Our Eyes Are Fixed On: John Mathews


He is both bowlegged and pigeon-toed, but that won’t keep John Mathews from proudly walking onstage to share his story of coming up hard, spending lots of time in prison, and finding a love he never thought possible, when he makes his Oral Fixation debut in “Train Wreck.”

John Mathews is obsessed with speed. He sells fast cars, rides even faster motorcycles, and rapidly lost more than 70 pounds in the last year. Yet as fast as John moves, his ideal day would be spent sitting still and playing with his three children.

Fixated Facts: 

What would you name the autobiography of your life? Strange Places.

How did you hear about Oral Fixation? From Jeremy Gregg, CDO of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, and my mentor and friend.

What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I am open to new experiences.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Billy the Kid. I would get him to teach me the fast draw.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I really haven’t given it much thought, as it’s still too far in the future. However, anything with long hours and little pay is good for me.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Taz, because we have similar tendencies.

What is your favorite Dallas hangout? My apartment.

What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made? I pooped on myself while eating in a restaurant.

What is your favorite smell? Freedom.

What do you miss most about being a kid? I am still a kid, and I plan to stay that way.

What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? Flight of the Intruder, by Stephen Coonts. He writes in a way that makes you feel like you are right there in the plane.

Sneak peek: I sometimes still wake up at night crying — really crying. The pain is still there, just in a different place. I still feel it in my heart when I see a father hugging his kid. I have a soft spot for children and dogs. Mess with either one, and it brings out the old John in me.

Catch John’s Oral Fixation debut on November 3 and 12!


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