I’ve always heard excessive days of summer heat can make relatively normal people act a little crazy. Apparently, in the midst of a drought, four straight days of rain can also render the same result, turning the office of the Brownwood Bulletin into Bizarro World.
Sharing the same name as an NBA superstar, I should have figured it was only a matter of time before mild-mannered Bulletin reporter Steve Nash would attempt to stake his claim to being the most famous “Steve Nash” in the world. And for 15 minutes, or maybe it was closer to 15 seconds, he gave the point guard a run for his money, at least to those who watched Wednesday’s KTXS 10 p.m. newscast.
In a short video filmed for BrownwoodTX.com by Amanda Leija just outside the front door of the Bulletin office, the spirit of Gene Kelly overtook the grizzled, seasoned and apparently overcooked reporter, who briefly traded in cat juggling for aspirations of wining a Tony.
With the grace of Kelly — if he were still alive today, knocking on the door of his 101st birthday — the cat juggler, with soggy piece of paper that contained the lyrics to Singin’ in the Rain in tow, became such an internet sensation, in a four-hour time span, mind you, that KTXS Anchor/Managing Editor George Levesque sought out the video. I haven’t received any official word yet, but there’s no doubt the cat juggler’s agility and perfect pitch drove KTXS to winning numbers in the 10 p.m. time slot.
The captivating dulcet tones, the nimble footwork, yet it’s Steve’s uncanny, Mary Poppins-esque mastery of his crime-scene-tape yellow umbrella that could very easily push this particularly production viral.
Steve shared the reaction of the Nash household, minus the yoots, to his KTXS shining moment with me earlier this week, which, as I recall, was something along the lines of Wife’s stare of horrific bewilderment, but I could be mistaken. The performance was clearly breathtaking as no words were uttered during or after the spectacular.
Now that we’ve discovered Steve’s hidden talents, he’s become an extremely marketable commodity. Plans are in the works for a monthly, if not weekly, ‘Steve Nash Sing and Dance-athon.’ And his performances may not be limited to the confines of the Bulletin office. Can you think of a better way to celebrate a birthday, quinceanera or bar mitzvah than with the choreographed genius of Steve Nash?
Perhaps Steve can begin his own franchise of instructional song and dance videos and follow in the footsteps of ‘Sweatin to the Oldies’ pioneer Richard Simmons. Volumes upon volumes could be produced in multiple formats including Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS, Betamax and whatever those old projectors were that displayed films on classroom walls in elementary school back in the ’80s.
If fact, requests could be sent in on which songs Steve should perform. He could graduate from Singin’ in the Rain to performing scenes from Grease or, even better, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, if he wanted to remain in the musical genre. If he really wanted to attract a worldwide clientele, Steve Nash and his Trusty Umbrella — that has a nice ring to it, like Freddy and his Magic Flute from H.R. Pufnstuf — can perform his own rendition of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop.”
That gives me another idea. The Brownwood Reunion debuted its “Brownwood’s Got Talent” show last year, which will be returning during this year’s celebration Sept. 20-22. Word to the wise, though, if all of us can convince Steve to enter and perform his routine with the precision he displayed in his BrownwoodTX.com video, there is no need for any other entries — make the trophy presentation as soon as he steps on the stage.
In fact, if Steve were to enter and win “Brownwood’s Got Talent,” I have no doubt the Bulletin staff would rush the stage and carry him off on their shoulders, as if he’d just coached the New York Jets to a Super Bowl championship. Very likely scenario.
There seems to be no end to where the cat juggler’s newly disclosed passion could lead him. Perhaps the director’s chair with his name on the back that recently arrived at his desk is an indication of his future goals.
My question to you, however, is what’s next for the cat juggler? I encourage you to check out his performance at BrownwoodTX.com and offer suggestions to Steve, or myself, in regard to the next step on his path to stardom. Your feedback is welcomed, and you won’t be disappointed.
Derrick Stuckly is the editor of the Brownwood Bulletin. His column appears on Sundays. He may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.