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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?

Yes.

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.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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