Remembering Dan at the depot

Is it possible there are people in Rockdale who don't remember the late Dan Kubiak?

It's so. With more than a little shock, Dan's friends realize he left us far too soon at age 60 eleven years ago this summer.

If you didn't know him, or just want to think about him again, go to the I&GN Railroad Museum Depot.

An exhibit on Dan's life, "Ten Tall Texans," the title of Dan's first book, is on loan to the museum for one year.

There will be a ribbon-cutting, attended by members of the Kubiak family at 10 a.m. Saturday and the museum will be open until 4 p.m.

It's open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays during the summer.

The exhibit was compiled by Wilfred Dietrich, Kubiak's English professor during his college days at Blinn. It was recently on display in Brenham.

Saturday's ribbon-cutting is timed to coincide with the 75th Rockdale Homecoming, which is being held Sunday at the Patterson Center. See story, page 1A.

It's also a great showcase for the museum. "We are planning for this museum to be a major force in preserving and showcasing the history of Rockdale," museum president Dave Phillips said.

Exhibit is on display for one year at Rockdale's depot-museum. Exhibit is on display for one year at Rockdale's depot-museum. Dan represented Rockdale and Milam County for 21 years in the Texas Legislature in three different districts.

He was elected to 11 terms and defeated incumbent state legislators in two of his first three races. He won numerous awards for legislative leadership and was named "Legislator of the Year" in 1993, 1994 and 1997.

Dan served on virtually every committee of the Texas House of Representatives and was viewed as one of the House's leading experts on legislative finance.

That's the nuts and bolts of his career but it doesn't begin to tell you about Dan as a man. He was one of those people who made Rockdale what it is.

He was a part of our community's everyday life, from sports to education to religion. Whenever you needed him he was there. Actually, whether you thought you needed him or not, he was there!

Dan was my friend so I can say that. But, of course, he was everybody's friend. We say that about people but in Dan's case it was absolutely true.

One of the worst things about Dan's leaving us so soon was that history kept going and we've missed hearing his take on so many important things, on 9-11, the Obama phenomenon, GM and Chrysler, the stock market, Alcoa closing, on and on.

It would have been worth hearing, too.

He was quite a guy. Fittingly, this is quite an exhibit.

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