ATEC - Episode 31: Forgiving the Father Who Left ft. Juan Aleman

Episode 31: Forgiving the Father Who Left featuring Juan Aleman

Juan Aleman spent his latchkey childhood missing his father who left when he was a baby. Besides spending a summer here and there with his father all he knew about him were the memories his older sisters shared of a man who had a drinking problem and hurt their mother. 


Juan joined the army and had begun a family of his own when he and his father who was newly sober reconciled. At last, Juan got to know the man who had left him and they forged a close connection in the time they had left together.

In this episode, Juan shares the story of how he forgave his father for leaving, what parenting means to him, and how after years of drinking he got sober himself.

Texas born and trained in theater and camera acting. Juan is of Mexican-American descent. Growing up in the small town of San Augustine, Texas; upon graduating high school he accepted a scholarship to study theater at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.

After college, he lived in Southern California and tried to make a living acting–after little success he enlisted in the military. Juan spent almost 5 years in the U.S. Army and has worked in government for almost 20 years. Acting as often as possible, Juan continues his training with camera and voice over courses. Juan has been married for 22 years and has two children. He holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education. He and his family have lived in Puyallup, Washington for the past 11 years.  He started the podcast, “The 80’s Hour ” in September of 2018.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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