Temple Grandin has become a familiar name to those who have seen the Emmy Award TV movie on her life. She was recently named one of the most influential people by 2012 by Time Magazine. She came to Bend this last weekend for the Oregon Cattlemen Associations Conference at the Riverhouse Convention Center. Temple Grandin is a college professor who is revolutionizing how cattle are slaughtered with a focus on animal welfare. The subject of the HBO movie named after her, Grandin is not only a luminary in the ranching world, but she is also autistic. Grandin says the movie has generated publicity about autism, but she was here about her contributions to the cattle industry: “Well it certainly created a lot of publicity and I'd say about 90% of the emails I get concern autism but I also get about 10% of correspondence involving livestock, you know and people are happy that some one is out there working on improving for livestock and the public is hungry for information they just want to know how things work.” The convention lasted all weekend a featured speakers from topics ranging from new government regulations to how to deal with wolves and a Cowboy Christmas Village filled with local vendors.