The life story of one of our hometown heroes, who achieved greatness around the world, is now out in hardback for the whole world to read.
From track star in Graham and the University of Texas, to Olympic gold and the silver screen, Dean Smith's story is proof dreams are worth fighting for.
Dean Smith's appearance at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham kicked off a book signing tour that will include the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, and Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.
And, those locations are fitting for sure.
Dean Smith: "Little did I know... that I would be able to run and be an Olympic gold medal winner and State Champion. Little did I know I'd run on a world record relay team and play Pro Football, the LA Rams, and spend 45- years playing Cowboys and Indians in the movies. And, everybody thought I wasn't too smart. But, I did it my way. I wouldn't do it any other way."
Dean grew up in the Graham area, on this same land he owns today.
He was part of the 1952 400- Meter Olympic Relay Team that defeated the Russians in Finland.
Dean then spent 45- years in Hollywood, making movies and stunt- doubling for everyone from Robert Redford to Maureen O'Hara.
It's the circumstances surrounding all of these things, and everything that happened before, after, and in- between that promise to make one fascinating read.
Debby Smith/Dean's Wife: "I Think it's great. But, I'm a little partial. But, I really wanted it for Finis, for our son, and for the descendants, for all of his children and all of his children's children to know about Dean and know about their heritage."
Finis Smith/Dean's Son: "Now, everyone's getting to know what my dad's story is. I mean, most people do, but now even more people are getting to see what his life's been like."
Dean: "Politically speaking, we were correct, and the bad guys and the good guys.. most of the time the good guys in the white hats always won. And, the thing is we need more of that. We need more innocence. We don't have innocence anymore, and that's what we need."
"Cowboy Stuntman From Olympic Gold To The Silver Screen" is an autobiography about a boy from the Graham area who worked hard and made it big.
It's one page turner that will make Texomans proud.
If you'd like your own copy of "Cowboy Stuntman From Olympic Gold To The Silver Screen", just call the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham.
That number's 940-549-1470.
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