This blog is about charity golf, so I couldn’t resist the title. Don’t be teed off at me. (Oops, I did it again)
Friday, April 29, was the annual Texas811 charity golf classic to benefit The Turning Point, a North Texas sexual violence crisis center. www.theturningpoint.org
Held at the beautiful Bear Creek Golf Club in Grapevine, over 200 enthusiastic club swingers took to the links to raise money for this worthy non-profit, in an event staged by Texas811, itself a non-profit. How’s that for community causes?
Joining the crowd were LPGA professional Wendy Ward and TV and movie actor Burton Gilliam.
Texas811 President Mike Losawyer is shown here flanked by Ward, on his right, and Wendy Hannah, the Executive Director of The Turning Point, on his right.
Wendy Ward is a four time LPGA tournament winner, and has also served as a player and assistant captain for the U.S. Solheim Cup teams. Ward has career earnings of nearly five million dollars on tour. Interesting fact: she and her husband raise beef cattle on a 300 acre ranch in Washington State, and she is a native Texan, born in San Antonio.
She can also smack the ball the proverbial country mile off the tee box!
It was fun to watch the players drop their jaws when she hit the ball!
Texas811 executive VP and COO Chris Stovall is shown here on the left with Texas811 Director of Damage Prevention JimBob “Technicolor” Sims and Burton Gilliam on the right. Gilliam is best known for his many roles as a character actor, including the dimwitted cowboy Lyle in Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” with Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Madeline Kahn and Harvey Korman; the amorous desk clerk in “Paper Moon” with Ryan and Tatum O’Neal and Madeline Kahn, and Burt Reynolds pal on the TV series “Evening Shade.” He donated a Mel Brook’s autographed “Blazing Saddles” baseball cap as part of our grand prize drawing.
While Gilliam played the course and kept other players laughing with his many show biz stories, Ward camped out on the sixth hole and offered to hit (for a price for charity) for any player who was feeling trepidation at the long par 5 water hazard. By the time the last golfers had come through, she’d earned The Turning Point $600!
A big Texas811 THANK YOU to both of these professionals for giving so generously in aid of such a great cause.
We’re still totaling up the effort, and I should be able to give you a final number on dollars raised in next week’s blog.
Finally, for those of you keeping up – I promised to update my weight loss program right here every week. I started at 219 pounds on January 4. Last Monday it was 208 pounds and today it crept back up to 209. Obviously, I’m wearing heavier shoes….
In other news – you may remember that over a month ago I started working on a 1959 German radio receiver/stereo record player. A recheck on the vacuum tubes revealed an ECH 81 tube showing grid leakage – i.e., a heater to cathode short in the tube itself – which is known to cause an AC hum that would be picked up and amplified by the rest of the audio circuit.
The ECH 811 tube is used as an oscillator and mixer for the AM band with the heptode being the first IF amplifier on the FM band. It was designed in 1954. The new tube did come in, was installed, but now I’ve got a transformer overheating issue. I believe this is caused by an incorrectly placed ground wire from a 50/50 uf 450 volt can capacitor, so I’ll follow that lead and see….
Until next week, safe digging!