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Little Known Facts About Gary England (2)

4:54 AM EDT on September 30, 2009

Gary on Horse

Soon after the May 8, 1986 tornadoes took out a large portion of Edmond, Gary England was distraught by his inability to control his clutch on the weather.  He took a leave of absence from KWTV and disappeared for several weeks without contacting anyone in Oklahoma.

What few people know is that during this time, Gary resurfaced in Mexico where he joined a travelling rodeo as a broncho rider with the handle "Jump Back Jackson".  In this span, he entertained crowds with his ability to ride unbroken stallions for up to 47 seconds before the horses gave up trying to buck him.

At the time, it was the greatest experience of England's life and he nearly chose to eschew his destiny as the greatest meteorologist in history...until he met the man who would change his life.  One day at the rodeo, a spooked bull crashed through a gate and was charging directly for a group of mentally handicapped swimsuit models.  Before Gary even knew what was happening, a rodeo clown dubbed "El Loco Gustanado" grabbed he bull by the horns and wrestled it down with his bare hands.

Later that night, Gary bought the clown a beer and unburdened him with the doubts that had brought England to fleeing his duties in Oklahoma City.  The clown scoffed, for he had no fear of anything, and offered to help Gary refine his weather controlling capabilities.  Then, the clown whose real name was Val Castor, drove him back to the channel 9 studios where they continue to be the greatest storm chasing team known to man to this very day.

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