Some folks think Abilene is a boring town, full of boring people - but we do indeed have folks with interesting backgrounds, and on the evening of Tuesday, February 9, the Abilene Public Library will host four of them to share their experiences in what will surely be an enjoyable evening.
A Conversation with Interesting People begins at 6:30PM in the Main Library's auditorium downtown, and is free and open to the public. The program will feature someone who served on Air Force One, a professional golfer whose crowning achievement was winning the Masters, a former Hollywood actor who appeared in a number of television shows and movies, and a former NASA engineer on the Apollo Moon Project. Who'd have thought folks like that were our own neighbors?
Becky Pugsley retired after 27 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. For four years she served onboard Air Force One stationed at Andrews Air Force Base during the Clinton Administration. Among a number of assignments, she also worked at the Pentagon. She and her husband John, also retired Air Force, chose Abilene in 2007 as their retirement home aft4er simply passing through and becoming impressed with the friendliness of our fair city.
Charles Coody, who grew up in Stamford, excelled in football, basketball and golf in high school and went on to play golf at Texas Christian University. After serving in the U.S. Air Force he joined professional golf tour in 1963 and won his first tournament, the Dallas Open, 1964 Master in Augusta, GA and the same year he would play on the Ryder Cup Team. He also won five tournaments on the Senior PGA tour and three Legends of Golf events with Dale Douglass.
Lance Voorhees had a number of parts in television and motion pictures during his Hollywood career. Among his movie credits was a part in "Jerry Maguire" starring Tom Cruise. He also had multiple appearances on the TV show "Murphy Brown" and was a double for such stars as Clint Eastwood and Craig T. Nelson. In addition to Tom Cruise, he worked with Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Elizabeth Taylor, among others. He was also on the CBS show "JAG" for three season.
Former Merkel mayor Lou David Allen will relate his experiences as an engineer with NASA during the 1960s on the Apollo Moon Project and how America's space programs advanced through many trials. Allen did engineering work in space simulation with expertise in cryogenics. The goal was to simulate deep space conditions to test man and machine for moon shot. With a B.S. in physics from Abilene Christian University, he also has an MBA from ACU. He is also a published poet and quite knowledgeable in the areas of stamp and rock collecting.
Following a short presentation by each, the audience may ask questions, and each will remain afterward to visit one-on-one. We hope to see you there, as you discover a few of the interesting people in our own backyard.
Article Contributed by Dennis Miller, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch at the Abilene Public Library