Rodeo Houston Parade Gallops Into Downtown
February 27, 2011

The 73rd annual Houston Rodeo Parade drew thousands of  people to downtown Houston Saturday to watch riders on horseback, clowns, floats and marching bands.

Country music singer Clay Walker served as the parade’s grand  marshal. 

Other familiar faces included: County Judge Ed Emmett and  wife Gwen, Houston’s fire and police chiefs and other elected officials.

KPRC Local 2 anchor Dominque Sachse, Sports Director Randy McIlvoy, Reporter Carl Willis and I rode in a chuckwagon along the parade route.

When A Sports Star Walks Into the Newsroom
March 29, 2009

He’s 7’2″, 260 pounds ,  looks really good in a suit and is nice enough to pose for pictures with pesky news people.  That’s what I can tell you about my experience meeting Houston Rockets Forward Dikembe Mutombo.

Mary Benton and Dikembe Mutombo

The sports star, nicknamed “DEKE”  walked into the KPRC-TV Channel 2 newsroom Sunday night.

He stopped by for a segment on Sports Sunday withChannel 2 sports Director Randy McIlvoy and sports producer Adam Clanton.



Before getting down to  business, Mutombo posed for pictures with the staff,  and took a  few minutes to show weekend news producer Erica Young how to use her I-phone so she could take a picture of  him.


In addition to being a great basketball player,  Mutombo is also a humanitarian.  Through his foundation  he has raised millions to improve the health, education  and quality of  life for his homeland.
Anyway, posing for pictures and talking about the Rockets playoff  hopes  must have made Mutombo really hungry.  
Sports Photographer Allen Reid and Dikembe Mutombo

On the way out of Channel 2 he asked if he could take a slice of   pizza that the weekend staff ordered for dinner. 

 Sports Photographer Allen (don’t ask for autographs)Reid was looking for any leftovers!