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Check out my game!
My mother began acclimating me to the water when I was a baby (Right -
feeding the ducks at age 2). As a child I was on the swimming and diving teams.
Summer vacations were typically spent on a lake or a beach. This love for the
water has stayed with me ever since.
Click on this picture to see water sports
My great friend Charlie White
(passed away on Nov 11, 2005) owned a condo in Vail. For the past several years I
have been fortunate to spend a week at a time, two or three times each winter, of
challenging skiing with him. Snow skiing was a big part of my youth up until we
moved from New England to Texas. After 26 years of being away from it, I was amazed
at how quickly it all came back. Skiing black diamond slopes is an extreme
again, thanks to my recently departed, great friend Charlie White, who was a season ticket
holder for the Mavericks basketball games and the Dallas Cowboys games, I was fortunate to
have the opportunity to go to those events fairly frequently. Charlie had a
townhouse in Addison and a private jet to take us there.
Flying by private aircraft is
the only way to live. With the airport here at Horseshoe Bay we're just minutes from
the house to departure. Dallas is just a 40 minute flight and Vail is only 2 and a
half hours. There are no gates, no limitations on what you can carry on, and no
restrictions on what you can do while you're traveling.
Left - Heading to a Cowboys' Season
Kick-off Party in Wichita Falls on Charlie's jet.
Although I'm not that good, I
enjoy an occasional game of golf. Seen here at a Make-A-Wish Foundation golf
tournament in Wichita Falls. Here in Horseshoe Bay we have three of the most
beautiful golf courses in the world. My office is in a house I rent on the golf
course. In early 2005 I played in a tournament in Austin where I had the opportunity
to get acquainted with comedian Bill Engval (see photos).
We have continued to communicate since then.
Click on the photo for more pictures of my crafts.
I started "Sam's Fix-it
Shop" at age 7. When I became a magician my friend Bill Planter and I would
build all of my illusions. Later this evolved to building hotels, country clubs,
office buildings and houses. But, the real love is the tinkering, making something
out of junk, like a costume for Halloween, a game, something for the house or an invention
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picture for more photos of projects.
leaving the Air Force in 1974 I have started several dozen businesses. Some were
successful while others were monumental failures. Both the successes and the
failures have contributed to my being where I am today. I love the challenges of
business so my work is never a chore that I regret having to do.
Click on the picture to view a brief
IQ Technologies, Software Publishing Co.
My participation in a variety
of civic organizations and my interest in promoting "smart growth" in the
community where I live has placed me in a position where politics are a part of the job.
In 2005 I was instrumental in calling for the election to make Horseshoe Bay a
city. I believed this was necessary to protect Horseshoe Bay from the encroachment
of nearby, growing municipalities. At the same time, I did not want our transition
to a city to be a catalyst for unnecessary programs and initiatives requiring additional
funding. As such, I offered myself as a candidate for Mayor. I was
overwhelmingly defeated by a margin of 3:1. I learned that politics is obviously not
my fortee. I'm much better working behind the scenes on strategic planning.
<-- Click on the
picture to view my campaign website