SEDALIA — Glenn McMullin is a man of many stories, most of which are unbelievable and some of which are true.
His stories come from his life experiences with hunting, logging, friendships and hobbies.
McMullin, 76, of Sedalia, was born and raised on a farm. He went to a small country school and, similar to often-heard stories, he had to walk more than a mile to catch a ride on the school bus.
McMullin graduated from high school in 1951 and went to work farming. "I've been farming all of my life," McMullin said.
After farming for years, he bought a combine and said all of his neighbors asked him to help them with their crops, which took him to places throughout Missouri, but he always finished farming in time for hunting season.
"I always tried to get done combining in time to go to Colorado to kill me a big old bull elk," McMullin said.
In 1975, he killed his first elk in Colorado. "We killed a bull elk with a nice set of horns," McMullin said.
His story of how the elk came back to Missouri is an odd one. He said there was room in the vehicle for the elk, but instead he strapped the horns on the luggage rack to show it off as he drove home.
Bill Paxton, of Marshall, has been friends with McMullin for about 10 years. "He's just a person who never runs out of anything to talk about," Paxton said.
McMullin has numerous hunting stories that occurred on his own land. Until three years ago, he was a hunting guide and he invited school groups to come to his property to walk his nature trails.
He has made a living off of cutting timber around the U.S., and now he makes and sells toys at craft shows, fairs and festivals. His toys are easy to make, but the trick is figuring them out.
McMullin hides a quarter in his oblong wood boxes, and challenges people to get it back out.
The trick is to flip the toy upside down to open the quarter container. McMullin has a story to go with all of his experiences, and his business card reads, "Nation's #1 Story Teller."
"He's just a good person, and he never meets a stranger," Paxton said. Paxton said most of McMullin's stories are true, and he often tells them as the two meet for coffee occasionally.
McMullin has sold most of his land and does not do as much hunting as his did in the past, but his life up until this point has been fun, he said.
"My life as you can see has been so much different than other people's," McMullin said.