Jack Strunk, of Jack loves Laredo fame, will receive some Taco Palenque and a visit from three city/state officials, according to a story in today’s Laredo Morning Times.
This is the story from KTVQ in Kentucky.
It’s an inspiring story about Laredoans, especially considering their response when Jack became the victim of a horrifying accident while living here.
…Strunk’s fortunes changed dramatically on Feb. 8, 2004, when he was injured in an accident at the County Line Race Track off of U.S. 83.
He was volunteering at the race track when a jet-powered dragster driven by Monty Jackson lost control, slamming into Strunk and pinning him against another vehicle.
As a result of the accident and massive blood loss, Strunk lost both legs and his vision.
He lost about 150 units of blood in all.
But Laredoans turned out by the hundreds to donate blood after hearing about his injuries.
But the visit from local/state officials seems a bit like… well, overkill.
Today, he’ll receive an even bigger honor.
A delegation including state Rep. Richard Raymond, District Attorney Isidro Alaniz, City Councilman Mike Garza and individuals from the private sector will fly to Lancaster, Ky. to meet Strunk and make a special delivery from Taco Palenque.
Thankfully the trip is being paid with “private dollars,” according to the story. How self-conscious about this city are local officials? Self-conscious enough to visit one man in Kentuckey for saying nice things about Laredo:
The delegation will also present Strunk with a key to the city, a City Council proclamation recognizing him, and a retired flag from the state capitol.
As a person who was born and raised in Laredo, I like to think that I care about the city enough to see its flaws. Sara is not a good representative for the “what’s wrong with Laredo” crowd, but the violent threats she received seemingly proved one of her points about this town. I think it’s one of those moments Laredo shouldn’t be proud of. Among the idiotic replies were voices of reason, though. But you had to wade through a lot of posts that sunk to (and below) Sara’s level to find the reasonable ones. I especially loved the ones that were just as racist against white people as she was against Mexicans in her video.
Am I just being a killjoy about the official visit? What do you think?
Wouldn’t some Taco Palenque and a key to the city sent via mail been enough?
If I make a video about how much I love a Laredo and Taco Palenque, will I receive a key to the city and a year’s supply of free chips? Seriously, those chips are delicious.
UPDATE: A quote from Jack Strunk’s book shown in the news clip from Kentucky.