A bull by any other name’

Mason Lowery, a 16-year-old taking the leap into the FFA world (Future Farmers of America) at Wichita Falls’ Rider High School, is quite a ‘name-dropper.’ Don’t misunderstand. Relatives are staking him to a claim in their herd of registered Polled Herefords. Mason plans to show one of them, and the kinfolks have asked him to name all of them, suggesting a theme of country/western singers’ * * * The young man has ‘dropped’ appropriate names on five of the six bovines, but Momma Cow, the first animal purchased, remains just that: Momma Cow. She was heavy ‘with calf,’ and another trotting alongside was dubbed ‘Dolly’ (Parton). The family soon acquired three other cows; their names are Reba (McEntire), Patsy (Cline) and June (Carter Cash). Recently, Momma Cow birthed a male calf. Mason’s folks thought he’d likely name him ‘Johnny’–or perhaps ‘Cash.’ Not so. The newest addition to the herd is a bull named ‘Sue.’ * * * ‘Sue’ isn’t a probable name for a bull, and ‘Bull’ isn’t a likely moniker for a distinguished educator. But that’s what Dr. Joe B. Rushing, founding CEO of Tarrant County College, called himself back in the 1970s, when CB radios were big. His CB ‘handle’ was ‘Dr. Bull.’ A few years later, when son Scott became a veterinarian, he was ‘Bull Doctor’ on the CB channels’ * * * Show me a man with his head held high, and I’ll show you one unaccustomed to his tri- focals. Bespectacled for 60-plus years, I wear mine during all waking moments. My wife wears hers most of the time, and guesses her way along when she’s without visual aids. The bill- payer at our house, she asked me to mail a stack of bills. Luckily, I glanced at them first. Each envelope had $2.39 postage affixed.’There were 39- cent stamps on each, along with two $1 stamps. She confessed that the stamps were selected before she put on her glasses, and that she thought the two add-ons were penny stamps. I camped out at the post office that morning, carefully peeling off two-dozen dollar stamps ‘ * * * There’s been much discussion about placing cameras at intersections to identify red-light runners. Legislators authorized this practice just before the session ended. In Lubbock, city council members talked about how the cameras would add funds to the city coffers. Then, a radio station distributed this bumper sticker: ‘Support your City Council. Run a Red Light.’ * * * In these days of few absolutes, cynics may take little comfort in findings of the Food and Drug Administration. This seems to be particularly true of recent announcements concerning hogs and chickens that have eaten tainted food. The FDA assures consumers that such hogs and chickens are indeed safe to eat. One cynic wonders: What if the FDA staffers conducting these studies happened to be vegetarians’… * * * ‘ Rev. Dr. Kent A. Heimbigner, a Lutheran minister, well remembers spotting his future wife, Denise, in a college chapel service. When he asked her out, she was reluctant to accept the invitation. ‘ She claimed to have a terrible cold, and didn’t want him to risk catching it. “Look,” he answered. ‘The way I see it, a man is predestined by the hand of Almighty God to catch a certain number of colds in his life, and he can consider himself fortunate if he gets to choose how he contracts them.’ Enough said. That was 20 years and five children ago’. * * * In Corsicana, an instrumental group that plays during contemporary worship each Sunday has one member answering to ‘Your Honor.’ Yes, that’s Navarro County Judge H. M. Davenport, Jr., on the drums.’ He’s been ‘hooked’ on drumming since age 14, and he’s played in musical groups during most of the past 46 years. Before you ask, no, he doesn’t wear his robe to the musical gigs’ Dr. Newbury is a speaker and author in the Metroplex. He welcomes inquiries and comments. Send email to: new- bury@speakerdoc.com. Phone: 817-447- 3872. His website: www.speakerdoc.com.

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