Patrick "Tex" Texier
by Jack Rowell
How many writers can say they have their own cartoonist, one who gets what they're trying to say even before they do? The artist behind the drawings you see on the Hale Street Gang and Me is a relative newcomer to Randolph, having started life 65+ years ago in France. He is the author of two children's books, The Elephant Who Dreamed of Being a Ballerina, and Do You Speak Lion? According to his bio, he "speaks with a very strong French accent" (we can vouch for that), shares a branch of his family tree with Sam Clemens (aka Mark Twain), and "has been called Tex since kindergarten." Tex spent 37 years in Africa, where he was a photographic safari guide. His graphic memoir A Frenchman's Odd-yssey is an optimist's view of life in Vermont.
He also happens to be my husband. If you scroll down to the next post, you'll come to a rather long snippet of my memoir about our life in Tanzania—a snippet that I picked up off the cutting room floor, where it had been tossed after I decided the book was toooooo loooong. Rather than lose it permanently, I decided to publish it here in cyberspace. The passage chronicles one of the last safaris in a truly amazing career.