Mark McDonald – Personal Bio
  • “We’re lost … but we’re making good time.” – Canadian big game guide while leading our pack horses through a blinding snow storm


    1967 Midland Lee Rebels. “Dirty Thirty” finished 7-3, 1st winning team in school history. Best-looking squad in the district. #74 still had yet to play his best football.

  • Born – Lawrence, KS (not a native Texican, but got here soon as I could)
  • Residence – Midland, TX, formerly lived in Houston, El Paso, Abilene, Richardson, DeSoto
  • Occupation – Author, publisher
  • Hobbies – Golf, hunting, college football, native plants, outdoor cooking, youth team sports
  • Education – Midland Lee High School, college prep … University of Texas at El Paso, B.A. journalism … scholarship athlete: two-year varsity football letterman
  • Organizations – Professional Outdoor Media Association … Permian Basin Landman’s Association … Western Writers Association
  • Family – married, with two sons, Turk and RobRoy
  • Likes –
    • Yellowstone National Park
    • pecan pie
    • grassroots history
    • Blue-eyed soul: Dr. Hook, Johnny Rivers, Delbert McClinton
    • Others: Darius Rucker, Temptations, Roy Orbison, Ryan Bingham, Eli Young Band
    • personal liberty and freedom of choice
    • golf, baseball, football
    • actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Josh Lucas, Don Cheadle
    • Actresses Diane Lane and Sandra Bullock
    • Pundits Andrew Wilcow, Greta Van Susteran, libertarian author John Stossel


      the late Roy Orbison, the pride of Wink, Texas, and koolest ever

    • The Golf Channel, History Channel
    • Sports TV worth watching: David Feherty, Charles Barkley, Bob Costas
    • Dark beer
    • Fresh fish, Gulf shrimp
    • barbecued pork ribs
    • Texas-distilled and owned Enchanted Rock vodka
    • malbec wine
    • fuel efficient 4×4 pickups with air-conditioned seats and satellite radio
    • mature, free-ranging deer
    • the whistle of a bobwhite quail
    • all things UTEP Miners
    • Texas Rangers baseball
    • Youth sports
    • Dislikes –
      • Censorship, disguised as political correctness
      • Hip-hop
      • Government overreach (IRS, Obamacare, Ethanol et al)
      • Pompous lawmakers not required to live under the very laws imposed on us citizens
      • Low-information voters
      • UTEP’s opponent any given day
      • Endless promotion of the Southeastern Conference
      • Entertainers and Hollywood personalities, the richest/dumbest of all Americans (you know who you are, Gwenth Paltrow … Morgan Freeman … Jim Carey … Chris Rock) who profess to hate the country that has made them free and wealthy
      • Wish I could – play the guitar or honk a mean yackety sax … remember where I left my cell phone … hit a controlled draw with a driver … be more of a peace-maker, diplomat and gentleman like my father, Bill McDonald
      • Lifetime achievement – helping their mother in rearing two kids who stand for something
  • All-time favorite books: “Old Yeller” … “Seven Days in Utopia,” by David Cook… most anything by Dan Jenkins … “The Wisdom of Harvey Penick,” by the late Bud Shrake … “Lonesome Dove,” by Larry McMurtry
  • All-time favorite movies: “Shawshank Redemption” … “Bull Durham” … “Man from Snowy River” … “Little Big Man”

“Make an appointment, kid. I’ll show you how to hit .225.” – the author

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