Here are two heroes of mine, Ann Richards and Dan Rather, seen at a reception for Dan at the Stephen F Austin Hotel the night Dan spoke at the Paramount Theatre in Austin as part of KLRU tv’s series of Distinguished Speakers. Both, I’m glad to report, are doing great. Ann Richards, last Democratic Governor of Texas, is as happy, and just as fun, as she ever was. Dan Rather is truly impressive, at least to me. He is one of the rare public figures who had the guts to take on Bush during the “I”m the War President” hysteria.. Got sacked for it. Doesn’t cry about it. Both have picked up and carried on quite well, thank you very much…. Both are fine examples of what any young Texan might want to grow up to be like.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take note of the Orangeblood frenzy / mania sweeping the city and, hell, even the state. UT finally won the National Championship in major college football. After a proverbial 40 years spent wandering the desert of secondary status, (actually only 37 years, since 1969) Austin, and the University she hosts, finally feels Supreme in something she considers Truly Significant. . And what a game it was!!! Victory, at last. (Exult today, for tomorrow we lose Vince…) This is my friend, Scott Zubin, known fondly, and otherwise, as Zoob (and portrayed here as Blue Zoob). Zoob owns the Texas Chili Parlor, my fovorite bar. Four days after the Rose Bowl victory, we went down to Littlefield Fountain to make OUR personal memento, and at least a thousand other Austinites were trying to do the same exact thing…. I don’t have Vince Young here to show you, you’ll see enough of him for yourself in the future. He’s going to be the Michael Jordon of Pro Football. Mark my words.
We hosted this little ol’ band from Scotland in December. It was a fantastic show, as you may have seen on PBS’ Austin City Limits… If you want to see my music photography for Austin City Limits, spanning 27 years, go to this site: http://www.pbs.org/klru/austin Or this one for the ACL Music Festival: http://www.aclfest.com This site is more of a personal, whatever I feel like posting site.