Limestone County commissioners honored retiring Mexia Daily News Editor Bob Wright Monday. (Photo by Jim Peeler)
GROESBECK (November 8, 2010)—Limestone County commissioners took time out Monday to honor Mexia Daily News Editor Bob Wright, 76, who will retire later this month after spending more than 50 years covering news and sports in his hometown.
Officially, Wright’s retirement is effective on Nov. 19, but after covering his 52nd season of Mexia High School football, he says he’ll stick around as long as his beloved Black Cats continue to play.
Several weeks ago, the team presented him with a framed jersey bearing No. 52 with his name on the back.
On Friday, the Black Cats delivered another going away gift when they beat Groesbeck 50-28 in their last home game of the season.
They face Lorena Thursday in Temple in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Wright has been a Black Cat fan for decades.
He graduated from Mexia High School in 1951, earned his degree from Baylor University in 1956, and returned home to join the Daily News.
He says he always aspired to be a journalist, and for the last five decades that’s exactly what he has been.
“I’ve never known Mexia without him,” Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Monday.
Wright’s longevity has made him something of a legend, especially among Texas sportswriters.
"I've lived through five bypasses, two bladder cancer surgeries and four buyouts," he told a Dallas Morning News columnist in 2008, "And I'm still here."
Over the course of 52 seasons, he missed only about a half-dozen games.
He also chronicled the last half-century of goings on in his hometown, including a memorable visit in 1962 by Ronald Reagan who went on to win election in 1966 as governor of California and then in 1980 as president of the United States.
“I’m really going to miss this,” he said Tuesday.
“I’ve really come to work every morning with joy in my heart…because I enjoy writing.”
Bob and his wife Peggy plan to move to College Station where his son Mike is general manager of KBTX-TV and he’s looking forward to spending time with his twin grandchildren.