By Dan Barnes
Pictured here, at the then local American Legion Hall, is Mr. T.J. Aycock (center), founder and owner of Aycock's Department Store, as he receives the Trinity Chamber of Commerce's 1953 Man of the Year award. The awarder, to Aycock's left, is Mr. Joe Bailey Martin, then owner of a local beer distributorship. To both men's right is the entertainer at that year's Chamber Banquet, one Justin Wilson of Louisiana. Wilson was early in his career as a "Cajun" humorous and later attained national fame. His "day" job at that time was with traffic control in Louisiana and from the podium that night he scolded Trinity for allowing linear parking of motor vehicles in the middle of downtown streets, especially on Main Street. From his professional perspective this practice was deemed highly dangerous. In response to his comments the City Council soon outlawed such parking. Wilson returned to Trinity in the 1970's and performed to a packed house at the high school auditorium.