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Christmas Tree Story #6: Greatest Game in the World
Christmas Tree Story #6: Greatest Game in the World. Of course the answer is football! I grew up in West Texas (San Angelo) and it was Dallas Cowboys all the time. I was a Cowboys fan for as long as I can remember. The first game that I actually remember watching was Super Bowl V (5) on January 17, 1971. I was 10 years old and was crushed when the Baltimore Colts beat my Dallas Cowboys 16-13. For me, professional football (and the Cowboys) has always been about my relationship with my father. He...
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Christmas Tree Story #5: Batman

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Christmas Tree Story #5: Batman
Christmas Tree Story #5: Batman. Sock! Pow! Zok! La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La, Batmaaaaan! Okay, admit it. You sang along with the theme song as you read the words. Batman was my own personal super hero. Every day after... school at 4:30, the Burt Ward/Adam West version of the TV series was on. Every day, I made sure I was in front of the TV to see what mess Batman and Robin had gotten themselves in to once again. One Christmas I got my first record player and two albums. One...
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Christmas Tree Story #4: Hot Wheels

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Christmas Tree Story #4: Hot Wheels
Christmas Tree Story #4: Hot Wheels. All of my early memories involves playing with my miniature cars in the driveway with Judy Landgraf Olness. My favorite was matchbox cars, but I had my share of Hot Wheels too. The Hot Wheels cars went ...faster and you could build your cool orange tracks. Oh my how many hours did we spend playing with our cars. “Judy Kay” as I called her and I would take the pea gravel next to her driveway and make roads, houses, and whatever else we could think ...
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Christmas Tree Story #3: The Martian

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Christmas Tree Story #3: The Martian
Christmas Tree Story #3: The Martian. I certainly loved cartoons, but that is not the reason these ornaments are on my tree. Marvin the Martian and I have something else in common. No it’s not that we are both from outer space. It’s the nam...e of course. As you can see from my “Facebook” name, my given name is James Marvin Hale. You’ve probably wondered why I would use my full name in my profile. Well, it all started that fateful first day of school at Bellaire Ele...
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Christmas Tree Story #2: Crayola

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Christmas Tree Story #2: Crayola. My favorite series on my Christmas tree is Crayola. I have almost 50 of these ornaments on my tree. To me, they magnify being a child, colors, boundaries, and creativity. I can't say specifically why my fav...orite color is yellow, but I suspect it may very well have to do with that first box of Crayons. I have always favored primary colors. Coloring "inside the lines" was always what one should do. In life, we can't live inside the lines. The only way we can ac...
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