10 Things You Don't Know About My Past

Real Estate Agent with Las Cruces Homes and Land

I checked my closet over the weekend and, since no skeletons tumbled out, I thought this could be fun to do!


1. I was in radio for 20 years as a DJ and, yes, I do have PLENTY of stories. Vince Gill was the sweetest artist I ever met. The best interview I ever had was George Jones. I need to find that tape.

2. I searched for, and found, my birthmom in 30 days in 1996. We had an amazing 4 years together before she passed in 2000.

3. A clown car ran over my foot at a Mardi Gras parade in 1972-I've hated clowns ever since. I know, I was only 5 at the time but...still!!

4. I started and stopped college 4 times before finally getting my associate's degree in 2010. My first downfall was when UT-El Paso opened up beer sales at the Student Union the year I was there.

5. My uncle was an actor and appeared in a few TV shows and movies like Rollercoaster and The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight. I like to brag that he also appeared in Star Trek - The Original Series. He didn't 'die' until the second commercial break! (For the curious, it was "What Little Girls Are Made Of". He was Dr. Brown). My aunt was also an actor who starred on a short lived soap called "Texas".

6. I knew my mother in law before I met my husband! She would come on my community talkshow in Las Cruces to talk about fundraising events at the womens shelter.

7. I have lived in 7 states- Illinois, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Virginia and Arizona - with a repeat of 2 (Texas and New Mexico)

8. The 2nd best job I ever had was as a radio instructor in Northern Virginia.

9. I learned to play golf at Lee Trevino's courses in Santa Teresa, NM. He used to sit on his porch and watch us kids play. He made me go back and replay a hole once because I wasn't hitting the ball 'enthusiastically enough' for him.

10. I belonged to a group of NM State University sports fans that tailgate for all the womens sports - volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. Whenever I get back to Las Cruces and there's a tailgate, I always hit it up. It's SO much fun :)

Comments (5)

Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That George Jones interview is priceless lady.  And I just learned a LOT about you.

Aug 05, 2013 12:47 PM
Emmary Simpson
Las Cruces Homes and Land - Las Cruces, NM
Serving Las Cruces, NM

Tammy - I did that interview without any prep. I'd been scheduled to interview Ronnie Milsap but he had to cancel. I called around to see if I could find someone else to do it. (I did an oldies show on the AM country station once a week and the highlight was the interview.) I finally got a call back - "The only person I can find that has time to talk with you is George Jones. Is that ok?" I stammered out sure and he said, "Well, he's in the other room. Let me go get him." I ran to set up the computers and the next thing I knew, I was chatting away with the Possum. I did a lot of interviews (including a pretty unknown singer named Toby Keith) but I'll always treasure this one.

Aug 05, 2013 01:18 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

How wonderful for you Emmary to be open to sharing such closely held memories with us.  I can imagine how star struck one can become surrounded by the likes of Vince Gill, George Jones, Toby Keith and more. 

Aug 06, 2013 10:53 PM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience


That must have been great being a radio personality. I like the tenacious part of you're going back to school, well done. 

Aug 17, 2013 12:42 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Emmary, Many of our members had been in radio or TV. YOu got to meet many big stars. It gives confidence to be able to deal with the buyers and sellers of real estate.

Aug 21, 2013 10:47 AM