( Candy’s Dirt) – Get ready to immerse yourself in the history of the Dallas Cowboys with the man who has had unparalleled access to them for 30 years: photographer Ron St. Angelo. As the team’s official photographer since 1979, you know he’s seen it all!

When the Dallas Cowboys hired him, he was given access to everyone and everything from game action and coaches to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Now you have an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in his work and perhaps uncover a tale or two you didn’t know.

Next Thursday, the Dallas Historical Society will host  Ron St. Angelo as he presents a retrospective of his diverse career. While he’s best known for his work with the Dallas Cowboys, St. Angelo has also dedicated significant time to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, publishing four books over 12 years. His portfolio extends beyond sports, having worked with commercial and advertising clients from Rolls-Royce to former President George H.W. Bush.

His photographs are on permanent exhibit at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and The Star, the Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Frisco.

Everyone has a personal connection to the Dallas Cowboys. Here’s mine and we want to know yours.

Years ago, on the other side of the world, one of the Dallas Cowboys showed up at our house. I remember a very large, bright yellow shirt filling the doorway. The man in the shirt was Bob Lilly, a defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys.

My family was living at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, at the time. Okinawa is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and it’s a very long way from Dallas, Texas.  Bob and my dad hail from the same small Texas town. When my dad found out Bob and Tom Matte, running back for the Baltimore Colts, were on our little island, he, of course, invited them to dinner.

Please take advantage of this incredible opportunity to see Ron St. Angelos’s work and hear his stories. Then, in the comments, tell us your Dallas Cowboys story.

An Evening With Photographer Ron St. Angelo

Fair Park Hall of State

Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

All attendees will receive a free signed book, photo, or lithograph.