The Rock Wall

Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

I had never heard of Tom Seay (See) or Best of America By Horseback when they invited me to come down to the Eagle Ranch to report on his visit.

It was an education. For the first hour or so, I didn’t ask a question, didn’t take any notes. I just observed. Mr. Seay asked if I was getting what I needed. I was.

This guy is a true character – supremely confident in what he is doing and good at it and with a sense of humor that he shows all the time. He travels around the U.S. conducting live interviews for his RFD TV show, Best of America by Horseback.

He has a knack of asking the questions that really make his interview subject stop and think. He asked the retired professional photographer he was interviewing about the best photo he ever took. You’ll have to catch the segment on RFD TV this fall to hear the answer. I was busy taking photos and don’t know what Ken White, Stockton, said. It did make me think of my most memorable photo, when I was at the nursing home and caught in the camera when Russel Garland’s eyes met the eyes of Paulo and Loetta Bowyer’s granddaughter as she handed him something.

After the interview, I talked with Mr. Seay for awhile and found him to be down to earth. He told me about the time, as a young TV reporter, he was sent to interview Tiny Tim, which he thought was beneath his dignity.

Mr. Seay asked some smart-alecky questions trying to put down Tiny Tim. He asked his favorite song. The answer wasn’t Tip Toe Through the Tulips but was one which Mr Seay vaguely realized was classical. Tiny Tim then told him he was a classically trained singer. Mr. Seay said he had a beautiful baritone voice.

Then he asked Tiny Tim why he performs as he does to which Tiny Tim replied, “I couldn’t make a living as a classical singer. I went to a party one night, got drunk and sang silly. Then they started paying me to come to parties. I couldn’t make money as a serious singer, but I could as a fool.”

Mr. Seay said the answers humbled him.

Mr. Seay told me, almost with tears in his eyes, that he had observed me talking to his friend about turkey hunting. He said the sparkle in my eye reminded him of his father who loved to hunt turkeys.

I had no idea that it actually showed. I decided right then that he is a good observer of human nature. I think I’ll look up his show schedule on www.bestofamericabyhorseback and watch him on RFD TV. I might learn something or at least be entertained. I think, after observing him in action, that he makes things happen. I tend to sit back and let them happen. Seems to work for both of us.

KL