HR Strange But True!
November 15, 2001
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The Rodney Dangerfield of Texas

Only seven months after he won a highly publicized competition to become the voice of "Big Tex" - greeter of visitors to the State Fair of Texas - Sonny Ray Stolz has tendered a strongly worded letter of resignation.

"It was obvious to me from the start that the man who portrays the voice of Big Tex gets no respect," he said in a written statement to local news organizations.

Stolz said that for 24 days, he worked in a cramped and dirty booth, was paid only $3,750, and was subjected to sarcasm, public humiliation, and nonprofessional conduct by a supervisor.

That supervisor, Barbara Jones, director of creative arts and special events, told the Dallas Morning News that she was shocked at Stolz's resignation. She denied any mistreatment or lack of respect.

Nancy Wiley, State Fair spokeswoman, said officials were not even sure the letter, dated Oct. 23, was an official resignation.

"He sent a letter after the fair that was very vague and very lengthy, but we didn't understand it to be a letter of resignation."

Stolz, however, said the letter - which ends, "Thanks for the ride" - was exactly that.

Source: Dallas Morning News

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