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Time Is A Funny Thing
POLICEMEN LIKE BROWN AND ALDRIDGE AND ODESSA IN THE '50S
Tom Sawyer, Elvis, And The Ector Theatre
DRIVE- IN PICTURE SHOWS WHERE STUFF HAPPENED
DARRELL K ROYAL and Me, plus, Schlemeyer Back To Pass
Ninth Grade Football (1957)
Teen-ager's Sockhops
A Very Good Year
Fabled Fords
B00GIE WITH TRIGG AND Supper With Trigg
PHOTO GALLERY
VOICES FROM THE PAST
Wings Over Notrees
Tribute to Vance Phillips (ANOTHER new story)
The Monahans Sandhills Wagon Train Mystery--TRUTH OR HOAX?
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(Happy) DAY'S DRIVE-IN
A CLOSE CALL
ROY O AND ELVIS PRESLEY KMID TV 1955

 
I was born in 1943 in Monahans, Texas.  Ages 6-12 were spent in Notrees!  I left the Permian Basin in 1964 at the age of 21; up until that time I had spent my entire life in and around Odessa, Texas.   
 
My working life included a five-year hitch in aviation, first as a civilian flight instructor training students in the T-41 program for the U.S. Air Force, and later as an aircraft dispatcher for Frontier Airlines in Denver, where I met my wife, Jane (Palmerton), Rapid City High School, SD Class of '61.  I spent five years in real estate brokerage in Austin, Texas, and nearly 32 years as a State Farm Insurance agent in Round Rock, Texas, where we raised our sons, Erik and Leighton.  I retired April 1, 2007. 
 

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Here's to ya!

I have been an obsessive reader all my life, and I enjoy writing and learning, and I must admit that flying airplanes has been the most dominant obsession in my life.  I chose jobs not because I was in love with the profession, but instead to give myself a chance to make an income that would allow me to fly an airplane.  Even today, I find myself questioning what I should do in order to keep flying.  When my health prevents me from pursuing that pasttime, I will not be sad.  I have had a ball doing that which I love, and I will eternally be grateful for the privilege of having done  what I have done in this life.
 
Educational background:  28 hours short of a college degree.  I have transcripted hours from seven institutions.  So little time, so much to read. 
 
Over a period of a dozen years, I wrote a memoir of my adolescent years in Odessa for my family and close friends only.  In doing that, I came to see how my peer group shared a unique decade in history (1953-1963), and I wanted to share some of the uniqueness.  We were a highly mobile and social bunch, and our circumstances created an environment of drive-in socialability that has been stylized by Hollywood and other media over the years.  Our music is still alive and well, and our pop icons are still known to our kids.  There was something special about it, and I am grateful to have experienced it.  Plus, I believe Odessa's oil prosperity in those days magnified the effects of the times, making it a bit more glowing than other areas. In my opinion, those were Odessa's golden years, and the movers and shakers now could do well by trying to collect and preserve some of that history.  Hopefully these words can help with that effort, if it is ever made. 
 
In January, 2007 the Odessa American ran a three day serialized article about Tommy's Drive-in in Odessa, Texas.  I wrote those articles as a guest author by cutting a 9,000 word effort down to 2,000 words.  On this site is some of the original unedited text from that  memoir I wrote for my family and friends.  I have included it on this site because in the writing of the memoir I became impressed with the uniqueness of the '50s upbringing I shared with my age group.
 
~~~~Michael Lewis Moore

  By The Way....We all grew up in Odessa when Roy Orbison began  his career, and frankly, I was always amazed at his incredible voice and I am a big fan until this day.  I recently heard from a guy in Dallas who owns a wine tasting bar named MERCY.  The guy is the owner of the largest collection of memorbilia about Roy O. other than Barbara Orbison.  He emailed me an un-released song, a duet by Roy with Raul Malo singing "Like A Bridge Over Trouble Water."  Raul put this duet together after Roy died.  He accomplished that task by dubbing, and he did it with Barbara Orbison's permission.  You will not hear this anywhere but here, that I know of, so click Below and turn up the sound on your speakers and enjoy.  My gift to you.  Mike Moore   

Click here for Orbison duet

RO does Danny Boy; click here

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