Oscar Rodriguez has spent 40 years of his life selling ice cream and giving joy to all the neighbors of Great mountain, in Esteban Echeverría. “What I love the most is serving people and seeing how those children who came before are now adults and bring their children to have ice cream. Seeing the selfless love of people makes me immensely happy, ”he says.
Back in the 80’s he started with a white cart pulled by a horse. Back then ice cream was made with a Siam pallet maker.
“You had to be at the side of the machine permanently to get a bucket of ice cream. Also going to the fields to look for milk, with all the incidents that meant “, he says. Today it is much more “comfortable” and not only modernized its cart but also incorporated new machines and tastes.
Oscar is almost a legend of the neighborhood, to the point that a student of image and sound design at the University of Buenos Aires decided to capture his life story in a mini documentary.
“We had to make a one-minute documentary. It could be about an object, a place or a character. The stories I had in mind did not convince me. Until my sister Brenda said that Dad had the number of the ice cream maker and I liked the idea, “explains Moira Caamaño, also from great mountain, 21 years old and director of the audiovisual project entitled “9 flavors”.
Nearly four decades ago, when Oscar’s ice cream parlor was in a horse-drawn cart.
“It was funny,” he continues, “because on the phone you could see his joy when I told him that it would be a very good story. I was very sure that he could not not make his documentary”,
In this way the day of the interview arrived. “We met and he smiled at me. I was getting the camera and microphone ready while he was talking to my sister, saying a lot of cool things, and I wasn’t recording yet! “Says Moira.”
So I hurried and arranged everything, ”he explains. I started. At first he was shy, but then he let go and went back to being Oscar. He laughed a lot during the interview and greeted everyone. I was very happy, I had the real character in front of me ”.
Moira and Oscar during filming.
Then he filmed it in action. “On Saturday we found him in on the way to Amat park, on the street, so I did some shots there, and on Sunday I could finally find him in the Amat selling “, remember.”
I had to chase him fast a couple of times because I didn’t know who was going to stop him – he says – and people watched me run with a camera in hand. But it was all worth it because I got what I wanted and more. I think the biggest challenge was to do it for a minute. Many things were missing ”, highlights the young woman who took advantage of every second of the video to tell the story of this legendary ice cream maker.
Moira remembers Oscar since she was very little. He went to have ice cream every afternoon with his family until he moved and the famous ice cream man no longer arrived at his address. Anyway, he continues taking his ice creams.
“However, it is not the same as hearing his bugle and stopping it. So I think maybe it was nostalgia. The ice cream man represents a very good part of our lives. By telling her story, in some way I would thank her for that part of my life that she made so happy, ”says the young woman.
“I started with a cart because I had an italian neighbor that he worked like that and that way he taught me and my brothers to sell ice cream -said Oscar-. We copy the same as he had, modifying the colors ”.
In the beginning it was he himself who blew the cornet. Now he has it recorded to regulate the volume according to the noise of the city: “When great mountain began to urbanize, people asked me for more volume and I couldn’t because I could blow so hard. Then my brother-in-law told me ‘we have to record the cornet’ We went to a person who recorded it, I liked it and it stayed “.
Oscar “customized” the truck that replaced the car to his liking, with the same colors as the original vehicle. “After the documentary, some of them screw me up and tell me they want my autograph,” he says.
“I never imagined the impact we had,” admits Moira. Do not! Obviously not. When I posted it I asked my friends to like it, so at least the first 200 are theirs. I went to sleep happy with their support. But then when I got up I had 1,500 views and I like you from people I didn’t know. I am shocked.
It got nothing but supportive comments. “Everyone loves the ice cream man! Some comments were for me, but almost all of them are for Oscar. They thanked me for taking them to remember their childhood and people who are in other countries such as Spain or Germany were able to recover those memories of the ice cream man. Everyone congratulated me. So I heartily thank the people of Monte Grande and its surroundings ”, says the young woman and anticipates that there will be a second documentary, more extensive and detailed, about the legendary Oscar.