Student Work – Sol Yurick and Jenni Rivera

Sol Yurick by Virginia McKenna

Virginia McKenna

Virginia McKenna

Sol Yurick

Sol Yurick
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Sol Yurick was a 1960’s radical and novelist. He wrote novels such as The Warriors in 1965, Fertig in 1966, and The Bag in 1968. It was The Warriors that gave Yurick lasting recognition especially when it was made into a film in 1979. It was a tale of a Brooklyn Gang battling its way through a violent and chaotic city toward their home at Coney Island. It is kind of based on the Greek tale of the Anabasis.

Yurick was born to working class Jewish immigrants in the Bronx in 1925. He continued being a Marxist and social activist for his whole life. He became street smart from years of being a social investigator for the city’s department of welfare after being a surgical technician in the US Army and a literature student at New York University. In 1958, Yurick moved to Park Slope, most of his life revolved around Brooklyn. In 1985, he moved to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens where he lived until he died at the age of 87 on January 5th, 2013 of complications from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Adrienne and their daughter Susanna. (Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Sol Yurick, author of novel that became cult classic flick ‘The Warriors,’ dies at 87, New York Daily News, January 7th, 2013, Before Sol Yurick passed away he was having financial problems. Park Slope’s rent was increasing and became too much. When he moved to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens it was actually into a friends mothers home that had left to Japan on a Fulbright fellowship. He then moved again to a brownstone on Lincoln Road, which was owned by close friends who rented it to him. Although he had a long period of time where he didn’t have anything published there was still money coming in from The Warriors, which Yurick referred to as a, “pot boiler.” After the movie was made it was reissued a lot, there were video games based on it, action figures, memorabilia, comic books, a fan website, and even another planned remake of the movie. There was even talk that a British production company wanted to make it into a musical. The Warrior royalties came in for four decades while his wife Adrienne supported them and then family money came their way and they no longer had to worry. (Samuel Fromartz, Remembering Sol Yurick, The Nation, January 16, 2013,

Jenni Rivera by Alicia Primo

Alicia Primo

Alicia Primo

Jenni RiveraImage from Wikipedia

Jenni Rivera
Image from Wikipedia

On December 9th 2012, 43 years old Mexican American singer/ songwriter, actress and reality show star by the name of Jenni Rivera died in a plane that crashed in Northern Mexico near Monterrey. She was confirmed dead by the National Transportation Board along with six others.

Jenni Rivera who came from a family of six including herself was born on July 2, 1969 in Long Beach, California. Her parents Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra were illegal immigrants that flew from Mexico to America for a better life. Rivera had four brothers two of which are also Mexican musicians and one sister. Being brought up in a musical household Rivera learned to sing and speak both English and Spanish. Rivera’s father was a businessman and a bartender who created records for a living in which he then became a Mexican singer/songwriter.

Jenni Rivera was a smart student in school but by the time she was fifteen she became pregnant with the first of her five children. Rivera didn’t give up but continued her education by getting her GED and graduated as a class valedictorian and later got a college degree in Business Administration in 1991. By the time Rivera was sixteen she had already given birth to her first child and got married to the child’s father. She was married three times first to José Trinidad Marín, they had three children; Janney Chiquis Marín Rivera (born 1985), Jacqueline Marín Rivera (born 1989), and Michael Marín Rivera (born 1991). Rivera then divorced Jose Martin in 1992, and then later he was convicted for molesting their first child Janney. Later she married Juan Lopez in 1997, they had two children; Jenicka López Rivera (born 1997), and Johnny López  Rivera (born 2001). She then divorced Juan Lopez in 2003 and Lopez died in 2009. Rivera then married former major league baseball player Esteban Loaiza in 2010 who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Yankees. She then later filed for a divorced in 2012 (Wikipedia, encyclopedia pg. 8, 9, 21).

Rivera’s music career then suddenly cut short when she died in a plane crash at approximately 3:25 a.m. on the 9th of December 2012. She was on a private jet along with two pilots and five passengers including herself on her way to Mexico to tape a Mexican version for a singing competition show by the name of the Voice. The plane had departed from Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Monterrey and lost contact with air traffic where the plane then lost control and crashed and all on board was pronounced dead. Rivera was then buried on December 31, 2012 in California (Wikipedia, encyclopedia pg. 27-28).

Jenni Rivera had prepared a letter shortly before her death stating her last wishes which was that she left her younger sister Rosie in charge of her five children. “According to Red Alert Live, the letter makes clear that Rosie’s management of Jenni Enterprises as CEO also encompasses ongoing business deals, brand management and legal issues. While three of Jenni’s five children … are over 18 years of age, sister Rosie will presumably hold guardianship of fifteen-year-old Jenicka Priscilla López Rivera and eleven-year-old Johnny López Rivera” (Terrero NBC Latino web). Also in the letter states that Rosie should take care of her multi-million dollar estate.

In conclusion Jenni Rivera was a famous musician/ songwriter and reality show star. Her Music and acting career suddenly cut short after she died in a plane crash in Mexico along with six others leaving all their family and friends behind. Little did she know that her life would have being cut short from such a tragic accident, may her soul rest in peace.

Works Cited

“Jenni Rivera,” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2013. <;.

Terrero Nina, “Jenni Rivera Estate and Children to Be Looked after by Sister  Rosie.” NBC Latino. N.p., 12 Dec. 2012. Web. 02 Feb. 2013. <;.


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