Doug Baum sits astride ‘Gobi’ and answers questions about his camels Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at the Fort Phantom Hill Rendezvous near Abilene, Texas. Baum, a former zookeeper heads the Texas Camel Corps with his wife, Trish, and keeps nine of the beasts on a small ranch near Waco, using them in educational programs and historical re-enactments. Baum’s ultimate goal is to establish a Texas Camel Trail, marking the route from Indianola along the coast to Camp Verde in the Hill Country that was used by the U.S. Cavalry in its brief flirtation with a camel corps during the 1800s. (AP Photo/Abilene Reporter-News, Ronald W. Erdrich)
Doug Baum sits astride ‘Gobi’ and answers questions about his camels Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at the Fort Phantom Hill Rendezvous near Abilene, Texas. Baum, a former zookeeper heads the Texas Camel Corps with his wife, Trish, and keeps nine of the beasts on a small ranch near Waco, using them in educational programs and historical re-enactments. Baum’s ultimate goal is to establish a Texas Camel Trail, marking the route from Indianola along the coast to Camp Verde in the Hill Country that was used by the U.S. Cavalry in its brief flirtation with a camel corps during the 1800s. (AP Photo/Abilene Reporter-News, Ronald W. Erdrich) RONALD W. ERDRICH AP/Abilene Reporter-News
Doug Baum sits astride ‘Gobi’ and answers questions about his camels Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at the Fort Phantom Hill Rendezvous near Abilene, Texas. Baum, a former zookeeper heads the Texas Camel Corps with his wife, Trish, and keeps nine of the beasts on a small ranch near Waco, using them in educational programs and historical re-enactments. Baum’s ultimate goal is to establish a Texas Camel Trail, marking the route from Indianola along the coast to Camp Verde in the Hill Country that was used by the U.S. Cavalry in its brief flirtation with a camel corps during the 1800s. (AP Photo/Abilene Reporter-News, Ronald W. Erdrich) RONALD W. ERDRICH AP/Abilene Reporter-News
Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 16 Texas Legislature sessions. First on the scene of a 1988 DFW Airport crash, he interviewed passengers running from the burning plane. He made his first appearance in the paper before he was born: He was sold for $600 in the adoption classifieds.