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lished the previous year, and copies were displayed prominently on a
rack by the front door.) I said: "That's an interesting idea. Have you
ladies met Mr. Dobie?" At that point, with perfect timing-almost as if
he had overheard our conversation-Pancho wandered in from the
back room, and I introduced him to my newfound literary friends. The
women were at first flabbergasted, then embarrassed, and finally com-
pletely entranced as Pancho exhibited all his charm. The encounter
ended with his accepting an autographed copy of Hellion and present-
ing each of them with an autographed copy of one of his books.
Every time I am reminded of the Dobies (and at Southwestern Uni-
versity, their alma mater, such reminders are frequent), I recall this in-
cident and wonder what those visitors from West Texas thought of
their trip to Austin, where, coming to promote their book, they met a
youngster working on his own book and came face to face with the
quintessential Texas bookman!
J. Frank Dobie
During the blistering political fights in Texas during the 1940s, I was
dispatched one day to the Austin airport to pick up Edward M. (Ted)
Dealey, publisher of the Dallas Morning News. It was an awesome as-
signment for this young reporter in the newspaper's Austin Bureau,
for Mr. Dealey's position in our organization was so lofty that I had
never seen the man, except in pictures. When I located him at the ter-
minal, he was talking to J. Frank Dobie, my near-neighbor, who had
arrived on the same plane. After introductions, Mr. Dealey invited
Dobie to ride with us. They had engaged in brisk conversation on the
plane and continued it in the car.
Dobie was remonstrating with Dealey because the newspaper wasn't
carrying Dobie's column, highly controversial writing because at the
time it dealt more with anti-establishment politics than with stories of
southwestern folklore, where Dobie's reputation was well established.
"Dammit, Ted," argued Dobie, "you buy my column. Why don't you
print it?"
"Frank, when you deal with Southwestern stories you are great. When
you get into politics you are nuts," responded Dealey.
*Richard M. Morehead, a retired writer for the Dallas Morning News, lives in Austin.


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