The continuing adventures of Beau Yarbrough

I am apparently running for city council

Friday, February 29, 2008, 6:34
Section: Miscellany

… in Crowley, Texas.

I got the news from the Burleson-Crowley Connection:

Places 5 and 6, held by Tina Pace, who is filling an unexpired term, and Beau Yarbrough, will be on the ballot for the election, which will be held May 10. Winners in the races will serve three-year terms.

In the words of William Tecumseh Sherman, if nominated, I will not accept; if drafted, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.

That said, it’d be kind of fun to win. Vote for me, Crowley voters! Vote for me!

EDIT: False alarm. The paper spelled the councilman’s name wrong. He’s Beau Yarborough.

Crowley voters: WRITE MY NAME IN!


  1. I always think of Cale Yarborough and your name every time I see him on TV. I always wonder, is Beau related? heh.

    Comment by Cameron S. — February 29, 2008 @ 22:20

  2. And then I always think of the different spelling.

    Comment by Cameron S. — February 29, 2008 @ 22:21

  3. Everytime I went anywhere in Blacksburg, I would always be asked “are you any kin to Cale?” Exact same question, exact same wording, exact same inflection, every time. Never underestimate the spell that Cale has his fans under.

    Comment by Beau — March 1, 2008 @ 1:18

  4. Your name is right out of a Dashiell_Hammett tale 🙂 Or something. I like it.

    Comment by Cameron S. — March 2, 2008 @ 0:23

  5. “are you any kin to Cale?�

    Do they really talk like that? How quaint.

    Also, what is wrong with you, a good southern boy, quoting Sherman, the scourge of the South. They are gonna take away your grits if you keep it up.

    Comment by Dmitry — March 3, 2008 @ 12:16

  6. I am not a big fan of grits. I always got to the table late, and it was like having a big bowl of spackle waiting for me.

    Comment by Beau — March 3, 2008 @ 12:32

  7. Did you ever think of coming on time? They’re really good when hot!

    Comment by Mom — March 3, 2008 @ 22:31

  8. Yes, but then I’d have to ditch the Sherman quote.

    Comment by Beau — March 4, 2008 @ 6:19

  9. For REAL stock car buffs, there are two drivers of some note form this stunted Taxonomic branch of humanity: “Cale Yarbrough”, a great driver and “LeeRoy Yarbrough” (yep, that is how he spelled it.) LeeRoy drove for the legendary car owner Junior Johnson and had quite a productive career as a driver as one of the best super speedway drivers in NASCAR history. Cale was probably the better driver but LeeRoy had the better NASCAR/bubbah death at age 46 of severe alcoholism. Kinda like the “blues death” of Bessie Smith, the “Empress of the Blues”. If ya gotta go, some feel ya gotta go big.

    Comment by Mozzbi — March 4, 2008 @ 13:33

  10. Oh, and by the way—this is no slur on the Blacksbugers (with or without cheese)—Cale was NOT a Yarbrough. According to, he is Cale Yarborough (note superfluous extra “O”. Confused writers sometimes switch them but there it is. Cale’s career: 1957, 1959-88. The only NASCAR Winston Cup driver to win three consecutive championships (1976, ’77 and ’78), Cale Yarborough earned 83 NASCAR Winston Cup victories and 70 pole positions in a career that spanned four decades. His win total places him fifth on the all-time list, and his pole position total is the third-most in NASCAR Winston Cup history. Family lore has always said the respectable ones retained the “Yarborough” spelling and those trying to evade the law and cross borders dropped the first “O” to fool the early versions of TSA. Current genealogy sources put the ratio as about four “Yarborough” to one “Yarbrough”–a minority but not a tiny one.

    Comment by Mozzbi — March 4, 2008 @ 13:48

  11. Family lore clearly ratifies that all of the true scoundrels and border hoppers (not always the same) have dropped the superfluous “o”. Real students of Beau’s past would note that he is also related to the rather scruffulous “McGregor” clan who fled borders and changed their names as well – for plotting against the “King” of England.

    Comment by Joel — March 5, 2008 @ 16:08

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