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01
Apr

The Designated American

I wonder if I will see in my lifetime the end of “DesignatedAmericans?” I was filling out a  form and was asked to check if Iwas African American, Hawaiian American, Latin American, Native American, Asian American, Anglo American or Other American. I declined. I guess it would make a difference if I were applying for a basketball scholarship, a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a judgeship on the Supreme Court, or a Karate teacher. But should it?.
 
Fri
25
Mar

The Flu

by Baxter Black 

He had a little fever but he said he’d be okay, “Too much to do to lay around and stay inside all day.” “Harry, you were up all night. You’ve been through a case of Halls!” “I can’t stay in the house all day! Gosh, what if someone calls!” “You wouldn’t have to answer. I’d tell’ um you’re outside.” “But what if Ester just dropped by. I’d have no place to hide.”

 

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Fri
25
Mar

LITTLEFIELD GAVE UT MORE THAN THE TEXAS RELAYS

by Bartee Haile

The first-ever Texas Relays, a co-creation of University of Texas track coach Clyde Littlefield and athletic director Theo Bellmont, were held in Austin on Mar. 27, 1925. In the history of college athletics, rarely have iconic stars returned to their alma mater to put their larger-than-life reputations on the line as coaches. An extraordinary exception to that rule was a do-it-all Yankee, who dedicated his life to sports at the University of Texas.

 

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Wed
23
Mar

U.S. NAVY CAUGHT RUNNING GUNS TO SANTA ANNA

by Bartee Haile
 
While on patrol off the Mexican coast on Mar. 20, 1836, the Invincible vanquished an enemy man-of-war and seized an American blockade runner on the high seas. It was all in a day’s work for the Texas Navy. During the darkest hour of the Lone Star Revolution, Jeremiah Brown put to sea in a converted slave smuggling schooner. As captain of the Invincible, his mission in the aftermath of the Alamo massacre was to keep Mexican vessels bottled up in port and to stop third countries from supplying Santa Anna with war materiel. 
 
 
Wed
23
Mar

The Designated American

I wonder if I will see in my lifetime the end of “Designated Americans?” I was filling out a form and was asked to check if I was African American, Hawaiian American, Latin American, Native American, Asian American, Anglo American or Other American. I declined. I guess it would make a difference if I were applying for a basketball scholarship, a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a judgeship on the Supreme Court, or a Karate teacher. But should it?
 
Fri
11
Mar

DISGRACED POLITICIAN TRIES TO SETTLE THE SCORE

by Bartee Haile
 
Mar. 14, 1882 was the date and the Dallas County courthouse was the place a former mayor of three Texas towns chose to have it out with the man he blamed for his latest fall from political grace. It was no coincidence that James Thurmond went out west in the late 1850’s. Like other youths of draft age, the Kentucky native wanted to put as many miles as possible between him and the soon-to- come Civil War.
 
Fri
11
Mar

The Flu

He had a little fever but he said he’d be okay, “Too much to do to lay around and stay inside all day.” “Harry, you were up all night. You’ve been through a case of Halls!” “I can’t stay in the house all day! Gosh, what if someone calls!”
 
Fri
04
Mar

FRONTIER FELONS FIGHT OVER PRIVATE FORT

by Bartee Haile
 
Lt. William Whiting and his saddlesore cavalrymen were warmly welcomed to Fort Leaton on Mar. 24, 1849 by the proprietor, who hoped to talk the army into making his private hideaway on the Rio Grande an official border outpost. The shavetail’s mission was to find the shortest and safest route from San Antonio to the western tip of Texas along with the site for a fort to protect the passage. Swayed by his host’s hospitality, Whiting suggested Fort Leaton, a rash recommendation that was rejected by his superiors.
 
 
Fri
04
Mar

RUDY

Dere felo caowdogs. Its bin a wile sinc I ben abel to sneek in a collum. B. Black dvm (dip vat maneger, ha, ha) has ben wathing me pretty clos. Got a letter from Bloo and Bare. Bare sed he liked hour vedio better than the buk. It was cruntcheyer! Bloo got spad. Evre sinc the nayber sot me I bin staing clos to home, too.
 
Sat
27
Feb

The Tranquilizer Gun

Unless you’re a tiger trimmer in Tanganyika, the tranquilizer gun has not lived up to its potential. During its preliminary promotion, it was touted as the greatest invention since the rope. But, in the livestock business, it has never quite fulfilled its expectations. The biggest problem seems to be its predictable unpredictable results. Most large-animal vets have tranquilizer guns. Some of my colleagues learned the fine art of using one. The rest of us have stuck away with our fleams and hog cholera vaccine. I suspect “operator error” had a lot to do with our failures.

 

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