Kinky Friedman headlines kick-off dinner

Kinky Friedman headlines kick-off dinner

Kinky Friedman, the self-proclaimed "Governor of the Heart of Texas," will kick-start American Mensa's 2013 Annual Gathering, bringing his unique brand of satire and commentary to the Welcome to Texas Kick-off Dinner on opening night of the AG, scheduled July 3-7 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Musician, author, humanitarian, entrepreneur and sometime-candidate, Friedman will add some spice to the tasty Texas cuisine on opening night. Fresh from his Bi-Polar World Tour, Friedman brings a unique blend of satire, wicked social commentary and hilarious insights into the human and political condition.

Friedman's world view has been shaped by his variety-show background. Showing an early interest in music and chess, Friedman at age 7 was the youngest among 50 competitors chosen to face U.S. grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky. He earned a psychology degree from the University of Texas at Austin, then spent two years in the Peace Corps, where he met his future road manager.

After a music career that featured hits such as "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore," Friedman in the 1980s focused on writing detective novels that featured a fictionalized version of himself who dispensed jokes, wisdom and recipes when he wasn't solving crimes in New York City.

Friedman lives today at Echo Hill Ranch, his family's summer camp near Kerrville, Texas. Nearby is his Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, founded by Friedman to care for stray, abused and aging animals. Friedman's latest attempts at world domination are a book written with singer Wille Nelson, a new CD, his Man in Black Tequila and Kinky Friedman cigars.

Registration remains open for American Mensa's 2013 Annual Gathering: Culture in Cowtown. While you're at it, don't forget about Colloquium 2013: Between Science Fiction and Science, which takes place the day before the AG. Get more information and register today.

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