by Meghann Garcia, managing editor
Many of the nearly 700 people in attendance walked into the centennial celebration of the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce Friday night with hopes of seeing Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, and their wishes came true times three when the Uvalde-born Hollywood star brought along his mother and brother for an hour-long comedy-infused conversation and question-and-answer session.
Family matriarch Kay McConaughey was as outspoken as her son Mike, better known as Rooster, recalling adventures the family had during a 16-year residence in Uvalde.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell received a round of applause when he told of attending the McConaugheys’ farewell party on Getty Street.
A former kindergarten student of Kay’s – “You were a good student,” Kay said, as Rooster added, “She still talks about you” – Harrell said Matthew socked him in the stomach during the festivities.
“Don’t tell on him. He’s mom’s favorite,” Harrell recalled McConaughey brother Pat, not present Friday, advising him after the assault.
One of the first anecdotes of the night involved a young Matthew pelting a noisy, passing car with pecans and whatever else he could grab as it rattled past the family’s Getty Street house at what he estimated Friday was at a speed of 50 mph.
The child had plenty of time to procure his weapons as the car could be heard from a quarter-mile away, Matthew said, adding that as the car was headed into town – thus traveling on the opposite end of the road – he failed to do any damage.
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