New reporter says hello
By Richard Zowie —
In 1983, when I was 10, on our way home to Beeville, my father and I traveled through Fredericksburg.
I remember a tall building — it may have been a church — and thinking the city looked very historical.
Little did I know that, 30 years later, I would return to Fredericksburg to work at the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.
Goodbye, South Texas Coastal Bend; hello, Texas Hill Country.
Following almost nine years living in Michigan and working in radio, news and retail, I am now back in Texas, for good.
Michigan’s cool summers and falls were great, and the winters didn’t bother me —except when it was time to drive. I doubt I’ll ever miss those miserable Maalox moments driving on icy roads or during windy, heavy snow storms — especially at night or in the early morning. Several times I slid on those roads, sometimes off into ditches.
It’s wonderful to return home to the Lone Star State, where the roads are bone-dry far more often, where people don’t look at me strange for saying “y’all” and where people know Waco is pronounced “Way-co” and NOT “Whack-o”.
I’m also very thankful to live only about three hours from my parents and older sisters, and within reasonable distances from many of my closest friends.
And as I write this column, I know four questions readers will have.
Is Zowie your real last name?
While I was in Army basic training in 1996, I remember a 6’4” drill sergeant looking at my nametag in disbelief. “Is that REALLY your last name?” he growled.
Yes, drill sergeant. It’s on my license, birth certificate and Social Security card.
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