Bradfield Gets ‘Sharp Dressed’ Mystery Reader

Bradfield Elementary had a ‘Sharp Dressed’ mystery reader in a second-grade class last Thursday.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame surprised students and staff when he arrived to read to Caroline Fischer’s second-grade class where his godson, Greyson Kennedy, is a student.

“In August, my second-grade student Greyson Kennedy and I were casually chatting at recess, and he told me Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was his godfather, and he asked if I knew him. He was shocked to know that not only did I know of ZZ Top, but I liked listening to their music! Greyson promised he’d get Billy to visit our class this year,” Fischer said. “You can imagine how shocked I was to receive a voice message out of the blue really late last Wednesday night from Greyson’s father Marklen and Billy Gibbons saying they’d like to visit my classroom and could I give them a call.”

Fittingly, the guitarist read “Rock ‘N’ Roll Band” by Shel Silverstein. 

“​​Welcoming Mr. Billy Gibbons to Bradfield was such a memorable experience. Guest readers always help us encourage a love of reading in our students,” Bradfield principal Regina Dumar said.

Gibbons also signed Dumar’s guitar.

After reading at Bradfield, Gibbons participated in the coin toss before the start of SMU’s game against Tulane. 

“It was all for the kids. B and I talked for hours about it,” Marklen, a film and TV producer and former SMU football player, said. “We went straight from Bradfield to SMU to shoot videos and things for the football game Thursday night so he could do the coin toss. G stood by his side on national television. I couldn’t be more of a proud father.”

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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