Ernesto Guevara was born on June 14, 1928
Growing up in a family withleftist leanings,
Guevara was introduced to a wide spectrum of political perspectives even as a boy. Growing up,his father, a supporter of Juan Peron and socialismoften had republicans from theSpanish Civil
War in the Guevara home. This led to his later ideas of socialism.Though suffering from the crippling bouts of asthmathat were to afflict him throughout his life,he excelled as an athlete. He was an avidrugby unionplayer and earned himself the nickname"Fuser"—a contraction of
(raging) and his mother's surname, de la Serna—for hisaggressive style of play.
His schoolmates also nicknamed him
("pig"), because herarely bathed, and proudly wore a "weekly shirt".
A teenage Ernesto (left) with his parents and siblings, ca.1944. Seated beside him, from left to right: Celia (mother), Celia (sister), Roberto,Juan Martín, Ernesto (father) and Ana María.
The Guevara home contained more than 3,000 books, which allowed Guevara to bean enthusiastic and eclectic reader, with interests includingMarx,Faulkner ,Gide,Salgariand
A 22 year old Guevara in 1951.
Many of these authors' ideas he would catalog in his own handwritten
The first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of theIrish rebels,theSpanish conquistadoresand theArgentinean patriots. Evidently Che inherited
some of the features of our restless ancestors. There was something in his naturewhich drew him to distant wanderings, dangerous adventures and new ideas.
— Ernesto GuevaraLynch, Che's Father