Kissin’ Kuzzins: With my roommate and an old flame

Published 11:08 am Wednesday, August 8, 2018

By Dickie Dixon

Belated birthdays August 5th:  Liddie (Dixon) Nerren, Danny Havard 6th:  Judy (Flournoy) Toups 7th: Erika (Smith) O’Quinn, Mona Hill, Madison McLin  8th: Jacob Holmberg, David Stallings, Jan Tracy, Braylee Foyil

For Posterity’s Eyes  9th:  Randy Johnson, Dena Dixon, Sandra Jean Cherry, Ken Smith   11th:  Conley Todd, Angelia (Boykin) Pippin, Jonathan Chambers 12th:  Sherry (Holley) Alexander, Weston Allen 13th:  Angie Luna 14th: Vicki (Wallace) Gann, Joan Hopson, Lillian Granado, Alexis Foyil 17th:  Lois (Sheffield) Downing

Save the Date! (1) Huxley native Montez (Corbell) McNaughton will discuss “The Corbell Family in Shelby County,” when she speaks at 2 p.m.on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society (TAGHS) at the Timpson Public Library on 520 Austin Street in downtown Timpson, Texas (75975).  For more information, please contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at (2) John Johnson will speak on “Researching World War Two Veterans and War Dead,” when he speaks to the Angelina County Genealogical Society at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018 in the Railroad Depot Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 702 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  Coffee and cookies begin at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at (3) The Angelina County Genealogical Society will honor AM radio station KRBA for being on the air continuously for eighty years since May 3, 1938 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  In that year Darrell Yates and some business partners organized Redlands Broadcasting Corporation and set to work by acquiring land for a transmitter station from the Singleton family on Spence Street. For more information contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at

With My Roommate and An Old Flame (About to Be Reignited) The day I graduated with my B. A. in English and Political Science in August 1973 from Stephen F. Austin State University was not necessarily inauspicious.  My roommate from Orange Tim Hoke drove me and an old flame from five years before (about to be reignited) to the graduation ceremony in his red 1967 Ford Fairlane.  The old flame sat between us on the bench seat (which was common back then).

Tim and I had roomed together for over a year—the last year with another roommate bound for Seminary, too:  Johnny Hopson.  The old flame and I had shared the brightest flame ever—until her parents broke us up the August before I started my senior year in high school.  It had looked like the flame was never going to rekindle itself, but, on this day, there was hope.  I will confess I was leaving college almost as clueless about what I was going to do as when I entered.  I had one moment of self-direction when I lit on going to law school, but my father quickly talked me out of that in an unusual counseling intrusion in to my life.  I have always wondered why he did that.  (He would turn sixty-five in December of that year; I wonder now if he wanted me to approach him about going in to business with him, but I never did, and he didn’t make the offer either.)

The day passed reasonably well for the three of us.  My parents were pleased I had finished college.  It turned out the old flame assumed the mantle of a prophet without intending to.  She gave me a New American Standard Bible and inscribed it with the words:  “May there be enough clouds in your sky to make a beautiful sunset.”  For years my friends and I called it the Cumulus 1:1 passage.  But, she was right:  we only appreciate the splendor and majesty of our incomparable God when the backdrop has a few storms in it.  Thanks for indulging me, as I communicated one day in August 1973 with my roommate and an old flame (about to be reignited).

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