My Turn – Interviews with former students memorable

I've enjoyed the interviews I conducted recently with former Eastern New Mexico University students. Each one of them was memorable and I truly enjoy the connection I made with these individuals when telling their stories.

Jim Slone is a Causey native who made big bucks by selling five radio stations in Tuscon, Ariz., at the end of a successful radio career. Not only was his story inspiring, but Slone is kind, humble, hilarious and he made a career doing what he loved. Many of us want that.

Robert Patrick is an eccentric playwright from Texas. One of his works was recently performed in Ruidoso and he met with current theatre students last week. Patrick invited me to a private dinner where he was the guest of honor.

I got to speak with him one-on-one and I loved talking with him because his vocabulary and intellect consumed me. He set me straight and told me what I need to do to get where I want to be.

Then there was Ed Foreman, a former New Mexico congressman who was honored at homecoming by the ENMU Foundation. He nearly brought me to tears with his ENMU memories when I interviewed him. I met him in person Saturday and was touched by his kind words.

Speaking with them is just one of the small pleasures of this job.

Christina Calloway writes for Clovis Media Inc. and humor in her spare time. Write her at

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