Burleson 7-18-1971 2
Hook, Line Sinker by Chester Rogers the back 148 lead 32 Olympia back 1964 final Here is a real champion. He is the No. 1 slingshot artist in the Baytown area. He hasn't found anybody who can beat him. He is J. P. (Burley) Burleson, 55, who lives at 1405 Sometimes he might demonstrate a used car or fix one will run for some member of his family, but most of would rather shoot a slingshot. He carries one in his hip-pocket most of the time, carries one in his car or pick-up, and is never far from Burleson, retired from the storehouse division of the Humble's Baytown Refinery, has been an "expert" with slingshot since he was 10 years old. He is such an expert he claims it really is easy to hit birds, darting squirrels and speed demon quail. | "Of course you have to practice a lot, and even so be misses, maybe many of them,"^Burleson says. '= But, like a lot of other things, it's ttie percentage that When you have practiced a lot or have been going a every once in a while, it is easy to hit flying 'moving car. Burleson's brother, T. M., lives in Pasadena. T. M. made the bois d'arc stock he carries all of made it 20 years ago. That's just how good they are if taken care of. That bois d'arc stock is polished with both use and is as good now as when it was made. Burleson takes care of his slingshot like some antique owners take care of their private stock. For "power" in his slingshots, Burleson uses surgical tubing, which can stretch to four or five feet with little For ammunition he likes to use one-half inch steel they are hard to come by these days. Burleson has killed squirrels, doves, 'coons and quail his trusty slingshot, and his dead-eye aim. But has never a duck with it. "You can't effectively use a slingshot in cold weather," Burleson said. "You just can't hold it Jong enough to aim. The last time a visiting friend challenged Burleson to slingshot shooting match, the friend used a rifle. Burleson pitched can 12 times our of 12 attempts, and the friend hit a can yet. Indeed, Burleson, in all kindly modesty and smiling, he is just about the best slingshot artist around.