By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – You could in no way describe me as a celebrity-worshiper or one who follows the Hollywood circuit, and there are a large number of modern celebs I could not identify. Still, 2016 was a rough year for celebrities and we lost many artists that cut close to the heart (David Bowie!).

And now, Bill Paxton.

Paxton may not be way up on your list like say, Carrie Fisher, but I loved his work. My husband literally hated the movie Twister, but I will always remember Paxton’s boyish grin, good ‘ol boy persona, and that shock of hair draped across his forehead as he prepared to chase another tornado across the Midwest. Or Titanic, when he coaxed Rose’s romantic story from her (“Tell us your story, Rose”) to solve the mystery of the drawing he’d found in the rusted, drowned iron safe. For several years the documentary, Ghosts of the Abyss, was in my classroom video rotation as we studied the story of the Titanic; the descent to the bottom of the ocean in the small submersible gave Paxton great unease and the kids were always fascinated when he threw up in the barf bag.

He was in a lot of mediocre movies, and some very good ones, and he played Morgan Earp in Tombstone, one of my favorite movies. He won awards for his work in the television series Big Love. He worked in film, television, and music for four decades.

Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas – a neighbor. According to Wikipedia, he was in the crowd the morning Kennedy emerged from his hotel in Dallas on the day he was assassinated.

Paxton died February 25, 2017 at sixty-one years of age following complications from heart surgery. The tributes began immediately. Paxton “was as genuine as they come. A true-life good guy. Curious, kind. Always reaching out,” said Anthony Breznican in Entertainment Weekly.

Paxton was reportedly an all-around good guy, generous and kind to his fans, and curious about life.  This came across in every character he portrayed.

That scene in Twister, when he grabs the storm ravaged Helen Hunt in her white tank top, her blond locks perfectly mussed by tornadic winds, and says, “You gotta move on. Stop living in the past, and look what you got right in front of you,” well, how could she resist him? (She couldn’t).

In a world full of Kardashians and superficial, self-important people, Bill Paxton was a breath of fresh air. He will be missed.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

 

There have been many lessions that have come from blogging but if there is one that I’ve learned over the last 8+ years of writing and blogging at my own site is this:

Association with Robert Stacy McCain leads to unexpected results.

To wit one night at CPAC I decided to take a nap for a few hours when I woke up it was around 11 pm and Stacy McCain who I was sharing a room with along with Cynthia Yockey (A conservative lesbian) and Emile the photographer (I had the floor btw) decided he needed a beer.

While not wanting one myself I figured I go and keep him company, so we went down to the hotel lobby area where there was a connected bar, two things happened.

  1. I ran into Matt Margolis who I wanted to interview
  2. Stacy discovered the bar closed at midnight.

Since I was just going to keep Stacy company I had not brought equipment so as he walked to the Public House for a beer I went back upstairs to the room to grab a camera. On a whim didn’t however I didn’t just bring a camera but brought everything I had, both laptops, 2 cameras and my mic setup and two to three extra fedoras and came back down.

I went to the bar but there was no power area to set up everything. So I went into the main lobby where there were long tables with power supplies, Set up my laptops connected up the mic and viola DaTechguy Midnight court where I talked and interviewed not just Matt but folks with full audio and some video till nearly 4 in the morning was born.

It was a tad tricky, this was primarily audio I had to operate the camera and the mic Occasionally others helped out making it easier. I didn’t get back upstairs till nearly 4 AM

It went over so well and the next night I was downstairs till nearly 5. The 3rd night I ran 8-10 because I had pack and catch my shuttle to my flight.

Thus I have many hours of video and audio to process along with all the video and audio I haven’t caught up with yet to get to you but the bottom line is If I return to CPAC in 2018, I suspect the Midnight Court will too.

All because Stacy, who sat in later when he came back and to his surprise saw the crowd and our little show, wanted a beer.

The Lord works in Mysterious ways, and Stacy is proof positive.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). Be aware that due to the sheer volume of videos to upload if I interviewed you it might be days before you see it here

2/26
A Historic CPAC Catholic 1st Exactly when I needed it

2/25
Voices at CPAC 2017 Two Rons and a Patricia
Voices of the Cannoli deprived at CPAC 2017 Scottie Neil Hughes
Voices at CPAC 2017 Evan Sayet A Deplorable Mind before and after
DaTechguy Meets Students TBS & Fake news at Donald Trump’s CPAC 2017 Speech
Voices of CPAC 2017 Author Matt Margolis On DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court

2/24
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wenzel of EWTN & Alberto Calamaro of Radio Maria
The Media Narrative Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Donald Trump Single lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Indefatigable Kira Innis

2/23
Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

2/22

Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

2/21
Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

There is plenty more from CPAC coming over the next couple of weeks, but what is also going to be coming are a lot of hospital bills and debt from work that both my wife and I are going to be missing because of the complications from her “routine” surgery.

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