Editor’s Note: From now until Jan 1, 2013, I plan to write a piece here daily on DaddyClaxton.com to say thank you to someone I know for the recognized or unrecognized contributions they have made to my life, that of my family, friends or the general public.

G. Dennis Nabors

Today’s thank you tribute goes to G. Dennis Nabors of Montgomery, AL, who I became fast friends with in the early 1990s as he became the chief of staff to the late and former Gov. Guy Hunt of Alabama.

And how did I become most aware of Dennis? It was from him standing in the doorway of the Press Office in the State House on Union Street playing air guitar and beginning to sing the Wabash Cannonball’s lyrics,  “Here’s to Daddy Claxton, may his name for ever live in the courts throughout our land.

My friend, G. Dennis Nabors of Montgomery, AL. He’s the reason I use the fabled name of “Daddy Claxton.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where the name, at least in my application, came from. Long before I had kids or was thinking of having any, Dennis Nabors was already pushing it.

Roy Claxton Acuff amended his version way back in the 1900-somethings and made Daddy Claxton a fabled legend.

But back to Dennis.

I can’t forgive him for being a devote Bama fan–I’m an Auburn fan so unless you live in Alabama, you really don’t understand a rivalry–but Dennis has been one of the best friends a person could have through so many trials of my life.

He’s also a very generous and supportive person. You don’t find many of those these days; not like Dennis anyways.  One night while we were at the National Governor’s Association Meeting held at Princeton, he bought me and another aide to Gov. Hunt tickets and we took the train into NYC.  I’ll never forget riding around in a cab with Dennis trying to get the cabbie to take us to Umberto’s Clam House in Little Italy, and then dinner at 11 p.m. on a Monday night at a window seat at The River Cafe looking at Manhattan across the river just below. (I just looked and The River Cafe is still closed after Hurricane Sandy.)

And while Dennis is a very fun person to be around, he’s also one of the most positive and honest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know and work with.

I’m honored to say here, again within this series, that he’s been a good friend of mine for so long.  Thanks, Dennis.

And I hope Bama loses to LSU today.

War Damn.


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