Thursday, May 16, 2013
Did you know Mary Suhm was a high school beauty queen in Beaumont? 10 things about her:
She's a big fan of Hattie's in Oak Cliff.
DALLAS Scott Parks wrote an engaing profile of Dallas City Manager Mary K. Suhm in 2012. Included with that profile was a sidebar, "10 things you may not know about Mary Suhm."
They feel that much more relevant now that we know Suhm is retiring this year.
"10 Things" reprinted herewith:
1. She usually votes in the Democratic primary. In 2010, however, she voted in the Republican primary to support Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was running for governor.
2. In 1997, Suhm attended the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. She marveled at a footbridge with a translucent glass walkway. It was her first exposure to the work of architect Santiago Calatrava, who was later hired to design the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
3. The University of North Texas website lists Suhm as a distinguished alum along with television journalist Bill Moyers and actor Peter Weller, who played RoboCop in the movies.
4. Suhm was a high school beauty queen in Beaumont.
5. She was raised in the Presbyterian Church but currently is not a church member.
6. Suhm once walked out of her San Antonio hotel wearing mismatched shoes. (Anecdote provided by former Mayor Ron Kirk, who got punched in the arm for making fun of her.)
7. She likes active vacations. A recent example: biking with her sister around Manhattan and Brooklyn on a beautiful fall day.
8. Hattie’s in Oak Cliff is a favorite restaurant she keeps going back to year after year.
9. A sign in her office says, “No Whining.”
10. In the 1990s, Suhm rekindled friendships with several childhood friends from Beaumont. They began attending “Big Chill” weekends in places such as Breckenridge, Colo., Santa Fe, Vancouver, and the Texas Hill Country.
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