An old classmate of mine has started yet another project. Dexter Clay graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1976. Dexter was playing some softball and was invited by his coach to a Houston Sports Writers Luncheon. It was at that luncheon that he met Houston Oilers wide receiver coach King Hill who offered him a tryout with the Houston Oilers.
King was so impressed with Clay’s abilities that Clay was offered a two-year contract. Then just before training camp he fractured his left index finger and was put on a medical waiver by then Houston Oilers Head Coach Bum Phillips. The New York Jets jumped at the chance and picked him up. That was in 1980.
In 1981 Dexter fell through a moon roof and once again injured himself and again it was just two weeks before training camp. On the day of the Denver Broncos game Dexter was released from the Jets and moved on to the San Antonio Gunslingers during the short lived USFL.
Clay decided he needed a change and went to Hollywood. Things were a bit tighter there as he ended up homeless and lived in his Mazda pickup truck with his 2two month old sheep dog “Cricket”. He tried to make a living working at a restaurant and eventually left there.
Just a few short days later his break came again. He turned actor and ended up in almost 30 episodes of “Star Trek Next Generation” . Besides the two seasons he spent three years as a stand-in for Michael Dorn (Worf).
There Clay said, “ I watched every week as the top directors in the land created their magic, from Michael Bay, Philip Noyce, Rob Bowman, Les Landau, Chip Chalmers, James Conway, Cliff Bole, Robert Becker, Joseph Scalan and host of powerful Hollywood directors which presented me with one of the greatest opportunities that mankind has ever been given and that is the opportunity to learn. I smile when the critics say that I can’t direct my own movie!”
While in Los Angeles Clay where there were almost 300,000 homeless men, women and children Clay became the Executive Director of the National Homeless Plan.
Clay then returned home to Katy where he became involved in Katy Football. In 2007 he wrote the book, “KatyNation: The Boy’s of Fall.” The book chronicles the heritage of the state’s most winningest football teams. It was set in rual Katy in 1939 but actually goes back to to when the football coach took a track star off the track and put him in the first Katy football game.
Clay also directed and produced an Independent movie “KatyNation” which actually starts back 1n 1850 when an Indian tribe is migrating in the area. This film is still in the works.
Dexter Clay says he focused on the Katy football program because it gives a blueprint to other programs on how to be successful. He believes it gives others common denominators that they can follow to be successful on the football field, as well as in life.
It hasn’t stopped there. Wednesday night February 13, Clay puts another piece of his work on the screen. “Tia Pancha”, is simply a reality show about a Hispanic family who takes a simple flea market and turns it into a successful business center. Clay said.”To me it’s a positive perspective of what makes the Hispanic community so special in this country.”
A few months ago Clay was checking locations around the Houston area for a location to bring professional boxing to Houston. Tia Pancha which is a flea market on Airline has a 8500 seat arena in the rear which is used for dances.
The management impressed him and he started putting two and two together.
That’s when Clay said he came up with the idea for the show. The country was debating who it’s next leaders were going to be, all the debating about immigration and closing the borders made him a little sad that we Americans might have lost our way in viewing our neighbors. “So I thought to myself, what could I do to help bridge the gap and say thank you to the Hispanic community for helping to continue building our homes, streets, schools, churches and businesses,” Clay said.
Clay uses the power of words to inspire those around him, because he knows how it feels to succeed against all odds, and his mission in life is to see all succeed despite the obstacles.
“TIA PANCHA” , WILL AIR TONIGHT ON THE SPANISH CHANNEL 44 IN HOUSTON. VIRTUAL CHANNEL 61 OR IN CONROE ON CONSOLIDATED CHANNEL 5 AT 11PM.
This is a Spanish/English format presenting ten shows every Wednesday and Friday for the first ten week season.
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