Thursday, May 03, 2012

Tyler-bound: Congrats to my Dad on local lawyerly honor

I'm headed to my hometown to see my father, Tom Henson, honored on Friday with some sort of lifetime achievement award - the "Justinian" award, I'm told - from the local bar foundation as part of "Law Day" celebrations.

My father says "Law Day" was created during the Eisenhower Administration as a counter to the labor-themed "May Day" celebrated on May 1 in communist countries and certain US immigrant communities, which is a backstory I'd never heard before. He also tells me in Smith County, perhaps unsurprisingly, it's generally celebrated with vigor. So, congratulations to my Dad on this well-earned commendation, and Tyler here I come. Sad to say it's been a while.

Blogging will be light to non-existent until I return this weekend, so use this as an open thread to talk about whatever comes to mind. But be respectful of my pops; whatever you don't like about me I assure you ain't his fault!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brace yourself: Hickory Fare by the Putt Putt closed. I was devastated.

Rage

Sheldon tyc#47333 said...

Mozel Tov to Tom Henson.

ckikerintulia said...

Enjoy your visit. Congrats to your dad.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tom Henson!

Anonymous said...

The Smith County Bar Association awards no high honor than the Justinian, well deserved by Tom Henson.

Phillip Baker said...

Your father deserves congratulations on this honor. I suspect he is also quite proud of your accomplishments as well. Have a safe trip.

Mamaw1 said...

Congrats and many thanks to your Dad.

Bryces Battle said...

Congratulations and Enjoy!

James @ austin-car-accident-lawyer.com said...

A hearty congratulations to your Dad!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your dad and to you too for the great work you do. I have been practing law 38 years now and it has been a great journey. Give him my best!
Jim McMillen, Houston

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Henson, Sr., from a San Antonio lawyer. Say howdy to JB Smith, too.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Thanks to everyone for the kind words, and especially Tracy Crawford for his moving comments at the event about my father and family. He and his wife Nancy are among the best people I know, and his remarks transformed the event into one my family appreciated tremendously and won't soon forget.

Rage, that is a tragedy, but the county is growing so absurdly fast (my Dad said the new census puts Smith around 220K) there are a lot of new options, too, to be fair. E.g., the Mexican food is certainly a lot better! Areas one traversed by dirt road when I was young now have divided four-lane roads lined with strip shopping centers, while pastures and forests have become sprawling subdivisions. I see little reason to give Obama, Perry, nor even the local politicians credit for the boom, which stems more from regional demographics and fortunate geography than some brilliant demonstration of urban planning, but for whatever reason there's no recession at the moment in Tyler.

And to 10:28, J.B. is on his way out, finally, and the town is filled with campaign signs for his replacement as Sheriff, fwiw. I don't know anything about any of the candidates, but it appears to be quite a competitive contest. I did see Jack Skeen at the event but didn't go up to visit with him.

Anonymous said...

Head on out to the north side. There's always a recession in Tyler.

Rage