East Texas lost a pillar in our community this past week with the death of Nelson Clyde the third. Nelson and I worked together many times over the years as both collaborators and competitors. In all instances he was a man who balanced his firm convictions well with a solid character.
He always had the courage to look me in the eye when we disagreed and the compassion to listen to my point of view. While this has got to be a difficult time for the family, and my heart goes out to them, they must also be proud of the legacy this man leaves behind.
The media industry is not what it was 40 years ago when Mr. Clyde got his start. The combination of journalist, businessman and community leader are hard to find in one package and he was one of them. He made this a better east Texas.