SUNDAY July 12, 2020
As the world rapidly changes, we are becoming more conscious of our impacts on others, our public spaces, and the environment. Many of us are rethinking our goals and priorities for personal and public safety, in hopes of making our world a better place. Make County Line Magazine your source of inspiration for uplifting stories of people from the Upper East Side of Texas who are making a positive impact on the world.

In this issue of the WEEKLY, we celebrate the birthday of actor-director Forest Whitaker, who grew up in our region and followed a successful film career. We also celebrate the birthday of actress Margo Martindale this week. She caught inspiration for acting while growing up in Jacksonville then boldly moved to Michigan and later, New York City in the 1970s to pursue a career. Playing dozens of supporting roles in films and television shows over the past three decades, Martindale is now garnering acclaim for her roles in television dramas. 

​Others are stepping beyond social artistic norms as well while pursing work they love. One is John Hillier of Kilgore, whose curiously-formed human sculptures are part of the permanent collection at Longview Museum of Fine Arts. Another is Kristin Mcrae of Henderson, who never knew she had artistic talent until she began decorating cakes and cookies in her home a few years ago. She now runs a thriving bakery, creating confections that brighten others' special occasions.

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"Native Bear" in oils by Anabel Leigh of Dallas is part of her "Beautiful Women of the World" series.
​This week we celebrate award-winning actress Margo Martindale, born in Jacksonville, Texas, on July 18, 1951 . Her film career spans 30 years, but her passion for acting began while growing up on the shores of Lake Jacksonville.

Martindale has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series : once for Justified in 2010 and twice for The Americans in 2015 and 2016. Though often dubbed a "character actress," Martindale says she embraces the moniker because all actors play character roles.

In a recent video interview, Martindale shares insights about her current television and film roles, including Blow the Man Down and Mrs. America . Click the headline link above to read our interview with Martindale in the County Line archives.
Bob Mauldin is a familiar face in the Upper East Side of Texas with his syndicated TV show "Expedition Texas," and a familiar voice from earlier days as a morning personality on Tyler-based KKUS classic country radio.The journey began many years ago.

"I knew early in life that I wanted to entertain," he said. "I have been told that from early childhood I’d get up and sing in front of people. Anything I can do that brings a smile to people’s faces makes me happy."

Click the headline link above to read about Mauldin's more recent album, "Summer Days," in the County Line archives.

Z ipline Thrills Await Guests in East Texas
July is the ideal month to enjoy the breezy rush of a zipline adventure. Guests can enjoy the contactless sport at three open venues in the region: New York, Texas Zipline Adventures near LaRue, Thomas Falls Zipline in Diana (near Longview), and Go Ape! Zipline and Treetop Adventure Experience in Plano entertain guests with glides across acres of beautiful landscape. All three advise guests to book reservations ahead of time and bring recommended equipment.
Happy Birthday Forest Whitaker!
Longview native Forest Whitaker, born July 15, 1961, has a long career of starring and directing many films, including The Debaters (2007) and The Shack (2015). He is most famous for playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006), which garnered dozens of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Whitaker is the fourth African-American male actor to win the award, after Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Terrell native Jamie Foxx.

Whitaker remains involved in current projects. He plays Howard Lambert in 2019's Finding Steve McQueen and C.L. Franklin, father of the late Aretha Franklin, in Respect , a movie based on the singer's life story, which debuts later this year.
Longview Museum of Fine Arts Director Tiffany Jahorek describes movement and moveable parts in "MaleStorm/Twister," a sculpture by Kilgore artist John Hillier.
“MaleStorm/Twister,” by John Hillier of Kilgore, features elements of classic and modern art, yet stands apart from many other works of our time. Part of the Longview Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection, the moveable statue celebrates the dynamic nature of the human form and compares it to the twister, one of nature’s most violent forces. 

"MaleStorm" is one of three stunning wood sculptures by John Hillier, who recently retired after teaching art at Kilgore Community College for more than 30 years. Read more about the sculptor and his techniques in our July/August issue.
Covering the Arts Across the Upper East Side of Texas
Kristin Mcrae of Kristin's Bakery and Cafe in Henderson followed a dream of owning her own business only a year and a half ago, and hasn't slowed down since. She creates cheery, delightful cookies, cakes, and other treats that add personality and fun to special occasions. Patrons to the cafe find that Kristin is able to cook up almost any cake or cookie they can imagine.

Aside from special order items, the bakery sells delicious coffees, cookies, batches of seasonally-decorated sugar cookies, and special occasion gift baskets. Click the headline link above to read the story of Kristin's journey from homemaker to businesswoman.
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