TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Across the world, thousands are remembering the life of former President George H.W. Bush. In Central Texas, there is one man who has known the 41st president for more than 30 years.
President George H.W. Bush, The 41st President of the United States / Photo: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation / (MGN)
“It’s been an honor getting to know a person of his magnitude that had such skills and ability," Drayton McLane said.
McLane, former owner of the Houston Astros and current member of Baylor's Board of Regents, talked about his friendship with the president.
“He was highly educated; he talked to you on any subject around the world. That was inspiring," he said.
From a younger Bush running for Senate during the 70s to becoming president, McLane has cherished their friendship. When McLane was owner of the Astros, he says the president would often come to games.
“He went to 25 or 30 games and year and thoroughly enjoyed it," McLane said.
He also talked about an experience at the Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine. The president would go out on a boat, experiencing the deep seas of the Atlantic Ocean.
On one occasion, First Lady Barbara Bush gave McLane and his wife a warning.
“Barbara said ‘don’t go with him. He’s a mad man when he gets in there. He hits those waves and it goes way up in the air, don’t do it.’ But, anyway out of respect for the president, Elizabeth and I agreed to and it was the wildest ride of my life," he said.
McLane remembering the president as a man always willing to give.
“He loved to reach out to children and other individuals who were struggling in life. He loved to make a difference," he added.