Behind every successful man there stands a powerful woman, and for many a man, that woman’s name is Mom. No matter how popular or successful he becomes, there’s one person who knows him to his core. No matter how important a station he holds or how large an empire he creates, there’s one who sees right through him.

 

For our inaugural Man Issue, we captured some well-known men of Arkansas and the women who brought them up, kept them humble and even today serve as their greatest cheerleader.

 

To every Mama’s Boy out there, this is for you.

 

 

DAVID BAZZEL,

103.7 The Buzz host/
Razorback football great

CAROLYN BAZZEL BRANCH,
David’s mom

 

David was always one of the most Mr. Personalities you’ve ever seen. Oh my gosh, such a personality! It started in kindergarten, and even in kindergarten he always had a plan. Kindergarten teacher, every teacher, loved him dearly because he was just so loving and so cute. But the bad thing is, teachers couldn’t hardly stop him from talking. He talked so much.

 

In first grade he had a first-year teacher. She kept saying, “I can’t stop him from talking.” Well, I’m a young mother, and I told her ‘Just do whatever you’ve got to do.’ You know what she did? She put tape on his mouth. Imagine that! Today, she would be in big trouble. I felt sorry for him, but she was just trying everything.

 

Then second grade he got sent to the principal’s office. For what? Talking. It just went that way. Talking was the thing that always got him in trouble, and that’s the thing that now provides him a living.

 

Carolyn: IC Collection dress (black, $198); Cezanne silk scarf/shawl (black, $88); Donald Pliner shoes (black, $188); Natasha bracelet ($38); Gemma Layne earrings ($34); Dillard’s ring ($25)

 

David: TailoRed wool suit (black, $795); Scott Barber shirt (grey, $125); Edward Armah silk pocket square (grey/purple, $48)

 

MEN’S CLOTHING SPONSOR:
MR. WICKS, 5924 R Street, Little Rock,
(501) 664-3062 (mrwicks.com)

 

WOMEN’S CLOTHING SPONSOR:
DILLARD’S, Multiple locations
(dillards.com)

 

HAIR/MAKEUP SPONSOR:
THE FIX SALON, HANNAH KARR
3700 Old Cantrell Road, #101,
Little Rock, (501) 319-4554
(fixsalonar.com)

 

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