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Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub


Some customers are more insensitive than others. One particular gentleman called for an appointment for two shoeings. When I asked how the horses behaved, he said, “Well, you can pick up their feet.” That should have been a gigantic red flag to me, but being short of cash, I said I would come out there.

I drive for an hour and a half through some delightful woods and hills and arrive right on time. The ranch is large and well kept. There is a huge barn and a lot of tractors and other farm machinery around the barn and the house. A trampoline is beside the barn. My only greeters, however, are a serious-looking Bull Mastiff who is not wagging his tail, and three barefoot children whose ages turn out to be two, four, and six, who have been jumping on the unsupervised trampoline. Two girls and an older boy. No adults in sight. I do not get out of the truck. The three children and the dog stare at me. I’m obviously some kind of novelty. I wait. Our conversation doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and the dog has not taken his eyes off of me. I finally ask the boy to go get his mother. He gives it some thought, and finally wanders off in the direction of the house. Eventually, his mother comes back with him, and all four of them and the dog stare at me. The mother turns out to be the daughter of the man who called me, but she knows nothing about any of this. She has no idea who I am or where her father is. I tell her I’m the shoer.

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6 A Wop and a Wimp and a Moon

Mike Roos Quarry Books ePub

Jim Roos was surprised the first Saturday in July to see Pete Gill at his door again, only a week after they had settled his contract, dressed in a tee shirt, soiled khaki work pants, and mud-caked black Converse All Stars.

“Here I am, Jim.” Pete stood on the front stoop outside Jim’s house, hands outstretched like a singer, grinning broadly.

“What brings you to town, Pete? House hunting?”

“Got a place, Jim. We’re all moved in.”

With a glance at the mud on Pete’s shoes, knowing Betty had just vacuumed, Jim stepped outside. “You don’t waste time, do you?” Jim laughed.

“Ready to get started, Jim. That’s the way I am. When I’m done one place, I’m done, and I move on. ‘Don’t look back,’ Satchel Paige said. ‘Something might be gaining on ya.’”

“Where is it?”

“Where’s what?”

“Your new place.”

“Oh, uh, Jasper.”

“Jasper?” Jim replied uncomfortably.

“You know Wop Fritsch’s bar there, don’t you?”

“Yeah.” Jim grew even more uncomfortable. He’d never been inside Fritsch’s Tavern, but he’d been by there and knew its reputation as the Dubois County gambling headquarters. “Are you living there?”

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Chapter 4 - The Only Show of Its Kind in the United States (1936–1939)

Mitchel P. Roth University of North Texas Press ePub

“They don't draw the color line in these contests.”

—P.D. Eldred, 1936

BARELY had Dave Nelson stepped into his new role as the Texas Prison System general manager, replacing Lee Simmons, when he succumbed to pneumonia, just two weeks after beginning his new duties. Governor James V. Allred was among the luminaries who paid their last respects to Nelson at his funeral in Orange. The governor acknowledged that Nelson “had barely had time to familiarize himself with the general prison system procedures when he was stricken but had already instituted plans for social rehabilitation of several thousands of inmates through segregation within the various branches of the system.”

A week later, O.J.S. (Jack) Ellingson, formerly the assistant manager of the Texas Prison System, was elevated to the top job, stating that he intended to carry out the policies set out by the Texas Prison Board. However, it did not auger well for future reform efforts when Ellingson admitted he did “not have any ideas other than the carrying out of the Texas Prison Board's policies.”1 His candor could probably be forgiven, since he had yet to familiarize himself with his new position. Since he had been originally appointed by Lee Simmons to assistant manager in 1932, many observers expected he would be influenced by the TPR creator.

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Deer Leaves

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF



8:15 AM

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I’m not sure of the first time I went to the deer lease; probably it was in 1970, when I turned nine years old. It seemed that it was just always there. Early on, I called it “deer leaves” because that’s what I thought the grown-ups were saying.

I remember waking up one morning after Dad’s return from the hunt to find a deer hanging from a tree in the front yard of our home in Garland. Back then, the neighborhood butcher shop would process the kill for us, but later medical concerns over crosscontamination of retail meat market equipment led to a law prohibiting the practice. After that, we did our own butchering, and we always had backstraps to chicken-fry and plenty of meat to barbecue, though we never mastered sausage making.

Besides being a great place to hunt, the lease was an easy, twohour drive from home. Dad worked nights, so we could leave after school on Friday and still have some daylight left when we got there. In those days, I thought more about landmarks along the highway than of time and distance. Shortly after leaving Garland we would pass Big Town, where we’d sometimes see Santa arrive by helicopter for a pre-Christmas visit. Then we’d drive into downtown Dallas, which would disappear as the roadway dipped into the “canyon” and the only tunnel I knew existed.

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Ncaa Tournament: Indiana VS. New Mexico State, 3-15-12 (79-66)

The Herald-Times Indiana University Press ePub

By Dustin Dopirak

Indiana got a chance to soak in the victory before it was even over. With New Mexico State having finally surrendered in the final half-minute, they dribbled out the shot clock with the sound of hundreds of Hoosiers fans chanting “I-U,” celebrating the fact that Indiana would keep dancing for at least two more days.

There were moments of sloppiness for the Hoosiers in their first NCAA Tournament game since 2008, but in the end they did what they had to do to win and win comfortably. Junior point guard Jordan Hulls got hot from beyond the arc for a game-high 22 points, the No. 4 seed Hoosiers kept No. 13 New Mexico State from dominating the paint and beat the Aggies 79-66 in front of 17,519 on Thursday at The Rose Garden to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. They will play No. 12 seed Virginia Commonwealth — which upset No. 5 seed Wichita State 62-59 earlier in the evening — on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

It was their first tournament victory since March 17, 2007.

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