Serving newspapers at age 12. Started the paper route with about 30 customers and built it up to 100 customers. During the summer months cut lawns. Later sold the paper route for $25.00. Went to work as a dishwasher, short order cook and all-around restaurant worker at age 15. Worked a 44-48 hour week, 7 days per week. First best job I ever held - Enlisted sailor in the Navy.
Hobbies or Special Talents:
Pedal steel guitar player. Classic country music singer
Name one thing you would most like to do before you die:
Make the world a better place. Especially my beloved Texas. You changed my world - completely for the better.
Names of Grandchildren:
Noa - 10 months old
Pets (include names):
(1) Adoption of the Practioner-Based Educational System, (2) Reform of the Texas Legislature with the adoption of a unicameral system, similar to that of Nebraska and the provinces of Canada, and Australia. (3) Reform of the Texas Criminal Justice System (a) Abolition of the death penalty, (b) Address the drug, alcohol abuse and sexual predators problem. War on Drugs is creating a war of another sort. Too many highway deaths due to drunk driving. Too many sexual predator cases and no one is offering a solution. Propose creating a high level commission of experts in the fields of medicine, chemistry, psycology, law enforcement, members of the clergy, educators, current and past addicts and concerned citizens. Commission would develop a "best practices list" based on how other states and nations deal with these problems. Best practices list would then be submitted to the legislature for action. (c) Address the problem of redivism. (4) Fill the job skills gap through technical, vocational and trade skills certification offered at community colleges and privately-run trade and technical schools. Critical skills currently needed in Texas include welders, machinist, tool and die workers, diesel engine mechanics and electricians.
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
Public confidence of the political process and those in politics is at an all-time low. Such low-level confidence couldn't come a worse time historically. At age 73 I come from another generation that still remembers the World War II years, the post war years and all of the stories about the Depression of the 1930s. With that corporate knowledge, I believe I have real and practical solutions to our current political and economic problems. I'm at a time in life where I'm secure in my own skin and economically secure. I'm free to listen, evaluate the proposals of others, and aggressive enough to implement solutions to problems in education, workforce development, public safety and personal economic security.