Dancing Naked: Memorable Encounters with Unforgettable Texans

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Texas A&M University Press, Sep 1, 2008 - History - 280 pages
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Almost every journalist asks the subjects of profiles to tell the truth.

Only Mary Rogers requires them to “dance naked.”

To Rogers, an award-winning columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that term signifies a pact between the writer, the subject and the reader: only when stories eliminate artifice and express honest beliefs and emotions can they merit attention and trust. It’s a phrase and philosophy unique to Rogers, and as a result the stories in Dancing Naked: Memorable Encounters with Unforgettable Texans are unique, too. You’ve never read anything like them, and besides making you think, Rogers’ lyrical writing style and memorable insights into the traumas and triumphs of the human spirit will make you feel.

Published in the Star-Telegram from 1991 through 2007, Dancing Naked presents the compelling stories of a variety of Texans (a few famous and all unforgettable) and adds a half-dozen essays from Rogers about her own colorful life. It’s a collection that will touch and inspire every reader, which is what fine writing is supposed to accomplish.
 

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I loved your story on Stacie and David McDavid.
My husband Kevin and I have known Stacie many years,
In fact, she was the first boss that I ever had, at one of the health clubs.
Always such grace
. Kevin, and Stacie's brother Steve Dieb played football together
at North Texas State. Kevin went on to become Professional Wrestler,
Kevin Von Erich, and considered Steve one of his best friends.
What wonderful insight you gave into the lives of two wonderful people.
All The Best,
Kevin and Pam Von Erich
 

Contents

Introduction
Life is Beautiful Ipsluly 18 1999
Loving Freddie lPSAugust 29 2004
For more than fifty years Howard Cobb has given his son a sheltered
graduate from high school His friends will go to college in the fall
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Mary Rogers grew up in West Texas and has spent the last two decades as a lifestyle columnist and feature writer for the Star-Telegram. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband and two dogs, Mad Jack and Tiny Truman, the Fighting Bichon Brothers.

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