It was an innocuous beginning to a surprising Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Some friends of mine had invited me to “experience’’ the Fort Worth Stockyards and told me I would have a grand time at such legendary places as the White Elephant and Billie Bob’s. In addition, there was a new exhibit called the John Wayne Experience that was opening and I jumped at the chance to see my hero “The Duke” in all his glory. I had some newspaper business to take care of in the area as well, so I assented to go and off we went.

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