Assignment Texas: with Russell Graves- Monumental Memories

By contributing writer Russell Graves
When I was a kid, I remember going to the movie theater in downtown Bonham, Texas, and watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It was my first time to experience a Stephen Spielberg movie.
At the time, my family lived south of town in the country. When we got back home that fall night, I remember going to the back yard, lying in the grass and staring up at the stars wondering if the fantastic story about aliens could be true.
The movie is still one of my favorites and continues to fascinate me.
Among the movie’s iconic scenes is the one where William Dreyfuss’ character has visions of a shape. At his kitchen table, using his plate and mashed potatoes, he builds a semblance of the monolithic Devil’s Tower near Moorcroft, Wyoming. For reasons different than Dreyfuss’ character in the movie, I have always wanted to see the geologic wonder for myself. To read more pick up the July 2014 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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