An Important Piece of Our Puzzle … Roger Dykes

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

He’s a writer, a counselor, an advocate for the disabled, a relentless podcast critic, and a friend … Roger Dykes continues to be an important piece of our Free Range Texan fabric.

Roger doesn’t mind me telling you that he has been disabled with Cerebral Palsy since birth, and has spent his life in a wheelchair.    I have been acquainted with Roger since the late 1960s (I think).  The more you know Roger Dykes. listen to what he is saying, and watch what he is doing, the more you see that he is a master at battling the ever present discrimination in our society that profoundly affects the lives of people with all types of disabilities.

Roger DykesWhen we created the Heroes and Heroines File for our Free Range Texan Podcast, the first lesson we learned was that in general real heroes and heroines are not readily available for interviews.  Then it occurred to us, during the production of Episode 3, that we had a real-life hero living among us.  Roger Dykes was our guest for the very first Heroes and Heroines File.

Roger DykesRoger has a Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University, has owned and run his own business, and worked as a stand-up (or sit down) comedian and after dinner speaker.  He also found time to write a book (Non-Persons Rolling in a Normal World) about living a life in today’s world being disabled throughout most of his body, but not his mind.  Incidentally, there is an audio version about to be released on Amazon, that is narrated by a somewhat mediocre voice talent, or so says one of my avid critics.

Roger Dykes
Roger Dykes, 1977

The Free Range Texan depends on a number of special people who have generously thrown in their love and expertise behind the scenes of our Podcast.  One of these remarkable individuals is Roger Dykes.  Don’t let the wheelchair fool you, his wisdom is profound and his wit can cut its way through chain link in an instant.  He is my friend.

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