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Tim O'Connor
Tim O'Connor (Illustration By Nathan Jensen)

Texicalli Tribute

The Texicalli Grill was a riot of Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and cowboy boots Sunday afternoon as local movers and shakers gathered to pay tribute to Direct Events dean Tim O'Connor's more than 30 years in the biz. "I just wanted to say thanks," said organizer Lee Duffy, O'Connor's onetime assistant at the Austin Opry House. Duffy said O'Connor wasn't notified about the party until the last possible moment to ensure he wouldn't change his mind, but everyone else had ample time to fill up their scrapbook-page invitations. Turning up were Clifford and Susan Antone, Bob Livingston, Ray Benson and Wylie Hubbard, DE Vice-President Elizabeth Smith, KVUE's Olga Campos, the Chronicle's John Carrico, Austin City Limits Producer Terry Lickona, Z102's Chris Mosser and his pregnant wife Lesli, DE publicity crew Janet Griffis and Kevin Brelsford (with his even more pregnant spouse Alex), and former Firedog Bobby Earl Smith. O'Connor was his stoic self in the face of 30 years' worth of nostalgia, sanguinely suggesting the real reason for such a heavy turnout. "I see why my staff showed up -- the hamburgers," he said of the miniature sandwiches served up by Texicalli owner Danny Young and staff. "Anything for a free meal."

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