Submitted by Glen Aaron on June 23, 2011

Nestled in the Sacramento mountains and at the foot of Sierra Blanca rests the mountain village, Ruidoso.

Today, it is a thriving sports and cultural center. I remember when it was a small one or two street village sitting on a creek with a trout hatchery. In 1962, I laid out of Baylor at the age of 21 to run for the state legislature to represent my home town. A buddy of mine rented a cabin in Ruidoso where we planned the political campaign. The village was small, quaint and knee-deep in snow.

In those days, it was developing its Ruidoso Downs for horse racing, and over the decades to follow, it successfully created the richest quarter horse races in the world, casino gaming, and luxurious mountain golf courses. It was not until 1997, when Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan (“Jackie”) completed the Spencer Theater for the performing arts that it became a cultural center for the performing arts —

I write of Jackie and the theater in my book: “Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation — even crime”.