(Update, Jan. 27: Brooks Gremmels died over the weekend.)
A few years ago, Brooks Gremmels escaped Dallas and retired to a tiny East Texas town called Ben Wheeler.
The place was falling down. Buildings were vacant. Roofs were gone. Doors were missing. Weeds grew in the sidewalks.
People didn’t have much hope for the Van Zandt County town. But Gremmels did.
“Maybe I could spend a little money and clean up the town," he thought.
So, parcel by parcel, the multimillionaire cleaned up Ben Wheeler.