The Soul and Soles of a Texas Boot Maker

by Marilou Long on July 11, 2017

in Recommended Reading,Texas,Tribute

This New York Times article about Rocky Carroll, boot maker to presidents and popes, is a good read.  From the linked article:

HOUSTON — One afternoon a few years ago, Rocky Carroll told me about the time he pulled his gun on those robbers outside his boot shop here.

It was 4:30 a.m. that July morning in 2002. He drove up to the shop with a bag of Shipley Do-Nuts. His assailants pulled a shotgun. He pulled his small .380-caliber pistol from his pocket. Mr. Carroll was that kind of Texas boot maker — the kind who went to work before dawn with a bag of donuts in his hand and a pistol in his pocket.

Shots were exchanged, the robbers struck Mr. Carroll with their vehicle and Mr. Carroll was rushed to the hospital.

“When I was in the hospital, George W. called the hospital,” said Mr. Carroll, referring to George W. Bush, who in 2002 was not only the president of the United States, but also a Rocky Carroll customer.

“The nurse in I.C.U. she says, ‘Some damn joker called and said the president was calling. We hung up on him.’ They called back and said, ‘This is the Air Force One communication officer. Don’t hang up. President Bush wants to talk to Rocky.’ And then Rick Perry called me and said, ‘Throw that .380 away. I’m going to give you a Sig Sauer .45 for Christmas.’ ”

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