Henry B., as he is called, loves a good fight – literally and figuratively. He once slugged a guy who called him a communist and tried to wallop a Republican congressman, Ed Foreman of Odessa, who called him a “pinko” and questioned his patriotism. Anglos had held the Bexar County congressional post for decades when in 1961 Gonzalez, a state senator, took it away. He held it for 37 years, even after Republicans gloated that he was a goner because of his pugilistic tendencies. Henry B. wouldn’t take a leading role in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Texas political watcher Jim Hightower said of Henry B.: “Henry saw himself as a champion not of one group but (of) the downtrodden, the outcast. He believed that while not all of us came in the same boat, we are all in the same boat now.” Gonzalez didn’t care what others thought of his conduct and positions. In 1982 he called a black in Ronald Reagan’s administration a “Stepin Fetchit.” Outraged blacks got no apology. When ill health sidelined Henry B., San Antonians in 1998 elected his son Charles to succeed him.