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Why I Am Fascinated
by the SeminariosCat

As I study the lives of the early Seminarios, I see certain characteristics that seem to pass from generation to generation. The Seminarios tend to be of medium build and attractive appearance, high energy, and remarkable grace and dignity. They have a strong intelligence. They think and talk fast, and show a marked impatience with those who can’t keep up.

The Seminarios are notable for having an awesome vitality. In the 18th and 19th centuries, when the average life expectancy for Europeans was around 40 years even discounting infant mortality, the Seminarios routinely lasted until seventy or eighty.

Their intelligence is of a very specific type. They instantly see the full scope of a problem or situation. They can make almost immediate decisions, sometimes without being aware of their entire process of analysis. They leap from problem to solution. The solution may not be the perfect one, but it’s workable.

These are leadership traits. It’s no accident that Seminario males have been military officers and civilian leaders. The ability to make good, quick decisions under pressure is the hallmark, not only of the commander, but also the executive. What is interesting is that the women have the same capacities. Given the opportunity and training, any of them could have been a field marshal.

What fascinates me is that almost all of the Seminario descendants seem to share in these traits.  My father-in-law was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever meet. We spent many wonderful hours in conversation. He was a highly developed person, pleasant, intelligent, graceful and very dignified. He was a military officer who reached the rank of general.

He loved to play cards, and was really good at it. It was tough to beat him. He played at a lightning pace and wouldn’t tolerate those who couldn’t keep up. If you took a minute to look over your cards, he gave you the nickname “quarter hour”. Since I didn’t want to be “quarter hour”, he really had me at a disadvantage.

Bob Bordier,
Written:  March 19, 2016