Was It Really Priscilla’s Story?

Tom Stephenson talked me into getting him an interview with Priscilla Davis. He sold me on the premise that you tell the truth when you have “nothing to hide.” Evidently he meant “everything to twist.” It took hours to persuade her to do this, for she is really gun shy for obvious reasons. I hardly expected him to paint her as an angel, but I fully expected him to be honest and keep everything as objective as he could and in the right perspective. I promised to shoot him for distortion and this letter is exhibit A.

There are aspects of his article (March issue) that were excellent and certainly reflect what he is capable of. However his lack of empathy was more appalling than his smutty innuendoes. For as obviously preoccupied as he was with her anatomy, he seems to have overlooked the most vital part – her heart. For someone who is touted as having everything, she has precious little left. His emphasis on her “aloof, detached manner” was the biggest outrage. Almost total ostracization in Fort Worth has made Priscilla reserved – especially in front of the press.

You have no idea how heartbreaking it is to sit upstairs in that cold house and foolishly listen for familiar footsteps you know won’t come. Or have the day pass that was both Stan and Andrea’s birthday . . . and the people you loved most are gone forever and nothing can bring them back or replace them. Did he expect her to scream and moan for his benefit? Considering what he did with her honesty I’d hate to think what he’d do with her grief. The real woman would have made a hell of a story instead of the Mickey Spillane stuff he used. I thought you all would like the truth since that was what you paid for to begin with.

Lezlie PettyFort Worth

Remembering Louann’s

I’ve got some fond memories of Louann’s. Smoking cigars, sipping sloe gin and getting sick. We had to change our I.D.’s. We’d cut our driver’s licenses to change numbers that would pass the flashlight test just to get into Louann’s. Cutting a driver’s license took great skill especially so they couldn’t tell it had been altered. I’ll bet they still laugh at those bogus I.D.’s. There wasn’t any mention, no credit at all, for the little guy in the men’s room who handed out towels, kept the place clean, always had warm water running in the sink, and brushed the lint from your clothes and the dust off your shoes. He always had a smile and he’d say “Let’s don’t forget 01’ Sam.” He really helped a lot of drunk kids. Kenny Daniel gave him a $5 tip one time. Kenny was really looped. I always thought Sam would end up owning the place; most guys tipped him something. Wonder what ever happened to 01’ Sam?

Rick Rush


More Powerful Women

It was exhilarating to be included in the March issue’s “Most Powerful Women.” It was a good list and good company and I appreciate it.

You’ll probably receive additions and subtractions, but the name I would like to add right away is Vivian Castleberry. As a newspaper woman, editor and reporter for many years she has had significant power behind the scenes-in shaping people, events, and perceptions .. .and still does.

Maura McNiel


Editor’s note: Lee Clark “wholeheartedly agrees.”

Who’s Setting the Pace?

In your articleon the Richardson

Pacesetter Program (Feb.), you seem to have stopped short of the real story.

You failed to mention that the black principal was demoted to a meaningless position to make room for a white principal and that only two of the black teachers were retained on the faculty.

This may be what you call progress, but for whom?

Emerson Emory, M.D.


In and Out of Fashion

Thumbs up on your article “The Beautification of the Dallas Male” (March) from a grooming standpoint and as a guide to traditional dressing. Thumbs down on the article from a fashion standpoint. It is obvious the writers are well acquainted with the conventional and traditional stores in Dallas, as well as the boutiques. It seems they have no knowledge of the fashion specialty stores which are a vital part of Dallas’ fashion scene. Stores such as L. O. Hammons and Gerardo’s in Old Town, Ken’s in Garland, The Kent Shop in Richardson, Ashworth’s in Turtle Creek Village, and Toppers in Valley View Center carry a larger proportion of their inventories in designer and current high fashion merchandise than the majority of stores mentioned in the guide to Dallas clothing stores.

Michael W. Mitchell Toppers Menswear, Inc. Sherman


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