The job description is Anchor/Reporter. Whatever you label it, mine is the best job in America.
I'm a Minnesota native who grew up in a small farming community and finally made his way to
KDFW-TV in October 1983, a prime example of someone who wasn't born in Texas but got here as
fast as he could. My previous stops included newsrooms in Nashville, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines
and Rochester, Minnesota.
I currently anchor the weekend newscasts: Saturday 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
I also do a weekly travel and recreation feature called "Lone Star Adventures" and periodic
documentary and special projects.
My wife Catherine (Supervising Producer at Fox 4 News) and I live in Denton County, Texas with
our college student daughter, Kristina. Oldest son Nicholas, a decorated Naval veteran from the
war in Iraq, is now out of the service, working as a paramedic and finishing undergraduate work
with an eye on medical school.
His wife, Simone, is currently enrolled in Texas Women's University's prestigious nursing school.
Another adult son, Derek, also lives and works in North Texas.
E-mail Richard at email@example.com.
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May 8, 2007 | 3:07 PM
Featured On: MyFoxDFW Farmers Branch Historical Park
I'm headed out to the ballyard to wave the willow for a spritely match with the FB club nine,
hoping to flumox the bowler and wallop the horsehide for an ace or two. You can bet I'll show a
little ginger as a basetender and a ballist and a striker. Huzzah!
If any of the above makes any sense to you, you're probably one of the growing number of
people getting involved in Vintage Baseball -- the 19th century version of the Great American
Pastime. Farmers Branch is in the forefront of organizing a team -- complete with uniforms to
match those worn in a picture by a 1908 FB team.
It should make a great Lone Star Adventure. In Vintage Baseball pitching is underhand -- fair
or foul balls caught on one bounce are outs -- the bats around round and must not exceed 2
1/2 inches in diameter. Lots of different rules -- all based on the way the game was played in
Just for fun -- here's 19th Century Base Ball Slang (some trash talk included) courtesy the FB
Mustangs web site -- using the language is encouraged to "add color to the game."
Apple, pill, horsehide, onion: the ball
Bowler, hurler, thrower, feeder: pitcher
Club nine: team
Cranks, bugs, rooters: fans
Daisy cutter, bug-bruiser, grass clipper or ant killer: ground ball
Dew drop: slow pitch
Dish: home plate
Duff, muff: error
Foul tick: foul ball
Hand: a player
Hand out: player out
Huzzah: form of congratulation
Leg it: run hard
Muffin: player of lesser talent
The line: where the batter stands at home plate
Make your first: a single
Match: a game
Player dead: out
Show a little ginger: hustle
Side out: three outs
Sky ball: high pop-up
Stinger: hard hit ball
Striker or batsman: batter
Tally: run scored
Three hands out: side retired
Whitewash: to hold a team scoreless in an at-bat
Willow: the bat