Last week while driving on East Malone, I noticed a sign board in front of a business - I won't mention their name but their initials were Taco John's, that read "GOOD LUCK NEAL BOYD". I thought it was neat. Then what really surprised me was, it was the only one I saw.
Think about this- when a group of young men got together and decided to have a rodeo 50-plus years ago, they did not call it "The Bootheel Rodeo". It became one of the Top-10 rodeo's in the country - pretty good when you consider there are about 630 rodeos in the country every year. Known as The Sikeston Jaycee Rodeo, putting Sikeston on the map.
Fast Forward a couple years to "Little Man" and Norman Lambert with a gift of talent and good good to once again put Sikeston on the map as one of the best when it comes to home cooked meals.
Now a couple years later, we have Neal Boyd, whose voice is a gift of God. He grows up in Sikeston, graduates from our schools, attended Murray Lane Baptist Church regularly, and is working hard to do what he does an loves best - sing. The best part is he took us with him. They ask him, "Where are you from?" He could have said Cape, where he went to college, he could have said Columbia where he works now selling insurance. He said Sikeston, Mo., a small town in the Bootheel, and again put us on the map.
This young man took Sikeston to the whole U.S.A. when he auditioned, and each week, he has us there again. Neal is 100 percent in front of Us. I think WE should be 100 percent behind him. Is it asking too much for every business and church to give space for Neal on your signboard? Nothing special, everyone the same, four little four letter words, GOOD LUCK NEAL BOYD
Larry W. Boyer