txmenlg.jpegI was initially skeptical about participating in the TEXAS MEN: Big Guns, Rising Stars & Cowboys book. Martana’s coordination efforts were magical and it was an unforgettable experience for all involved. This whole experience has been a real positive in my life and I am still reaping benefits from the friendships.  The relationships forged would not have been possible in any other venue.  

Not only do I consider John D. Harkey, Jr. a dear friend and mentor, but it has expanded to include his extended family. John is Chairman of Consolidated Restaurant Companies, Inc. with over seven thousand employee’s and 250+ locations, and several brands like The Spaghetti Warehouse, El Chico, Good Eats, III Forks Steakhouse, and Cool River Café to name a few. For me, another highlight was Mark Cuban, Mavericks owner is his preferred title, pushing a billionaire around on the basketball courts sure is fun. TEXAS MEN is a collection of prominent and legendary men like John Adams. John developed and sold three successful pharmaceutical companies. His hospitality at rough Creek Lodge was without equal. Another Texan and friend you would recognize would be Chuck Norris from Walker, Texas Ranger. Chuck is a six-time World Karate Champ and World Speedboat Champ. The book was a common denominator that enabled us to get out of our skin and have a good time, because with personalities like these around it is hard not to have fun.  The positives of participating and meeting these great men from this book still continue to show up today. I reflect on the book and just why Texas is Texas. Not all of them were from Texas but they were Texas. I believe it is because of the people. Texas Football Legend, Coach Darrell Royal said it best in his bio, “Texas has accepted me!” I also love the many Favorite Texas Sayings of my “pardners,” each of which is a reflection of who Texas is.  Here is a view of my full profile from the book and my own personal favorite Texas saying, “Teach a man to fish and someday, maybe you will get invited to dinner.”  I asked Joe Amato to write my “Tall Texas Tale? because as a five-time national champion in the NHRA Top Fuel, 6000 horsepower puts him at 327 mph in less than 5-seconds, a life or death situation.  But Joe slows down to make everyday people like me feel so special. For more on the TEXAS MEN: Big Guns, Rising Stars & Cowboys book, please contact Martana, author/producer and sixth-generation Texan or visit her website.

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