2002 Spring Event
"Texas ain't big enough to hold all of us!"
The 2002 Big As TEXAS Assembly took place March 8th - 10th. The theme
this year was "Texas ain't big enough to hold all of us!" A good theme,
since people came from a lucky thirteen different states!
The evening began at 4:00 P.M. with the opening of registration and
the Hospitality Suite. This year, Diane Roscoe was the host for the
Suite, providing some home baked cookies and always ready for games
Left: Diane ready for visitors to the Hospitality
Suite. This and all photos by Jay Early unless otherwise noted.
At 7:00 P.M. we had a barbecued dinner, following that up with
announcements, door prizes, and the fashion
show. At 10:00 P.M., we
hosted a private pool party for attendees.
Saturday began with a movement activity. Melissa Taylor of Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, led us in a workout that included warm up stretching, aerobic
exercise, and some cooling down stretches.
Right: Terry Early (left) and leader Melissa Taylor perched
atop exercise balls.
This year's Hands-on Activism session was chaired by actress Darlene
Cates (of What's Eating Gilbert Grape? fame). The subject
this year was "Body Image in the Entertainment Industry."
Left: Darlene Cates leading the Hands-on Activism workshop.
Psychologist C. J. Schoenrock presented a workshop on self esteem
entitled "Through the Looking Glass: Body Image and Self Concept."
C. J. Schoenrock, workshop facilitator for "Through the Looking
Dallas-area resident and activist Andra Lozzi gave two workshops this
year. The first was a discussion of "Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome." The
second was entitled "Supersize Nutrition: Delicious Ways to Nourish
Right: Andra Lozzi, facilitator for the PCOS and Nutrition workshops.
We ended the workshops with Jay Early's "Fat-friendly Travel" session.
Left: Jay Early, facilitator for the travel session. (Yup, we'll
tell the truth--this is a photo from the 1999 event.)
Following a plated, sit down dinner of roasted strip loin au poivre,
our Keynote speaker for the weekend, Elizabeth Fisher of Baton Rouge,
spoke eloquently about her fight with the NHTSA for seat belt
Following the keynote address, we danced the night away.
On Sunday morning we concluded with a brunch and a closing program where
attendees were encouraged to lay to rest painful memories of the past.
Each individual was given a piece of paper upon which to record whatever
memory they wanted to bury, and then the papers were placed, one by one,
into the "coffin," where they could be buried and forgotten.
There are a few unusual things that occurred this year:
And next year, we will be back in Houston for the third weekend in March.
We hope to see you then.
- To begin, two producers from PBS
Houston attended from Friday evening
through about 2:00 P.M. on Saturday. They are making a documentary
about bariatric surgery and wanted to interview three people who were
ten or more years post op. They conducted their interviews on
Saturday morning, also interviewing Terry Early, the organizer of Big
As TEXAS, about the event. In addition, they shot footage of the
- The second unusual thing was a service project this year. We received
a request for larger clothing from an agency that serves the needy in
Southeast Texas. We invited anyone who had clothing they don't wear
anymore to donate it, and collected six big bags to deliver to those
- The third thing involved some of the people who were staying over
until Monday: nine of us took the historic Tarantula Train from
Grapevine into the Fort Worth Stockyards and back again. Later on
Sunday evening, eight of us went into Addison for dinner at the Fogo
de Chao, a Brazilian restaurant. We had so much fun with these last
minute arrangements that we decided next year we will plan a Sunday
afternoon adventure ahead of time, for anyone staying over who isn't
ready for the weekend to end!
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