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McDonald: On taking stock of one's life

The late commentator Archie McDonald often exposed himself and invited us into his life. There were times when we learned of his shortcomings. Maybe he revealed them to help encourage us to slow down and think about our impact on others. He wrote this commentary on the verge of a big birthday. It was a time when he took stock of his life. This reveal may make a difference in someone else's journey today.

Archie P. McDonald (b. Nov. 29, 1935 - d. Aug. 16, 2012) aught history at Stephen F. Austin State University for 47 years. He served as host and author of a commentary series on Red River Radio for more than a decade and also served on our community advisory board. He served as director of the East Texas Historical Association and editor of the Association’s Journal for 37 years. He was a past president of the Texas State Historical Association, past vice chair of the Texas Historical Commission, and author/editor of more than 20 books on historical topics—and one book of humor titled Helpful Cooking Hints for House Husbands of Uppity Women. Along with teaching, McDonald served as SFA's community liaison. His Red River Radio commentaries aired for many years on Fridays at 7:35 a.m.