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January 18, 2014

Stock Show shine

Andrew Douglas has a full-time shoe-shining job at the Stockyards. But once a year — this is the seventh — he gets his buddies Charles Hill and Frank (just Frank, don’t ask) and sets up a three-chair boot-shine station at the Stock Show just to mess around.
“This is for fun, to get away from the store and meet new people,” Douglas said.
As Douglas was talking to someone, Hill started sounding like a carnival barker.
“Boot shine!” Hill shouted. “Got one left.”
Whoever gets in the chair gets one boot shine, Hill explained.
“I got a song, too,” Hill said.
“Oh, please don’t,” Douglas said.
“Ba-ba-ba-boot shine,” Hill sang in a bass register. “That’s all I wrote so far.”
Shines are $10 at Andrew’s Shoe Shine, at the southeast entry to the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. How long they take is determined by the condition of the boots, Douglas said. But when customers walk away, their boots are, indeed, shining. — Terry Evans

Andrew Douglas, left, shines Mike Howard's boots as Frank (just Frank) and Charles Hill coax more customers to the chairs of Andrew's Shoe Shine near the southeast entrance of Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Photo by Terry Evans Andrews 1

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