I just read “The Worst Hard Time,” by Timothy Egan, subtitled “The untold story of those who survived the Great American Dust Bowl.” It’s a book that recounts ambitious settlers’ reckless stripping of native grasses from the High Plains in the early decades of the 20th century. Left vulnerable to erosive winds that blew deadly dust clouds over the Texas /Oklahoma panhandles and southern Kansas and Colorado, the region suffered even more catastrophically than the rest of America during the Great Depression.
Reading the book reminded me of the numerous PCH Prize Patrol visits we’ve made to the now-recovered Dust Bowl region over the last twenty-plus years. I have been amazed and inspired by the resilience shown throughout the area and particularly Amarillo, Texas, where we surprised Billy Nation, an area native, back in 1990.
We found Billy, a plucky octogenarian, dining with his sister and a friend over brunch. (If I’m not mistaken it was at Amarillo’s Harvey House, part of a now-defunct hotel chain that hosted pioneers as they traveled westward back in the late 1800’s. You may have seen the old “Harvey Girls” movie about the young women Fred Harvey imported from the refined East to serve as waitresses to the West’s rough-edged clientele.)
Billy was so surprised and excited when we walked up and presented a huge cash prize (on a silver tray) that he jumped up and started a lively soft-shoe dance. It turned out that Billy was quite the showman in his day and was delighted (in his dapper pale blue suit and tie) to give a performance in front of our video-camera and an audience of diners. He capped off his “winning moment” by holding The Big Check over his head and yelling “Yippee!” Billy demonstrated a truly positive attitude toward everything in life, a quality I’ve seen over and over among PCH sweepstakes winners.
The point I’d like YOU to take from this blog is three-fold: 1: You could be really down and out and still come up a winner. 2: There’s nothing more thrilling than the experience of a PCH Sweepstakes “winning moment.” And 3: You could experience that “winning moment” too. In fact, on August 31st you could be the winner of $5,000 A Week – For Life if you act now.
Click here on this link to pch.com and enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes at once. And enter every day up until the August 23rd deadline to improve your chances of winning. The more entries the better!
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