Uncle Si Robertson, a star of television’s “Duck Dynasty,” greeted hundreds of fans at the Clear Creek Main Exchange on Nov. 13, holding his signature plastic cup and jug of iced tea.
The crowd started lining up as early as 8:30 a.m. and by noon, when Robertson appeared, the line stretched past the Clear Creek Commissary entrance.
Robertson signed copies of his book “Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle,” which details his life from early childhood through his military service.
“There were three major things I learned from my parents: God, family and country,” said Robertson, a Vietnam War veteran who retired as a sergeant first class in the Army after 25 years in 1993.
Spc. Martin Gonzales, of the 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, and his wife, Debora Gonzales, waited more than an hour and a half to see Robertson.
“We’re big fans,” she said. “We never miss a show.”
Martin Gonzales started watching “Duck Dynasty” while deployed to Afghanistan.
“All of the soldiers would gather around to watch it together,” he said.
The couple said they appreciate how Robertson talks about life as a veteran.
“Duck Dynasty” is one of the few shows military spouse Heather Myers lets her four children, ages 6-13, watch. For her, the most important aspects of the show are respect and prayer, a practice that matches her Christian beliefs.
“The kids are respectful to their parents and wives are respectful to their husbands,” she said.
“(The TV family) boldly prays to Jesus. It’s family-friendly.”
Myers and her children, who are home-schooled, waited “happily” for more than two hours to meet Robertson, who they call the “most entertaining” cast member of the show.
Tom Nickson, a disabled veteran with a lengthy beard similar to Robertson’s, watches the show weekly with his wife. He respects Robertson’s service “immensely,” finding it an aspect he can relate to, he said.
“A great spouse of a military person is beyond rubies,” Robertson said. In addition to the soldiers and their families, he expressed support and thanks for the civilian workforce who works alongside the military and made the event possible.
Capt. Steven Modugno of the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs Office contributed to this report.