Interesting Conversations @ your Library

Interesting Conversations @ your Library

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library

 

 

 

Abilene and the surrounding area does indeed have folks with interesting backgrounds and in February the Abilene Public Library is hosting four of them in free noon time sessions open to the general public at the Main Library at 202 Cedar.“A Conversation with Interesting People” will feature someone who served on Air Force One, a professional golfer whose crowning achievement was winning the Masters, someone who acted in television shows and movies in Hollywood and a former NASA engineer on the Apollo Moon Project.Becky Pugsley retired after 27 years of service in the U.S. Air Force achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. For four years she served onboard Air Force One during the Clinton Administration. She’ll relate her experiences serving the First Family on Tuesday, February 4.{{more}}Charles Coody, who grew up in Stamford, excelled in football, basketball and golf in high school and went on to play golf at Texas Christian University. After serving in the U.S. Air Force he joined the professional golf tour in 1963 and won his first tournament, the Dallas Open, in 1964. He would go on to win five additional PGA tournaments including the 1971 Masters in Augusta, GA and the same year play on the Ryder Cup Team. He also won five tournaments on the Senior PGA tour and three Legends of Golf events with Dale Douglass. He will be featured on Tuesday, February 11.Lance Voorhees was an actor, stuntman and body double in some 26 motion pictures and 160 TV shows. He played a bodyguard opposite Johnny Depp in “Nick of Time”, a sports agent with Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” and several seasons as an office worker on the TV show “Murphy Brown”. Among those he doubled for were Clint Eastwood in “Absolute Power” and Craig T. Nelson on “Coach”. He’ll relate how he once sneaked John F. Kennedy Jr. onto a Warner Brothers set. He will be featured on Tuesday, February 18.Then on Monday, February 24, former Merkel mayor Lou David Allen will relate his experiences as an engineer with NASA during the 1960s on the Apollo Moon Project and how America’s space program advanced through many trials. Allen is also a published poet and quite knowledgeable in the areas of stamp and rock collecting.Each session will begin at 12 noon and conclude by 1 p.m. A sandwich lunch will be available for purchase for $5 or attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch.