Special to the News-Journal Six-year-old Ryan Bailey of Gladewater poses with his tae kwon do instructor Sam Phrumjuntun.
Special to the News-Journal Bussey\u2019s hot-air balloon gondola featured in state exhibit A Longview dentist can be found in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum exhibit, but it\u2019s not for straightening Sam Houston\u2019s teeth. Dr. Bill Bussey, founder of the Great Texas Balloon Race, loaned his gondola to \u201CTango Alpha Charlie: Texas Aviation Celebration,\u201D which marks 100 years of flights above the Lone Star State. The exhibit continues through Jan. 9 in the museum between the Capitol and the University of Texas. Bussey set multiple world records while standing in the gondola\uFEFF.\uFEFF Bussey began the Great Texas Balloon Race in 1978, launching from the Longview Mall parking lot. The event draws up to 90 balloon pilots annually to East Texas Regional Airport and is responsible for state lawmakers declaring Longview the Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas.
Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 4:14 pm, Tue Sep 28, 2010.
6-year-old athlete chosen for Down Syndrome Society's video
Ryan Bailey of Gladewater is becoming a regular poster boy for
National Down Syndrome Society efforts to show there's plenty of
kick left in people who have the condition.
For the second consecutive year, Ryan's image was selected from
more than 1,000 photos as part of a video the society projected on
the giant plasma screen in Times Square.
The 6-year-old, who has an orange belt in tae kwon, will be
shown with his instructor, Sam Phrumjuntun. The video was scheduled
to light up the New York City landmark Saturday.
In last year's image, Ryan was caught demonstrating his golf
Ryan is the instructor's first student to have Down syndrome.
This past summer, Ryan participated in his first tournament held at
South Fork Ranch, the North Dallas spread where the TV series
"Dallas" was filmed.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 4:14 pm.