Brian Nixon On A Hero: Remembering Dan Wooding

There are heroes and then there are Heroes.  The first group consists of sports stars, politicians, and public figures that—by their public presence—stand at the forefront in the media.  This group may or may not do anything spectacular for the designation hero but are given the title because they are public figures.

The second group, on the other hand, deserve the title.  They are individuals who transcend the public figure designation, going the extra mile to do something great and gallant in the world.

Dan Wooding was a Hero.

From The Stage

I first saw Dan from the stage. He was helping promote Rick Wakeman’s New Gospel tour, as I described in an earlier article I wrote about Dan’s extraordinary life.  Little did I know at that time Dan was Rick’s first biographer.

The Stories

Our first official meeting happened in my office at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.  I couldn’t believe what was coming out of Dan’s mouth—not swear words—but the stories! He’s seen and done it all.  From Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, U.S. Presidents, and Coretta-Scott King to criminals and African dictators!

Caped Crusader by Dan Wooding

Dan then asked me to write for Assist News.  I accompanied him on several of his Hollywood escapades.  Here’s how Dan described our first story together:

“I distinctly remember the first time I brought Brian with me to cover a journalism story.  It was in Beverly Hills, California.  I was doing an article on the actress Jane Russell, the woman often compared to Marilyn Monroe.  I asked Brian to find a complimentary story.  He determined to write about Russel’s companion, a cowboy from New Mexico.  And the angle Brian took?  He wrote about the gentleman’s ostrich boots!  I knew then and there Brian has a unique eye, looking at things many of us to don’t see or overlook…”


I’m honored that I’ll be able to include Dan’s endorsement in my forthcoming book Tilt: Finding Christ in Culture (Cascade).   The book took shape largely because of Dan.  He encouraged me to get out into culture and write about it.  And write I did—for Dan, ANS, and myself—for roughly sixteen years; an adventure too grand to put into words.  To say the least, Dan is thanked as my writing mentor in the book.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Brian Nixon