Friday, May 27, 2011

Question for Steve Harris: Why this blog ?

Comanche County Native, Morris Kight, and I became phone friends in the days following 9.11.2001 When I returned from a Vacation in Colorado and New Mexico in September of 2001, I found Morris had called and left several messages. Morris had read the Texas Observer report "Pineapples vs. Chicken-Fried Steak: A Multi-purpose Activist in Brownwood" (see below) and wanted to speak with me. Until that day I had never heard of Morris Kight. The more I learn about Morris, the more I understand why he took the time to call that day. Morris was a fellow "Pineapple Activist" and wanted to extend a word or two of encouragement. It was then that I learned of his love and fond memories of The Carnegie Library in Brownwood and standing up against injustice in his hometown. It takes a discriminatory Village to raise/create a "Pineapple Activist" !

Pineapples vs. Chicken-Fried Steak: A Multi-purpose Activist in Brownwood

Steves' Market and Deli doesn't quite seem to fit with the rest of Brownwood, a sleepy little country town located in almost the exact center of Texas. The downtown restaurant occupies a turn-of-the-century building, its roof lined with colored glass bottles, its windows plastered with random bumper stickers. Inside, sayings from famous leaders and movie stars are pinned up next to photos of old Brownwood, while Mexican folk-art figurines of nuns stand next to paintings rendered on the sides of old suitcases. The menu is as unexpected as the decor, offering veggie clubs and aqua della madonna (Italian …

A young Steve Harris "in the Kitchen" !