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Dick Barron

Profile Updated: June 4, 2020
Residing In:
Fort Worth, TX USA
Spouse/Partner:
Martha Kay -- wife of 40 years.
Occupation:
(finally) Retired
Children:
Blake born 1969; Mike born 1975
Military Service:
U.S. Army National Guard  
Comments:

.Bama Smith's Phillips 66 Station.
.Weingarten's Grocery.
.Magness & Son's Poultry Processing Plant.
.Alenco.
.Conway & Co.
.Iva Starnes Mens Wear (this is Iva Starnes).
.Texas Tech - me and The Hud driving the 410 miles to Lubbock. My accomplishments at Tech...New experiences: Coors Beer and pizza pie.
.Kilgore College - oops! Too much Coors Beer and pizza pie.
.Texas A&M - Maroon blood .. time to get serious.
.U.S. Army - Uncle Sam said he needed me.
.Houston Sports Association.
.Weyerhaeuser Co.
.Jos Schlitz Brewing Co.
.Martlet Importing Co. introduced Molson of Canada family to Texas.
.Barton Beers Ltd. introduced Corona family to Texas.
.Self Employed.

School Story:

Sorry, I had to go back to pre SFA.

.Mrs. Clark's Kindergarten. Stanley and Merry Melony's mom.

.The Travis Elementary Wildcats years - marbles in the school yard; Jessie Faye Glover stabbing a #2 pencil in my hand...I still have the lead mark of the wound. Or was it Zan Colson? Or was it June Eubanks?; playing jacks with the girls under the oak trees and a bird crapped on my head, followed by humiliation from the girls; duck and cover drills; should have thought of that drill when the bird crapped on my head; bicycle to school and bicycle everywhere; 1st grade teacher Mrs Holder breaking my heart by getting "in the family way". Never saw her again And Una Jane Spiegal...where did you go? Tormented ever since-ache to this day!; School trip on the train to Houston to see Spartacus; Piano lessons at my Aunt Maudell's across the street from the playground. My Aunt told my Mom she was wasting her money.

.Baseball - Little League the Pirates. Coached by Fort McDonald.

.Bob Bond. Will never forget him. Good friend, used to spend Fri nights together and watch the Sat morning cowboy shows. He liked the Cisco Kid and Zorro. Me too. My dad and brother were part of the group that found them in a slew out by the race track before there was a race track. They broke into Oliver's sporting goods and took a boat and motor to go search for them. I remember to this day the excitement I had when my brother came in about midnight on that Sunday night and said "we found them". I said "good ... where is he ... I want to go talk to him." It was then they took me aside and I learned about death. It broke my heart. I was blessed with the the opportunity to talk to his mother a few times before she passed last year. I couldn't talk to her without tearing up. She would assure me it was ok. She understood. Take a look at his picture in the obit section. Great guy. Great friend. Can't wait to see him again.

.Population: 12,000 in Bryan; 4,000 in College Station, included the Ags.

.Bear Bryant. John David Crow. I remember seeing him walking out of Kyle one Sunday afternoon (they'd let you play football on the field) with his wife and son on his shoulders. It somehow made an impression on me I guess because I only knew his football side. I later met his son outside Spokane, WA. He managed a dog track on the Interstate between Spokane and Coeur D'Alene, Id.

.The Lamar Bulldogs years - we were the first class at the new Lamar; Texas History & visit to San Jacinto battlefield; undefeated Bulldogs & coaches Stub Davis and Harry "popitto'em popitto'em" Bond & laps around the backstops, cleats picking up mud and must have weighed 50 lbs each; throwing up during practice...Mr. Bond told me to stop drinking milk at lunch to stop it from curdling...cured the throw ups. Practice was much harder than the games. Offense: Porter left. Porter right. Porter up the middle! Undefeated, riding on the shoulders of Porter.

.Baseball - Babe Ruth league Woodchoppers. My brother coached us. He created a crafty lefty named Phil Cox. His first ever pitch went over the backstop and hit the concession stand. From that pitch on nobody wanted to dig in against Phil, for fear of being drilled, and he was one of the best pitchers in the league. Joe Frank Stratta slid into third as I applied the tag and he broke my thumb. Today, that left thumb tells me when a norther in coming thru.

.That was pre-air conditioning. Sleeping with the windows up and at 6am you could hear the Aggie Band practicing. The War Hymn was my alarm clock. My blood turned maroon.

.Manning Smith's Dancing Class. Screw up and you had to dance with that old lady. She and I did many a "toe heel, toe heel, aback forward" together.

.The SFA years - Cigs in your t-shirt sleeve, whether you smoked or not (I didn't, but I was cool); duck tails and all that butch wax to hold them down; shotguns and rifles in your truck's gun rack; Conrad Mahon...scared hellfire out of me. I would walk around the building to avoid Conrad Mahon; Senora Vincent's espanol class. I can make it around in a Mexican taxi thanks to her; Typing Class; book raids. I never knew a soul who participated. I promise. (Heh heh).

.Reuben Bond's Louisville Slugger with the holes drilled in. One lick. No more talking in p.e.

.Jim Austin and the acapella choir...the Madrigal Singers (what was a Madrigal?)-still remember some of those songs. The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Sa Le Tay. All-State sing-off in Waco-Mr. Austin got a speeding ticket on the way; And that song about Jessie's Root growing, Mr. A - I finally figured out what that meant; I just couldn't figure out why a rose was 'ere blooming because some guy named Jessie had a member that was growing; Why would we celebrate that in song? Either I didn't learn that in Sunday School or my head was in the gutter! Probably the former.

Baseball: Connie Mack League ????. Can't remember the name of the team. Coached by Billy Arhos.

.Alan Shepherd's shot into space in Senora Vincent's class. I later befriended him in business.

.Mr. Peacock's Shipley Donut shop. Give me a Shipley Special - two burgers open face smothered in cheese, a boatload of fries, a bottle of Dr. Pepper, a squeeze bottle full of ketcup on top of the cheese and fries, a shaker of pepper on top of the ketcup, and B5 on the juke box;

.Junior year basketball: playoffs against Austin McCallum and we beat them and their Joe Hardwick but there was controversy. I remember Joe's mom hitting Squealer Thompson with her purse over and over again. On to State and we opened with Dallas Thomas Jefferson. Coach called time after about 4 minutes and the score was something like 36-2. We exited state about as quickly as we entered it;

.Junior and Senior football-why did we wear helmets that were yellow drab?

.What ever happened to David MacEndorffer?

.I never knew that Coach Ohlendorf was a member of the Junction boys until recently;

.I've Got a Secret, Your Hit Parade, Andy Griffith Show. The Great Barney Fife. Elvis singing to that Basset Hound on Ed Sullivan Show. I watched it at Butch and Jim Allen's house.

.Marlin Perkins "I'll go safely hide behind that rock while Laddie goes over and carefully places his head in the alligator's mouth."

.Deer lease, deer hunts with Jarvis and the Olivers, opening day, closing day, and South Tex quail hunts with our dogs and dads; Man...The best bird dog ever. You had to shake his paw for about 20 minutes before he'd move aside and let you in the back door. He got locked inside the Cunningham's house by the workers when they were building it. There he was in the picture window on that 3 inch shag white carpet with his paw in the air. Mr. Cunningham wasn't a happy camper when Daddy called him to come let his dog off of his white shag carpet!

.You guys still in Bryan sure messed up some good deer country with your housing developments and golf courses and mega churches; Have you no shame? We can't even leave our sacred grounds to you?

.The Skyway Drive In Theater. Greatness.

.1963 Pontiac LeMans aqua marine with white buckets. Would love a do over with that one.

.And one year later, 1964 ... Porter's bachleor party. Me, Marvin and Boyce Oliver at the Dairy King. We were about to be shocked!

.This is an add on. I've had a great time going back in time. I must say that, considering what loomed before us as we moved into the mid 60's, growing up in a town like Bryan Texas was the best home town we could have grown up in. I firmly believe that the post WWII era was the best time ever to grow up in as little boys and girls, and young men and women, and we were just fortunate enough to be raised in the finest area by the best group of parents in parental history. God bless them, God bless Bryan, and God bless all of you guys and gals.

.Texan by birth. Bryan Texan by the grace of God

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Nov 06, 2021 at 7:52 AM

Hey Marvin Milton Holland Boswell ... I hope this b'day is your best ever and that you have dozens more. And again .. thanks for bailing me out of that incident in my apartment in 1964, Nothing like having "muscle" available when you need it! And ... How'd we ever get this old?

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Posted on: Oct 15, 2021 at 10:47 AM

Arthur ... hope your birthday is the best ever! Pack a horse and go up to the mountains and get lost in God's beauty! And I hope you have a few dozen more!

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Oct 08, 2021 at 3:26 PM

Posted on: Oct 05, 2021 at 3:16 PM

Billy Bob ... sorry I missed the 4th. But, Happy Birthday! Hope it was the best one ever, and hope you have at least a few dozen more!

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Aug 26, 2021 at 12:49 PM

Hi Karen ... hope you guys are doing well and enjoying the twilight of the years. Never thought we'd be there. Hope this is a great birthday for you, and give my regards to Lewis.

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Aug 26, 2021 at 12:44 PM

Hi Ann -- hope this birthday finds you in excellent health and ready for another few dozens more, at least! Any plans for moving back to Texas? We're sure seeing our fair share of exiting Californians. My son and family live in the Bay Area and we sure miss them. Lots of water under the bridge since our old Travis Elementary days! Again, have a very happy birthday.

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David ... hope this birthday is your best ever. Stay healthy and hope to see you soon. Dickey Barron

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Posted on: Aug 02, 2021 at 11:04 AM

Hey Ronnie -- really enjoyed the time spent at the Fly In with you. Hope this bd is your best ever, and I hope you have a few dozen more! Looking forward to seeing you again -- soon, I hope. Dick Barron

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Posted on: Jun 21, 2021 at 3:39 PM

Suzan... I'll tell you how to earn a fortune on your birthday. It will take some work in the heat, but it will be well worth it. Go to my old house, go up into the attic, and look for a shoe box. In it you will find my old 1950's baseball cards filled with Mickey Mantels, Willie Mays, Warren Spahn, Joe Adcock, etc. My mother put them up there when me and Diane (with emphasis in the 'i') drove off for Lubbock. I did look one time and couldn't find them, so, they're either still there or some a/c repair guy like Jim Allen stole them. Potentially, my best present ever. So have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and while you're at it, after returning from Lake Como in Italy, have a few dozen more! Dickey. ps: spend your new found wealth wisely and be careful of Italian gigolo's.!

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Jun 14, 2021 at 8:18 AM

Bill --a very long time no see! It would be great to catch up with you again. Please make it to our 60th reunion in 2023 .. hopefully we'll all be still here on planet earth for at least one last reunion. Hard to believe we're the age of our grandparents when we were growing up in the pre SFA days. Have a happy b'day and have a few dozen more! Dickey Barron ps -- I have a nephew in PA who's in the home reconstruction business. He stays pretty busy with the big blow winds you guys get down there. Look him up if you ever get the chance. Steve Barron is his name.

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May 26, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Posted on: May 26, 2021 at 10:26 AM

Phillip Wayne are you and Lindsey going to the Fly-in on 6-12?? Please advise.

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May 26, 2021 at 9:27 AM

Hi Mary Alice. All the best bd wished as we keep climbing that ladder. I'll bet you at 76 is as pretty as you in that SFA yearbook picture! Have a great one and hope you have a few dozen more, all healthy! Dick Barron

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May 26, 2021 at 9:21 AM

dang-it Johnny ... I missed it again. BUT -- I have it on good authority this might have been your best bd ever that didn't include baseball. But maybe you took in the Ranger Farm Baseball Men at RR Stadium. That would make it your BEST ever. Stay healthy and have a few dozen more, and keep breaking off those 12-6 curves! Dickey.

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May 20, 2021 at 3:59 PM

Posted on: May 20, 2021 at 4:53 AM

Hi Keith ... hope your bd was your best ever. And hope you have multiple dozens more, and you bring your old man along for the ride! Hope to see you on the 12. Tell Johnny to get us a tee-time (even though I can't play anymore). And tell him 'congrats' on the Bearcats! And Keith, thank you so much for organizing and keeping this "thing' running. It's great to stay in touch with old HS friends.

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May 04, 2021 at 2:44 PM

Posted on: Apr 27, 2021 at 10:03 AM

Happy real day birthday.

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Posted on: Apr 24, 2021 at 5:39 PM

Yeah Dickey. Three days early on the happy birthday wishes. Tuesday it is. The Astros are up 13-2 today. So glad. With the commish moving the all star game I will be hard pressed to pay to attend another game. We think about you all often. I am in four bridge groups and three men’s breakfast groups. One of the breakfast groups has a guy that attended Calvary Bap. in Bryan for a longtime, your old church. I just purchased a hot Beemer from my son. You gotta see it. Again happy birthday. All the best.

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Posted on: Apr 20, 2021 at 8:02 AM

Have a great birthday. God bless you. Lu Scarmardo

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