De Pasquale's Dozen: Ted and Shemane Nugent

The security director and I raced around the Vegas strip in a rented SUV looking for the right entrance at the sprawling Bally’s hotel. My phone rang and we both glanced at the clock and then at one another. We were late picking up Ted and Shemane Nugent and they knew it.

When we finally saw them they were all smiles and there was no diva behavior. Despite being one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Ted, and his wife, Shemane, have remained grounded in the things that I first met Ted Nugent at the Young America’s Foundation’s National Conservative Student Conference in 2002. I had him sign my best target from a recent trip to the shooting range. His assistant confided, “You know, his wife is a better shot.” That’s when I knew that I had to meet Shemane, too.

Ted and Shemane met in the late 1980s when she was working in the news department at Detroit’s WLLZ-FM. She discussed their meeting in her book, Married to a Rock Star.
Shemane wasn’t really into music (her first concert was with Ted), so she wasn’t the typical groupie Ted might meet on the road. Sean Hannity wrote, “After reading Married to a Rock Star you will have a renewed sense of the morality and faith that underlie the important institution of marriage. Shemane shares a personal journey that will resonate with those committed to finding ways to make their relationship work. I recommend it for that, and for the fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the world of rock stars.”

Most HUMAN EVENTS readers know that Ted isn’t shy about sharing his views. He is a columnist and the author of several books, including Ted White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, Blood Trails II: The Truth About Bowhunting, and God, Guns and Rock ‘N’ Roll. Together, Shemane and Ted wrote Kill It and Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish.

Shemane is equally passionate. They live in Crawford, Tex., just a short drive from Fort Hood. Like Ted, she is a strong supporter of the troops. She has helped aid the families stationed in the area and they have both participated in events like Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts. I was honored to be at a calendar signing with Shemane at Fort Hood several years ago. I was delighted to see that in addition to talking to every service member and family member that showed up, she also offered them some of the cookies she had baked for the event.

Some may wonder if Texas is itching to take the title from Ohio or Virginia (depending on who you believe) as the “Mother of Presidents.” Of seeking public office, Ted said, “I was serious when I threatened to run for office in the past if I cannot find a candidate who respects the U.S. Constitution and our sacred Bill of Rights.”

If that means Ted as President and Shemane as First Lady, I’ll be first in line at the polls!

1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

TED: I can’t imagine watching any movie over & over again, but for this question I will say Man on Fire or Taken.

SHEMANE: The Sound of Music

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

TED: Dirty Harry, “… Well do ya, punk?”

SHEMANE: From Dumb and Dumber:
Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me… ending up together?
Mary: Well, Lloyd, that’s difficult to say. I mean, we don’t really…
Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.
Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance… YEAH!

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was “cured.” If you could give President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make them watch?

TED: The Patriot


4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

TED: A photo of me with Truman Capote & Andy Warhol.

SHEMANE: Nothing. I hate clutter.

5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?

TED: No guilt, “No Reservations”


6. What is a Snooki?

TED: Isn’t that a NJ wench?

SHEMANE: The short girl with poofy hair from Jersey.

7. What was the first concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?

TED: Went by myself to watch Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels in Chicago in 1966.

SHEMANE: Ted’s Whiplash Bash in 1988. I brought Ted with me.

8. What question do you wish reporters would ask you? What’s your answer to that question?

TED: I believe they have asked them all and my answers are always honest, lengthy and detailed.

SHEMANE: The question: How did you prepare for your role of being Ted Nugent’s wife? Answer: Obviously, I didn’t.

9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2010 what would they be?

TED: They could both share the Beatles’ “I’m A Loser”

SHEMANE: Republicans: Toby Keith’s “I’m an American.” For Democrats: Otis Redding’s “Changes”

10. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the political arena?

TED: There is absolutely nothing cool about politics.

SHEMANE: Appear on C-Span, Hannity, and be invited to speak at the Heritage Foundation.

11. What one thing would you do as President “just because you could”?

TED: Unlike so many power-abusing Fedzillacrats of yore, I wouldn’t do anything simply due to the power of position, but I would do a hell of a lot of good, positive, sensible stuff by cleaning house of the corrupt bastards.

SHEMANE: Create a National Zumba Day!

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

TED: I was returning from a spiritually invigorating deer hunt in Colorado when I witnessed Dan Rather spewing toxic anti-hunting profanity on his CBS “Guns Of Autumn” propaganda fraudumentary.

SHEMANE: When we received death threats from animal rights activists I realized how extreme the haters are and how important it is to have a 2nd Amendment.
really matter: God, family and country.