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Fri
01
May

FORGOTTEN SIDEKICK NEVER ESCAPED THE KID’S SHADOW

by Bartee Haile
 
Henry Brown laughed under his breath as he rode through a heavy downpour into Medicine Lodge, Kansas on May 1, 1884. What a beautiful day for a bank robbery! The driving rain would keep nosy townspeople indoors while he and his accomplices looted the vault at their leisure.
 
Fri
24
Apr

One of the Mysteries of Life

Why is it that we know couples that beg the question, “What does she see in him?” I’m not going to use names for the sake of privacy. I can’t actually say ‘to protect the innocent’. I’m just going to use the aliasi of Geraldo and Lucinda. I was on the phone with one of my good friends, Geraldo Uno. He had thrown a team roping party and asked our mutual friend, Geraldo Dos to come and help. “He’s the best there is at what he does.”
 

 

Fri
24
Apr

FROM CHEERLEADER TO KING OF PRIME-TIME TV

Aaron Spelling, the biggest big-shot in the history of television, was born in Dallas to poor immigrant parents on Apr. 22, 1923. An Ellis Island clerk changed his father’s name from Spurling to Spelling the day the Polish Jew entered the country. The new arrival found a Russian-born mate with the same ethnic roots and moved halfway across the continent to Texas. Aaron grew up in a small frame house down the street from Fair Park that was not built for a family of six. Reflecting on the poverty of his upbringing, he revealed in a 1996 interview, “I still have nightmares about being in a $6,000 home in Dallas, Texas.
 

 

Fri
17
Apr

“SPORT OF KINGS” FLOURISHED IN TEXAS DURING DEPRESSION

In April 1934, a year after pari-mutuel horse racing became legal, Texas’ fourth track opened in San Antonio under the name of Alamo Downs. Horse races and wagers on the outcome were common inthe Lone Star State as far back as the middle of the nineteenth century. Before the Civil War, fans flocked to the Hill Country hamlet of Harkeyville to place their bets. When the American love affair with the thoroughbred blossomed in the 1880’s, new courses sprang up at Dallas and Brownwood.  

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Fri
17
Apr

Making Ol’ Bay Famous

Picture this; a panoramic background, the green Okanogan Valley, pines and quakies with  contrasting colors of a splendid autumn springtime. The artistic eye discerns a lone riderless horse, a bay with 4 white socks and a blaze standing, reins hanging down, and a white flag hooked over the saddle horn. As the flag comes into focus,the mind begins to dissect ‘…is that a pair of tighty whiteys?”

 

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Tue
14
Apr

Cow Psychologist

“Doc, I’ve got a heifer that just had a calf. She’s not accepting it very well. Can I bring her in for psycowlogical counseling?” It all started with that call from the worried cowman. My veterinary specialty of cow psycowlogy has gained popularity since my article appeared. 
 

 

Tue
14
Apr

RECORD STRENGTH TORNADO TEARS THROUGH THE PANHANDLE

The only F5 tornado ever to touch down in the northernmost part of the Lone Star State tore through the Texas Panhandle on Apr. 9, 1947 leaving death and destruction in its 100-mile-long wake. 
 
Fri
03
Apr

PART TIME RADIO FUN

Dr. Jim Bush recently retired from his job as chaplain at an assisted living facility for adults at Carlsbad, just north of San Angelo. He says he’s not sure if he is kin to the Bush presidents. “If I am related to Uncle George, he was born on the side of the family whose children were born with silver spoons in their mouths. I’ve always had my foot in my mouth.”
 
Fri
03
Apr

Take Care of Yer Friends

Friend is a word that I don’t throw around Though it’s used and abused, I still like the sound. I save if for people who’ve done right by me And I know I can count on if ever need be. Some of my friends drive big limousines Own ranches and banks and visit with queens. And some of my friends are up to their necks In overdue notes and can’t write a check!
 
Fri
27
Mar

East Coast-West Coast

by Baxter Black
 
I was back in New York last winter speaking to the Beef Producers Association. I have been on the east coast often and have developed a good sense of how their urban neighbors look at the ag industry.
 

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