Americana: The Six-Pack Kid

When it comes to drinking buddies, they don't come any more gung-ho than Clay Henry of Lajitas, Texas (pop. 55). You might say that Clay's love of the brew has made him the town celebrity. Tourists come by daily to offer him a cool one—or two. Henry ambles over, props himself on the wire fence, grabs the bottle or can of beer between his teeth, and tips the thing over until it is empty. By day's end, his yard is littered with empties. "You wouldn't believe how fast the cans build up," says a worker at the Trading Post, a general...

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