Robert Lowell Hedderman, 1966
Bobby Hedderman cast photo
from Taos the Movie
Bobby Hedderman, 2012
Legally, I have been an adult now for more than forty-three years, although I donít think many will accuse me of being a grownup. Back in the Ď70s I thought I was quite mature as the General Manager at the Armadillo World Headquarters - a title I was in no way qualified to own. All the same, I was responsible for the scheduling and production of several hundred live musical performances between 1970 and 1976 - including some legendary Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, and Freddie King shows, among others.
Some years after leaving AWHQ, I ended up bartending at the upscale Sixth Street billiard parlor, Gordoís. Here I made some good friends, including a reestablished friendship with Richard (then Dick) Bolen. Here I also met Leigh, who, three weeks after our first date agreed to marry me. Together, we decided to pursue degrees in Marine Biology at Texas A&M Galveston. I became a 31-year old freshman.
After a few glorious years studying fish in Alaska and the Gulf Coast, we decided to open a full service restaurant and bakery in College Station, TX. How a restaurant came from a Marine Biology degree beats me - there were a few fish on the menu, I guess. t mightíve had something to do with the arrival of my daughter, Margaret, who has turned out to be one of my very best friends. Leigh and I decided we needed to create greater wealth for ourselves and at the time it made perfect sense to open a bakery.
I still lay awake trying to figure that one. We were successful and over the next fourteen years we worked hard and grew our business. However, for us, the American dream was in reality a daily nightmare. We just hated it. So, in the fall of 1999 we sold off what we could, closed the doors and drove north. Eventually we landed in Cimarron, New Mexico where Leigh became the science teacher at the high school and I languished in early retirement.
Over the next eight years I fished and hunted, wrote screenplays, acted in Taos theatre, and performed in a few independent films. Then, around 2008, I discovered online poker. I read and studied as hard as I ever did in college. And low and behold, over the next few years I learned to play profitably.
So, here we are. Iíve decided to use my pent up musical background with my new found love of poker to do something big. Maybe the biggest thing Iíve done since living three months on a billboard one summer. Listen to my song, "Going All In." Watch the video. If you like, or even if you donít, please share it with your friends. Letís help some good dogs and cats at the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. If you want to donate to a worthy cause, then please visit my website at BobbyHedderman.com and click the "Donate" button.
Marc W. McCord dba CobraGraphics
December 20, 2000
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