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March 3, 2011 - Al Stephenson
It's my considered opinion that one has to be tough to drive a race car at nearly 200 m.p.h. Surround yourself with 42 other drivers going the same speed and you better be tough. It is not for the faint of heart and although you might think this is a young man's sport, some elderly people do this as well. Take for example, Morgan Shepherd.
Shepherd is 69. He is also spry for his age. And did I mention tough. The story that is coming out of Las Vegas this week will prove my point.
Shepherd was exiting his rental car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Vegas when three apparent criminals came running from the store with security personnel in pursuit. Shepherd did what any citizen would do. Well, maybe not just any citizen. He joined the chase, catching one suspect and taking him to the ground. A police officer apparently flipped him some handcuffs and Shepherd proceeded to cuff and sit on the thug. A few minutes later the police returned, only to ask Shepherd if he could hold the guy a little longer while they went after the other two. His response? "He ain't going anywhere."
The story may seem a little bit out of the old west (hey they are out west), but it does go to show you that you don't mess with a good old boy. When the guy begged Shepherd to release him, suggesting that he got caught up with some unsavory characters and that he was basically a good person, Shepherd chose to "sit tight" and lecture the young man (18 or 19) on making good life choices.
The view from my seat suggests that most of us should not attempt to do act like Morgan Shepherd. That would be on the race track or in a parking lot!
For now though, let me just say. Way to go Morgan!
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