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Volume 30, Number 1

January 2018

24 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

100 years of living, laughing & loving on Jan. 11

Vinnie Crisp will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 11.

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. - IRISH BLESSING

As she talked about her philosophy of life, she pointed to a sign in her home that read “live, laugh, love.” And that’s what she’s always tried to do. That philosophy must have worked well for her. On Jan. 11, 2018, Vinnie Crisp will celebrate her 100th birthday. Her best piece of advice is to be able to forgive and don’t have hatred in your heart because it just doesn’t help anyone. Vinnie was the 13th child of 13 children, born on a farm in Oklahoma where they farmed cane and some cotton. Her boyfriend would ride horseback to see her. Finally one day he just told her, “Let’s get married. I’m tired of being cold and having to travel so far to see you.” So they got married. They had seven children, 2 who died as infants. The others were Patsy, Doris Jean, Leon, Melton, and Jennifer. She described her parents

as Hard Shell Baptists who were very strict. She said she’s been a Baptist all her life, and now attends Bacon Heights Baptist Church. A long-time friend, Jody Kennedy, said Vinnie used to teach her little boys in Sunday School. “Vinnie has always been dedicated to her church,”

Jody said. “She stills goes every Sunday. She also sings with the Sunshiner Choir at the church.” “We used to travel together on many bus trips.” Vinnie said she still likes to watch the news and keep up with what’s going on. As for what makes her happy – she really likes kind people.

In January New Year’s Day

Jan. 1

Martin Luther King Day Jan. 15


Business Expo, Jan. 19 .................. page 2 Christmas tree recycling ................ page 3 Join the arts: LHUCA ...................... page 8 ‘Equal Opportunity Hero’ - T.J. ..... page 12 New Neighbors, Jan. 12 ............... page 20 Social Security Survivor Benefits .... page 22 Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation scholarship luncheon, Feb. 1 ...... page 5

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Make new connections at the Business Expo, Jan. 19

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will kick off 2018 with the largest business-to-business tradeshow on the South Plains. The Business Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. All chamber members receive a $5 discount. The theme this year will be “New Season, New Connections.” For those looking to connect with other business owners in the com-

munity and learn what local companies have to offer, this is the event to attend. The Business Expo showcases more than 200 exhibitors and has approximately 7,000 attendees. For its third-year, Chamber University Expo Series will offer two free seminars to attendees. The interactive lecture series is designed to

address critical business topics and offer tools to navigate and thrive in the 21st century workplace. Topics and speakers this year are: “Social Media in 2018: Strategies to Implement TODAY to Boost Your Online Presence NOW.” Owner of A Social Key, Stephanie Key Coffman, will discuss what

platforms your company should be represented on, how to increase your organic reach, and the evolution of social ROI. “Servant Leadership” will be presented by the following Chick-fil-A staff: Brandon Mulkey, owner & operator; Abie Rampy, executive director of Brand Excellence & Public Relations; and Corie Williams, director of communications. Chickfil-A founder Truett Cathy believed business should be about more than just selling chicken. They should be part of the customer’s everyday

lives and the communities they serve. The presentation will give tools to illustrate servant leadership in both a personal and professional environment. Contact the Lubbock Chamber today at 806-7617000 or visit to learn more.

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The young and the rest of us By Joan Blackmon Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Garrison Institute on Aging The purpose of this monthly article is to keep the Lubbock community informed of upcoming events as well as general information. Healthy Aging Lecture Series The Healthy Aging Lecture Series is a program presented by the Garrison Institute on Aging. Sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. We have been on hold for a few months as we waited to see how the construction was progressing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center main campus. The Carillon LifeCare community has offered to host our January through May 2018 sessions. Sessions will be held in the Windsong building and in the Caprock Room. Sessions will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. The location is 4002 16th St., and parking is adjacent to the building. The seminars are free. The first session will be Jan. 24. John Culberson, M.D. will be presenting “In Sickness and In

Health.” Culberson is an associate professor of Family and Community Health at TTUHSC. He is the director of the clinical geriatric program. His publications include areas of chronic disease management, prescription use and misuse, and numerous other aging topics. For details, contact the Garrison Institute on Aging at 743.7821 or 743.1217. Fitness Council The Mayor ’s Fitness Council is up and running. “We want to drive ideas about healthy living – the way we eat, the way we take care of ourselves,” Mayor Dan Pope said. The Council is a collaborative initiative between the Healthy Lubbock program and the city of Lubbock, with members from Lubbock, TTU, TTUHSC, and other health organizations. Lubbock has more than 50 parks, countless healthinspired events, and recently created bike lanes. Watch for upcoming events on your local news, newspapers, and this column. Log on to for more information. On the lighter side The holidays are over and

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many of us have made resolutions that will lead toward a healthier life and lifestyle. Most of us have the attitude that if we slip up, we are doomed. Not so. Take each day at a time. Do what you can, and strive to be on target each day. Stay the course, and you will see benefits to your physical and mental state. To end with a laugh. Some things you will never hear a Southern man say: I do not have a favorite football team. I’ll take Shakespeare for 1,000, Alex. Duct tape will not fix that. Who is Richard Petty? I’ve got it all on the C Drive. Unsweetened tea just tastes better, and I’ll have grapefruit and grapes instead of biscuits and gravy. See you next month.

Christmas tree recycling zen Convenience Stations located at: • 208 Municipal Drive • 1631 84th St. • 7308 Milwaukee Ave. • 4307 Adrian St. After Jan. 8, and throughout the month of January, the roll-offs will be located inside the gates and residents can drop-off fresh-cut Christmas trees from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday.

Solid Waste Services will offer Lubbock residents fresh-cut Christmas tree drop-off recycling at the city’s  four Citizen Convenience Stations. The landfill will mulch the fresh-cut trees. Remove all decorations, the metal stand, and any plastic before placing freshcut Christmas trees in the roll-off dumpsters located outside the gates of the Citi-


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Healthy eating can help keep you cancer free By Sameer Islam, M.D. Eating healthy has a whole new meaning when it can make the difference between living cancer-free or not. Research has confirmed a connection between eating high-fat foods and feeding colorectal cancer cells. Your waistline isn’t the only thing that will benefit from some dietary changes; your colon and rectum will also thank you. Colorectal cancer Colorectal cancer is can-

cer that forms in the colon or rectum. They are often combined becau s e o f Sameer Islam, the similariM.D. ties. The wall of the colon and rectum are both made up of many layers, and colorectal cancer typically begins as a polyp in the inner most layer. A polyp is a buildup of abnormal tissue and is, in itself,

not cancerous. Over time the polyp can become cancerous and spread to the other layers of the wall. Once cancer is in the wall, there is a risk of it entering the blood vessels or lymph vessels and traveling throughout the body. Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States, and statistically 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women will get colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that found early, colon cancer is curable, and due to increased screening, the likelihood of death from colorectal cancer, for most of us, has decreased. Today, more than 1 million people in the United States are survivors of colorectal cancer. What you eat matters A recent study by the Cleveland Clinic found that eating a high-fat diet leads to a growth of cancerous cells in the colon and rectum. In fact, 80% of colorectal cancer is associated with poor diet. By studying rats with colorectal cancer, researchers were able to show an increase in the number of cancer stem cells - a malignant and aggressive type of cell - in rats who were fed a diet high in fat. High fat had the same effect on rats whether they were obesity-prone or not. This finding is important both for people who are

trying to prevent colorectal cancer, but also for people who are currently suffering from it. Research showed that being able to prevent or even decrease growth of cancer stem cells could help people even in late stages of the disease. An ounce of prevention The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is true for colorectal cancer. Prevention is not only the best option, it is possible. Screenings can go a long way toward preventing colorectal cancer from spreading or developing in the first place. Polyps found in the colon or rectum typically take from 10-15 years to become cancerous, so if they are detected and removed early, cancer can be prevented. The recommendation is that every person has regular screenings starting at age 50, but family medical history and genetics play such a strong role in colorectal cancer that some people should be screened earlier. Talk to your doctor to see when you

should get screened. There is a strong link between diet and the onset and spread of colorectal cancer. Changing dietary habits now will help prevent potential colorectal cancer in the future. Because high-fat diet plays such a role, reducing the amount of high-fat foods is important. High-fat foods include things such as fatty cuts of beef, pork and lamb, processed meats, dark poultry meat and skin, fatty dairy products like cream, whole milk, and sour cream, certain oils, and lard. Being overweight or obese has been associated with several types of cancer, including colorectal, so adding in a regular exercise routine will also help to drop or keep off those extra pounds. Whether you are a cancer survivor or trying to take steps now to prevent the onset of cancer completely, these dietary changes will benefit you. Sameer Islam, M.D. is a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist 806761-0747 www.sameerislam. com.

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Aviation foundation to hold scholarship luncheon Feb. 1 The Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc. (TAHFI) will hold its annual scholarship luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the MCM Elegante Hotel and Suites, 801 Ave. Q. Single tickets are $50; tables of eight are $350. Reservations are requested by Jan. 25. Student tickets are $20, with student ID required. For more information, call 806-698-6956 or email The luncheon speaker will be Col. Steven W. Lindsey, a former NASA Astronaut and U.S. Air Force pilot (retired). A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Lindsey is a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 1,510 hours in space. Prior to his retirement from NASA in 2011, he served as Chief of the Astronaut Corps. He is currently the se-

nior director and coprogram manager of Space Exploration Systems for Sierra Nevada Corporation. The luncheon will recognize the 15 th anniversary of the Columbia Shuttle Disaster in honor of the crew who died Feb. 1, 2003, particularly noting Rick Husband and Willie McCool – the two crew members with close ties to Lubbock and West Texas. About The Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc. The Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3, membership organization whose purpose is the collection, preservation, restoration, and exhibition of aviation and aerospace artifacts and historical documents. In addition, foundation is dedicated to the promotion and perpetuation of aviation and aerospace activities, history, and heritage through the establishment of publications and archival collections for public education and scholarly research. The foundation awards scholarships to graduate students who are conducting

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New Year’s Resolutions: Failure means you just haven’t succeeded yet If you are tired of making New Year’s resolutions, it is understandable. Let’s be real. By our age, most people have learned that, invariably, you don’t keep the resolutions you make. And then you feel defeated, especially if you made a big announcement of your resolution. When I was a child, my aunt would visit about once a month. Each time she would say, with animation and conviction, “I’m going home, and I’m going to lose some weight or I’m going to know the reason why.” My sister and I would laugh. In fact, we still laugh. It wasn’t because she didn’t lose the weight. Hey, losing weight isn’t easy. I get that. But she said it with such fervor, every time she said it. It wasn’t the first time, or the

second time that we laughed. It was probably the 50th time. It never occurred to her that she had made this pronouncement many, many times. And it is a good reminder, for me, not to make a proclamation of my resolution. It is better to look at why you would make a resolution. For example, you don’t make a resolution that you will brush your teeth every day. At least I have never thought of it as a resolution because I already do it every day. There isn’t any point in

making it a resolution, is there? If you want to do something, you will. The typical New Year’s resolution is to go to the gym. Going to the gym for some people is like me brushing my teeth. They go. They don’t get up and ask themselves if they are going. That is what they do. And they love it. They don’t need to make it a New Year’s resolution. That would just be silly. The magic isn’t the resolution. It is that New Year’s Day feels like we get a doover. We can start anew. We


get to wipe the slate clean. But in reality, every day we wake up to a new day, it is a new beginning. We have a new chance. We have a lot more days to begin anew than we have years to start over. Give yourself a break! If you didn’t do something yesterday, you get a new chance today. Most of the time, people don’t view New Year’s Resolutions that way. If they miss one day, they have failed. And you have probably heard that failure means you just haven’t succeeded yet. But most people deride themselves for not being able to stick to it. Hey, life happens. What about New Year’s resolutions such as “Give up being critical?” That would mean if there is something I have on my list, even if it is going to the gym, and I don’t do it, I am not critical of myself. It simply wasn’t done and can be done tomorrow. I’m not a fan of most New Year’s Resolutions because they so often beget selfcriticism. Giving up selfcriticism would be a New Year’s Resolution worth considering. I think I have a perfect New Year’s Resolution: “think positive.” Who couldn’t use that? And what situation do you have in your life that wouldn’t respond well to positive thoughts? Take your health for instance. Put positive thoughts into

your mind and body. If you simply google thinking positive and health, you will find there has been a good deal of research that demonstrates positive thinking helps with depression and strengthens the immune system. You will actually live longer! And positive thinking helps you cope with illness when illness comes. Those are pretty impressive responses AND there is no pill involved. It is a DIY project. And if you are still wanting the exercise, positive people are more likely to exercise. They don’t necessarily go to the gym, but most people exercise through walking, not lifting weights. And what about humor? Never forget that Norman (See Resolutions, Page 7)

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Trustpoint Rehab expands to meet growing need Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock recently expanded from 60 to 93 beds to meet the growing postacute healthcare needs of Lubbock, and surrounding area. The hospital, which is part of Ernest Health, provides specialized rehabilitation services to more than 1,100 children and adults annually who are recovering from

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Cousins cured himself of cancer by watching all the funny comedies. It doesn’t matter to me if thinking positive comes first, or enjoying humor comes first, or taking a walk comes first. It simply makes a lot of sense to say, “I want to take better care of my body and mind in 2018.” What a great New Year’s resolution. Or simply saying you want to be more positive, less negative. You monitor your thoughts. Gently, without self-criticism, throw out the negative thinking and replace it with positive thoughts. Find something to laugh about every day. That sounds fun. Find one or two jokes to share with others. And, make one more opportunity each week to walk just a little further. In other words, be kind to self and others. Now there is a resolution worth considering!

or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. It offers the only pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program in the area, serving children and their families from outlying areas such as eastern New Mexico, the Texas Panhandle, and the Permian Basin. With the additional beds, the hospital now is expected to treat about 2,000 patients every year. In discussing the expan-

sion, Craig Bragg, CEO of Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, said an increased community demand for more rehabilitative services is due to a number of factors, including a fast-growing population in Lubbock County and an aging population. “A detailed market analysis showed individuals leaving the Lubbock area and going to other states and areas within Texas to receive specialized post-acute services,” he says. “This can cause significant hardships

on patients and their families emotionally and financially. We knew it was our responsibility to explore how we could best meet this community need.” After careful research and consideration, the hospital’s and Ernest Health’s leadership teams decided upon a $4.5 million expansion of its existing facility to create an additional 33 beds. The therapy gym also was enlarged to 7,700 square feet of therapeutic space. “We’re confident that we

have the capacity to handle existing post-acute rehabilitative needs in the area, while still allowing for anticipated growth during the next decade,” Bragg says. Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, which has served the Lubbock area since 2008, has twice been recognized in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States. The expansion has provided 119 additional jobs for the area, with 70 more planned within the next three years.

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Be inspired. Join the arts. The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts celebrates the arts in Lubbock. LHUCA members at the $100 level and above also get a membership to the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). NARM is a program that offers LHUCA members free admission and/or discounts at 900+ museums across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. On a recent trip to Dallas/Fort Worth, the community engagement manager used her LHUCA membership card to gain free admission to Nasher Sculpture Center, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Kimbell Art Museum. In total, she saved $36 in admission fees. The list of participating NARM museums is huge and includes other popular spots for Lubbockites such as Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, and Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. The complete list by city is available at LHUCA is located at 511 Ave. K, 806-7628606,

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America’s New Old Hero - Davy Crockett While numerous historians have portrayed Davy Crockett as a brave folk figure, many others have blasted him as being a selfserving con artist. When Crockett claimed to have killed 105 grizzly bears in a span of nine months, some later cynics argued that the uneducated pioneer simply couldn’t have counted that high. In the mid-1950s, though, Baby Boomer kids embraced only the positive Crockett image. This was thanks to Fess Parker, a 29-year-old Navy veteran from Texas who stood tall (6’ 5”), was ruggedly handsome, and exuded a quiet on-screen confidence during ABC-TV’s Disneyland’s trilogy about the fabled frontiersman. As Walt Disney’s debut foray into television, each episode of Davy Crockett was shown one month apart, from December 1954 until February 1955. It became arguably television’s first mini-series. The shows hit an unexpected ratings home run when they attracted 40 million viewers. Parker’s Crockett - hailed as “the King of the Wild Frontier” - captivated America like nothing before. People loved the catchy theme song. Suddenly nearly two dozen versions of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” were fighting for radio air-

play; Bill Hayes’s rendition on Cadence Records beat the competition when it streaked up the Billboard charts and locked in the Number One spot for five weeks. Few knew that Disney had commissioned the tune - which took less than an hour to write - only when the three Crockett shows had run a few minutes short of time before being shown. Hayes’s success was only the beginning. In a feeding frenzy of epic proportions, manufacturers rushed a multitude of Crockett products onto the market - much to the chagrin and frustration of the Disney organization. (Since Davy was a historical figure and in the public domain, it was impossible to copyright his name.) Anybody could - and did - put a load of Crockett stuff on the market. Kids rushed to buy “official” Davy Crockett regalia (buckskin jackets, leggings, moccasins) as well as 3,000 other items that included (deep breath here) lunchboxes, guitars, wristwatches, coloring books, trading cards, bedspreads, pajamas,

Crockett fad died. Overnight, the early television age, an it seemed, phones stopped example of the power of a ringing and orders stopped TV-product tie-in. flowing in. For the first time, Baby After seven frenetic Boomers had unknowingly months, it was over. Davy flexed their collective comCrockett had become uncool, mercial muscles. and merchants everywhere “The most practical kind groaned. The craze cannot simply of politics is the politics of bath towels, underwear, jigsaw puzzles, bubble gum, T- be dismissed as a frivolous decency.” —Theodore Roosevelt shirts - and 14 million hastily fad, though. It had become an unprecedented event in printed books. Essential to any self-respecting young fan was the coveted coonskin cap, a faux fur creation that included a luxuriant raccoon snap-on tail that dangled from the back. The caps sold at a rate • Tired of sitting at the doctor’s office? of 5,000 a day, more than 1 • Do you find it difficult to find a ride to your appointments? million altogether. Girls as well as boys could • Are you ready to have your healthcare on your own terms? show their devotion when • Take advantage of this covered MEDICARE service they donned Polly Crockett and let our physicians and nurse practitioners caps of all-white faux fur. provide your primary medical care in your HOME. Then, without warning and after sales of $300 mil- Brought to you by L ubbock lion - $100 million from and F amily the caps alone - the Davy Medicine and schedule a housecall today.



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Something’s fishy – but all is good Dear folks, from time to time I’m going to write about great deals at our local grocery stores that are not advertised in those weekly circulars that are mailed to us usually every Tuesday. I have found a treasure of frozen fish in a huge open frozen food chest across the aisle from the fish department at the Indiana & 50th Street location of Market Street. I don’t know why this wasn’t noticed by me until a few months ago.

Since almost all of the fish available to us in this area is previously frozen, why not buy it already frozen and in individually shrunk wrapped portions? So far, I’ve purchased Tilapia, Swai, yellowfin tuna, and wild caught Sockeye Salmon. It doesn’t take long for these packs to thaw, and it eliminates all the mess of that soggy butcher paper and odor in your fridge. Several months ago I purchased PF Cod which they wrapped

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nicely for me and the odor lingered in the fridge for several weeks after being in there for only two days. Prices you ask – it would be impossible to list all of them, but suffice to say, many times they were priced lower than the thawed ones in the case across the aisle. For example, the Sockeye Salmon was on sale in the frozen case for $9.99 per lb. Needless to say, I took advantage and purchased an entire fillet for a little over $10. We got 3 large portions and had enough for lunch the next day. After pouring a generous amount of teriyaki sauce over the entire fillet, I baked it at 425° for about 12 minutes; talk about yummy! One advantage of selecting your fish from the “showcase” across the aisle is that the store has a service of steaming and seasoning any fish you choose for your convenience. This service is free, and you can bring home your selection ready to eat. I especially take advantage of this when their shrimp goes on sale. The brands to look for in the open frozen chest are Open Nature and Signature, the United Supermarkets store brand. Besides the types of fish already mentioned, they also offer Cod Fillets, Wild Pink Salmon, Mussels in garlic butter sauce, Catfish Nuggets, Swordfish Steaks, shrimp of all varieties, Wild

Alaska Halibut, and 2lb. “base packs” of Seafood Chowder, Gumbo and Jambalaya. These soup bases are priced at $8.99. These can be a real time saver. The biggest surprise of all is a 1lb. pack of crawfish meat for $7.99. Think of how many of those little “bugs” you would have to shell to net 1lb. I keep in touch with a cousin who lives in Buffalo, N.Y. and she gets that wonderful fresh fish which either comes from the Great Lakes or the Atlantic Ocean. She also told me Friday’s are fish-fry days and are well attended every week. The fish of choice for these are either Halibut or Haddock. To purchase either one of these here in our stores, you better be prepared to get a bank loan. She also mentioned that in the Lenten Season, these fish fries are jam packed and even difficult to get in to. Once in a great while, we will see fish fries here in West Texas but not often. More often than not, you’ll hear about some fundraiser

offering Rocky Mountain Oysters. As far as pond-raised fish is concerned, all the catfish available in our stores is pond raised and mostly comes from Mississippi. I always thought Texas had an abundance of catfish. This needs more investigation. A word of caution: any fish imported from a faraway country should be “wild caught.” I saw an exposé on TV a year or two ago about fish and chickens being imported. They showed the canals and ponds the fish came from, and you don’t want to know what else is floating in those places! Yuck! The chickens were raised in deplorable conditions and would guarantee you getting some exotic illness. So dear folks, go fishing, and until next time, have a happy and blessed New Year. Granny

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A crowded flight was canceled. A single agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, “I HAVE to be on this flight, and it has to be first class.” The agent replied, “I’m sorry, sir. I’ll be happy to try to help you, but I’ve got to help these folks first; and then I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.”

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The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, “Do you have any idea who I am?” Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. “May I have your attention, please?” she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. “We have a passenger here at Gate 14 who does not know who he is. If anyone can help him with his identity, please come to Gate 14.”

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‘Equal Opportunity

A story of T.J.

T.J. Patterson and Phil Price

In the library that bears his name, a book release event was held honoring Thomas James “T.J.” Patterson. “Equal Opportunity Hero: T.J. Patterson’s Service to West Texas” was written by Phil Price and published by Texas Tech University Press. With a standing-room-only crowd, Patterson’s family, friends, and community leaders gathered at the Bobbie Gean & T.J. Patterson Library in Lubbock. On April 7, 1984, T. J. Patterson became the first African American elected to the Lubbock City Council, winning over four opponents.

It was a position he held for more than 20 years, and his natural leadership led him to state and national recognition. Patterson grew up during a time of American social unrest, protest, and upheaval, and he recounts memorable instances of segregation and integration in West Texas. As a 2-year-old, he survived polio when African Americans were excluded from “whites only” hospitals. When he attempted to enroll at Texas Tech after graduating from all-black Bishop College, he was not allowed to enter the administration

Representatives from Texas Tech University Press sold books at the book release honoring T.J. Patterson. The book release event held Dec. 16 was attended by many family members, friends, and community leaders of both the subject of and author of “Equal Opportunity Hero.”


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Patterson’s service building - the president would speak with him only outside, and then only to say Patterson could not be enrolled. Two years later, his aunt became the first African American to attend Texas Tech. Patterson spent his life as a grassroots activist. As a city councilman, he understood how important it was to work in solid partnership with representatives from the predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods of the city. Patterson took every opportunity to join African American and Hispanic forces. With a few exceptions, the traditional geographic divide of the minority population limited his efforts - yet Patterson never gave up. His brave public marches to

During his long career he truly homes of known drug dealers brought attention to their unde- was an equal-opportunity hero for all of Lubbock’s citizens. sirable activities. Phil Price has been friends with Patterson also supported city T. J. Patterson for more than 20 years. Now retired, Price was president and CEO of a marketing and design agency. Over the years he has served the Lubbock Independent School District, the Lubbock Better Business Bureau, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and other city agencies. He lives in Lubbock with his wife, Victoria. Price is a Vietnam veteran who returned home to a country that was less than welcoming. He created an ad agency in Lubbock that became well known in the state. When he retired from the agency, he turned his attention to writing, and his first published book is about T.J. Patterson. The book “Equal Opportunity investment in Lubbock history and culture, plus new Hero” is available for $27.95 from development activity, from Texas Tech University Press, www. annexation to paved roads to, 806-742-2982, as well as other online places. water mains to fire stations.

T.J. Patterson spoke about his life’s challenges and triumphs, and the good times.

Victoria Price, speaking on behalf of her husband, Phil Price, talked about the many challenges of writing a non-fiction book, and the research and demands of getting the details recorded.

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Green Tambourine: The Lemon Pipers - January 1968 New York songwriter Shelley Pinz was intrigued by an English newspaper article she read about an old man—a “busker”—who played music while standing in front of a bank, an upturned tambourine at his feet. Pinz imagined it as being filled with cash—hence a “green tambourine.” She came up with lyrics about such a situation and had Paul Leka, her business partner, add music to “Green Tambourine.” Leka then cut a demo of the simple ditty, which was rejected by several music publishers before landing on the desk of Neil Bogart, the aggressive young head of Buddah Records. Bogart, desperate for a hit single to get his new label going, decided that “Green Tambourine” would be a surefire winner. He dispatched Leka to Oxford, Ohio, the hometown of the Lemon Pipers, a Buddah recording act that wasn’t providing the label with any hits. With “Green Tambourine,” Bogart was willing to give the Lemon Pipers one more shot at stardom. But no more than one. Leka played the song for the “acid rock” quintet, which they immediately (and predictably) rejected. Leka then pulled an ace from his sleeve by countering that, if they refused to record the tune, Bogart would drop them from Buddah’s roster.

found themselves labelless been something meant for and consigned to the slag 12-year-olds who couldn’t heap of “one-hit wonders.” dig the growing sophisticaBogart, however, went on to tion of the Beatles and the more Top Ten success with Rolling Stones. By Randal Hill While the song may have the 1910 Fruitgum Company (“Simon Says”) and the Ohio torpedoed their career, the Express (“Yummy, Yummy, five Ohio rockers did at least earn a dubious place in The Lemon Pipers reluc- follow-ups such as “Rice is Yummy”). The Lemon Pipers some- music history—as the first tantly gave in, hoping that Nice” and “Jelly Jungle (of future recordings might bet- Orange Marmalade”), but times ridiculed “Green Tam- group to kick off the popular ter reflect what they were all neither had the seductive ap- bourine,” calling it “funny- but short-lived “bubblegum” peal of the two-million seller. money music” and claiming music phase of the late about. Eventually the musicians that their lone smash had 1960s. The elaborate production of “Green Tambourine” spotlighted lead vocalist/ tambourine- banger Dale “Ivan” Browne, who gamely delivered the lightweight lyrics amid the swirling sounds of a nine-piece string section, an electric sitar (at the time a hip psychedelic instrument), a honky-tonk piano, tinkling bells, and a tape echo that created a catchy “hook”: Listen while I play (play, play, play, play, play, play) my green tambourine. The memorable (and extremely long) fadeout wound down to only the chings of Browne’s tambourine and the heartbeat thump of a lowtoned drum. The result was a catchy musical kaleidoscope that blended pop fluff and psychedelia—the perfect Top 40 radio disc. Once released, Have your company or organization represented in the Gazette. it took “Green Tambourine” Info and rates available: just a few weeks to nail the top slot on the Billboard singles chart. email Needless to say, Bogart or call 806-744-2220 leaned on the Lemon Pipers to record similar Pinz-Leka

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Tips for talking to someone with Alzheimer’s

“Most days Mom just sat long-forgotten memory that detail, which was more than tions of her past, and she prompt the person with dein her armchair in front of brought her great joy. I had heard her talk in weeks. seemed delighted to tell me mentia to elaborate by asking the TV with a glazed look in She proceeded to tell me I discovered Mom re- her stories. All I had to do open-ended questions, and then listen patiently. Here are her eyes. the proposal story in great tained many vivid recollec- was ask a good question. “I tried to perk her up by Asking questions some questions you might talking about what was on can spark a mean- ask: the news or what I was cookingful conversa■ What chores did you ing for dinner, but she didn’t tion full of special have to do when you were seem interested. With her memories. Some- growing up? ■ When you were a teenAlzheimer’s, I’m not even one living with Alsure she understood what I zheimer’s disease ager, what did you and your was saying.” or other dementias friends do for fun? ■ What are some of the One day, a commercial will particularly apcame on for engagement preciate the oppor- most valuable things you rings, and I casually asked tunity to pass on learned from your parents? ■ What did your grandparher, “Mom, do you remempersonal history and ber when Dad proposed to wisdom before it’s ents and great grandparents do for a living? you?” too late. ■ When you were growSuddenly her eyes lit When you beup, as if I had unlocked a gin a conversation, (See Tips for talking, Page 21)

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Lubbock Chamber announces 2018 leaders The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce announced Cory Powell, director of Texas Tech Mentor Tech - Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as the chairman of the 2018 Board of Directors. An alumnus of Texas Tech, Powell cofounded The Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program, (Mentor Tech) in 2002. Since that time, the San Antonio native has worked to ensure the program con-

tinues to provide mentors and protégés with support, opportunities, and resources. Powell is active in numerous community organizations; he serves as the campus advisor for the Visions of Light Gospel Choir. “The chamber will hold its first Diversity and Inclusion Summit in 2018, and we are proud to have Chairman Cory Powell spearhead this initiative,” said Lubbock Chamber President/CEO, Eddie McBride.

Seeds of Hope


Everyone looks forward to a New Year and the hope it represents. “Well wishers” come at us from every direction wanting us to reap a harvest of joy and happiness, peace and prosperity. A “good new year” is a universal desire everyone seeks. How can we assure ourselves of having a Happy New Year? The answer comes from Isaiah 41:10. First, we must honor the two “nots” - do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Fear and dismay will disturb our minds, trouble our souls, and destroy our health. Only as we place our faith in the goodness and grace of God will our fears evaporate and dismay vanish. Second, add the two “I ams” - I am with you, and I am your God. Our God is

always with us and we are never beyond His reach. When problems arise, he wants to solve them. When needs arise, he will meet them. When foes would destroy us, he will conquer them. When storms appear, he will calm them. Third, mix them with the three “I wills.” I will strengthen you. He has all the strength we need with some to spare. I will help you. Here is help that is seeking us and is sufficient for every situation. I will uphold you. With what? The very same hands that hold the universe together. Begin every day of every week of every month of the year reading God’s Word and spending time in prayer.

“Chairman Powell is the first African-American to serve as chairman of the chamber, and diversity goes far beyond different races and ethnicities. He brings so much to the table in his service and compass i o n f o r Cory Powell others, and we can’t wait to see what all Cory and the executive team do in 2018 to keep moving Lubbock forward.” The other new executive committee members are: Chairman-Elect: Abel Castro, FirstBank & Trust Co. Immediate Past Chairwoman: Diannah Tatum, Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency Treasurer: Gabe Vitela, One Guy from Italy – 50th Street Secretary: Eddie McBride, Lubbock Chamber Vice Chairman – Business Advocacy: Dave Marcinkowski, Madera Companies Vice Chairwoman – Chamber Services and Member Engagement: Kathy Oaks, American Cancer Society Vice Chairman – Communications and Public Relations: Chris Lonngren, Schlotzsky’s Vice Chairwoman – Community Development: Shannon Spencer, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Inc. Vice Chairwoman – Programs, Services and Events: Sharon Hyde Bass, Volunteer Center of Lubbock

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port Group - Furrs’ Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Jan. 10 - Peculiar People Jan. 11 - Step in a Puddle & Splash Your Friend Caregiver Support Group – 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday each month. Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St. Free but RSVP to 368-6565. Jan. 12 - Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day New Neighbors Club - “The Hidden Treasures of Persia: Jewels of the Peacock Throne,” by Dawn Kelley and Marcus Borhani, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. $15 and reservations required. Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or email Jan. 13 - Make Your Dream Come True Day Roundtable Luncheon - 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Ambassador Tibor Nagy, “State of the World of 2018.” This will be his farewell Roundtable Luncheon before he moves from the area. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Jan. 14 - Dress Up Your Pet ‘Tennis against the Clock’ Doubles - 1-5 p.m., $5 per person, Adults & juniors. Play with different partners against another team and the clock. Team winning most games in

specified time is winner. Each round played with a different partner. Multiple rounds will be played. Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St. Jan. 15 - National Hat Day Jan. 16 - Appreciate a Dragon Jan. 17 - Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day Jan. 18 – Thesaurus Day Jan. 19 - National Popcorn Jan. 20 - Cheese Lover Day Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free admission; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. Roundtable Luncheon - 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Mayor Dan Pope “City of Lubbock Update.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Jan. 21 - National Hugging Jan. 22 - Blonde Brownie Day Jan. 23 - National Pie Day Jan. 24 - Compliment Day Healthy Aging Lecture Series – “In Sickness and In Health” presented by Dr. John Culberson, director of Clinical Geriatric Program. Presented by the Garrison Institute on Aging and held at the Carillon LifeCare community in the Windsong building, in the Caprock Room, 4002 16th St. 3 to 4 p.m. Snacks provided. Free. For more information, call 743-7821 or 743-1217. (See Enriching Lives, Page 19)

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Community: From ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’

A book by Peter Wohlleben When trees grow together, nutrients and water can be optimally divided among them all so that each tree can grow into the best tree it can be. If you “help” individual trees by get-

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Jan. 25 - Opposite Day Retired Teachers meeting – “What’s Going on in Lubbock?” by Mayor Dan Pope; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $15, Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, RSVP required - navrkal@ Jan. 26 - Spouse’s Day Jan. 27 - Chocolate Cake Day Roundtable Luncheon - 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Doug Morris, executive director of Family Promise “From Homeless to

ting rid of their supposed competition, the remaining trees are bereft (deprived). They send messages out to their neighbors in vain because nothing remains but stumps. Every tree now muddles along on its own, giving rise to great differences in productivity. Some individuals photosynthesize like mad until sugar positively bubbles along their trunk. As a result, they are fit and grow better, but they aren’t particularly longlived. This is because a tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it. And there are now a lot of losers in the forest. Weaker mem-

bers, who would once have been supported by the stronger ones, suddenly fall behind. Whether the reason for their decline is their location and lack of nutrients, a passing malaise, or genetic makeup, they now fall prey to insects and fungi. But isn’t that how evolution works you ask. The survival of the fittest? Trees would just shake their heads - or rather their crowns. Their well-being depends on their community, and when the supposedly feeble trees disappear, the others lose as well. When that happens, the forest is no longer a single closed unit. Hot sun and swirling winds can now penetrate to the forest floor and disrupt the moist, cool climate. Even strong trees get sick

a lot over the course of their lives. When this happens, they depend on their weaker neighbors for support. If they are no longer there, then all it takes is

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New Neighbors Club luncheon Jan. 12

The New Neighbors Club will host its monthly luncheon and program “The Hidden Treasures of Persia: Jewels of the Peacock Throne,” presented by Dawn Kelley and Marcus Borhani, at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Members, guests and interested individuals are welcomed. You do not need to be new to the Lubbock area to participate. Cost for the luncheon is $15 and reservations are required. Contact Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or email New Neighbors is a 40-year-old club and continues to offer many social activities such as out-to-lunch bunch, book club, movie lovers, bridge, Mahjong, various card games, and other interest groups. New Neighbors is also involved in several community service activities.

Time is key factor in investing choices

Zach Holtzman FINANCIAL ADVISOR EDWARD JONES With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: “Who knows where the time goes?” And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the time goes, it will usually be a key factor in your success as an investor. Time can affect how you invest, and the results of your investing, in different ways. Growth potential Contrary to myth, there’s no real way to “get rich quick” when investing. To build wealth, you need patience – and time. If you own quality investments with growth potential, and you give them years – in fact, decades – to

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increase in value, your perseverance may be rewarded. Of course, there are no guarantees, and you’ll need the discipline to withstand the inevitable downturns along the way. But in describing how long he likes to keep his investments, renowned investor Warren Buffet says his favorite holding period is “forever.” Targeted goals To accumulate resources for retirement, you need to save and invest throughout your working life. But along the way, you’ll probably also have some shorter-term goals – making a down payment on a home, sending your children to college, taking a round-the-world trip, and so on. Each of these goals has a specific time limit and usually requires a specific amount of money, so you will need to choose the appropriate investments. Risk tolerance The element of time also will affect your tolerance for risk. When you have many decades to go until you retire, you can afford to take more risk with your investments because you have time to overcome periods of market volatility. But when you’re on the verge of retirement, you may want to lower the risk level in your portfolio. For example, you may want to begin

moving away from some of your more aggressive, growth-oriented investments and move toward more income-producing vehicles that offer greater stability of principal. Keep in mind, though, that even during retirement, you’ll need your portfolio to provide enough growth opportunity at least to help keep you ahead of inflation. Thus far, we have looked at ways in which time plays a role in how you invest. But there’s also an aspect of time that you may want to keep out of your investment strategies. Specifically, you might not want to try to “time” the market. The biggest problem with market timing is it’s just too hard. You essentially have to be right twice, selling at a market top and buying at the bottom. Also, as humans, we appear to be somewhat wired to think that an activity – especially a long-running activity – will simply continue. So, when the market goes up, we seem to expect it to keep rising, and when the market drops, we think it will continue dropping. This can lead to big mistakes, such as selling after a major market drop even though that can be the time when it may be much smarter to buy because prices are low. As we’ve seen, the way you interact with time can affect your investment efforts. So, think carefully about how you can put all the days, months and years on your side. Time is the one asset you can’t replenish – so use it wisely.

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Tips for talking to someone with Alzheimer’s (Continued from Page 16)

ing up, what did you dream you would do with your life? ■ What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of? ■ What are some of the things you are most grateful for? ■ What was the happiest moment of your life? ■ How would you like to be remembered? You can use these questions as conversation starters at mealtimes, while completing daily activities together, or at a family gathering.

Work up to the deeper questions like “How would you like to be remembered?” and follow up with related questions to keep the conversation going. If your family member with dementia gets confused, frustrated or upset by your questions, change the subject. You can always rephrase the question and try asking it again at another time. By asking good questions, you’re inviting your family member with dementia to share important life experi-

ences that you can continue to remember and cherish even when that person no longer can. You’ll not only enrich your loved one’s life during the moments those memories are shared, but you’ll be able to preserve the memories until it’s time to pass them along to the next generation. You can find additional memory-evoking question ideas at and great conversation starters for mealtimes at

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Page 22 • January 2018 • Golden Gazette

Understanding Social Security Survivor Benefits Both come with different rules, policies, dates, and procedures involving two different governmental agencies. A quick way to remember which one you are trying to reach is to remember Social Security gives you money, and Medicare takes it away. What is the Social Security survivor benefit? When a spouse dies, the survivor is entitled to receive the greater of his or her Social Security benefit. If yours is the higher benefit, you will not qualify for an increase in your Social Security. This would include any cost-of-living increases earned along the way. An important bit of information I found was if the higher-earning spouse

started drawing Social Security benefit at age 62, the monthly benefit would be reduced to $882. That is because you started at an earlier Lost already? Let me try to explain. You date than your full have options when to start retirement age of drawing your Social Secu- 66. If you waited unrity benefits. Currently, the full retire- til age 70 to begin, ment age is 66. You can start your monthly benefit taking your monthly benefits would be increased to as early as age 62 or delay $1,594. That is a potential swing of $712 per month, them up to age 70. The longer you wait to worth talking about when start, the greater the monthly you look at when to start benefit. Take it earlier, and it drawing your benefits. Maximizing the surviis the reverse. vor benefit is an especially Let’s assume you have enough credits to qualify important consideration for for benefits, and your cur- women. Men not only tend to be rent monthly earning rate at full retirement, 66 would be the higher wage earners but also tend to die at an earlier $1,278. If you or your spouse age than women do. delayed filing until the full retirement age or beyond, then the surviving spouse’s lifetime benefits would increase substantially.

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By Peter Laverty Director Seniors Are Special Every few years I write to help our members better understand Social Security Survivor Benefits. With my notepad in hand, I attended a Social Security, “train the trainer” seminar, visited our Lubbock Social Security office, and traversed the web to come up with some simple rules, advice, and answers. I do not claim to be a Social Security expert; the information provided is to be used as information only. My first bit of information is to help you understand that Social Security and Medicare are two different government programs that are often confused for one another.

This means, in many cases a delayed filing by a man can be an excellent way to boost his spouse’s retirement income. At what age should you apply for a survivor benefit? You can receive your full survivor benefits once you reach your full retirement (See Understanding, Page 23)

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Understanding Survivor Benefits (Continued from Page 22)

age (now typically 66). You can receive survivor benefits earlier, as young as age 60, but the benefit would be reduced. Listed below are examples of monthly payments: ● A widow or widower, of full retirement age or older - 100% of the benefits amount. ● Widow or widower, age 60 to full retirement age - 71½ to 99% ● Disabled widow or widower, age 50 through 59 - 71½% ● Widow or widower, any age, caring for a child under age 16 75% Percentages for a surviving divorced spouse would be the same as above. There also may be a special one-time lump-sum death payment. Note: A widow(er) cannot receive the late spouse’s benefit if the spouse’s benefit was tied to a spouse from an earlier marriage. How to apply for a survivor benefit? If you were already receiving a Social Security spousal benefit, report the spouse’s death to the Social Security Administration, and they will change your payments to a survivor’s benefits. You will need to do that in person; they do not let you apply by phone or over the internet. If you are receiving benefits based on your own work, check with Social Security, you might be eligible for higher survivor benefits; this will depend on your spouse’s work record. Go to the Lubbock Social Security office and complete an application to switch to survivor’s benefits, and supply them with an original or certified copy of the death.

You can file for spousal or survivor benefits from a divorced spouse in certain instances. Social Security’s rules require that you be currently single, and had been married to your ex at least 10 years; at least 62 years old, which is the minimum Social Security eligibility age; and not already receiving a benefit greater than the divorced spouse’s benefit. You can file for spousal benefits even if your ex is not receiving his or her own benefits – so long as your divorce has been final for two years. Eligibility for an ex’s benefit is lost if you remarry. In addition, you cannot file for benefits on your new spouse’s earning record until you’ve been married to that person at least one year. Filing for a divorced spouse benefit is kept completely private. It is a transaction between you and the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration will never report this to your spouse. No one will know that you have made an inquiry – or filed for benefits – on his or her record. You will need to provide evidence of your marriage in person to your local Social Security office with paperwork in hand. Be prepared to show your birth certificate; proof of U.S. citizenship; your information from your tax returns for the last year; your final divorce decree; and your marriage certificate. If you have additional questions, visit the local Social Security office at 5826 16th St. or call 1-866-4670460. You may also go to www.ssa. gov and look for the FAQ section.

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Rollo named lone finalist for superintendent position The Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Kathy Kinnison Rollo as their lone finalist for the position of superintendent at their board meeting this morning.

After two years as an assistant principal at Rush and Haynes Elementary Schools, Dr. Rollo became the principal at Murfee Elementary, which she guided for 10 Dr. Rollo with the LISD board members: Bill Stubblefield, Scot Mayfield, Zach Brady, Laura Vinson, years. Dr. Rollo, Mark Blankenship, Lala Chavez, James Arnold. “We hoped we could find someformed in Lubbock ISD, and Schools and the Volunteer grees, in addition to superinone with strong West Texas Rollo was named the execu- Center of Lubbock, as well tendent certification. “A community is only as as numerous leadership roles roots, someone who knows tive director. our district and has vast She was promoted to as- in the Junior League of Lub- strong as its public schools experience as a classroom sociate superintendent for bock, including president. and the responsibilities of teacher and a principal,” elementary schools in 2013 She was honored by the a superintendent are formiVinson said. “In Dr. Rollo, and remained in that position YWCA in 2007 as a winner dable,” Rollo said, “however, we found an academic leader until the summer of 2017, of the Women of Excellence I view these challenges as with proven successes lead- when she left the district award. She has also been opportunities to prove that ing students, teachers and and taught in the College honored by her peers, win- Lubbock ISD will be the Dr. Kathy Kinnison Rollo principals, with a vision to of Education at Texas Tech ning many awards in the foundation and a source of pride for our community.” teaching profession. Laura Vinson, president of move Lubbock ISD to the University. Dr. Rollo is married to Rollo is an enthusiastic Her devotion to the Lubthe board, said trustees began next level.” In 2009, the first Leader- bock community is evident, supporter of Texas Tech, Robert Rollo. They are the with a board-led search to parents of three sons: Layne, examine the quality individu- ship and Professional De- as she has served on the where she earned bachelor’s, Reid and Kreg. als in the region already fa- velopment Department was boards of Communities in master’s and doctoral demiliar with Lubbock and the needs of the district, before Quality hiring an outside consultant End of Life and embarking on a nationCare wide search. Vinson said the board search yielded a field of well-qualified and diverse candidates, but one stood out above the rest, Dr. Kathy Rollo. A product of Lubbock ISD herself, Dr. Rollo has • Full-Time Medical Director been associated with the dis• Pain & Symptom Management trict as an educator, principal HOPE • 24-Hour Support for Patient & Family and administrator for 28 DIGNITY • Grief Recovery / Counseling Center years. She began as a student LOVE • Non-Profit serving 19 Counties Since 1987 teacher at Hunt Elementary, and then taught at Martin and Waters Elementary Schools.

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