Albert Race Sample, author of Racehoss: Big Emma's Boy, became the first ex-convict to work out of the Office of the Governor of Texas, to serve as a probation officer for Travis County, and to serve on the staff of the State Bar of Texas. A multi-recidivist and after seventeen years of incarceration, he was granted a full pardon and restoration of all civil rights in 1976. In addition to being recognized as the Outstanding Crime Prevention Citizen of Texas in 1981, he received numerous high-profile humanitarian awards for his work in the field of corrections and rehabilitation of ex-offenders. His compelling interview on the Studs Terkel Radio Show won the Gold Medal in the International Radio Festival of New York. He received the Gabriel award for outstanding achievement in broadcasting and the Angel award from The 700 Club. A natural born storyteller, Race passionately recounted his unforgettable and deeply moving journey of resiliency, revelation, and redemption in the award-winning documentary film RACEHOSS. Produced and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sean Hepburn Ferrer, this gripping one-man performance is a timely and powerful reminder that the human spirit can triumph against all odds. Race resided in Austin with his wife, Carol, and continued writing, which was his passion, until his passing in 2005.
"Albert Race Sample is an American treasure." --Sean Hepburn Ferrer