One of my first official work events with the Texas Press Association was assisting with the annual Midwinter Convention this past week. And while it wasn’t my first to attend, it was my first to be a part of TPA as an employee.
Our keynote speakers for our final brunch were premier journalists Bob Schieffer and Roy Eaton. And while the general public may recognize Schieffer as the former anchor for CBS and moderator for Face the Nation and contributor on 60 Minutes, Eaton is just as talented on a more local front as owner and publisher of the Wise County Messenger in Decatur.
Both men sat in armchairs and reminisced about their early years at Texas Christian University. The College of Communication at TCU bears Schieffer’s name. They worked together covering Ft. Worth in those days with what they said were the “Three Rs – wrecks, rapes and robberies.”
I believe that most would agree that the 45 minute talk during brunch could have easily stretched into four hours. The duo did not disappoint their audience with recollections told with such ease and humor.
This summer while I was trekking across Texas and visited Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up bookstore in Archer City, I came across Scheiffer’s book, “This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You on TV” and snagged it. I was raised watching CBS news and Mr. Schieffer and Walter Cronkite were always in our living room for our daily dose of news. When I bought it, I had no idea that I would not only meet Mr. Schieffer, but that he would be signing my book as well. I was giddy with excitement!
The way I see it, starstruck or not, this encounter was one that I will never forget. May we all get to meet those who have played a meaningful part in our lives.
Weight loss accountability – Week 3 – no loss but more important no gain (great food at the convention) but I won a Fitbit in the silent auction so watch out!
SUE BROWN is a columnist for the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.