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Famous People from
Dickens County, Texas.
|Clint Formby was a renowned radio
broadcaster called the "Old Philosopher". He was
born in McAdoo, Dickens County, Texas on
December 22, 1923. He attended school in
Plainview Texas and and graduated from McAdoo
High School in Dickens County in 1942,
where he played basketball, tennis and was
quarterback on the six-man football team.
He was Texas Tech's Number One Student In 1949 and later the only person to have held the offices of Texas Tech student body president, Board of Regents chairman, and president of the Ex-Students Association.
Formby established his first radio station in Snyder then began working for his Uncle Marshall's KPAN AM radio station in Hereford for 47.50 a week. Formby's was the first voice carried on the new radio station when it went on the air on August 4, 1948
He soon became partners with his uncle and eventually bought him out. He owned or was affiliated with radio stations across Texas including outlets in Floydada, Tulia, Levelland, Andrews, Seminole, Tyler, Seminole, Huntsville, Temple, and Marshall. Formby's Monday-Saturday program, called the "Day-By-Day Philosopher" marked its 60th year on the air in 2010. It was the longest-running daily radio broadcast by an individual in America.
Clint Formby died of cancer July 31, 2010 at the age of 86. He is buried in Hereford Texas where he lived the last years of his life.