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. . . After winning district and state contests with this speech, I delivered it all over Monroe County to various churches and civic group, all booked by Mrs. Varnell. Other projects such as these took me every year to district contests at Mississippi State University in Starkville, state contests in Jackson, and national contests to Chicago, Washington D.C., Indianapolis and Omaha where several celebrities such as the Cowsills, Pat Boone, and Lassie appeared. I think Roy Rogers brought Trigger to Chicago.