11 Apr


Cattle Calls

Anyone who has ever been involved in professional theater cringes at the mention of "Cattle Calls".  We all experienced them, but the only times I was hired was out-of-the-blue.  Living in Houston, there were many opportunities and they were attended by many hopeful actors.  I stopped attending after half-a-dozen.  It was happenstance that I was part of the Houston company of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". 

I was doing over-nights at KODA-fm in Houston. We had just moved from Bolivar to south Houston, saving me that ferry trip each night.  Just as the Cowboy/Steeler Super Bowl was beginning I got a call from one of the other guys working at KODA. He said to call Sydy Rojo.  I knew her from a summer in Kerrville doing summer stock at the Point Theater.  She was assistant stage manager of the up-and-coming production of ''The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", Houston company opening at the Tower Theater.  That show was to play 8-weeks, but ticket sales were longer than that and we played a year, then on the road to twenty-six cities, closing in honor of Dolly's movie in 1982 at the Desert Inn.  That tour was a HOOT!  We stayed on in Vegas and had a great run in radio, television, training films for the Diocese of Boston and leading worship at three churches over the next 23 years.  

As I sit here in my little corner, it is obvious that my heart has always been here where God blessed me with a fine group of young people who in turn blessed those to whom the ministered.  I have awards, trophies and great memories of wonderful moments, but none compare to SO Good1

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.


James G Austin '69

I intended to include this from Romans yesterday:

"You see, at just the right tim, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ Died for us."

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