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From the town that brought you Molly Ivins, Liz Carpenter, John Henry Faulk, and Greater Tuna, here's Cactus Pryor. For decades, Cactus' wit and wisdom have delighted radio listeners, as well as the many social, political, business, and philanthropic groups throughout the United States whose functions have been enlivened by this accomplished master of ceremonies and after-dinner speaker. Now the University of Texas Press takes great pleasure in bringing you this quintessential Texas humorist. Playback gathers over forty of Cactus Pryor's favorite radio essays, translating qear words into eye words, q as he puts it. In these pieces, Cactus paints vivid word pictures of people and places, offering readers the same qyou are thereq immediacy that makes his radio broadcasts so popular. In them, you'll take a sentimental journey with Cactus and his wife to the Maui grave site of Charles Lindbergha€”discover how legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal faced the agony of defeat with humora€”meet unsung heroes like the 104-year-old who's teaching himself to read and writea€”get acquainted with the notable folks Cactus has known, including Lady Bird Johnson, John Wayne, Jane Fonda, and James Michenera€”and, of course, share Cactus' love of family, friends, and the Texas coast. As Bailey White's essays on National Public Radio have introduced listeners across the country to the lifeways of the Deep South, so Cactus Pryor offers a humorous, revealing look at how we Texans view ourselves, our neighbors, and the world. Read Playback now, and see what you've been missing.Interstate Theaters hired me as emcee to interview him during his stage appearances in Dallas and Fort Worth. They also asked me to be master of ceremonies for a sixty-fifth birthday party for the Duke at Six Flags over Texas. I used up my lifelong supply of ... I was not a member of their union. However, for the rest of my life, I have been able to display the check John Wayne paid me to write him a script.

Author: Richard "Cactus" Pryor
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2013-09-06

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