By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief
Five specialists in Las Vegas had diagnosed Skip Seguro with Stage 3 kidney cancer and given less than a year to live when he moved to the Houston area.
"I gave away furniture and actually came here to die, and my sister was going to take care of my three dogs and cat," Seguro said. "When I got down here my sister started hounding me to go to some place named M. D. Anderson."
His sister won the argument and Seguro went to M. D. Anderson. Doctors there took out his affected kidney and now, six months later, he is cancer-free . . . with no chemo or radiation therapy.
Seguro tells this story to explain how the world reknown entertainer came to be a new restaurant owner in Crockett.
After his surgery, he said, "I was going back to Vegas, but I was going to stay in Crockett for a week, just to come through, but I just became enchanted with it . . . it kind of had a Mayberry feel . . . and I fell in love with it."
"I went to several restaurants and I said, 'Everybody's eating fried foods'.
"With diabetes and cancer, with issues like that, I can't do that . . .I thought, opening a place here with something that's not fried would be really healthy, and I'm sure I'm not the only person that thinks that way, let's try some good healthy foods."
Seguro continued, "I thought also in a town this size, I can make a difference. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, something happens to your personality -- if you survive . . . through God's blessing and with His Grace you survive, you realize in whatever time you have left you have to make a difference."
Seguro said he feels that in Crockett, he can make that difference he longs to achieve. With extensive experience as a professional actor, television host and a jazz/Blues vocalist, Seguro plans to reach out to young people interested in performance art.
He began his own career when he was in high school. His first two movies were "The Story of Esther" and "The Crucible".
By the first of the year, he plans to construct a stage at his restaurant. He would like to do supper theater for the kids in school, help them perform on stage and maybe direct.
When he adds musical entertainment to his restaurant, he will add jazz and blues and some country.
"I went to Camp Street and I saw the family band perform. There were about 30 people in the audience with instruments who played along and I felt the spirit of God in that place.
"I felt the communal of the audience with the band. It was like being in church. It was a blessing . . . I'm trying get a place where musicians can come in and jam once a week."
Seguro expresses amazement that many people, individuals and business owners, are supportive in helping with his start in Crockett.
"It's better than Mayberry," he said.
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To see Seguro's credits or to sample his music, visit seguroinc.com.