March 18th, 2003
As many of you know by now, I was diagnosed with kidney
cancer on March 5th. To say this was a "shock" would be a huge understatement.
I lost my Father to cancer in 1989. I have since lost many friends to
this disease. I was operated on almost immediately to remove my right
kidney. During this time I had a chance to reflect on my life. I realized
how fragile our human bodies are. How quick things can change. How sad
you can become because there are so many things you have left to do.
I saw fear in the eyes of my wife and children. But then I reflected
back on what a great life I have had. Highlighted by having 3 wonderful
children, a great wife and many relatives and friends. I am proud of
my accomplishments and most importantly I am proud of the the great
faith in God that my parents instilled in me at an early age. My doctors
have assured me that all of the cancer was removed and I should be cancer
free. I am very fortunate that the cancer was caught early and was operable.
I would like to thank all of my many friends who sent cards, flowers
and e-mail's. I appreciate your prayers for me and my family. I want
to sincerely thank Dr. Dan Rice, my GI Doctor who saved my life by detecting
the cancer. I would like to also thank my surgeon, Dr. David Phillips
and all the staff at Seton Medical Centers 7th Floor Oncology Department.
Finally, I want to thank God for giving me another chance at life. I
will try to do better this time......
Tim and Timothy at home recuperating with all of the flowers sent from
many kind friends
Bar-B-Q in Taylor Hosting the Rotary Clubs Inner-city Meeting.
Local Rotary Club members, Mr. Tom Vanecek and Mr. Roy Rodgers took
care of the guest drink orders
USDA Choice Smoked Ribeye Steaks were served to over 100 guests.
Men eat 857 Chicken Fried Steaks!!!
Do these men look hungry??? They should.... This group with the Texas
Department of Transportation in Georgetown and another group in Smithville
brought their appetites and Mikeska's brought the Chicken Fried Steaks
Thanks to all of our great friends......
L. "Tim" Mikeska Jr.
Diamond Inn Hamburger Count.......
Tuesday's Only Total....... 36,981
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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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Brand© Product labels, Taylor Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
Frying Turkeys for Holiday Specials, Christmas Party's, Timothy at the
Mikeska's Bar-B-Q Product Label, State Comptroller's Idea Fair, Brittany
Archive Highlights: 9-23-2002......Tim
Mikeska's City Council Site, St. Mary's School Benefit, Westlake
High School Meet the Players Event, Boat for Sale.
Baptist Church Chicken Fried Steaks, El Campo Mikeska's catering in
Port Aransas's Blue Wave Boat Tournament
Carter Wedding, Texas A&M Stiles Farm Foundation Event, Young Tim
Mikeska learning the business, "The
Mikeska's and the entire Mikeska Family in new "Legends of Texas
Barbecue" book, Mikeska's listed in the Texas Trail of Legendary
Tim Mikeska's Swearing- In and Oath of Office for the Taylor City Council,
Serving the Governor of Texas at the State Capitol, Catering Versatility,
Airport Hangar Party, Julia Kaase
Tim Mikeska's City Council Announcement, TXDOT Fish Fry, Judge John
Carter's for Congress Political Fundraiser Event at Mikeska's Durango
Room, Rattlesnake's for Snacks at the Snake Sacking Championships.
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
Taylor Christmas Parade, Labtops Christmas & Williamson County Judges
Christmas Parties, Aunt Martha Mikeska Vanecek, Vanecek's Missile-Hunting
Silo, Candy and the Kids.
Archive Highlights: 11-19-2001......
Austin Chronicle Article about the Mikeska
and Vanecek Family, New Airplane for Mikeska's, Family Time
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: 8-1-2001......Tribute
to Our Mother, Joy Aline Mikeska 2-19-1922 - 6-30-2001, Obituary and
Eulogy by Tim Mikeska
Highlights:6-1-2001.......Serving 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.
the Texas State Legislature, House Speaker Pete Laney, Del Webbs Sun
City Event, New Austin Convention Center "Topping Out" Party,
Schwertner Farms: "Quiet Birdmen"
Mikeska Awarded the "Texas Eagle Award" in ceremony at Houston's
Adams Mark Hotel, Small Business Bar-B-Q at the State Capitol
Networks 5th Replay of FoodNations Program and Show Schedule, Temple
College Mardi Gras Event Fundraiser, Smoked Pork Loin, Joy Mikeska's
Networks FoodNations Program Air Date, Happy 16th Birthday Meggie Mikeska,
THS Sophomore Class Catfish Dinner Fundraiser, Vanecek Family's Superbowl
and New Years Wishes, City of Taylor's Christmas Party,Williamson County
Judges Christmas Party
Army National Guards Bosnia Homecoming Party, Tim with U.S. Senator
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Reports of the Food Networks "FoodNations" Program, Las Vegas
of the Filming of Food Network's FoodNations Program with Chef Bobby
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.
Coverage of the Zimmerhanzel Altman Wedding.
Mikeska's Featured in United Airlines
Hemispheres Magazine, Taylor High School "Ducks" Homecoming
Lunch, Zimmerhanzel-Altman Wedding
Rentals Catfish Buffet, Tim Mikeska....appointed to the Board of Health.
National Guard Family Readiness Dinner, Soldiers Return From Bosnia,
One Last Picture From Bosnia
High School's 1,400 guests at the Stadium,
Ribs Served Hot Off The Pit, Happy Birthday Mike Vanecek
"Quiet Birdmen", Mikeska's 22nd Annual Taylor International
BBQ Cookoff Judges Party, Our meat selections
Kids:"Wanted Poster", Rudy III and Tim making "Mikeska
Brand" sausage, few more BOSNIA pictures
more pictures, BIG Redfish
more pictures, our July 4th Bar-B-Q at Eagle Base Tuzla, Bosnia
my personal thoughts and my first list of pictures
& Angie Mikeska's Wedding, Texas A&M University's Stiles Farm
Foundation Annual Bar-B-Q.
Barbecue Book, Keith's New McDonalds Franchise, Tribute to Matt Maddox,
Francisco, Taylor Publishing Party, Rudy's Glazed Brick Pit/Smoker.
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
Rudy's Grand Champion, Cooking Crawfish, Our Corporate Airplane, Picnic
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 Loin
4-9-2000.......Serving the Governor at
the Capitol, Longhorn Band, Lt. Gov.Rick Perry and Timothy, Astros at
Enron Field, Nolan Ryan
3-25-2000....... Movie at the Mikeska
Home, My Children, Candy's Birthday, Military C-130 to California Catering,
Some of My Aunts.
Baylor University Award, Lent Specials, SnakeShow, Meggie's Scholastic
Award, Definition of "Bohemian"
3-2-2000.......... Diamond Inn Hamburgers,
More of Gerry's Wedding, BOSNIA yes or no?
2-14-2000........ A Mikeska Wedding, Sheriff
Ed Richards, Crockett High School Sports Banquet
1-15-2000........ Merle Haggard's Wedding
12-29-99..........Hoover Family, Rudy Sr's Prayer Garden,