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Dallas Cowboys

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-07-2010

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Football is getting closer…Last two days we have had articles in our paper on the Cowboys. I love football, love Alabama football, New Mexico Lobo foofball, Mountain West football, but I really love Dallas Cowboy football…The world stops when they play…I am not as bad now as I used to be…At least I will now talk to my wife some during the game and she will even watch a close one with me, sometimes!!!!…I heard some guys talking the other day about how long they had been a fan and I mentioned that Eddie LaBaron was the quarterback when I started following them. They said, “Who”….Eddie LaBaron, all 5’6” of him. Remember that he had to loft the ball to get it over the on rushing linemen, 1960 – 62…But he was a gritty guy….Before retiring I worked some events that lineman Randy White also worked, several years running. I have two pictures, autographed of course, of him. It has been two or three years ago, but even then he looked like he could walk on the field and play just anytime they needed him….Who is your favorite…I have so many it is hard to pick just one, Stauback, White, Meredeth,Aikman, Newhouse, Dorsett, Johnson, Perkins, Harris, Waters, Lilly, Jordan, Novack, Smith, Irvin, Garrison, Reeves, Hays, Hill….oh, gosh, the list goes on and on, not to mention Coach Landry…I wish you guys would take a little time and name your favorite cowboy, if you have one….Please notice that I did not include the current crop of “Boys”….Some of them will make it to great status one day also…I can name three on offense and a couple of defense right now that will be among  the greats, if not already….Let me know who you liked…..Pete Hester

e-machines

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-07-2010

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How about it people? How are those e-machines? I looked at a couple down at the closest Wal-Mart. They look pretty good. The numbers, memory and hard drive all sound pretty good. All I do is write this blog, do some research from time to time, write some on my books, and a few other odds and ends. Seems to me like an e-machine would work for me. Any of you folks care to comment and let me know about them. Especially if you know of some negatives as to why they are not a good choice…Thanks, Pete

Muddy a slough….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-07-2010

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Slough is a term you don’t hear much about in New Mexico….They don’t have them to my knowledge….Back in the southeast you have a bunch..That is a small area of water cut off from the main stream except for during flood stage. They are always full of fish…And you fellows in Alabama and Mississippi know all about them. In one of the Chapters of  one of my books I talked about us cousins mudding a slough. This is a true story from this fiction writer and worth repeating I think. There were several sloughs close to Coal Fire, AL on Coal Fire Creek and one looked ready to be muddied. We made our paddles for raking the mud and paddles for slapping out the sick fish. I think we may have had several Uncles with us. Anyway, we got the slough all muddied up and the  fish started coming to the top.   The Uncles were chasing the fish around and slapping the fish from the water and us cousins were running around gathering them up. One of us cousins, I won’t call any names, always wanted to be first. They slapped out this dang jack. and you know the old jack has around 35,000 sharp teeth (now that may be fiction) and Cousin picked him up but somehow he got his thumb in that jack’s mouth….Big mistake….That boy almost lost a thumb…..I guess to jack’s,  fingers and thumbs look a lot like worms…..Seems to me like it took a long time for that thumb to heal….And it took a long time for the rest of us cousins to pick up a dang old jack, I can tell you that…

Emergency Rooms

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-07-2010

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A friend of mine had an accident Friday evening  during rush hour. His accident happened at home. His wife called for an ambulance and within less than five minutes help was there. She called us when the ambulance left the house explaining what happened and that she would be following the ambulance to the hospital. We left shortly after receiving the call to be there for them as moral support. What is amazing is that when we got there he was already receiving care. I had forgotten how busy an emergency room can be….Friday night was not exception…It is easy to see why the medical profession has such a heavy demand for nurses and doctors….I personaly have a daughter, two granddaughters, a daughter in law and a niece all in the profession or headed to that profession…And you know what….Thank God for those that choose the medical profession…What a wonderful service  all these people  provide….Thank you Doctors and Nurses and CNA’s of America…We need you….

Hot Stuff

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-07-2010

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I have some more stuff writing for you…This is hot stuff…Did you ever go the the store to buy plants and find out later they were mis- labeled? Well, I invested some hard earn money into a beautiful Big Boy tomato plant. It was a good size and tomato production seemed immediate. When it produced,  the dad-blamed thing was cherry tomatoes. So, I don’t have any Big Boys this year thanks to some worker….Then I bought a bell pepper and it turns out to be a Jalapeno bell…a little spicy, but that was totally my fault. Then, we have had some of our green chiles marked “mild” that were really hot….That does not happen all that often, but when it does, it will perk you up a bit…sometimes more that a bit. …Taste is relative, huh….Have a friend from Illinois originally and not really into hot and spicy..He was watching me eat some salsa at a restaurant one day and he says, “is that hot” and I say, honestly, “not at all”. He takes a bite then grabs the water glass and gives me a very stern look, later saying “that is extremely hot”….It’s always something….

What’s my name?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-07-2010

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Many years ago I worked with a very nice fellow down in Carlsbad, NM…A colorful fellow who could tell very good stories and every day seems like he had a good story to tell. My favorite  story went like this: He was sent down from Denver to be the new terminal manager for Continental Airlines. He was a young man, new family and pretty near broke. He needed some money very badly to move his family to Carlsbad and set up house keeping. Some of the Carlsbad residents told this fellow that the banker he was using was very tight and critical about loaning money and to get a loan from him was like pulling teeth. He felt like he should use them as they were the bank his company used. He had never had a loan before and was scared as he could be about the upcoming encounter with this banker to try and secure a loan to move his family. Never-the-less, he charged on and he was scared and concerned waiting for the banker to see him. Sure enough, the banker raked him over the coals about savings, managing his money, repaying loans and the need for bankers to verify the character of the individuals borrowing money and on and on went the lessons of being a good citizen but he finally said, “well, ok, you seem like you will be a good risk, now what did you say your name was?” He told me he thought and thought, thinking “now what the hell is my name” and his name would not come to him. He said, “Sir, you talked me out of borrowing any money”  and walked out of the bank. He got outside the bank and thought, “what the hell is my name?’ Shortly, he said he snapped his fingers and said, “oh yeah” saying his own name out loud. He said, “So, I went across the street and borrowed the money from the other bank in town.”…. I have laughed at that story every time I think of it. I also borrowed money from that banker and he was tough. Folks around town still remember who it is….If you are familiar with Carlsbad, you know you have to go back many, many years to find when Continental Airlines served them,  huh? I think it was just after the Air Base closed there just after WWII..I hope you liked the story…Pete

Cousins, Chapter 3, Homer and Frog Giggin’

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 14-07-2010

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In the Fifties in Alabama the school were segragated…But we had a few black friends during our teen years, two that we hunted, swam, and fished with pretty regularly. I rolled those two guys into one character and called him Homer. Most of the stories involving him are based on fact and in the Final Chapter of the book  is mostly true. In chapter three, there are a couple of stories, one about the wreck of the Chevy Panel Wagon was told to me as a true story, but I changed the characters and then the story of about us working at the sawmill is dang sure facts. But anyway, I think this chapter turns out pretty well and I hope you will enjoy taking the time to read it.

Chapter 3 Homer and Frog Giggin’

Pam Murphy reprint via e-mail

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-07-2010

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I did a copy and paste on this e-mail and the pictures did not print. There is a good photo of Mrs.
Pam Murphy. If you would like for me to forward this to you let me know. Pete@hesterbooks.com
 
Forwarded Message —-
From: LaNelda <lns@compuwise.net>
To: Undisclosed-Recipient@yahoo.com
Sent: Mon, July 5, 2010 8:29:19 AM
Subject: Audie Murphy’s wife

 

 

List of Decorations for Audie Murphy.

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster and Valor device)

Purple Heart (with two oak leaf clusters)

UArmy Outstanding Civilian Service Medal Ribbon.jpg

U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal

U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal

Presidential Unit Citation (with First Oak Leaf Cluster)

American Campaign Medal

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)),

World War II Victory Medal

Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany Clasp)

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

French Fourragère in Colors of the Croix de guerre

French Legion of Honor – Grade of Chevalier

French Croix de guerre (with Silver Star),

French Croix de guerre (with Palm)

Medal of Liberated France

Belgian Croix de guerre (with 1940 Palm)

Additionally, Murphy was awarded:

  • |Combat Infantry Badge.svg  the Combat Infantry Badge,
  • Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar,
  • Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar


 

 

 

 

Pamela Murphy, widow of WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the widow of the most decorated WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and established her own distinctive 35 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration hospital, treatingevery veteran who visited the facility as if they were a VIP.

Any soldier or Marine who came into the hospital got the same special treatment from her. She would walk the hallways with her clipboard in hand making sure her boys got to see the specialist they needed.

If they didn’t, watch out. Her boys weren’t Medal of Honor recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn’t matter to Pam. They had served their country. That was good enough for her.  She never called a veteran by his first name. It was always “Mister.” Respect came with the job.

“Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy,” said veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended over the years. “Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been waiting more than an hour right into the doctor’s office.  She was even reprimanded a few times, but it didn’t matter to Mrs. Murphy. “Only her boys mattered. She was our angel.” 

     Audie Murphy died broke in a plane crash in 1971, squandering millions of dollars on gambling, bad investments, and yes, other women.  “Even with the adultery and desertion at the end, he always remained my hero,” Pam told me.  

She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van Nuys where she raised two sons to a small apartment – taking a clerk’s job at the nearby VA to support herself and start paying off her faded movie star husband’s debts.  At first, no one knew who she was. Soon, though, word spread throughthe VA that the nice woman with the clipboard was Audie Murphy’s widow. It was like saying General Patton had just walked in the front door. Men with tears in their eyes walked up to her and gave her a hug.

“Thank you,” they said, over and over.

The first couple of years, I think the hugs were more for Audie’s memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for Pam. 

 One year I asked her to be the focus of a Veteran’s Day column for all the work she had done. Pam just shook her head no.

“Honor them, not me,” she said, pointing to a group of veterans down the hallway. “They’re the ones who deserve it.”

The vets disagreed. Mrs. Murphy deserved the accolades, they said.  Incredibly, in 2002, Pam’s job was going to be eliminated in budget cuts. She was considered “excess staff.”  “I don’t think helping cut down on veterans’ complaints and showing them the respect they deserve, should be considered excess staff,” she told me.  Neither did the veterans. They went ballistic, holding a rally for her outside the VA gates.  Pretty soon, word came down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered “excess staff.” 

 She remained working full time at the VA until 2007 when she was 87.  

“The last time she was here was a couple of years ago for the conference we had for homeless veterans,” said Becky James, coordinator of the VA’s Veterans History Project.   Pam wanted to see if there was anything she could do to help some more of her boys.  Pam Murphy was 90 when she died last week. What a lady.

 Dennis McCarthy, Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010 ~

 

I know you will pass this one on…..

Your city and state(Decatur, TX?)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-07-2010

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Let me ask a favor of you folks. You see where it says comments, would you click on that and give me your city and state so I will know what areas that read my stuff. I promise not to use it for anything other than my edification. You know I visit Coal Fire, AL from time to time and Branson, Mo via Joplin and Springfield ever chance I get. ‘Course that takes me through Rogers, AK and War Eagle Mill and sometimes through Bentonville and Springdale, where we buy the Sunshine Brand Turnip Greens, uh um, um. And folks down in San Antonio, I love that area…Houston and Galveston and Freeport…The Johnston used to take us fishing every year…I remember one of their boats, “Ann’s Dream”..We were out in the gulf one day and she was Captain of course and all you could see was water for miles..She knew I was on old desert dweller and she really laughed when I asked her to “take me by the dam cause it had to be one big sucker”….Any way, you folks from other parts of the nation, let me know you read me…I may have a story to tell about your town, Yazoo City, MS or Morenci, AZ or Memphis, TN or Decatur, TX county seat of Wise…I used to lead singing some at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. Two, many years ago….Let me hear from you and if you want to write something about your town, please do…Just click on the comments and tell me..Pete

Fishing license stuff

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-07-2010

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You probably remember me talking about us old folks getting our New Mexico fishing license for free, after we attain a certain age, which I ain’t taking about today thank you. “Course probably one reason we do get them for free is cause we have to drive so dang far to fish. Well, that is not what I want to talk about. But what I do want to talk about is license’s and the requirements for same.I had to show my driver’s license and they wrote the number on my license and I had to give them the last four digits of my social security number, which they wrote on the fishing license. Now, if the game warden ask me and you to see our fishing license, he’s just checking licenses. Since we all have to drive somewhere to go fishing, both in New Mexico and Arizona, I am proposing that when policemen stop someone, that they ask to see our fishing license…If they say they are not going fishing the policeman says, “well, my I see your drivers license.”  If they are going fishing ask  to see drivers license and  social security card. It’s not racial profiling to ask to see the fishing license…. so I don’t think the illegals would say anything about wanting to see their fishing license….well, the brothers and sisters of the illegals might get mad….oh, and the President of Mexico is probably gonna be insulted….well, its just a thought…..