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Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Space Explorers
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.

As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.

He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.

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  1. I live in San Antonio, in the great state of Texas.
    All of the houses around me were built 4 years ago and 8 of the houses (on the other side of the street) were purchased by people who moved here from California and New York. Sure enough, back in late August, they all put out yard signs in support of Joe Biden. A few of them also put out yard signs that said, “I am so gonna vote.”
    I immediately thought, “Oh no, please don’t!”
    Out of curiosity, I asked one of the ladies from California WHY she was voting for Biden. She said, “Because I don’t like Trump. Trump is rude, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc…..and…he has not handled the pandemic correctly. He doesn’t care about the people, and many people have died because of him.”
    None of that is true!
    I did my best to tell her that Trump was none of those things, but she couldn’t believe anything that I said. She relies on MSNBC for news, and listens intently to Rachel Maddow’s program every day (which explains everything).
    So I tried a different approach.
    I kindly asked her why she moved away from California. Her response was, “Because California had become too expensive for me to live there anymore, with too many taxes, rules, restrictions, and regulations. Texas has no state tax, it is less expensive overall, and there is more freedom.”
    I said, “California has been run by Democrats for quite some time, and that is why that state is now drowning in miscellaneous taxes and restrictive rules. Can you tell me why you would go through the trouble (and expense) of moving to Texas, and then vote for the same politics and policies that caused you to leave the state of California?
    Her answer was clear and simple– “I have always voted blue; that’s what I do.”
    Big sigh. There are more and more people running away from California and New York for the same reasons that she did–and they are buying homes in states like Florida and Texas.
    Sadly, a lot of them are continuing to vote “Blue” without much thought. I hope and pray that somehow they wake up and realize what they are doing, before it is too late.
    I am not surprised that there are so many pickup trucks driving around with signs on the back window that say: “Don’t California my Texas!” I agree 100%.

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