Though New York has long been his home, Lin-Manuel Miranda remembers visiting his mother’s family in San Antonio in the late 1980s. The exact year remains elusive, but he recalls the Ritchie Valens biopic “La Bamba” had just been released on VHS, which puts that trip sometime after 1987.
“That’s my formative Texas memory,” he says. “It was playing on what seemed like a loop. Ritchie Valens, a god, was the only one who was actually playing. I remember that part of the summer vividly.”