Four-O Publishing: In 1988, I helped establish Four-O Publishing with two colleagues as a non-profit press housed on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University. Four-O Publishing is dedicated to quality editions of Southwestern Americana and Western Texana. The name reflects the original forty-acre campus of Hardin-Simmons University. The colophon for the series represents the brand of the imprint bordered by the first four registered cattle brands of Taylor County. The Four-O strives to bring to its readers quality biography, folklore, history, art, and occasional pieces interpreting life in its geographical area of concentration. Printed on acid-free bond paper, most of the books are in hardcover edit ions with occasional offerings of a limited number of collectible fine editions with leather and antique papers.
Since 1988, the Four-O has published the following titles: Ranch Rodeos in West Texas, by Dr. Lawrence Clayton, Living and Writing in West Texas, by Elmer Kelton, Watkins Reynolds Mathews, by Dr. Lawrence Clayton, An Antarctic Diary, by Charles F. Passel, The Wonderful Country, by Tom Lea, Willard Clark, Printer & Printmaker, Dr. David Farmer, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, a portfolio of photographs by Bill Wittliff, an anniversary edition of Living and Writing in West Texas, by Elmer Kelton and dedicated to Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher, twelfth president of Hardin-Simmons University, and The History of the Waggoner Ranch, by Knox Kinard. Additional works are currently planned for release in the near future.
I consider my long association with Four-O Publishing one of the greatest and most satisfying learning experiences of my professional career. It has been both a great joy and privilege to produce books and works of art that will long endure after I am but a memory. Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden, “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
Non-Professional Interests and Hobbies: I like to travel, read, write, and work in my yard. I collect coins, stamps, antiques, sea shells, soft drink bottles, book, book ends, and art work. I am particularly interested in the history of motion pictures, the R.M.S. Titanic, Texas history, animation, dirigibles, railroad history, and art.