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  By: Rodriguez of Travis H.R. No. 276
         WHEREAS, The city of Austin lost a zealous guardian of its
  eccentricity with the death of beloved Austin American-Statesman
  columnist John Kelso on July 28, 2017, at the age of 73; and
         WHEREAS, While not a Texas native, Mr. Kelso was a natural
  Austinite, and his keen appreciation of the city's qualities and
  quirks won the allegiance of longtime residents, newcomers, and
  exiles alike; he wrote with wit, perspicacity, and, as necessary,
  supreme indignation, prompting many readers to turn to his column
  before going back to peruse the rest of the paper; he profiled
  weirdos, poked fun at politicos, groused about Californians and
  condos, and found singular humor in encounters with everyday
  people, from his South Austin neighbors to the denizens of the
  Poodle Dog Lounge on North Burnet Road; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Kelso was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, a state
  he loved to mock, especially in advance of the annual Texas-OU game;
  after growing up in Maine, he graduated from the journalism school
  at the University of Missouri, although he didn't bother to obtain
  the actual diploma until 2016, when his commencement ceremony was
  conducted at Giddy Ups Saloon; he began his career in New Hampshire
  at the Manchester Union-Leader and then the Portsmouth Herald;
  while serving in the U.S. Army, he penned a humor column for the
  troop newspaper, and his comedic sense served him well again at The
  Palm Beach Post, where his scant knowledge of hunting and fishing
  did not deter him from taking on the outdoor beat; he turned the
  assignment into an opportunity to interview memorable Florida
  characters, and his appreciative editor, having moved on to Austin,
  hired him at the American-Statesman in 1976; and
         WHEREAS, For four decades, Mr. Kelso continued to amuse,
  entertain, enlighten, and much to his delight, occasionally
  infuriate the paper's subscribers; he published three books and
  earned numerous accolades, among them the 2005 National Press Club
  Angele Gingras Humor Award; theoretically, he retired in 2011, but
  despite failing health, he continued to write his columns until
  shortly before his death; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Kelso was devoted to his wife, Kay, and his
  stepdaughters, Lauren Williams and Rachel Cavin; a man of great
  kindness and warmth, he enjoyed many lasting friendships and a very
  special connection with his loyal readers, for whom his passing
  marks the end of an era in Austin; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature, 1st Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the life of
  John Kelso and extend sincere condolences to all who mourn his
  passing; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of John Kelso.