06 Jan

"Arhos and Austin at Stiteler Stock Tanks"

Billy Arhos and I somehow got invited to fish at former Aggie football coach, Harry Stiteler's stock tanks out in the Harvey Community, probably in the early sixties, and there was one particular three-acre baby that was my favorite. Arhos and I were on the night crew at Channel 3 and many Friday nights, when we weren't frog gigging, we would plan a trip to Stitelers on Saturday.  Loaded with spincast equipment and two dozen minnows, we would put a hook in the water around 8:30am and would have a nice mess of bass by 11:00 or so.  Arhos would get frustrated a lot. Even though we were standing close together on the dam, I always caught more fine (2-pound or so)smallmouth bass than he did. I cannot explain why since we used the same tackle and minnows, but it did work out that way.  We would always leave with a fine string of fish, clean them at my house and wash-up for a fine bacon and egg breakfast.  Marilyn never complained about 'boy's-day-out'.  Troy nor Bob were much of a sportsman, but "seellieobeeliearhos" was.  I suppose he and I spent more time 'on-the-lake' than otherwise.  He was so doggone brilliant!  It was not unusual for, while having a discourse on some topic, that Arhos would get this wide-open stare and just sit there for a moment, lost somewhere else in his own world. There has bee very few men the quality and quantity of one Billy Philip Arhos and that's a fact.  Look him up for yourself.  My friend was a broadcasting pioneer and the information you find is incomplete. Details of Arhos and television lack his true beginning of his career.  He, Troy Dungan and I were attending Texas A&M taking summer courses about the same time he and I were catching fish at Stiteler's. Troy was Local News and I was "whatever". Bill would visit some nights and eventually got a job there.  He began on camera and progressed to switcher/director and from Channel Three(KBTX) Bryan, Texas, he joined the Austin PBS station. You won't find this detail in all the print online. Arhos and I loved to fish and Stitelers was our favorite. Troy and I have outlasted both Harry and Billy and that's a shame.  A Fellow doesn't meet many to 'run-the-river-with', donchaknow.  Here's the last photo of my friend, Billy Philip Arhos (1934-2015).  Rest In Peace.

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

James G Austin 69

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