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April 14, 2014

reflections on Interesting People

Now, there are a lot of interesting people in the world - both famous and not; I have met a few of each. Our new friend, Gene, has been posting photos on Facebook of famous people he has met, and I thought that it might be fun for me to do that here - tell a tale or two of various famous people I've met.

Probably the most famous person I've ever met is former President of the United States George W. Bush.  Fortunately for us, the Republican Party in Texas was headed, at one time, by our local Chet Upham.

Chet assisted future President George W. when he was stumping around Texas for his father, George H.W. Bush's, campaign. It was a sort of whistle stop experience meeting in a darkened parking lot at the Brazos Shopping Center, but I can say I shook the hand of a President!

The first famous person I ever remember meeting was Gene Autry.

When I was a child, growing up in Stephenville, Gene Autry owned part of the Dublin Rodeo.  You see, Stephenville, Cowboy Capital of the World, did not have a rodeo arena. We all went to Dublin to the rodeo, and Autry alway rode in the parade. Mostly, each year, he was as drunk as a skunk and almost fell off his horse, Champion. My daddy used to be very disgusted that someone who was such a kid favorite would be such a terrible role model!

The second famous person I remember meeting was Rex Allen, another cowboy actor, with his horse Koko, when he made an appearance at the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. As you can tell, we were a rodeo family. Daddy and I attended lots of rodeos, and I was a barrel racer.

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