Our People: A bridge to the past

Kenneth Broad has been an administrator of Vi Petty’s estate since 1985, the year after Norman Petty died. Before retiring, Broad was a minister. He also provides tours at the Norman and Vi Petty Recording Studio. Broad moved to Portales 41 years ago.

What do you think about Portales? It’s a fine town. It’s a family oriented town and a friendly place. It’s a town where people really look for ways to help one another.

What’s your idea of a perfect day? When things are going smoothly and people are happy with what they’re doing and their needs are being met. When people are happy with life and the blessings that come in their lives, it gives them an opportunity to be blessed and to bless others. Good food, good health and good friends to enjoy it with. It’s like Micah 6:8 says. ‘It is good to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.’ That makes a happy day.

Who is your hero? My dad, Richard Broad. I respected him so much. I felt he was a hardworking accountable man and an upstanding man in the community and church. Lots of people have influenced my life. Norman was also a hero for the same reasons. He was honest and upright and humble and very concerned about other people.

What’s your favorite part about your job? I enjoy watching people get excited as they discover what’s here. As it brings back memories of where they were 50 years ago when a certain song came out. And young people when they see the technology that Petty used to many years ago. It’s the discovery of something foreign to them. I also enjoy meeting people from all walks of life. It’s kind of a common ground when people come and reflect on Norman and what he did. They come here and find a level of common interest.

If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place? I would do something to do with people being trained at jobs they like that would benefit all mankind so they could develop a love of themselves. It’s an inalienable right to enjoy life fully. If they develop love and respect for themselves they will reach out to others in a meaningful way. I would want to do something to build hope in people’s lives.

— Compiled by Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico