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Fri
19
Aug

HORSE PSYCHOLOGY

By Baxter Black
 
Some people are just flat good at handlin’ horses. They’ve got that good “horse savvy.” Matter of fact, there are people actually makin’ a livin’ trainin’ horses! I admire these folks’ ability and special talent. It’s always a pleasure to see a good horse workin’ right. But horses look at veterinarians like kids look at Sunday School or cowboys look at weddings. They make’m uncomfortable. Even though everybody tells ‘em it’s for their own good, they’d lots rather be someplace else. But, in the case of the horse, you can’t really blame them. Most every time I have to handle a horse it’s to stick something in him like a tube or a shot or a plastic sleeve!
 
Fri
12
Aug

Movin’ Cows

by Baxter Black
 
“Truly a beautiful day to be movin’ cows to summer pasture,” observed Steve’s boss. Satisfaction wafted off him in gently rising curls. Steve wiped a streak of green off his pant leg with a flat stick. They’d loaded the cows in a hired semi and the calves into a converted hay wagon. This wagon had rubber tires, a long tongue and twelve-foot handcrafted (homemade) side boards. There was enough wire at the corners to run transatlantic cable from New York to the Canary Islands!
 
Fri
12
Aug

TEXANS ELECT CLOSET KLANSMAN U.S. SENATOR

by Bartee Haile
 
On Aug. 16, 1922, prohibitionist Cullen F. Thomas, eliminated in the first round of voting for a seat in the United States Senate, endorsed front-runner Earle B. Mayfield, the Klan candidate, in the upcoming runoff. Alcoholism and Bright’s disease earned Charles A. Culberson the derisive nickname “the sick old man of the Senate.” Nevertheless, the four-term incumbent was determined to die on the job and announced he would stand for reelection in 1922.
 
Fri
05
Aug

TEXAS BOYCOTTS HUEY LONG’S COTTON “HOLIDAY”

On Aug. 9, 1931 Huey P. Long invited the governors of Texas and other southern states to come to New Orleans to discuss his sure-fire cure for what was ailing King Cotton. From a high of 40 cents a pound at the start of the decade, cotton lost half its value on the world market during the 1920’s. But those were boom times compared to the Great Depression. By the summer of 1931, the South’s money crop had become practically worthless fetching a paltry 5.66 cents per pound.
 
Fri
05
Aug

Meatless Monday Magic Show

Meatless Monday…what kind of person would think something like that up? The same kind of people who would support Breathless Tuesday, Whistleless Wednesday or Jalapeñoless Cinco de Mayo? It is the same cloudy-headed, “we know what is best for you.” starry-eyed finger- shakers that have brought us rubber chickens and the Ice Age of the 70’s.
 
Fri
29
Jul

Timed Event Man

In the world of rodeo, cowboys usually fall into one of two categories; rough stock riders or timed event men. Each looks on the other with suspicion. Bronc riders can’t imagine havin’ to drag a horse and trailer all over the country and ropers think bull riding is uncivilized!
 
Fri
29
Jul

Timed Event Man

by Bartee Haile

Fri
22
Jul

Feast or Famine

By Baxter Black
 
In feast or famine, at least examine the game we came to play ‘Cause win or lose, it’s how we use the card that come our way...
 
“Just let’er rain,” the rancher said, “We’ve built up quite a thirst. I know the low road’s plum washed out, the tank dam’s bound to burst.  
 
Fri
22
Jul

COWARDICE CRIPPLES YANKEE RAID ON GALVESTON

by Bartee Haile

On Jul. 25, 1861, three months after President Lincoln ordered a blockade of all southern ports, the United States Navy sent a ship to seal off Galveston Bay, and the frigate Santee relieved the original vessel of the lonely watch in mid-September. Bored by seven weeks of uneventful guard duty, Lt. James Jouett volunteered to lead a daring nighttime attack on Nov. 7 against the General Rusk, a steam-powered man-of-war anchored near the Rebel fort on Pelican Island.

Fri
15
Jul

TEXANS BRING HOME THE GOLD FROM HELSINKI OLYMPICS

by Bartee Haile
 
With the Summer Games in Rio less than a month away, let’s take a look back at the XV Olympics that began in Helsinki, Finland on Jul. 19, 1952 and featured gold-medal performances from six different Texans. In the high jump held on opening day, Walter “Buddy” Davis of Texas A&M was the favorite despite his inexperience. The Nederland product had gone to College Station on a basketball scholarship and lived up to high expectations by blossoming into a star. A childhood victim of polio, who had not been able to walk for three years, Davis went out for track in 1951 “to escape spring basketball practice because we had a coach who was a demon for workouts.” 
 

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