The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 October 2004

The legacy of Mr. G

The Austin American-Statesman has one of the more egregious registration routines I've seen lately, and I don't want to put you through that if I can help it. On the other hand, when a family member makes it to the front page, I simply have to mention it here, so feel free to invent some persona and start reading here.

I'll quote a couple paragraphs to give you an idea of what's up:

They called him Mr. G. That's G, as in Giant, because everything about the late Roy Guerrero was big. His body. His heart. His commitment to children and community. Mr. G may be the greatest Austin hero you've never heard about, never read about. That's the way he wanted it in life; Mr. G was very much a modest man.

Roy Guerrero was no business titan. He never held political office. He didn't create public art. Rather: Mr. G was a public servant, a man who devoted 34 years of his life to our city's parks and recreation department. As a young man, he gave his time and attention to children in disadvantaged East Austin after World War II — and through his guidance, Mr. G empowered them to run for public office, create art, start their own businesses . . . and most of all, to live a life of substance.

Mr. G — Uncle Roy — died in November 2001. This weekend, in the park that bears his name, the people of Austin celebrated Festival de las Plantas, a celebration of the flora and the cultures that make the city what it is.

Just wanted you to know.

Posted at 8:21 PM to General Disinterest


The Austin American-Statesman has one of the more egregious registration routines I've seen lately, and I don't want to put you through that if I can help it.

BugMeNot

Posted by: McGehee at 9:42 PM on 17 October 2004

Nix the earlier question of if I knew you, because I saw the pictures and yeah, I do... or at least we spoke a few times. You didn't trust my sunny disposition and I contended that "It can't rain all the time".

Hope you are well... be blessed!

Posted by: Amanda at 11:02 PM on 17 October 2004