10/1 Quay personality

Who: Glen Burns
An artist, architect, actor and self-proclaimed “hotel brat,” Burns said his dad owned the Conchas Hotel and they moved to Tucumcari in the early 1960s.

Claim to fame: Burns has big ideas. Perhaps they stem from the 23 big screen appearances he said he’s had as a movie extra. Or maybe they come from being a long-time Tucumcari resident who said he recalls a thriving Five Mile Park and the joy of a drive-in movie.

“I’ve watched this town die,” Burns said. “We need to revive; we’ve got to regenerate the Mexican community.” A couple of Burns’ ideas for a Tucumcari renaissance — or if not a rebirth, at least a breath of fresh air — include a craft emporium where area artists each rent stalls in a large building and trade off working there once a week to sell their wares and an initiative for local actors.

“The Screen Actor Guild is trying to make it easier to join,” Burns said. “They are setting up acting schools in community colleges to build up membership. Mesalands (Community College) would be a great place for that.”

Compiled by QCS Managing Editor Ryn Gargulinski