Page 9


By Mike Judge; all material from “King of the Hill” Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Television ………………… 1p unctuated by chiming, infectious laughter, it was an otherwise serious affair that brought several hundred people to a conference on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library at Texas State University-San Marcos one breezy evening last month. Jim Dauterive, writer and executive producer of the cult animated television sitcom “King of the Hill,” was the guest speaker, andmost of the time anywaywas ready for the avalanche of questions hurled at him by fans, students, and teachers who clearly have spent too much time thinking about the show. Whom would Hank Hill vote for? Hank Hill would never tell you. What’s Hank’s favorite movie? Of course it would be “Lonesome Dove,” followed by “Patton” and “National Lampoon’s Family Vacation.” Will Bobby ever grow up? No, he’s going to remain sweet and slothful and forever in the eighth grade. Do you like making Peggy suffer \(last The woman just makes good comedy, but OK, occasionally writers go too far. What are you telling the rest of the nation about Texas, and do people get it? Unlike, say, “Dallas,” “King of the Hill” is written through the eyes of workingclass Texans and middle-Americans, so yes, a majority do get it. “I’ve heard people in Texas call it a documentary,” said Dauterive, a Dallasite. “If you live in New York, you Long Live the King Archives of a cult classic are open for all to judge By SUSANA HAYWARD 18 THE TEXAS OBSERVER DECEMBER 14, 2007