|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1949|
|Death: ||Sep. 8, 2010|
Author, publisher, entrepreneur, world traveler, cowboy comedian, DJ, motorcycle and auto enthusiast, promoter, and successful business owner, Casey Thornburg was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Polytechnic High School where he was also known as "Kahuna" (King) Casey because of his summer surfing trips to Surfside, Texas and a trip to surf the big waves in Hawaii. After high school, he provided concert lighting to well known rock bands such as ZZ Top. As a recreational weekend job, Casey also had one of the first ever snow cone trucks in Ft. Worth and he was known for playing James Brown music over his speakers instead of the traditional music. Casey then began a career as a DJ where he worked for the country western radio station, KJIM, in Fort Worth.
Shortly thereafter, Casey established one of his many successful business ventures, a commercial and residential carpet cleaning company known as Steam King. At the time, Steam King and Dalworth dominated the carpet cleaning business in the DFW area. After selling Steam King, Casey joined the Navy and was stationed on the aircraft carrier, the USS Nassau. During his military career, Casey traveled to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the North Sea. He was honorably discharged and received three medals for his bravery during the Beirut, Lebanon conflict.
After the Navy, Casey returned to Ft. Worth and went back to his true love of publishing and advertising as a sales representative for several country western magazines. During this time, he also developed a stand up cowboy comedian act with a puppet named Elmo the Bull. With a stage name of Casey Joe Tandy, Casey performed at the Johnnie High Country Music Revue, The White Elephant Saloon, and other locations in Ft. Worth; and at the Roy Clark Theatre in Branson, Missouri. While working as a cowboy comedian, Casey launched the wildly successful Dial A Joke, a telephone joke line in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area. Dial A Joke was so amazingly popular, the Secret Service came personally to investigate the joke line because the telephone company had received 55,000 calls in three days.
Later, as one of the best Better Business Bureau account executives in the country, Casey established an advertising company primarily for restaurants named Direct Delivery. Direct Delivery produced direct mail advertising and original radio jingles. Some of the music for the original radio jingles was performed by the Drifting Cowboys which was country music legend, Hank William Sr.'s band. After his stint with the BBB, Casey and his wife, Suzanne, built Telechron, an extremely successful telecommunications company. Telechron provided time and temperature information via the telephone and was located in nine cities throughout the US, including an office on Park Avenue in New York City.
In the following years, Casey would create and publish the historical newspapers, JFK Today, The Alamo, The Reno Starr, The St. Thomas Historical Newspaper, and the prototype Austin Today. He also wrote and published Triangle of Fire in 1993, his one and only novel under the pen name of Bob Goodman. Casey had been on the grassy knoll the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination and Triangle of Fire was his eye witness account of the events of that day. A few years later, in 1996, the X-Files TV series used Triangle of Fire as the basis for the X-File episode entitled "The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man."
Casey always loved the water and the ocean and relocated to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands ten years ago. He worked selling jewelry and he published The St. Thomas Historical Newspaper during this time. Casey had always loved motorcycles and purchased his second Harley-Davidson, the 100th anniversary model, in St. Thomas. He also formed a St. Thomas motorcycle club. In 2008, Casey founded the three day St. Thomas Pirate Festival which ran during 2008 and 2009.
Throughout his illness, Casey worked on several new business ventures: a walking tour of haunted places in St. Thomas and a new pirate comedian act complete with a pirate puppet which was set to debut at several hotels. He also had recently formed the Poly Parrots Facebook connection which reunited over 660 people who had attended Polytechnic High School during the 1960s. Casey was truly a Renaissance man and one of a kind. He was an extraordinary man, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Joseph Franklin Thornburg (1924 - 1984)
Betty Jean Bryant Thornburg (1928 - 1984)
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Plot: Section 107, Site 1098
Created by: Suzanne Hackworth Thornb...
Record added: Dec 06, 2010
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