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Jackson to be Keynote Speaker at Blanco Chamber Banquet
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Posted February 16, 2010

H. Joaquin Jackson has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Blanco Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet this year.

Jackson is a former Texas Ranger and renowned author, whose remarkable career spanned an interesting era in Texas law enforcement. It began “in a time when some Rangers believed that the law need not get in the way of maintaining order,” and concluded as computer technology became the main tool in fighting crime. Jackson’s exploits have served as the influence for several movie characters and were recounted in his book “One Ranger- A Memoir, “ which received such critical acclaim that he recently published a sequel entitled “One Ranger Returns.” For more information, visit

“I’m looking forward to returning to Blanco,” said Jackson. “It is a town that really values its cultural heritage and I feel honored to have been invited to participate in the event at the Courthouse this month.”

Marcy Westcott, President of the Blanco Chamber of Commerce, echoed the sentiments of several other Chamber members: “We’re delighted that Joaquin Jackson has agreed to be the keynote speaker for our banquet. His perspective of life in West Texas and the Hill Country will provide the perfect complement to celebrating our historical heritage. This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy a wonderful dining experience in the historic Blanco Courthouse with a special group of people. It should be a memorable evening for everyone.”

The banquet will be held at the Blanco Courthouse on February 25 at 5:30 p.m. and will be catered by Sullivan Street Catering. The Blanco Chamber has extended an open invitation to the community to join in their annual gathering. “Whether you are a Chamber member or not, we want to share this occasion with all of the community,” said Penny Thomas, Executive Director of the Chamber. For further information or to purchase tickets, contact the Chamber office at 830-833-5101.

The Blanco Courthouse has recently been recognized as one of the premiere historical sites in the Hill Country. Blanco was selected as the location to launch the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Hill Country Trail brochure this spring, and the Courthouse and Square will be used in filming a remake of the classic John Wayne movie, True Grit, around the same time.

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