LAS VEGAS -- Florida Ford dealer Gus Machado hasn't set foot in his native Cuba since January 1960.
Machado, who had first moved to the United States in 1949 to go to military school in North Carolina, had returned often to the country during the 1950s to visit his family and to sell a few used cars he took over by ferry from Key West. But the young entrepreneur left for good that January as Fidel Castro's Communist regime tightened its grip on free enterprise.
"I was always looking to go back to Cuba," he says. But Machado, now 77 realizes he will never again live in Cuba, nor will he get to sell cars there. But his country still lives in his heart.