Storytelling goes across entire spectrum

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor

I like Dylan as much as Tom T. Hall.

I like rain and snow and people with passion.

I don’t like mornings much.

My all-time favorite movie is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” but “Hud” is a close second and “Toy Story” is a close third.

I love a good quote, a good book on tape and butterscotch pie.

I can give you 100 reasons why baseball is better than football, and I will if you’ll read my Web log — “Falling, with style” — on a regular basis.

A link to the blog is on the Portales News-Tribune Web site:
www.pntonline.com

My hometown is Muleshoe. I know all about Ol’ Pete the fiberglass Mule, Old Josh Blocher the hermit and the old Cob Park, which was named for the corncobs that came from the neighboring grain elevator. I’ve written lots of stories on those topics and somehow managed to get paid for most of them.

I am a storyteller, thanks mostly to inspiration from my Granddad Stevens, Grandmother Gilliland, two Muleshoe school teachers, Aileen Siewert and Ruby Kerr, West Texas State University journalism instructors Bill Lee and Sara Stone and newspaper columnists Joe Falls, David Casstevens and Lewis Grizzard.

Cathy Martindale, a former editor/boss, once said about me: “Every newspaper needs a David Stevens, though I don’t think any newspaper needs more than one David Stevens.”

I’m not exactly sure what she meant by that, but I took it as a compliment.

I love this job.

I have interviewed author Larry McMurtry (kept his phone number on my caller ID for a long time), former Miami Dolphins running back Mercury Morris (he told me a “joke” about a bunch of sports writers killed when their bus crashed down a hill) and Miss Texas (sorry, I forgot her real name).

My stories have been published in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. They’ve also been published in the Fritch Eagle Press (that’s in Texas, close to San ford), The Baptist Standard and Beckett Baseball Card Monthly. Some say I am a well-rounded journalist, some say I am a rambler, without purpose.

Letters to the editor have referred to me as the antiChrist, a smell expert and a prostitute.

For the record, I am none of the above, though I’ve been known to sniff out a good hamburger joint or two.

A more accurate description of me can be found in the words of a Kris Kristofferson song: “He’s a poet. He’s a prophet. He’s a pilgrim and a preacher and a problem when he’s stoned. He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction, taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home.”

For the record, I don’t drink and I don’t do drugs, but I do get high on baseball and Dr Pepper.
I hope you like my Web log.

David Stevens is editor for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Contact him at:
david_stevens@link.freedom.com