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An extra Our People for your time


January 20, 2019

I’ve written plenty of stories for the Eastern New Mexico News, and sometimes the “Our People” segment. I’m going to do one on myself today. Why? I thought it would be fun, and David Stevens beat me to the column I was planning to write.

So here goes:

My name is Kevin Wilson. I live as a journalist in Clovis. I was born in Montana, where much of my family still lives. I’ve been a Texas Rangers fan for more than 20 years (evidence is on my senior year picture still on display at Broadwater County High School).

I don’t have any pets, partially because the lease won’t allow it and partially because of allergies.

I spend my time documenting life in eastern New Mexico to earn a paycheck, and I spend that paycheck on groceries, movies and NBA League Pass.

What are you reading?

I recently finished Jeff Pearlman’s “Football for a Buck” on the United States Football League, which was outstanding. It was exactly what I expected — doing for the USFL what Terry Pluto’s “Loose Balls” did for the American Basketball Association.

I’m about 40 percent through “Bottom of the 33rd,” about the longest recorded professional baseball game in history. I’ve been at 40 percent for a few months, though.

What’s your favorite taste?

Pepperoni and green chile pizza. With slightly burned pepperoni and chiles that make you breathe a little faster. I’m good with regular, thin or stuffed crust, as each has its own merits.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

I think George Carlin said it best: I have interests. Hobbies cost money.

My interests are basketball, most movies and slapstick sitcoms.

Favorite quote?

“It’s like working at a fish market, except you don’t have to clean and gut fish all day.” — George Newman (played by “Weird” Al Yankovic), “UHF”

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

With the half-million I’d still have after taxes, I’d probably buy a modest home near the family, pay off the debt I do have, see what a year or two of not working feels like while planning the next step and save at least $150,000.

How would you like to be remembered?

As a person who tried to do the right thing, even though he failed more times than he’d care to admit.

If money were no object, what would you do to make eastern New Mexico a better place?

I would fix every road, if only to take away the lazy, “Let’s worry about (issue here) when we get our roads fixed.”

What’s your idea of a perfect day?

It depends. I’ve had some days where I saw plenty of people I loved, and those were great. But I’ve had some days where I realized I didn’t talk to anybody that day, and those were sometimes pretty great too. I’ve never had a perfect day, so my best answer is, I’ll tell you when it happens.

Kevin Wilson is editor of The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact him at:


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