March 2017 – Exclamation Points!

From our archives: Chef Rey, Lisa Fredrickson and Patti Parish-Kaminski.

From our archives: Chef Rey, Lisa Fredrickson and Patti Parish-Kaminski.

History in the Making

Historic is the only way to describe this month’s issue of Fort Bend Focus.  First, we bring you the most historic event to date of 2017: the inauguration of our 45th President Donald J. Trump. Fort Benders were present and partying in our nation’s capital for this historic event, and of course, we showcase our favorite pictures from this auspicious occasion.

One of my favorite organizations is celebrating a historical milestone in a big way by turning 50. One of the best parties each Spring – The Lone Star Stomp – is celebrating the Fort Bend County Museum Association’s milestone by paying homage to the 1960s for their theme.  So grab your favorite tie dye t-shirt and peace symbol necklace and head out to George Ranch Historical Park on Saturday, April 8th.

Speaking of history, I have quite a history with the gentleman who appears on our cover. In 2008, I met Chef Rey as he embarked on his second career in the culinary world. He left his day job, attended culinary school and today is a celebrated author, philanthropist and the executive chef for the Houston Rockets. From baseball’s José Altuve to basketball’s Tracy McGrady to the Queen B herself, Chef Rey’s impressive clientele and amazing gift has propelled him to realizing his dream. In 2009, I put him on the cover of Fort Bend Focus, and frankly, I had to talk him into it.  He told me, “I’m not ready for this.” I told him, “You better get ready because it’s happening.” This month, I am proud to share the history of my dear friend and his path to success. The things that were important to him years ago when we met are still important today:  faith, family and friends.  Now that’s a success story.

Winston Churchill said, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” I hope you will all be actively engaged in writing your own history. I know I will, and when you have a historic milestone, let us know. Those are the types of stories we love to tell.

Happy Spring, Happy Easter and go Rockets!

Stay focused,