When J.R. Martinez spoke at the Dillon Lecture Series in January, he said he was disappointed he didn’t get to stay in Reno County longer.
The first thing he talked about was the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. He was disappointed that he didn’t get to stay longer. He wanted to check out the salt museum “with the people from Yoder, and have some beef,” he said.
Martinez is a former U.S. Army soldier who survived serious injuries in Iraq. He went on to become an actor and author. He suffered serious burns during his time in Iraq. He spent 34 months in the hospital and underwent 33 surgeries. He left the Army and joined the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, as a national spokesman for injured and disabled veterans.
He has had a role in ABC’s “All My Children” and won the 13th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
While in Hutchinson for the Dillon lecture, Martinez expressed his fascination with the county on his Twitter account, tweeting “I’m in Hutchinson KS today. They have a salt museum, a big Amish community, & known for their beef. I’m “shunned” at all of this #JustSayin.”
He even put a photo on Facebook standing by a “caution” buggy crossing sign.
Though he has yet to make it back to Hutchinson, the salt museum has made sure he won’t soon forget about one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas – the only one in the western hemisphere.
It sent him a mug and a stuffed bear for his daughter. His assistant sent a photo of him posing with the items, adding that he uses his mug all the time.
Kristen Roderick, Social Media Editor
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