Not for me and certainly not for about three thousand residents of Karnes City, Texas.
If you’re a fairly regular reader of mine or know me from my on air stints, the name of this sleepy South Texas berg might sound a bit familiar. That’s because it’s my hometown which I’ve written about countless times. But tonight, KC reached a prominence that far exceeds this blog’s abilities. You see, “American Idol” featured auditions from Austin and that was where this young, tall, good-looking, polite as hell cowboy in a green shirt gave it his Karnes City best and sang a Brooks and Dunn song for judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Selena.
They loved John Wayne Schulz and as a result, he’s goin’ to Hollywood, Dawg!!!!
I left Karnes City after graduating from high school in 1977 . That said, I know of his family. His uncle, Jonathan was an usher in my sister Kathy’s wedding and his aunt Pam was in my sister Karol’s class. I came back in 1998 to be a celebrity judge for a beauty pageant and a very young John Wayne sang when the contestants were changing outfits or something. I remember him being talented, even as a kid. Thirteen years have passed since laying eyes on that child, but I can tell you, especially after his sucessful AI audition, I’m very proud of him. As a former Karnes City resident, I would have to be—it’s the law. But seriously, I am. He’s a force to be reckoned with. He’s very talented and has a lovely, sweet but confident countenance about him and his back story; the one that let the world know that years ago, he promised his very ill mother that one day, he’d try out for “Idol” ….is the kind of producers LOVE, especially this season.
So, when the time comes to vote, I ask each and every one of my readers to please consider John Wayne Schultz for “American Idol”, the future pride of Karnes City.
I think he’ll serve the city well and will do us all proud.
And in turn, KC must honor him in any way it can, regardless of how far he gets on the show.
I can only hope the Dairy Queen will create a JOHN WAYNE HUNGERBUSTER.
A street should be renamed John Wayne Way. And yes, it should be adjacent to Laurie Kendrick Lane.
Or that The Market BBQ, 208 E. Calvert in downtown KC, makers of THEE BEST BBQ EVER PRODUCED and currently open Fridays and Saturdays for your dining in or take out pleasure (call 830. 780.3841 to place an order; catering also available) will serve one of its enticing, tender, mouth-watering briskets in John Wayne’s honor every weekend…with a side of Schulz sauce.
Maybe Red Ewald will name a type of fiberglass compound after him.
And perhaps, KC will allow the biggest celebrity homage of all: this coming football season, the mighty Karnes City High School Badger band will form a likeness of his face on the field during a half time performance in the game against arch rival, Kenedy. Or then again, maybe they’ll just form one of his nostrils.
I hear the band is considerably smaller these days.
Good luck, John!!!