The Wright Response: August 9, 2018

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - As if there hasn't been a kind word or two said recently about Ben Hardeman, we'll add a few more today. If you haven't taken time to visit the crown jewel of downtown Bryan, you should. The Queen Theater, thought with a few minor adjustments to be made, has been almost fully restored to its original glory. Yes, there were many involved in this effort, but without the leadership of Ben Hardeman, his drive, his vision and his passion, we would still walk by and see an eye sore waiting to receive a little TLC. Thanks to all who participated, to the belief in this project by the City of Bryan, and for those who donated their time, talents and their funds to make what seemed to be impossible, not only possible – but to create something this region can be proud of for generations to come.

Our friend Rick Rigsby, whom many of you may remember, has words of wisdom to share from time to time. One talk that applies to this topic is Rick speaking of making an impact vs. an impression. Ben Hardeman made an impact. He will humbly tell you he didn't do it alone, and he's right. But he made it happen. That takes special talent. Ben? Thanks for your lasting legacy to this community, thanks for your servant's heart. This city, this region is better, because of you – and the impact you made with your vision.

While we are in this positive mode, something good to share from T-H:

"Mike - I just want to tell you that you have the best staff ever. Everyone is so neatly dressed, has such a wonderful and friendly smile and a great attitude. It is a joy to see your news everyday. I would hate to know that I had to make a choice of who is the best, because they all great. Keep up the good work."

T-H? I have to say, in this time when there is so much negative surrounding us, notes like this make our day. And we are all proud of this staff, more about WHO they are, than WHAT they are.

Let's do a Throwback Thursday. On occasion, former KBTX Manager Ulman McMullen will drop in for a visit, always like that. Ulman voiced many commercials over the years, but some – like Paw Paw in Tomball, stand the test of time, and so it is with the tagline of Criswell Distributing – a lot of echo on that tag about the business operated by Ray Criswell.

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Am I the only one that misses the simplicity of those days? Be in touch anytime, your opinion matters to this family of KBTX News 3