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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Blast from the past

Last week I mentioned a conversation with a Fort Bend County deputy who reminisced about a story I did back in 1978 on a Missouri City youth who put on a backyard Elvis tribute concert. Well, low and behold, after the story was published, his mother contacted our newspaper! She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and received a tip about the website edition of the Star and the reference to her son, Greg Winston, in the paper. After receiving her letter, I contacted her by e-mail and we caught up on the last 30 years. Greg is all grown up with adult daughters of his own. He now lives in the Cy-Fair area outside of Houston and, yes, as the deputy said, he is still doing Elvis songs in and around Houston. He is considered an “Elvis Tribute Artist” and I looked at his website to see what the little kid looks like 30 years later—he looks eerily like Elvis.

It is a small, small world and the internet has made it so much smaller. A couple of years ago my husband’s sister, who had lost contact with her older brother, “Googled” my name on the internet. Again, thousands of stories from years and years of reporting popped up and she contacted the Fort Bend Star. That led to a wonderful reunion.

I hear from former Fort Bend County officials who have retired and live outside of Fort Bend, or like former State District Judge Bradley Smith, outside of Texas. Everyone keeps a handle on local events by looking at our website. I often hear from our faithful readers and welcome their opinions and comments.

A few local detractors, who can quote every thing we’ve ever said in print, claim they don’t read “that rag.” This week, after hearing from Greg’s mom, it dawned on me that may be true. They can truthfully claim they line their bird cage with the paper addition of the Star. But how much you want to bet they run, not walk, to the computer to read the information on the Internet—how else can they accurately quote all the stories they didn’t read?

While I am an avid fan of the Internet and I read everything about today’s events and political shenanigans on a local and nationwide basis, I still prefer to buy a newspaper and leisurely look at the print and photos. There is something far more relaxing about taking a cup of coffee and a newspaper out on the porch or on the kitchen table and just browsing. It is a cheap form of entertainment and a great way to stay informed.

And, yes, I do take the “read” copy of any newspaper, the Star included, and give it to my husband to line the squirrel’s abode. So, I too could claim I use it in that fashion and never blink an eye. At least we have a squirrel and I know for a fact some of these bird cage folks don’t own a bird!


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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