Here, by The Owl

A while back I was asked who has had the greatest influence on my life.

I hadn’t ever given it much thought, like most folks, I guess.

After considerin’ for a while I came up with six people that I could say actually affected the direction of my thinkin’. My dad, Doc Brimhall, John Basabe, Red Steagall, Patrick Gottsch and Rupert Mansell.

Mr. Mansell was my vo ag teacher in Las Cruces, New Mexico from 1961- 1962. “Here by the owl. The owl is the symbol of wisdom...”

It’s hard for a 16-yearold kid to evaluate wisdom. I remember Rupert, as we referred to him behind his back, tryin’ to teach that rag tag bunch of boys anything (it was all boys back then).








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