August 31, 2009

Lottery winner buys Tee Pee Motel

Tee Pee owner attracts national spotlight

Film crew for TLC show doing feature on Woods

By Barry Halvorson
Woods explained for the camera that after winning the lottery, his wife Barbara and he were driving by and saw the for sale sign out. Originally from the Wharton County area, she had always wanted to stay in the Motel but never got the chance before it closed in 1985.

"She told me she wanted to stay there," Woods told the rolling camera. He explained that while he saw it as a bad investment, she insisted he buy it and fix it up. Able to "afford" to keep peace in the family, Woods finally relented and took on the project, purchasing the motel in 2004 and reopening it on Oct. 30, 2006. Although the renovations continue.
A note from the person who alerted me to this item:I really do hate to see these kind of things in the media. It's freakin' dumb. The first thought that came to mind when seeing this was "why teepees!?" Every freakin' time it seems like there has to be an idiot show or music video or a business having ornaments or t-shirts depicting native Americans in a dishonorable way. I guess that's why I don't care much for cable or dish television. At work I've been watching the History Channel and Discovery Channel and I've came across information presented by these channels that are just theories but made to sound like factual discoveries such as the Big Bang. I even came across shows that present Native America in a past-tense sort of feel which allowed me to understand why many Americans believe these stereotypical things about Indian people.

(sigh) Well I hope you get this and I hope all is good with you.

Keep up the good work,

Salvador Martinez
This message is from a pomofyed Pomo.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see The Tee Pee Motel.

Below:  "Setting up the shot, Tee Pee Motel owners, from left, Barbara and Bryon Woods watch as Field Producer Conor McCarthy and Director of Photography Tom Inskeep check out a camera angle and sound engineer Scott Anderson checks his equipment's levels. The film crew, from Beyond Productions, were filming the Woods and the Tee Pee Motel for an upcoming feature episode of 'How the Lottery Changed My Life,' for the TLC channel." (Staff Photo by Barry Halvorson)

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