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16
Jan
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“LIFE OF THE PARTY” ON PGA TOUR

Jimmy Demaret trailed Dr. Cary Middlecoff by one stroke with five holes to go in the fourth and final round of the Thunderbird tournament at Palm Springs on Jan. 22, 1956.

Jimmie Newton Demaret was born the fourth of ten children in 1910 in Houston. He was bitten by the golf bug at an early age, when an army officer asked the seven year old to lug his clubs around the military course at Camp Logan.

Demaret grew up caddying and playing on the public links in the Bayou City. He studied the swings of adult duffers, imitated the best and developed into a promising young golfer. At 15 he dropped out of school to work as an assistant to Jack Burke, Sr. at the River Oaks Country Club.

 

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Thu
16
Jan
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BAXTER BLACK

BAXTER BLACK

When beef gets short, a lot of cowboys are forced to do without. The cook must come up with meatless meals. The following recipes are from the Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook.

TENNIS SHOE TONGUE: Select an old one. The price is better and it may have picked up some natural flavor depending on where it has been worn. Boiling is suggested but it may also be fried to a crisp and served on a bed of marinated sweat shirt. Garnish with pickled shoe string.

SEED CORN CAP PIZZA: Carefully clean with a fish scaling knife. Remove all metal buttons, rivets and any plastic tabs. Flatten the cap by soaking in linseed oil then placing it underneath a door mat that gets heavy use. Once pliable cover it with lots of cheese and ketchup. Dry kibbles or dust motes may be sprinkled as a topping for variety.

 

Fri
10
Jan
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT MASON?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT MASON?

Part Owner of Texas

Mason is a hill country town of 2,500 residents with a courthouse square that’s hard to maneuver. It has an extremely dense population of characters.

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Fri
10
Jan
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BAXTER BLACK

BAXTER BLACK

Cow Disturber

McGraw posed an interesting question. If a cowboy herds a herd of cattle, we call him a herder. If a sheepman herds a flock of sheep, he’s still a herder. Why isn’t he called a flocker?

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Thu
02
Jan
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Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

I confess to not owning a tractor. I have plenty of friends nearby with tractors. But in a lapse of good judgment I borrowed one to brush hog a patch of weeds. Experienced farmers, even an 8 yearold farm kid knows that you always drive a tractor thumbs up. I didn't remember.

As I was farming around I managed to hit a post with the front wheel. The steering wheel spun like a helicopter blade and jammed my protruding thumb! It swelled up so big it wouldn't fit through the neck of a quart jar.

I only mention this humiliating self-inflicted injury because Dr. Willis sent me a scientific report regarding wound response in plants. It said, in effect, that localized injury in one part of a plant causes a protective response in another part of that plant. For instance, when a caterpillar gnaws on a near leaf, a change occurs in a far leaf that inhibits that type of caterpillar's digestive enzymes.

 

Thu
02
Jan
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THE JUDGE” BUILT “EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

THE JUDGE” BUILT “EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

The groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 3, 1962 for the first-of-its-kind domed stadium ended with a bang as Roy Mark Hofheinz celebrated the occasion by firing his Colt .45 into the air.

Born in Beaumont and raised in Houston, Hofheinz grew up fast died not by choice but out of necessity. Just 15 when his father, a laundry truck driver, suddenly died, he finished high school in a year and went to work to support his widowed mother.

Despite the demands of being the breadwinner, young Hofheinz continued his education at a breakneck, sleep-deprived pace. He accomplished what most full-time students thought impossible by graduating from law school and passing the bar exam at 19.

 

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Fri
20
Dec
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MARSHALL’S WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

MARSHALL’S WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

Part Owner of Texas

So many Texas cities really put on the glitter and lights around Christmas.

Big Spring, with a population 28,000 lights up the city park with displays and giant lighted poinsettias (it’s the lighted poinsettia capital of Texas) that attract some 20,000 visitors every December.

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Fri
20
Dec
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Little Christmas Cowboy

Little Christmas Cowboy

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He got his first horse at Christmas this year from good ol' Uncle Stephen. For Wrangler-in Charge, he looked pretty young but looks can be deceivin'.

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Thu
12
Dec
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BOUNDARY SECRET SPARKS A PRESIDENTIAL SPAT

BOUNDARY SECRET SPARKS A PRESIDENTIAL SPAT

A career diplomat told President Andrew Jackson on Dec. 17, 1829 the inside story of how the Sabine River became the dividing line between Louisiana and Spanish territory — a political bombshell Old Hickory waited 15 years to drop.

The 1803 treaty that closed the sweetest land deal in

American history — the Louisiana Purchase — failed to set hard and fast boundaries. Negotiations with Spain remained at an impasse until 1819, when an obliging secretary of state gave up a long-standing claim to Texas in exchange for Florida. To the surprise and delight of the Spaniards, John Quincy Adams additionally agreed U.S. sovereignty ended at the Sabine River.

 

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Thu
12
Dec
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LEROY AND TOM

LEROY AND TOM

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Everybody has a Christmas that stands out in their memory like dandruff on Superman’s cape!

Mine was several years ago. Bah Humbug Bill, the cow buyer made a deal on a set of cows down below Snowville. Leroy, Tom and I were to go down, work’em and ship’em back home. Bah Humbug set it up for December 23. He, of course would not be able to be there to help.

Leroy and Tom were both members of the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Possum. We borrowed Albert’s new blue pickup and headed out. Leroy was raised down in the country where we were goin’. He was driving and took a few shortcuts. We were on a side road going toward Strevell and Leroy had ol’ Blue kicked up to 85 mph. We cautioned him about speeding.

 

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