King's 3.49% forces District 7 runoff between Patrick, Wright
By Kelly D. Patterson / Arlington Morning News
Joe King became the spoiler he intended to be in Saturday's District 7 City Council race. He forced Gene Patrick and Ron Wright into a runoff by capturing a mere 3.49 percent of the vote.
> "I just wanted to keep Gene Patrick from winning the race outright," Mr. King said.
The hotly contested race ended with Mr. Wright receiving 49.12 percent of the vote, and Mr. Patrick getting 47.39 percent.
Mr. Wright said he expected the race to be close, but "not razor-thin like this."
Mr. Patrick, who used $45,000 of his own money to jump-start his campaign, said the race turned out as expected. He and political advisers anticipated a 3 percent difference between him and Mr. Wright.
During the May 20 runoff election, Mr. Patrick said he will push forward at the same pace. "We'll just do more of the same," he said. "We'll just keep on going."
> The fact that Mr. Wright received the popular vote turns the next round into a whole new ballgame, he said. "I've already won, now I've just got to get the voters back out," Mr. Wright said. "It's a whole new dynamic and a whole new race, but I'm going in as the winner."
> Neither candidate seems willing to hold back any punches as the second round gets under way. Mr. Patrick and Mr. Wright are vying for the seat vacated by retiring council member Dottie Lynn, who served the city for 17 years.
Both men have been embroiled in a battle of words the last several weeks to lure voters.
Mr. Patrick, a longtime Arlington resident who has openly supportedrevitalizing downtown Arlington and the failed sales tax hike to make improvements along Johnson Creek, generated most of his support from North Arlington.
Voters who said they supported Mr. Patrick said they appreciate the contributions he's made to the city over the years.
"I know he cares about Arlington," said Joy Key, who attended high school with Mr. Patrick. "I also supported Johnson Creek and I support the revitalization of downtown. I know those are issues Gene supports too."
Mr. Patrick, 59, graduated from Arlington High School and attended Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington.
His professional career began in 1961 with the Great Southwest Corp., where he served in the creative department and as musical director for Six Flags Over Texas. His career in the amusement park industry extended to the creation of Six Flags Over Georgia. In 1984, Mr. Patrick created Showtek Corp., an entertainment production company.
Along with his wife, Penny, Mr. Patrick is involved in the city's arts community and is active in downtown revitalization efforts.
Last year, Mr. Patrick purchased the old Chamber of Commerce building on Main Street for nearly $325,000. He plans to use the old building for Theatre Arlington as a learning center.
Mr. Wright, who said he will be a change from the status quo currently on the council, attracted voters like LeRoy Shutt, 64, who is disappointed with recent city council decisions. He said Mr. Wright represents change.
"All I had to do was look at the list of his supporters," Mr. Shutt said. "The list was nothing more than the same people who have been trying to shove Johnson Creek and the last parks deal down our throats over the years. I'm tired of the underhandedness we've seen with previous Arlington council members."
A former newspaper opinion columnist, Mr. Wright has served on several panels, including those coordinating the Arlington Housing Authority, Arlington Human Service Planners, Arlington Night Shelter and Arlington Classics Academy.
He's also served as president of the Arlington Republican Club and on the board of directors for the Texas Conservative Forum.
Mr. Patrick was criticized early on in the campaign for trying to "buy" the election. Aside from the $45,000 personal loan, he collected an additional $11,600 in contributions and spent $31,809.46, according to expense reports filed with the city secretary's office last month.
By contrast, Mr. Wright raised $10,159, loaned himself $3,138.39 and spent $6,218.17.
Mr. King, 41, raised $200 and spent $100 on the filing fee to place his name on the election ballot.
Mr. King said he would withhold his endorsement of Mr. Wright since they differ politically. Mr. King considers himself a Democrat while Mr. Wright is a Republican.
"I don't think he'd care to have me endorse him and I don't want to hurt him," Mr. King said.
I plan on running for Arlington City Council. It only costs $100 to get your name on the ballot, and filing begins next week. Last year, the papers had ignored the James Bond stuff, until one of the papers implied that it was the grandiose fantasy of a mentally ill person a few days before the election. Well, that was before Notting Hill, and this time, I'm going to try to make it an issue throughout the campaign and force it into the newspapers.
There are two local papers, and a reporter from the one that did not take a shot at me asked me to submit a bio.
What follows is the bio. I also offered to submit contact information in regard to all the individuals mentioned:
Joe King, age 41, is a resident of southeast Arlington.
Joe was born in New York City in 1958, and moved to Arlington in 1965 when his father accepted a position as an Engineer at General Dynamics.
When Joe was in second grade at Thornton Elementary school, he entered the "Cappy Dick" contest in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram funnies section, and won the national grand prize: a deluxe set of World Book Encyclopedia. The Star-Telegram featured Joe in an article that weekend.
Always a fan of the 1960s spy movies, when Joe was in the fourth and fifth grades, he corresponded with the author of one of the Man From UNCLE series of novels. The author liked an idea that Joe had submitted to him, and after they talked on the phone, the author agreed to use Joe's name as the bad guy in his next Man From UNCLE novel. (a pic of the novel cover is attached)
Joe attended Hutchison Junior High, where he did announcements on a regular basis for the school newspaper, The Golden Gazette. Joe began do incorporate impressions into his announcements, such as President Nixon, and Cheech & Chong.
On a vacation to England in 1973, Joe was in the lobby of the Odeon Theater in Leicester Square prior to the Command Performance of the James Bond film, Live And Let Die. There the BBC happened to interview him, and filmed his James Bond impression. As the various celebrities arrived for the Command Performance, Joe was filmed meeting Roger Moore, Jane Seymour, Paul McCartney, and Prince Charles.
Joe attended Sam Houston High School, where he was elected Student Congress Vice President his senior year. As the student congress officers did the morning announcements on the intercom, Joe continued to do impressions as part of the announcements. He began doing impression of President Carter, Walter Cronkite, Ralph Cramdon and Ed Norton from The Honeymooners, among others.
After his graduation from Sam Houston in 1977, Joe became a Radio-TV major at UTA. His freshman year in college, he landed a job at WFAA-AM Radio, a News / Talk station that was in the same building as KZEW Radio and Channel 8.
In August 1978, Joe was working at the radio station one Saturday, and the deejay across the hall at KZEW was taken into custody by the Dallas police in the middle of his airshift. As there was no one else at the station, Joe then deejayed on the Rock & Roll Zoo. That day he got to do a phone interview with the original cast of Saturday Night Live. The castmembers all enjoyed Joe's impressions and sense of humor, and expressed an interest in having him on the show sometime. Joe kept in touch with Dan Aykroyd, and got a personal reference from him a few years ago.
In November 1978, KVIL's Ron Chapman invited his listeners to Texas Stadium to be extras for the ABC TV-movie, The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Joe showed up that morning, and met the actress Jane Seymour again. Jane enjoyed Joe's James Bond impression, and talked the director into filming the two of them as they ad-libbed James Bond scenes. As a result of the screen test, Joe was offered a role in the film, but he declined.
Jane Seymour had a copy of the film sent to Albert R. Broccoli, producer of the James Bond film series. As a result, Joe was called back to the stadium a few weeks later to film additional footage of his James Bond impression as he ad-libbed a scene in the Texas Stadium parking lot with Jane Seymour and the actor Clifton James, who had played the Sheriff in Live And Let Die.
On the night of November 23, 1978, a surprise birthday party for Joe was held at the grand opening of the Graham Central Station Disco on Cooper Street in Arlington. Joe was surprised to find Jane Seymour there, and she told Joe that he was being considered to take Roger Moore's place for the James Bond role.
After we left the club, Jane came by my parents' home where my birthday party continued. Jane met Joe's parents, but they kept the fact that Jane was a movie star a secret.
"I really thought it was funny when Jane got my parents to talk about how much they liked the film Live And Let Die, and they didn't realize that they were talking to Solitaire from the movie," Joe recalls.
In January 1979, Jane Seymour appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to promote the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders film. During her appearance, she mentioned Joe's name, and said that Joe had read a book that Ed had written in the 1960s, The Bartender's Guide.
In the book, Ed had described a wager that you could always win at a bar. When a book of matches is new, it is easy to light a match on one strike. However, as the sulfur builds up on the little strip used to light the match, it will usually take more than one strike by the time you get to the end of the matchbook. Thus, if you bet someone that they will be unable to light every single match in the book with just one strike, it's a sure bet that you will win.
Jane asked Ed if he recalled that, and Ed said, "Of course I do."
Jane then produced an ordinary book of matches and asked Ed what he would say if she bet him $100 that she could like every single match in the book with just one strike.
Ed then said, "Well, I'd have to take you up on that."
At that point, Jane used one strike to light the first match, and then used that match to light all the other matches at once. Everyone in the audience let out a groan at that point, and Ed reached into his pocket and handed Jane a one hundred dollar bill.
Joe and Jane Seymour had a unique on-again, off-again romantic relationship, and she came to Arlington to see him periodically while he attended college.
In July 1979, Joe received an invitation to a special Sneak Preview of the James Bond film Moonraker in Dallas at the UA Cine I&II.
"At that screening, the James Bond scenes that I had filmed with Jane Seymour and Clifton James were shown, professionally edited together. Producer Albert R. Broccoli walked over and asked me if I would be interested in playing the James Bond role. We were standing in the aisle right next to the actress Lois Chiles, who had played Holly Goodhead in the film, and I recall her crying as I told Mr. Broccoli that I really wasn't interested," King says.
In August 1979, Joe began working as a deejay at Lico Reyes' Parties Portable, a mobile disc jockey and entertainment company in Arlington that he continues to work for on an as-needed basis today.
In 1980, Joe landed a job doing News and Sports broadcasts at KKDA-FM Radio, more commonly referred to as K104.
In 1981, Joe was elected as a Student Congress Representative at UTA. The unique "anti-fraternity" campaign that he had waged during the election was covered in a front page article in UTA's newspaper, The Shorthorn, with the headline, "Greeks Don't Dig Him, But King Stays Cool."
Also in 1981, Jane Seymour married another man, David Flynn, while she was a few months pregnant. Jane gave birth to a daughter, Katie, in early 1982.
"I suspected that I might be Katie's father," Joe says, "but I gave Jane the benefit of the doubt."
Joe graduated from UTA in August 1982 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
In 1984 or 85, Jane Seymour appeared with Katie on Gary Collins' program Hour Magazine.
Gary commented on Katie's red hair. He asked Jane if her husband had red hair. She said he did not. He asked if there was red hair in his family. She said there was not. He asked if there was red hair in Jane's family. At that point, Jane said that her own uncle had red hair.
At that point, Gary Collins joked, "Well, when she grows up, someone's going to have to tell her who daddy is."
"I had red hair as a child," Joe says, "but it turned to a light brown after I hit puberty. At this point, I strongly suspected that I might be Katie's father, but since all small children look alike, I continued to give Jane the benefit of the doubt."
In 1983, Joe deejayed a party at a Dallas hotel for Penthouse magazine. Madonna was a guest at the party. At the party, Bob Guccione took a photograph of Joe and Madonna kissing. Lico Reyes was at that party, as was Pamella Steel, who now does voice overs for Channel 5.
(Bob Guccione contact info available upon request.)
In 1989, Joe married his wife, Terri. In October 1990, their son James was born.
In 1997, Joe was paid $1000 by Penthouse magazine for a one-page humor article, which as yet, has gone unpublished.
Also in 1997, Joe was looking at a collection of magazine photos on the Internet at janeseymour.com, when he saw a photo of Jane and Katie together.
"Now that Katie had more maturity, I could see a clear resemblance to me; while the child looked nothing like Jane's husband at the time, David Flynn," Joe says.
"At this point, I attempted to write to Jane in care of her address at Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, but received a reply from a woman on the staff stating that Ms. Seymour is a happily married woman, and would not be able to review my correspondence.
"At this time, the Bill Cosby paternity matter was in the news, and a woman was being prosecuted because she had threatened to go to the media. I could think of no way of getting something through to Jane's personal attention in regard to Katie's paternity that might not be taken as a similar threat, so I didn't threaten anything. Instead, I simply put together a composite photograph, and issued a press release about it.
"Shortly after I issued the press release, I appeared as a guest on KLIF Radio's Kevin McCarthy Program to talk about it. The next day, I issued a second press release about the KLIF interview.
"At this point, I felt there was a good chance that Jane Seymour might have me served with a restraining order, but instead, I received a phone call at home from Jane's attorney, Greg Homer. Mr. Homer put me in touch with Bob Walker, a public relations 'Spin Doctor' who had worked for Bill Cosby in his paternity matter. I had a phone conversation with Mr. Walker that lasted about an hour.
"It was also at this same time period that I was interviewed by Peter Williams, a reporter for the tabloid, The Star. Mr. Williams had once worked for the television program Hard Copy.
"Peter Williams recorded an initial interview with me at his home, which lasted about an hour. At the conclusion of it, he said he felt that my story needed more corroboration, as I had no photographs of Jane and I together.
"When I told Peter Williams about my conversation with Bob Walker, he said that he felt that I should avoid him, and that I had probably already told him too much. He said that Bob Walker's job was to make Jane Seymour look good--even if that meant making me look like a weirdo.
"At this point, I decided that I needed an attorney. As people have the right to be sued in their home state, I found a family law attorney in California who was willing to take the case, Leonard Samuels."
"Mr. Samuels advised me that due to a new California law, all legal fees in paternity cases must be paid up front in cash--not on a contingent fee basis as they can in other states. He estimated that given that this might be a high profile case, that my legal fees might range from $5000 to $50,000. As I was unable to afford that, I could not proceed with a paternity case.
"A few weeks later, I spoke with Peter Williams on the phone, and he said that they'd had no trouble at all getting all kinds of corroboration about the things that had taken place at Texas Stadium in 1978. There were plenty of people who had seen us together, etc. He then interviewed me by telephone extensively; one day for about 2 hours, and the next day for about 4 hours. Peter Williams said that he would submit a story on this, but had doubts that it could be printed without some positive proof of my paternity, such as DNA results.
"At any rate, despite the fact that it had consistently won its timeslot for several years, CBS put Dr. Quinn on hiatus for about six weeks at this time period, and then canceled the series that May--despite the letters and e-mails of thousands of fans who protested the move.
"Thus, although the story about Jane Seymour and I was never published, I feel that the extensive interviews I granted Peter Williams may have served as the inspiration for the film Notting Hill.
"There's one scene in particular in Notting Hill in which Julia Roberts is clearly portraying Jane Seymour on the set of Somewhere In Time."
Here's the URL for a web site with a review of the film from Spliced Online which says, "What average Joe or Jane wouldn't love to have a gorgeous movie star fall in love with them?"
When Julia Roberts was interviewed by David Letterman about Notting Hill, he asked her, "I understand that this really happened to some guy?" At that point, she responded, "Yes, it did--but they wouldn't tell me who, because I can't keep a secret."
There's also a park bench in a private park in Notting Hill that plays an incremental role in the film. The bench is inscribed with a dedication "from Joseph to June." The film ends with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant sitting on the bench, with her character a few months pregnant.
Well, if you take the letter "U" in June, and change it to an "A," it's quite clever how that dedication on the bench becomes "from Joseph to Jane."
The bench that this is based on is one in a private park in neighborhood called Chenes in England, where Jane and I had sat waiting for a bus in the 1970s.
As for the reference to a relative in a wheel chair that became paralyzed after an accident, my cousin Michael suffered paralysis after suffering a gunshot during an argument with an off-duty New York police officer in 1977.
There's also a James Bond reference in the film. At the climax of the film, as Hugh Grant's family is trying to race to Julia Roberts' press conference, one of them says, "Even James Bond never had to put up with anything like this!"
Notting Hill is the story of an ordinary fellow from England and a beautiful American movie star. While in real life, I am an average American guy, and Jane Seymour is a beautiful movie star from England.
The scene in which Julia Roberts is Hugh Grant's date at his sister's birthday party seems to have been inspired by the night Jane Seymour came to my own birthday party at my parents' home in 1978.
While I'm honored that a hit film has been based on a part of my life, it's quite odd that no one associated with the film has ever called to say, "Hello," or something.
"When I ran for City Council last year, the Star-Telegram ran an article, and when they referenced the James Bond matter, they obviously made it sound as if it was the grandiose fantasy of a mentally ill person. I had given Colleen McCain the direct dial number for Michael Wilson at Danjaq Productions, but apparently she never bothered to make the call.
Finally, in the latest James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough, I was surprised at the dozens of times that the name "King" comes up. There is Electra King, her father Robert King, King Industries, and the King Oil Pipeline. The name "King" is mentioned 28 times, and appears numerous other times on helicopters, large signs, etc.
I think that it's more than a coincidence that they decided to use the name "King." Given the fact that they will not return my phone calls or other correspondence, perhaps it's some type of left-handed complement.
Please note that just as the name Joseph King appears as the bad guy in the Man From UNCLE novel from the 1960s, the character Elektra King is the bad girl in the James Bond film.
At any rate, I plan to set the record straight during this election campaign in regard to this James Bond matter.
Two more candidates file for council election
By Bob Schober / Arlington Morning News
Candidates interested in two open seats on the City Council plunged into the race Monday.
Steve McCollum, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, filed to run for the at-large District 6 seat, held for eight years by Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dixon Holman. Mr. Holman is not running for re-election.
Joe King, who ran unsuccessfully against council member Wayne Ogle in May 1999, filed Monday for the at-large District 7 seat held for 12 years by Mayor Pro Tem Dottie Lynn. Mrs. Lynn is not running for another term.
Mr. McCollum and Mr. King bring to eight the number of candidates running for four seats. Mr. McCollum will face civil rights activist and perennial candidate Lico Reyes and real estate broker Dan Engel.
Mr. King will face businessman Gene Patrick and Ron Wright, who is Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Barton's district director.
District 1 incumbent Barbara Nash is uncontested so far. District 2 incumbent Judy Rupay has not yet filed, but Dennis Wales is contesting the seat.
Candidate filing will continue through March 22. Election day is May 6.
Mr. McCollum, 55, has lived in Arlington about 15 years and owns an amusement vending business.
He is running on several issues, including reinstatement of a citizens' budget-review committee and establishment of citizens' committees to recommend street maintenance and better delivery of city services. He said he will support expanding the city's commercial property tax base, find ways to build the relationship with the University of Texas at Arlington and support the requirement for a supermajority vote to set the property tax rate.
He is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Downtown Rotary Club. He has served on the Citizen's Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Committee, Stormwater Advisory Committee, Economic Development Review Committee, the Arlington Independent School District Futures 2010 Bond Committee and the Citizens Budget Review Committee.
"What I bring is a good, solid 20 years of public service in a variety of areas and an ability to listen and search for and act on all sides of an issue," he said. "I am devoid of a private agenda. I think people know me to be one who is fair-minded and listens. My candidate motto will be, 'Leadership That Listens.' "
Mr. King, 41, said he will be strongly critical of entrenched business interests, which he claims are wielding too much power in the city.
"I am an anti-establishment candidate. I believe I would probably be more of a rebel, to give a voice for the average citizen who doesn't tolerate corruption and the good old boy system currently in place."
He criticized as a "disgrace" the use of a luxury box at The Ballpark at Arlington by council members.
He said he will push for recognizing Arlington's growing racial diversity by recommending that some streets and parks be named after Hispanic and Vietnamese citizens. He supports implementing some form of mass transit, stronger council efforts to stem gang activity and drug use among high school dropouts, and more support for homeless programs and the Arlington Night Shelter.
Mr. King ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in May 1999.
He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and for two years has helped produce the St. Matthew Catholic Church's Christmas Program for needy families.
He works for Parties Portable, an entertainment company, and does temporary general office work.