Need a laugh? Pryor will tickle tonight
If you get to the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce-Tourist Bureau office this morning, you may be able to get one of the last available tickets for the annual banquet, which is tonight, Thursday, Nov. 13.
Individual tickets, at $30 each, are on sale at the tourist bureau office, 403 W. Cotter Ave. Tickets will be sold based on availability, but will not be sold at the door.
The banquet will be held at the Civic Center, 710 W. Ave. A, starting with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program.
The 2008 Citizen of the Year will be announced at the banquet.
Entertainment will be by Don Pryor, an Austin radio personality and humorist known as the World's Worst Waiter.
Much of Pryor's resume mirrors that of his father, Cactus Pryor, an author, after-dinner speaker and longtime radio talk show host on Austin's 590 KLBJ AM radio station.
Cactus Pryor, a part-time resident of Port Aransas, also has been the featured entertainment at chamber banquets here in years past.
Don Pryor has picked up the mike from his father.
A lifelong resident of Austin, Pryor started out in front of a microphone, appearing on his father's daily morning radio show, which Cactus did live from their living room when Don was a child.
In addition to his gig as the World's Worst Waiter, Pryor has been on KLBJ AM as an on-air personality, entertaining Austin listeners with his humorous commentaries. He is one half of the Todd and Don Show, which airs Monday through Friday on KLBJ.
Although a native of Austin, some of Pryor's most cherished memories have Port Aransas as the backdrop. He recalls the open-air movie theater in the 1960s and chicken fried steak at Mrs. Pete's café, getting seasick on the Wharf Cat and more exaggerated fishing stories than he can count. Port Aransas is no doubt in his blood, thus the title of his remarks at the banquet, "There's Sand in My Blood." The banquet will be highlighted by the naming of the 2008 Citizen of the Year.
The Citizen of the Year award recognizes individuals for past and current service in several aspects of the community. These citizens have records of giving back to the community in volunteer time without expectation of personal or professional gain. The number of nominations a single individual receives has no bearing on the selection as Citizen of the Year.
Previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award are, starting in 1991, Dale Bietendorf, the late Lillian Graham, Mark Creighton, Una Farley, the late J.C. and Wanda Barr, Georgia Neblett, Mike Hall, the late Barbara Sheppard, John Thompson, the city's first responders in 2001, George Horner, Pam Greene, Betty Crawford, Charlie and Linda Zahn, Richard Safford and Chuck Borders.