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+ COMMUNITY Hays Free Press • June 1, 2016 Page 2C The matinee fe_a- ture at Waco s Fox Theater on June 4, 1948 was "Chicago Kid" starring Don "Red" Barry, the well-known cowboy actor, in a crime drama for a change. The furore rider of the B-western range was born Donald Barry de Acosta in Houston in January 1912. Despite his small stature - five feet four and a half inches - he was good enough at football, presumably as a running back, to win a college scholarship. In one version of how the tiny Texan got his big Hollywood break, JohnWayne and Mickey Rooney happened to see him play in an exhibition game between a team of college all-stars and UCLA. The diminutive Rooney, who at five-two had to look up to Barry, arranged a speaking part for him in "Boys Town," but he could not remem- ber his lines and the di- rector kicked the flustered first-timer off the set. This Week in Texas History by Bartee Halle Barry told a completely different story about his early days in the movie capital that included no mention of Rooney or the blown opportunity. In his account, he wound up in Tinsel Town in the depths of the Great Depression with just one thing on his mind: where his next meal was coming from. "Food's pretty wonder- ful any time," Barry said, "but you don't know how really wonderful it is until you've skipped meals for as long as I did. I had never acted but never having done something hasn't ever seemed a rea- son to me for not trying it anyway." Barry figured all he had to do was to sneak inside a motion picture studio, but that proved to be harder than he imagined. Don "Red" Barry courtesy of IMDB.com Twice he climbed the high walls of the selected studio, and both times security guards tossed him out on his ear. But the third attempt turned out to be the charm. "There I was inside the studio and not a cop in sight. I walked around as free as air. There were some chorus girls outside a sound stage (so) I stepped up and started rehearsing them. They thought I belonged there, and so did the director when he came over." Berry's masquerade lasted a brief three days, but he was rewarded for his brashness with a place on the payroll. However, his combative personality, which would cause him problems throughout his career, soon cost him that job. Never one to give up, Barry tied his luck with a road company of "To- bacco Road." "I fast-talked my way in. When they asked if I'd had any expe- rience (acting) before, I said 'Yes' and changed the subject." In a matter of months, Barry graduated from stage to screen with the customary bit parts that constituted the meat- and-potatoes for new- comers. By 1939 he had attracted the attention of Republic Pictures, king of the low-budget western, which put him through the usual bad-guy tryout in four pictures that year. Republic signed Barry to a long-term contract before casting him as Red Ryder in a series of 12 Saturday afternoon cliff- hangers. The tempera- mental Texan predictably pitched a fit pointing out the comic strip character was tall and skinny while he wasn't. The studio boss made it clear that he either did what he was told or he was finished at Republic. Although Barry hated to admit it, "The Adven- tures of Red Ryder" was the best thing that ever happened to him. For the rest of his life, he would be known as Don "Red" Barry due not to the color of his hair but because of the Ryder role. Long after the Red Ry- der serial was in the can, Barry kept grinding out sagebrush soap operas for Republic at the rate of two per month. But he wanted TEXAS HISTORY, 4C PELECH Kenneth Matthew Pel- ech Sr., 71, of Kyle, Texas passed away on May 16, 2016 after a coura- geous yearlong battle with Lung Can- cer. He was born December 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. Kenneth proudly served in the United States Army for 4 years, where he was a medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a mechanic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and also served in Korea. Kenneth was one of the first volunteer cart driv- ers at Seton Hays Medi- cal Center in Kyle, TX and was also a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. Kenneth was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, an avid NASCAR fan and also en- joyed cruises and casinos with his wife. Kenneth had a smile that could light up a room, a con- tagious laugh, the most amazing sense of humor and was loved by all who knew him. Kenneth is preceded in death by his father, Mi- chaelWalter Pelech, and son, Kenneth Matthew Pelech, Jr. Kenneth is survived by his beautiful and loving mother, Lillian Pelech of California; his loving wife of 33 years, Barbara Pel- ech of Kyle; his brother, Michael Pelech and his wife, Donna, of Florida; his sister, DonnaWool- ey, and her husband, Michael, of California; his son, Mark Pelech of Texas; his daughter, Christine Roberts, and husband, Keith, of Mis- sissippi; his step-son, Jeffery Hawthorne, and his wife, Dee, of Minne- sota; his step-daughter, Kimberly Hawthorne of Texas; his step son, John Hawthorne, and his wife, Sonia, of Texas; his step son, Jim Hawthorne, and wife, Michelle, of Texas; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Interment was held at Ft. Sam Houston Nation- al Cemetery, San Anto- nio, Texas on May 26, 2016 under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home, Kyle, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests dona- tions be made to the American Lung Can- cer Association in his memory. Condolences may be sent to www.HarrellFu- neralHomes.com. NEW Joe Alex New, loving husband of the late, Clemmie Eg- ger New, passed away at home on May 27, 2016, at the age of 77. He was born in Austin, Texas to Ida (Pichot) and Mar- vin New on September 5, 1938. His parents and his daughter, Debra (New) Gallo. preceded Joe in death. He is survived by his son Dwayne (Julia) New, granddaughter, Jenna (Kevin) Ventura, grandson, Jarret New, grandson Kyle (Leslie) Kruse, great grandson, Kaison Kruse, son-in- law, Wayne Gallo, and aunt Joyce Smithey, as well as several rela- tives and many life-long friends. Joe grew up in Creed- mor and Austin and attended Travis High School. He met and mar- ried the love of his life on September 26, 1959 after a whirlwind courtship. When the children were young, Joe moved his family from Austin to Wimberley, TX to help his in-laws with the fam- ily ranch. As a custom homebuilder, Joe built each of the family homes and was always will- ing to help other family members and friends with remodeling or other building projects. He was an extremely hard worker, with an out- standing work ethic, who expected no less from those who worked for and with him. After retiring from construction, Joe man- aged Travis Contractor's Supply in Oak Hill, until he and Clemmie started their home inspection business, which they ran together until her death last year and he until he fell ill. Always busy with one project or another, from gun competition, to raising and showing corriente cattle, serving others through the Ma- sonic Lodge and Shri- ners, Joe was a joker who delighted many, espe- cially children who met him as "Jojo", the Ben Hur Shrine circus clown. He loved to barbeque and prepare meals for his brothers in the lodge, the shrine and their families. Joe also loved hunting, cooking at the hunting camp, country music and spending time with his grandchil- dren. Family received friends Tuesday, May 31, 2016. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Fine of- ficiating. Interment to follow at the Jacobs Well Cemetery in Wimberley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Jacob's Well Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 2418, Wimberley, Texas 78676 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershosp- tialsforchildren.org, or Ben Hut Shrine at www. benhurshrine.org. Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by | i&:* iliiii !iilI!i i ............. iiiil i!liiii i*i liii,ii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilliiiiiii !iiiii!iiiililll~ iiiii iiiii !i~! 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