(Photo by Melissa Millecam in New Orleans, LA, Jan, 17, 2009)
- By Mark Hendricks
(Written on the occasion of DeLynn's 18th birthday)
OK, DeLynn: You tell me – where the heck have the past 18 years gone?
When I wrote what was, until now, the last chapter of Father’s Forum back on July 18, 1984, you were only a few hours old.
We were all still afraid of the Soviet Union and tormented by the presence of the Berlin Wall.
We didn’t care about Saddam Hussein, and had never heard of Osama bin Laden. There were still Twin Towers in New York City.
We had cassettes and videotapes instead of CDs and DVDs.
Waylon was still with us, and I had no idea what he meant when he sang, “I look in the mirror in total surprise, at the hair on my shoulders and the age in my eyes.”
But I do now, durnit.
The child of a Marine Corps officer, Mark grew up on the move. A barefoot childhood on the beaches of Oahu, coming of age in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mark made his way through five universities before settling in as a Texas State University Bobcat. He was a news, crime and sports reporter as well as news editor for the Laredo News, and served time at the San Marcos Daily Record. After a decade or so in the newspaper business, he went into higher education communications, and has spent almost a quarter-century back at Texas State, where he is now the Director of the University News Service.