The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 25, 1986 · Page 12
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Friday, April 25, 1986
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10-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Friday, April 25. 1916 PLE WENDY GUESS demonstrates the art of clogging at a studio in Denton. Clogging is a faster type of square dancing. Ms. Guess said that when people from Scotland and Ireland settled in the hills of Tennessee they remembered the old jig but weren't true to it. Their intermixing with the Indians and blacks gave birth to clogging. (AP photo) Denton residents take up clogging DENTON (AP) — The halls are alive with the sound of thud, tap, click. Thud, tap, click? Yes, thud, tap, click. Those are music to the ears of a clogger. But most of us poor souls haven't discovered the joy of clogging — yet. One Denton clogger wants that to change. She's spreading the word about the old-style dance and hopes one day there will be fewer people asking, "Clogging? What is that?" Wendy Guess had been clogging for seven years. Two of those years she was a member of the Academy Cloggers in Prove, Utah. "It's very popular in Utah. I'd like to see more interest in it in Texas." It's logical that Texans should become interested in the jig- type tap dance. Texas is a lot closer to the roots of this old South dance. "It's origins are in Scotland and Ireland. Where they did the jig," she said. When people from those countries settled in the hills of Tennessee, they remembered the old jig but weren't true to it. "They intermixed with Indians and blacks," she noted, with each culture taking a little from the other to give birth to clogging. The dance gets its name from the big wooden shoes the first cloggers wore, she said. "It's a faster type of square dance. It has a faster beat." Clogging is made up of heel clicks, kicks, crossover and rock steps, hops and shuffles, she explained. But there are no real standards. "There are different names (for the steps) and different styles. Practically every little valley has its own style." But there is a group working to standardize the name and style for competition purposes, she said. Clog competitions are big in Virginia, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Georgia' and Utah. Anyone with an ounce of geographic knowlege knows Utah is nowhere near those other states. So what is it doing in there with all those other southern states? Utah is home to Brigham Young University. And the dancers there include clogging in their performances, she said. Classes in folk dancing, which includes clogging, are also taught there. She clogged while she studied at BYU, she said. She also performed with one of the school's dance groups. But she was first exposed to clogging at Rick's Junior College in Rexburg, Idaho. She auditioned for a dance troupe there and part of the tryout was to learn and then do basic clog steps. "Then throughout the school year I was exposed to it more. By the second semester I was actually performing. "I loved it. The music, the steps. There is a novelty side to it. Bay Ionian's dream realized David Maxwell becomes Texas Ranger By LOUISE SHAW Native Baytonian David Maxwell's dream has come true. The. former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper has been promoted to Texas Ranger — the elite of state law enforcement. From the time he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in November 1972, the 6- foot 7-inch officer set his sights on becoming a Texas Ranger. Maxwell, the only Baytonian to become Texas Ranger, grew up in the Lynchburg area. He attended school in the Deer Park School District until high school. He is a graduate of Principia, a private school in St. Louis, Mo. Maxwell attended . Principia College and the University of Wisconsin with the idea of majoring in business law. This goal and the idea of playing professional football one day' (he played at the University of Houston and was interviewed by several professional teams), took a different turn when he married his high school sweetheart and the couple started a family. "I just didn't want to jeopardize my family," Maxwell said. He worked for a period of time as a construction worker, a route salesman and a plant operator in a plywood plant before deciding that a career in law enforcement was the most feasible. When the couple lived in Center and he was working in the plywood plant, he submitted his application to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Ten months later he was accepted. Maxwell began training for state trooper in November 1972 and he graduated April 6, 1973 — third in his class. He had taken 865 hours of courses to graduate. Maxwell said although he was in good physical condition, the your grades were DPS training was tough. "I had been through alot physically, but the academy was physically demanding," Maxwell said. Recruits were required to attend physical training twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening. "We would warm up to 600 jumping jacks and then run until we dropped," he said. "We were pushed farther than I ever thought I could go. "But the physical and mental abuse we took was to find out just what we were made of and just how must stress we could take." A recruit's day began at 5:30 a.m. with physical training. After PT the recruits ate breakfast and then went to class until late in the afternoon. It was PT, again, dinner and then classes until 8 p.m. Study time was from 8 to 10:30 p.m. when the lights were turned out. Maxwell said. "We were not able to leave except on weekends." Maxwell said. "Weekends were you own. providing passing." After graduation, Maxwell was given a choice of assignments. He chose to come back to Baytown to work highway patrol. One highlight of Maxwell's highway patrol duty was when President Gerald Ford came to Baytown to see the Robert E. Lee Ganders play football. "It was the responsibility of DPS troopers to block the entrances and exits to and from Interstate 10 (when the motorcade came through)," he recalls. Maxwell also tells of the time he and a rookie were patrolling Market Street in Channelview. The driver of a car would not dim its headlights so Maxwell told the rookie to stop the vehicle and write the driver a warning ticket. "The rookie couldn't understand why I wanted to stop the car but sometimes you just go by your feelings." The driver was acting extremely nervous, he continued. "As we were writing the ticket, I heard a knock from the trunk. I looked at the driver and he was getting more nervous. "I asked him who he had in the trunk and he said a 'dude.' The driver then ran for a gun which he had on the floorboard of the car." He arrested the driver and made him open the trunk to find an 18-year-old man. The hostage told the DPS troopers that the man was hitchhiking and offered to pay for a ride to Channelview. "He told us the man kidnapped him and drove to several places, looking for a suitable spot to kill him," Maxwell said. "Several times he told the youngster he was going to die." A check on the suspect showed a number of felony warrants, Maxwell said. Keeping in mind that he wanted to become a Ranger. Maxwell decided to advance in the department by taking an exam to become a narcotics agent. (He didn't have enough time on the force to take the Ranger exam straight-out.) The clean-shaven trooper said neither he nor his supervisors could picture him as a narcotics agent. "I was too clean-cut. I didn't drink or smoke and working undercover narcotics you are put in situations where at least you have to drink with crooks." " I just told them whether or not I drank was not the issue. It was whether or not I could do the job," Maxwell said. "I also told them I felt I could do the job better than anyone else they might choose. "There is always a way to get around drinking. When I was working undercover and a person wanted to buy me a drink, I would tell them I didn't drink anymore. "I would say that I used to but have a problem with it and all that it takes is a few drinks and I get extemely mean and start breaking everything in sight. That was usually enough to convince most people that they didn't want me to drink anything but Coca Cola." Maxwell recalls there were a lot of anxious moments for his family while he was working narcotics. "Narcotics was a total change for my family," he says. "I spent many hours away from the house. There was no average work day. I never knew when I left in the morning if I would be coming home that night or three days later. That happened many times. In fact, it happened the first week I made narcotics. "I got promoted on Tuesday. We (he and his family) got back from Austin about 6:30 p.m. At about 7:30 p.m., my captain called me and told me we had to go to a deal. So I met him and two days later I came home again. "I stayed home for a few hours and we had another thing go down. I had to leave that night and didn't come home for three more days. It was definitely an adjustment right off the bat." During one year two sets of crooks put out contracts to have him killed. "Each time I had to change my work habits," Maxwell notes. He says he was concerned about his family being threatened. But in most cases the crooks he was dealing with did not even know his correct name. "I was careful about being followed — which you have to be." Maxwell first tested to become a ranger three years ago — two years after he became a narcotic officer. He was number 12 out of 35 who took the test but only eight names were placed on the eligibility test. He took the test again in Nov. 1984. This time five names were put on the eligibility list and he was number three on the list. Fate stepped in when the list, which is normally good for a year, was extended and a vacancy opened for Maxwell a few months past the original expiration date. "DPS had put a freeze on hiring so the colonel decided to ex- Business ownership difficult DALLAS (AP) — Contrary to what many believe, starting your own business instead of working for someone else is no guarantee that frustrations, insecurities and limitations will disappear, says an entrepreneur here. Many people go into business for themselves for the wrong sssssssssssssssssssssssssss^ssssssssssssssssssssss BEIKNAP EXTERIORS INC. Family owned art operated 420-2300 • LifetiM Vinyl Sidiif • 17 Years Bay Area Reefitf t Siding Specialists • All 2lMiM» Exterior Predicts • AlMMM-Stene WWews aed Deers • C«*iete Weed Overtoil Cweraf e • Awiins * Carperh vwn a fWAt-uwniw wwuum FREE ESTIMATES FINANCING AVAILABLE IJK ton IN STOIE SHOWMM Op* M Sttrtap DAVID MAXWELL tend the list. The delay worked to my benefit because I got to stay in Baytown. Had I gone in the ranger service this summer, like I thought I might, I probably would have to have moved." Although he has reached his dream, Maxwell said he will not be totally content being a ranger. "I am really looking forward to settling in and doing the best job I can but I am always going to have ambition. I would love to go up through the ranks of service, '' Maxwell says. "However, my first priority is to do a good job as a ranger." Upon the request of Baytown Police Chief Wayne Henscey, Maxwell will have an office at the Baytown Police Department. (He worked with Baytown police in solving the murder of 11-year- old Mary Stiles.) He will also maintain an office, at DPS regional headquarters in Houston. His assigment is to cover the entire east Harris County area. "I am trying to get out and 'meet all the different agencies in east Harris County and let them know I am here. If the state or myself can help them in any way we will certainly be glad to do so" Maxwell said. Maxwell and his wife have two children, David, 14, and Angelia, 15. He is a first reader at*First Church of Christ, Scientist, where he and his family attend. NOW ON SALE! _ the Texas Sesquicentennial Souvenir reasons, he says. The desire to be your own boss and to come and go as you please is not a good reason; you must be in it solely to make money. Above all, would-be entrepreneurs must remember that for every rags-to-riches success, there are 1,000 failures you don't hear about. ffi fl 30 full pages of important history facts Uboutour 1 area! Was not a part of your regular ^ Newspaper. It is a special print! 1 •jr. Can be purchased for $ 1 at The Baytown Sun offices at 1301 Memorial Dr. Also can be bought and sent anywhere in the U.S. for only $ 2. It is a limited special print of 10,000 copies. 6,000 copies have been given to local area school districts, the remaining 4,000 will be on sale to the general public. I OK MOKK IM'OKM \TION < M.I

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