for [a job].


Instead, I should give jobs. So I hire local teens to learn about baking. When you get out of the military, you have so much to offer. That’s what I tell the young GIs who drop in my bakery today. — Maryann Hammers


Attention! Check out these military-related entertainment offerings.


BOOK OVERLORD: THE ILLUSTRATED HIS- TORY OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS (Osprey Publishing, 2011) The largest seaborne invasion in history transported more than 150,000 Allied servicemembers to the beaches of Normandy.


Look at the plans in detail and explore the events of D-Day in this book filled with photos, maps, and artwork.


FILM J. EDGAR (WAR- NER BROTHERS, 2011) Director Clint Eastwood explores the personal life


28 MI L IT A R Y OFFICE R NOVEMBE R 2011


of J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hoover, and Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer also star in this biopic.


DVD BAND OF BROTH- ERS/THE PACIFIC SPE- CIAL EDITION GIFT SET


(HBO Entertainment, 2011) Considered two of the best depictions of the sweeping panorama of World War II, the HBO miniseries Band of Broth- ers and The Pacific are being offered together with the new documen- tary He Has Seen War.


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PHOTO: KYLE ZIMMERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY


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