by Don Chaney

Don Chaney is the former mayor and a long-time resident of Crane.

Article #36
Taken from the Crane News, published October 15, 1998.


     I remember when TV first came to Crane.  This was in the 1950's. We bought a TV set from Lloyd Wimberly's store here in Crane. It took a high, I mean really high antenna to get a picture at all.  There were two stations in Lubbock at the time.  They were the closest ones.  They broadcast at certain times of the day.  The picture was black and white and very snowy.  Word was that Odessa was working on a station or two and these materialized before long.  The picture was somewhat better and greatly improved with time.  One of the programs was Roy Orbison and his band.  With all due respect and admiration for Roy, who went on to be a very famous song writer and entertainer, his first programs on this fledging TV hookup were corny as Kellogg's Corn Flakes.  Our kids used to roll on the floor laughing when his band was on.  I, being a Wink product before Crane, claimed him then and always.  He got his starts as a traveling musician going with my old friend and former professor and Superintendent of School at Wink, Roland A. Lipscomb.  Mr. Lipscomb was running for Governor of the huge Lion's District 2 which included San Angelo, Abilene, Lubbock, Amarillo.  Also El Paso and Crane and all points in between.  What an area!  Roy played and sang when Lipscomb was visiting Lions Clubs on his campaign.  One of the first and main regular programs was Liberace.

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