Archive for September, 2008

Zoo for You

Some of my friends having fun at Zoo Ball in Ft. Worth Saturday night!

There are lots of charitable events in North Texas, and a lot of people work very hard to raise money for worthwhile causes.  But anyone who’s ever been to Zoo Ball knows it’s one of the best.  This year there were free tatoos (as you can see) and Huey Lewis and the News was the entertainment.

But the best thing about Zoo Ball is that it raises money for one of the nicest venues for North Texas.  The Ft. Worth Zoo is known nationwide as one of the best in the country.  If you’ve never taken your children, you have a treat in store.

A special thanks from all of us who enjoy the Ft. Worth Zoo to Ramona Bass.  Ms. Bass is the mover behind the zoo, and Zoo Ball.  We’re lucky to have both!

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Governor Hutchison?

More leaks about Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison running for Texas Governor.

The Associated Press reports that the Senator told colleagues she is forming a committee to explore a run.

The Senator and I first talkabout about this several months ago.  I spoke with her office tonight and they won’t confirm or deny that report.  All they’ll say right now is that “In order to explore new opportunities that many Texans have asked me to consider I informed my colleagues today that I would not seek re-election as chair of the Republican Policy Committee….it is in the best interests of the committee to elect a new policy committee chairman who can committ full attention…”

I fully expect to see Senator Hutchison’s name on the ballot for Texas Governor.

Texas’ Finest

Is this another case of a young talented athlete getting in over his head and being used by the very people who are supposed to help him?

Two years ago, I interviews UT quarterback Vince Young.  He was the winner of the prestigious Davy O’Brien Award.  He was refreshing — full of enthusiasm and seemed to have his feet planted firmly on the ground.

Unfortunately, I ran across an article in the New York Times a few days ago that said Young has some serious problems now.  His therapist said Young talked of quitting football, and has even mentioned suicide.

When Young was in Ft Worth a relative was handling his affairs.  She was dedicated to his best interests.  I called and talked to her yesterday and she is distraught about what has happened. She says Vince got in over his head with people who are using him for his status and money.

Hopefully I’ll talk with Vince in the next few days and find out what’s really going on.  I’ll keep you posted.

RIP Wimpy

He wasn’t wimpy that’s for sure.  He was strong, a fast runner, and good natured.

Today we had to put down our old horse, Wimpy.  His hoof was hurting so badly he could barely walk.  At one time, long before we got him, Wimpy was a champion.  By the time Wimpy came into our lives, he was tired, but still a good enough horse to learn how to ride on.  He lived a good long life, at 23 older than most horses hope to last.

First I learned and then my husband Kevin.  Kevin was the one who ended up loving the sport and rode a couple of times every week.   Today Wimpy could hardly get into the trailer.  So good bye Wimpy.  Why is it children and animals always bring a tear to your eye?

Kiss in the Morning

This morning I woke up to a big kiss.  No, not from my husband.  KISS-FM called to ask me a few questions about TV and other stuff going on.

We talked about everything from getting my freshman son ready for Homecoming, to what NBC5 is doing to help the victims of Hurricane Ike, to what I listen to on my IPOD before every newscast.  It was fun to talk to them and   If you want to hear the interview, just listen to KISS-FM.

By the way, the last question was about my favorite song on their playlist right now.

Rhianna, no questions about it!

The Cost of Freedom

Johnnie Earl Lindsey has spent the last 26 years in prison for rape.  He was convicted in Dallas County.  Now comes word that new DNA evidence proves he is innocent.  A hearing is set for Friday.

Here’s what I want to know.  How on earth do you compensate a person for 26 years of their life?  It’s a tragedy and a shame that if Lindsey is released he will be the 20th person apparently wrongly convicted  in Dallas County.  It is also a tribute to District Attorney Craig Watkins office that he is trying to make these wrongs right.

But the question remains:  What does the state of Texas owe these people?  What is 26 years of your life worth?

Proud Peacock

How cool is that?  My brother just emailed me this picture from the Newseum in Washington D.C.

This is a replica of the NBC5 helicopter that hangs in the museum which is all about the history of news.  We have a lot of history here at NBC5 — we were the first television station on the air in the Southwest.

It’s fun to see a part of NBC5 on display for the whole country to see.