Native Sons & Daughters Honor Jim Hoy

(Frank) Here we are again. (Deb) Welcome back. So, Frank, I of course, obviously, am not a native daughter of Kansas. I am a transplant. So, it is possible, maybe in some realm of reality that I could one day be a distinguished Kansan. But were you born, are you a native son? (Frank) Oh ya. (Deb) You’re a native son. So where were you born? (Frank) Topeka. (Deb) In Topeka. So, we’ll put your name in the running there for the Native Sons and Daughters who honor folks every year. (Frank) Yea. (Deb) Have you ever been to that awards show? (Frank) Yes, I have. (Deb) It’s an awesome deal. I did not get to go this year. But it’s incredible. (Frank) Yea, it really is. The year Roy Williams was inducted and then the next year you saw him going to North Carolina now. (Deb) Well bless his heart. You know Roy, being very fond of Roy and Dean Smith, the whole connection. When people were not happy with Roy Williams, I’m like you know, Roy was born near Asheville and I grew up in the mountains, the top end of the state. And I’m like golly, if you could see where Roy grew up – it is gorgeous, it’s just gorgeous. But you know, home has a strong pull. (Frank) Yea. (Deb) I got to meet Dean Smith speaking of Roy Williams, when Dean was here. You know he graduated from Topeka High and from KU and so he came back to be honored at Topeka High and was President of Shawnee County Historical Society at the time. So, I got to, I was kind of assigned to take care of Dean Smith and oh man, that was awesome. (Frank) Yea. Now, you mentioned Topeka High, this is a transition, listen to this, “Hoy, hoy mighty Troy!” (Deb) Yea. That’s great. (Frank) And guess what, we have a story about someone named Hoy. (Deb) Hoy, Hoy. (Frank) Yea, and we talked about all of the talent that is in the state of Kansas-in music and art and literature and he happens to be another one. (Deb) He does. Amazing. (Frank) Yea. (Deb) Hoy, Hoy. (Frank) Mighty Troy. Here it is. Each year, the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas gather on or near Kansas Day to honor, well, native sons and daughters. This year’s choice for Kansan of the Year was almost a given. He was sure to receive this award sometime in his life. Jim Hoy, who taught at Emporia State University for 45 years before retiring in 2014, is recognized throughout Kansas and beyond for his story-telling as well as his recording of western lore. He has authored, co-authored, or edited seventeen books, including the story of the “Cowboys Lament,” the song commonly known as the “Streets of Laredo.” Hoy loves telling crowds that the popular song originated in the streets of a Kansas cowtown, not one in Texas. Hoy’s other books include co-authored Vaqueros, Cowboys and Buckaroos, Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie, Prairie Poetry: Cowboy Verse of Kansas, and two volumes called Plains Folk. Hoy holds degrees from K-State, Emporia State, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. The teacher and rancher has also been inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Since he is not a native son, Dr. Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University was honored with Distinguished Kansan of the Year. Washburn marked its 150th anniversary in 2015, and under Dr. Farley’s guidance the landscape of the campus has been dramatically changed, including the brand new KBI forensic facility there. Congrats, Jim & Jerry!