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Fri
18
Nov

TEXAN’S NAZI WARNING FELL ON DEAF EARS

Globe-trotting newspaper reporter Hubert Renfro Knickerbocker spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Nov. 20, 1941, but as usual his pro-war message fell on deaf and hostile ears. For years the award-winning journalist had implored the public to take a hard second look at Adolph Hitler and the threat fascism posed to democracy around the world. But he was drowned out by the greatest American hero of the century, who emphatically insisted that events in Europe did not concern this country.

 

Fri
18
Nov

Coffee Shop Experts in Small Towns

Visit any café or machine shop in any small town in rural America. The first topic of conversation is the weather. It has to be discussed, cussed, praised and pounded thoroughly before any other subject is taken up. It is followed by the market; the price of soybeans, grain, cattle, hogs or the price of tea in China. Then, usually politics, sports and local gossip. I’ve been in a million of these conversations. Everyone has an opinion and we’re quite willing to share it. It takes a little time to hear everybody out but it’s worth it as long as we can get in our two cents worth. But I’ve noticed that farmers and ranchers are a little like vets and lawyers when we get down to talkin’ about our own business.

Fri
11
Nov

Part Indian

By Baxter Black

Cutter said to me, “I’m part Indian.” I’ve heard that statement so many times from gringos that I’ve concluded I’m probably the only white man in North America who can’t claim to be part Indian! But when you think about it, that’s a pretty positive comment on the improving race relations in our country. White men in the early part of this century did not brag about being part Indian. It also appears that Indians are having a renewed sense of ethnic pride. That’s a good thing.

Fri
11
Nov

A YOUNG JOHNNY REB’S LETTERS HOME

By Bartee Haile

“I long for a little excitement,” a Confederate private wrote to the folks back home in Texas on Nov. 11, 1864, “and a battle is the only thing that can satisfy me.” To hear historians tell it, the War Between the States was a giant chess game played by gentleman generals. But the soldiers, who fought and died in America’s bloodiest conflict, were men, not faceless board pieces, with families, hopes and dreams and each had his own story to tell.

Fri
04
Nov

Rudy's 2nd Letter

Whel frenz, I was ther. Bakster’s buk pardy. He prefurrs I refur to him az Mastr wich emplys sum Roilty capasite. So far az ledership I’d rank him sumwher just behind General Custer. So, he throes this BBQ to anowns his latest markitting asolt on the gollabul! I red sum ov it. At lest the pichurs ar gud. His artist frends demonstraded wye thay mak a livin drowing insted of trhowin a rop!

 

Fri
04
Nov

HORNS LET CHAMPIONSHIP SLIP THRU THEIR HOOVES

By Bartee Haile
 
The University of Texas lived up to its lofty billing as the best college team in the land on Nov. 2, 1941 by crushing SMU 34-0 for the sixth straight victory of the season. Dana X. Bible’s Longhorns looked invincible even to nearsighted sportswriters back east, who always tried to ignore the superior brand of football played in the Southwest Conference. But after Texas blew out Colorado, LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Rice by a combined score of 196-27, the Associated Press had no choice but to award the Austin juggernaut the Number One ranking.

 

Fri
28
Oct

Moderation

By Baxter Black
 
One of the hazards of having educated friends is that they are a frequent source of scientific information. Dr. Ben sent me a scholarly review entitled “WHAT DID OUR ANCESTORS EAT?” by two gentlemen well versed in nutrition and anthropology. One of the many observations they made was, with the advent of agriculture individuals became smaller in stature. They concluded that agriculture itself was not to blame but rather ‘a departure from a mixed diet derived from a variety of sources.’
 
Fri
28
Oct

SECRET PLAN TO SAVE SOUTH HINGED ON TEXAS

By Bartee Haile
 
An obscure Confederate major with a famous last name presented a secret proposal to the governor of Texas on Oct. 27, 1863. Next came the hard part — convincing Francis Lubbock that he alone could save the South. Summer setbacks had dealt a mortal blow to Confederate chances of a military victory. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Virginia was in full retreat, and on the western front the fall of Vicksburg had split the South at the Mississippi.
 
Thu
20
Oct

Bull Rider’s Limp

When I was a kid we had what we called the ‘bull rider’s limp.’ If you were entered up the Saturday before, you could develop a limp and make it last for a week! When a good lookin’ sweetheart asked what happened, you kinda shuffled and shrugged it off. “Got hurt,” you’d say. “How?” she’d ask on cue. “Ridin’ bulls,” you’d explain nonchalantly. Images of John Wayne, stoic and brave, filled the air. The dragon slayer uninjured saving the damsel. The concerned female dabbin’ peroxide in the bullet wound creasing your shoulder. “It’s nuthin’,” you’d say, wincing in pain. If only you had a saber slash across the cheek.
 
Thu
20
Oct

DESPERATE WOMAN RISKS IT ALL AT THE FALLS

By Bartee Haile
 
The first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel took the historic plunge on October 24, 1901 and lived to tell about it. In fact, Annie Edson Taylor, who survived the death-defying stunt with nothing worse than a few cuts and bruises, talked about little else for the rest of her miserable life. But the 63 year old former schoolteacher from Texas might have been better off had she perished in the foolhardy attempt. 
 

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