From Homeless to Congress: An Excerpt From ‘The Grand Duke From Boys Ranch’ by Bill Sarpalius

Karl, Bill, and Bobby Sarpalius, taken their first week at Boys Ranch in 1960.Karl, Bill, and Bobby Sarpalius, taken their first week at Boys Ranch in 1960.Courtesy Texas A&M Press On the day after Christmas in 1960, everything my two younger brothers and I owned was packed into a small cardboard box and put in the back of a white Chevy station wagon. Painted in black on the wagon’s front doors was a logo of a young boy wearing a cowboy hat and riding a bucking horse with another boy behind him holding on to the cowboy’s shirttail. “Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch” was printed across the top and below were the words “Amarillo, Texas.” Looking out the car window, I watched the fast-falling snow and a small herd of antelope running across the rugged mesquite-covered prairie. My brothers…View Original Post

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