Do you remember the 'Real Stories of The Highway Patrol' TV show?

I bet you didn't know that I, Grateful Mike, made my nation television debut on that program. It's true. Plus, I played a cross-dressing psycho killer.

Ironically, I had spent more than 6 years in southern California trying to get on TV shows and in movies but my big break came after moving back to Wyoming.

I'd headed to Pasadena to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1985 and just as more acting jobs began to come my way,  I ran out of money and returned home.

Back in Cheyenne, I continued acting in the Old Fashioned Melodrama, playing the villain for three years in a row. At the end of the season in 1995, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players director recommended me for a part as a cross-dressing psycho killer.

"Real Stories of The Highway Patrol" was filming a Wyoming segment about a stabbing in Jeffrey City where a suspect dressed up in women's clothing and hid in a rest area bathroom. He ended up stabbing 2 people and stealing their car before he was caught.

Emily Rorabeck, Townsquare Media

It was the most money I had ever made for one day of acting and they let me keep the women's clothes too.