In Memory

Ross Porter

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02/17/19 04:29 PM #1    

Dale Sumner

Ross was my best friend at Crockett Jr. High & Tascosa High. Ross and I were a little before our time with the British Invasion (Beatles) upon us and AISD in West Texas locked into the “hair can’t touch the top of your ears or collar” crap. I do know Ross was a true “Fonzie” character long before Happy Days ever aired. Ross was never the same after he was the only survivor from the train wreck in ‘69 that killed his entire band, “Vickie and the Krystal Ship”, plus our good friend Frank Porter from the class of ‘69. I visited Ross many times in the hospital after the wreck and still to this day don’t know how he survived it. The wreck ‘all but’ cut him in half. To my old friend Ross, “thanks for the memories” and a shout-out to his mom, Betty, the kindness woman I’d ever met who offered me a safe-haven in a world of hippie haters. Odd thing about hippie’s and hair was the fact that we were accepted by and ran with numerous football players with THS and AHS. It was simply the athletic coaches and Mr. Martin at THS who labeled us as “filthy hippies”.

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