Drawing Dallas

Even with a big family (3 kids and 5 grandkids), retired schoolteacher Richard John du Pont projects a dandy’s fashion sense

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
mark@markdrawsfunny.com

Name: Richard John du Pont

Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher

Spotted at: Kroger’s on the Strip

Colorful and vibrant, Richard was born and reared in upstate New York in a small town on the Mohawk River called Crescent. Retired since 2003, this tireless educator spent 30 years teaching 4th and 6th grades, and continues as a substitute teacher for the Dallas I.S.D (Sam Houston Elementary and Maple Lawn Elementary). He graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education from the Central University of Iowa and a has masters in education from North Texas State University at Denton.

A man of taste: This silver-haired taste maker owns an exquisite collection of antiques, tastefully chosen to accent his beautiful home. He also lends his skill and expertise as a salesman to two estate sales and as a sales rep for Metrotex at the four large annual shows at the Dallas Trade Center.

Daddy dearest: This proud patriarch of two sons, one daughter and five grandsons sees family as the root of his life. His close-knit clan lives in the area so he is able to spend a lot of time with his children and grandchildren.

His hobbies include volunteer work for DIFFA, Legacy Counseling Center and Fresh, as well as traveling, reading, working out at Gold’s Gym Uptown, dancing and shopping. He collects vintage clothing and jewelry (more than 100 suits at least — he attends the Cathedral of Hope every Sunday in one of them with an antique brooch), and Converse and Vans shoes.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 29, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Weenies & Martinis fundraiser tonight at Jack’s Backyard

These weiners don’t tweet
We’re not sure what culinary masters would think of this pairing, but Weenies & Martinis sounds just fine to us. The Lone Star Ride fundraiser features a weiner roast (jokes welcome), s’mores and all the ingredients for a grown-up campfire. The best part is that 100 percent of the proceeds go to LSR Fighting AIDS.

DEETS: Jack’s Backyard, 2303 Pittman St. 7:30 p.m. $20. Search the event on Facebook.com

—  Rich Lopez

Mmmmm … Meatfest … Dallas Voice full

MEAT

Happy Meatfest!

Meatfest is an annual event that takes place at Texas Land & Cattle and is celebrated by everyone at 4145 Travis St., the building that’s home to Dallas Voice.

Our company and the others in the building are lucky because we have the best landlord. The building is owned by … well, we call the landlord Robin Masters, the never-seen owner of the mansion in Honolulu where Magnum P.I. lived. The building is managed by Nancy Blackmoor. We’ve never seen the “landlord,” but Nancy keeps an office in the building. And just as Higgins turned out to be Robin Masters — maybe — we think Nancy is our real landlord (or landlady).

GONE

Nancy always takes care of us. Everything in the building is well maintained. The parking lots are kept secure and the grounds are always well-kept.

And for Christmas, Robin, I mean Nancy, takes everyone out for Meatfest. We ate for more than two hours.

Let me recommend the Jack Daniels Pie with an extra shot of Jack Daniels — and expect my best writing in this week’s Dallas Voice, because after two hours of eating topped off with Jack Daniels Pie (with an extra shot) I’m just sitting down to put everything together right now.

—  David Taffet