I have been making sausage for over 35 years, I guess it's time for
me to find out if dad was right......
Seriously, I have been asked by many members of my community
to run for our local City Council. Since I was elected in 1984 to be
the youngest President of the Taylor Chamber of Commerce (24 years old),
many citizens have asked me to get into local politics. I have resisted
because of my other commitments. I was recently approached by numerous
citizens to put my name on the ballot for May 4th. At 42, I feel now
is a good time to help my city. All 9 original members of the Mikeska
Family who were all born in the Taylor area, eventually left EXCEPT
for my father, Rudy Sr. He stayed and raised his family in Taylor. We
attended the same schools, same church and shopped the same stores.
Today, my children are being raised in Taylor with the same values and
dedication that their grandparents displayed 80 years ago. I do love
my community and I care about it's residents. My Paramedic and Fire
Fighting background show a resolve in protecting my fellow Taylorites.
Since 1978, I have seen many of my fellow citizens personal tragedies
and many triumphs. In 1980, as one of the first Paramedics in Williamson
County, I founded the East Williamson County Emergency Care Team to
help speed up the care of the injured in the Taylor area. In 1979, I
started my association with the the Taylor Volunteer Fire Department.
I have held the offices of Secretary, Training Officer, Vice President,
Lieutenant, Captain and now the Assistant Chief. In 1981, I began teaching
Emergency Medical Services Courses as a course coordinator with the
Texas Dept. of Health and Temple College. The last 24 years of my life
have been dedicated to service to my community. I love Taylor and I
want to be of service to Taylor and ALL of it's citizens.
1st through 8th Grade St. Maryís Parochial School
Graduate Taylor High School
Graduate Temple College - Scott & White Paramedic School
Graduate Texas A&M Municipal Firemanís Training School
1979 - 1989 Founder and Former President and Board Chairman
of the East Williamson County Emergency Care Team
1979 - 1990 Certified EMT-Paramedic, Texas Department of Health
1979 - 1985 Field Paramedic Williamson County Emergency Medical Services
1980 - 1990 E.M.S. Instructor/Examiner with The Texas Department of
1980 - 1985 Instructor of Vocational EMT-Paramedic Programs, Temple
College 1984 Member of the E.M.S. State Legislative Council
1983 - 1986 Board Member of the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society
1982 - 1985 Director and President of the Taylor Chamber of Commerce
Charter Member of the Texas E.M.S. Instructors Society
Founding Member of The Texas Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
3 Term President, 3 Term Treasurer of East Williamson Unit, American
Former 3 Term Chairman of the Taylor Airport Advisory Board
1985 - 1988 Teacher of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) St.
Maryís Catholic Church
1986 - 1989 Teacher of Baptismal Preparation Class for Parents and Godparents
at St. Maryís Catholic Church
Chairman of the Board, Mikeskaís Bar-B-Q Inc.
President and CEO of Rudy Mikeskaís Bar-B-Q Inc.
Managing Partner of Mikeska Management & Investment Company
Chairman of the Board Mustang Creek Golf Course Inc.
Vice Chairman, City of Taylor Airport Advisory Board
Board Member and Secretary of the Williamson County Board of Health
Member, Taylor High School Ex-Students Association
Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Member, Mooney Airplane Pilots Association
Member of the National Association of Boards of Health
Member of the Helicopter Club of America
FIRE SERVICE CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS:
Certified Firefighter, Texas State Firemanís & Fire Marshals
Master Operator and Instructor, Hurst "Jaws of Life" Rescue Tools
Extrication Instructor, Texas Department of Health
23 Year Member of the Taylor Volunteer Fire Department Having Held These
Offices: Secretary, Vice President, Training Officer, Lieutenant, and
Captain Current Assistant Chief, Taylor Vol. Fire Department
Member Williamson County Fire Chiefs Association
Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Member, National EMS Pilots Association
Williamson County Task Force 24 Resource Coordination Duty Officer
Member, Williamson County Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force
"American Legion Award" 1973, St. Maryís Catholic School
"Balfour Leadership Award", 1978, Taylor High School
"Danforth Award" 1978 Taylor High School
"Mr. Taylor High School", 1978, Taylor High School
"Firefighter Instructors Award" 1984 Texas A&M University Firemanís
"1984, Whoís Who Outstanding Young Men of America
"Outstanding Firefighter", 1984 Taylor Fire Department
"Past Presidents Award", 1985 Taylor Chamber of Commerce
Honorary Chapter Farmer, Taylor FFA-4H
"Founders Dedication & Support Award" 1992 East Williamson County Emergency
"Legislative Support Award", 1993, McDonalds Restaurants
"Outstanding Texas Family Business Award Semifinalist", 1996 Baylor
University "1997 Citizen of the Year Award" Williamson County EMS
"Seven Seals Award", 1998, by the National Committee for Employer Support
of the National Guard and Reserve
"Outstanding Landing Zone Operations", 2000 Scott & White Hospital Medevac
"2000 Bosnia Participation Award", National Guard Association of Texas
"2001 Texas Eagle Award" for outstanding support of the reserve Components
in Texas Awarded by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee
Certified Pilot......Airplane and Helicopter
1992 Sponsor of the World Helicopter Championships in Swindon England
1994 Field Judge....Precision Flying, United States Helicopter Championships
in Las Vegas, Nevada
Volunteer Search and Rescue Pilot
Married to Candy Mikeska 3 Children......Meggie Rae (1-30-1985)
Rudy III (11-1-1989) Timothy Michael (7-9-1997)
Lifetime Resident of Taylor
Lifetime Member of St. Maryís Catholic Church, Taylor Texas
am in the process of creating a Website dedicated to my campaign and
local issues. If you have questions, suggestions or complaints please
feel free to call me at 512-209-0128 or E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, back to my Business News........
450 Hungry TXDOT employees enjoyed Rudy Mikeska's All-You-Can-Eat Fried
Catfish Buffet at their Annual Safety Awards Banquet in Temple Texas
John Carter's Congressional Campaign Event Hosted by Rudy Mikeska's
Many area supporters of Judge John Carter's Congressional Campaign enjoyed
Smoked Turkey, Mikeska's Spicy Pork Sausage, Smoked Chicken Pasta Salad,
Mikeska's Bar-B-Q Sauce, Vegetable Tray and Cheese Tray hosted in Rudy
Mikeska's Durango Room
Taylor Jaycee National Rattlesnake Sacking Championships
Rudy Mikeska's set up their Concession Trailer and Mobile Smokers to
serve the many guests and Professional Snake Sackers in Taylor
Yes, that's a skinned rattlesnake, soon to be chopped up and deep fried
for the "hungry?" and curious show participants.
Thanks to all of our great friends......
L. "Tim" Mikeska Jr.
Diamond Inn Hamburger Count.......
Tuesday's Only Total....... 27,441
Relating to Our Business:
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Chronicle Article About the Mikeska Family Food Businesses
American Statesmen Article About Rudy Mikeska's Turkey Fries
Army National Guard Article About Tim Mikeska's Trip to Bosnia
Article...."Smoke Gets in Your Mouth" Rudy Mikeska's
About Texas Bar-B-Q Spice and Seasoning Rubs
Club Food Review About Rudy Mikeska's (4 1/2**** Stars)
Networks TV Source Listing For Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q
Web Directory Listing For Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q
Chronicle Article About Central Texas Bar-B-Q
TV Recipe Listings for Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q
Yahoo Web Directory
Listing for Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q
Cooking Newsletter About Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q
Twenty Texas Bar-B-Q Restaurants (Texas BBQ Homepage)
Article on "Out of Town" Barbecue
Events and News Archives:
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12-29-99..........Hoover Family, Rudy Sr's Prayer Garden,
1-15-2000........ Merle Haggard's Wedding
Archive Highlights: 2-14-2000........
A Mikeska Wedding, Sheriff Ed Richards, Crockett
High School Sports Banquet
Archive Highlights: 3-2-2000..........
Diamond Inn Hamburgers, More of Gerry's Wedding, BOSNIA yes or no?
Archive Highlights: 3-13-2000.......
Baylor University Award, Lent Specials, SnakeShow, Meggie's Scholastic
Award, Definition of "Bohemian"
3-25-2000....... Movie at the Mikeska
Home, My Children, Candy's Birthday, Military C-130 to California Catering,
Some of My Aunts.
Archive Highlights: 4-9-2000.......Serving
the Governor at the Capitol, Longhorn Band, Lt. Gov.Rick Perry and Timothy,
Astros at Enron Field, Nolan Ryan
Archive Highlights: 4-20-2000......History
of our Building, cooking a ton of beans, New Round Rock Express Stadium
"Dell Diamond", SP-500 Mobile Pit smoking our famous Pork
Rudy's Grand Champion, Cooking Crawfish, Our Corporate Airplane, Picnic
Highlights: 5-15-2000..... My Grandfather
John Mikeska, Mom & Dad in the 1950's, My Dad and I in 1961, Skiing
Mikeska Cousins, Bosnia Update
Francisco, Taylor Publishing Party, Rudy's Glazed Brick Pit/Smoker.
Barbecue Book, Keith's New McDonalds Franchise, Tribute to Matt Maddox,
& Angie Mikeska's Wedding, Texas A&M University's Stiles Farm
Foundation Annual Bar-B-Q.
my personal thoughts and my first list of pictures
more pictures, our July 4th Bar-B-Q at Eagle Base Tuzla, Bosnia
more pictures, BIG Redfish
Kids:"Wanted Poster", Rudy III and Tim making "Mikeska
Brand" sausage, few more BOSNIA pictures
"Quiet Birdmen", Mikeska's 22nd Annual Taylor International
BBQ Cookoff Judges Party, Our meat selections,
High School's 1,400 guests at the Stadium,
Ribs Served Hot Off The Pit, Happy Birthday Mike Vanecek
National Guard Family Readiness Dinner, Soldiers Return From Bosnia,
One Last Picture From Bosnia
Rentals Catfish Buffet, Tim Mikeska....appointed to the Board of Health.
Mikeska's Featured in United Airlines
Hemispheres Magazine, Taylor High School "Ducks" Homecoming
Lunch, Zimmerhanzel-Altman Wedding
Coverage of the Zimmerhanzel Altman Wedding.
Network's Food Nations Program Announcement with Tim Mikeska, Texas
Heritage Coalition Event at the State Capitol, Agriculture Commissioner
Susan Combs visits Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q.
of the Filming of Food Network's FoodNations Program with Chef Bobby
Reports of the Food Networks "FoodNations" Program, Las Vegas
Army National Guards Bosnia Homecoming Party, Tim with U.S. Senator
Kay Bailey Hutchison
and New Years Wishes, City of Taylor's Christmas Party,Williamson County
Judges Christmas Party
Networks FoodNations Program Air Date, Happy 16th Birthday Meggie Mikeska,
THS Sophomore Class Catfish Dinner Fundraiser, Vanecek Family's Superbowl
Networks 5th Replay of FoodNations Program and Show Schedule, Temple
College Mardi Gras Event Fundraiser, Smoked Pork Loin, Joy Mikeska's
Mikeska Awarded the "Texas Eagle Award" in ceremony at Houston's
Adams Mark Hotel, Small Business Bar-B-Q at the State Capitol
the Texas State Legislature, House Speaker Pete Laney, Del Webbs Sun
City Event, New Austin Convention Center "Topping Out" Party,
Schwertner Farms: "Quiet Birdmen"
the Governor of Texas, Hyde Park Baptist Church Quarries, Dell Computer
Event, TXDOT Fish Fry at Camp Mabry, Making Cherry Plum Jelly, Mikeska's
Picked as an Official Yahoo! Site.
Archive Highlights: 8-1-2001......Tribute
to Our Mother, Joy Aline Mikeska 2-19-1922 - 6-30-2001, Obituary and
Eulogy by Tim Mikeska
Picture Tribute for 9-11-01, Catering the Texas Task Force One Return
From New York Rescue Homecoming Event, with Senator Barrientos and old
friend Rescue Specialist, Rod Dennison
Archive Highlights: 11-19-2001......
Austin Chronicle Article about the Mikeska
and Vanecek Family, New Airplane for Mikeska's, Family Time
Taylor Christmas Parade, Labtops Christmas & Williamson County Judges
Christmas Parties, Aunt Martha Mikeska Vanecek, Vanecek's Missile-Hunting
Silo, Candy and the Kids.
President Bush's Appointment of Maj.Gen Daniel James to Head the Air
National Guard, Crockett High School's Chicken Fried Steaks cooked on
location, El Paso
Super Bowl Party