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the convention, Ross came down with a stomach ulcer. “So now I have all the attributes of a good organizer, except ability and an organization,” he wrote to Chavez.17 By this time, Chavez had moved with Helen and their eight kids to Delano, a grape-growing town in the San Joaquin Valley, where they eked out an existence on unemployment and whatever wages Helen earned in the fi elds. Th e prospect of launching a farmworker union was daunting, enough to freeze any sensible person in his tracks. So Chavez broke the project into pieces, just as Ross had done when