Texas Sporting Journal Senior Editor/TPW Communications Specialist Steve Lightfoot Wins 2009 L.A. Wilke Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas Outdoor Writers Association
PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS – As a hotbed of inshore and offshore saltwater fishing, Port Aransas is no stranger to the Texas outdoor-writing community. The weekend of February 26-28, however, was special in that the Texas Outdoor Writers Association held its annual convention at Port Royale, a luxury condominium complex located approximately 10 miles south of town adjacent to the beachfront.
The highlight of the TOWA conference is the Saturday-evening Excellence in Crafts Awards Banquet. Amid honoring winners in a host of writing, photography, video, website and other divisions, the association also recognizes its best with the presentation of the L.A. Wilke Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s “Wilke Award” went to Steve Lightfoot, a longtime communications specialist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department who also works as senior editor of Texas Sporting Journal magazine. Lightfoot was presented the award, a beautiful engraved lock-back knife made by legendary knife-maker Red Wood of Zephyr, Texas, by previous L.A. Wilke Award recipient Larry Bozka of Bozka Outdoor Media and I.F. Anderson Farms/Black Salty Baitfish.
Lightfoot has worked in the outdoor writing and media arena for better than 30 years. Receipt of the Wilke Award, he said, was among the premier experiences of his career.
“The list of recipients of this award is a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of Texas outdoor journalists during the last half century,” said Lightfoot. “I am truly humbled by this honor.”
Wood, owner of Knives by Red Wood, has been graciously donating L.A. Wilke Award custom sporting knives to the TOWA for years. His creations are literally works of art, and are highly-sought by sportsmen throughout the country who wish to own the finest cutlery available anywhere, be it for skinning deer or filleting fish. He can be contacted via email at email@example.com or at his studio by phone at 325-739-3392.