Staff ready to cover the Fair, especially Marie

Neighbor Grover sez we never really grow up; we just sorta’ learn how to act in public.

The buzz around this office is the Bellamy Brothers’ appearance at the Rockdale Fair as Saturday’s headliners. Our staff had a meeting Thursday morning around the coffee table to figure out who was going to cover what.

Marie Bakken was ready to fight for the assignment to photograph the Bellamy Brothers. “I’ve been wanting to see them for 10 years,” she said, “since I was in college (Texas A&M, thank you) studying journalism.”

So, if you see the lady holding up a big camera, grinning from ear to ear Saturday night while listening to “Let Your Love Flow” or “Redneck Girl,” please remind her she’s working. I’m too old to stay up that late.


Many of you have asked how son Ken and wife Christine and their boys are faring in their new jobs and lives in Victoria.

See you at the Fair! See you at the Fair! Happy to report they are really enjoying all aspects of Victoria and their jobs with the University of Houston-Victoria. Christine is teaching creative writing and English and Ken is working in marketing. Both have had articles published in the Victoria Advocate.

Their boys, Esten and Will, are attending the same elementary school, involved in Scouts, and enjoy an after-school swim program at the YMCA. Both swim like fish.

Ken is active in the Victoria Tennis Association and plays in a Saturday morning league. He hasn’t gotten involved with his drums in the Victoria music scene yet, but looks forward to doing so.

They’re not the only former Rockdalians recently moved to Victoria. Charles and Ann Kouba made the move back to their native Victoria after more than 30 years in Rockdale.

Naturally we miss Ken and Chris and those boys, but we also miss Charlie and Ann as the Kouba house was just a stone’s throw from ours. Of course, we never threw one.

Still another former Rockdale couple make their home in Victoria— Terry and Renee Easterwood. Terry, a Port Lavaca Alcoan, is quite a guitarist and probably can help Ken get involved in the music scene.


Brandon Navarre, the sky pilot out at Forest Grove Christian Church, tells the following which you may add to your collection of religious humor.

The following conversation was heard between a farmer in the country and the new parson serving the community church:

“Do you belong to the Christian family?” asked the minister.

“No, they live two farms down,” replied the farmer.

“No, no, I mean are you lost?”

“Lost? I’ve lived here for thirtyfour years.”

“I mean are you ready for the Day of Judgement?”

“Well, I don’t rightly know. When is it?”

“Sir, it could be today or even tomorrow.”

“A lright,” said the farmer, “when you find out for sure when it is, you let me know. My wife will probably want to go both days.”


Haven’t printed a blonde joke in months. Shirley Maxine Luetge is responsible for this one:

A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.”

Her boy friend asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”

The blonde says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.”

Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.”

He takes her hand and says, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then,” he said with a deep sigh “Let’s put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.”

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