Leo Limón

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LEO LIMON [8-10 / 0º-30º], one of the constellations in the "One Size Fits All" (1975) "universe", is pictured as a car. The car is actually a 49 Plymouth, owned by Cal Schenkel; Schenkel also had an Alpha Romeo, another star in the "One Size Fits All" (1975) "universe".

Leo Limón, one of the illustrators for FZ's first song book, is credited with "CHOLLO" on the Just Another Band From L.A. (1972) album, which has a car on the cover. Limón was born in East Los Angeles. Called the "Alley River Cat Artist" by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, he is known for the cat faces he painted on the cement walls channeling the Los Angeles River. Limón's work on paper deals mostly with the indigenous ideals of "corazón" and uses many Aztec symbols. Limón considers himself a cultural worker and an arts ambassador for East L.A. and the Chicano community. While he was in high school, Limón was influenced by and involved with the pioneers called Los Four, but especially Carlos Almaráz. During his time with Self-Help Graphics, Limón helped to develop the Annual Celebration of Día de Los Muertos and the Atelier Printmaking Program. In addition, Limón helped to establish the Aztlan Cultural Arts Foundation, to pursue his commitment to youth in his community. He has also worked with the MeChicano Art Center and the Centro de Arte Público.

LEO LIMON, the car constellation, has stars called FAN BELT - a reference to the song Florentine Pogen on the One Size Fits All (1975) album - and ABRACADABRA - a premonition of Debra Kadabra on the Bongo Fury (1975) album. The other stars are named "Differential", "Algebra", "Regulus", "Steering Wheel", and "Algenon".

LEO LIMON refers to Leo, one of the 13 constellations of the Zodiac. Leo is the Nemean Lion which was killed by Hercules on one of his great quests. Legend says that the lion had a hide that could not punctured by iron, bronze or stone. Since he couldn't reason with the ferocious beast, Hercules strangled it to death and the local people were very grateful. The Chaldeans associated Leo with the sun since it is in the sky during the summer solstice (although this is no longer true, due to the precession of the Earth's axis). Since Nile floods around this time, the ancient Egyptians worshipped the celestial lion. You can find Leo in the sky by looking for the "sickle" starting at Regulus (Alpha Leonis) and following the backwards question mark. To find Regulus, use the Big Dipper as described on the Ursa Major Page. In more modern times (late 1600's that is!), Johannes Hevelius added the constellation Leo Minor.

See also: Cars (CC).