Opinions

Fri
22
Sep

AMARILLO ACTRESS AT HER BEST IN TV COMEDY

by Bartee Haile

“The Addams Family,” an offbeat television comedy about the ghouls next door, premiered on Sep. 20, 1964 with a motion-picture actress from the Texas Panhandle in the role of Morticia

Carolyn Sue Jones was born into an unhappy Amarillo home in April 1930. Four years later, the head of the house walked out forcing his abandoned wife and two little girls to move in with her parents

 

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Fri
22
Sep

Dog Days In The Feedlot

Well, it’s dog days in the feedlot now that summer’s nearly done I been loafin’ through the cattle but the steers don’t suffer none

They don’t need much waterin’, really, they just eat and drink and snooze Like a bunch of fat ol’ bankers On an all expense paid cruise

 

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Fri
15
Sep

Coyote Cowboy Observations

by Baxter Black

-There’s always time to pet your dog.

-If a feller doesn’t trim his own horse’s feet, he’s got too many horses or not enough time.

-Some people do what they’ve gotta do to live where they wanna live. Others live where they have to live to be what they want to be.

-If the reader can’t understand what the poet is tryin’ to say, it’s not the reader’s fault.

-Sometimes gentle pressure is better than jerkin’ as hard as you can. Kinda like pickin’ up a bull’s nose.

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Fri
15
Sep

MARY KAY TURNED GLASS CEILING INTO PINK CADILLACS

by Bartee Haile

Starting with her life savings of five thousand dollars, her grown son and nine employees called “consultants,” Mary Kay Ash opened her first cosmetics store in Dallas on Sep. 13, 1963.

Don’t bother looking for the birthplace of the famous cosmetics queen on any map or even in the Texas Almanac. The small community of Hot Wells disappeared decades ago but not before leaving behind a heck of a story. While drilling for oil in northwest Harris County in 1904, wildcatters lost their bit down the deep hole.

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Fri
08
Sep

The Yellow Ribbon

By Baxter Black

The women stood in line. Her eyes stared vacantly. Her face was gaunt. A thin film of dust covered her clothing. The weight of the world lay on her shoulders. She was muttering under her breath. A fly touched her cheek. She brushed it off, unthinking.

“So, how’s it going?” I asked, interrupting her quietude.“Clint just showed his pig, Tanya can’t find the sheep clippers and Justin’s rabbit was disqualified ‘cause it had a black toenail.”

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Fri
08
Sep

BABY BROTHER ADDED TO GUNFIGHTER’S TROUBLES

by Bartee Haile

When a drinking buddy tried to throw him out in the street in his birthday suit on the night of Sep. 6, 1868, hot-tempered Billy Thompson plugged the prankster and headed for the hills.

A famous gunfighter with a reputation matched only by John Wesley Hardin and Bill Longley, Ben Thompson was a walking bull’seye for every barroom braggart out to make a name for himself. Staying alive was tough enough without having to look out for his baby brother.

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Fri
01
Sep

Jumper

by Baxter Black 

Betty said her dad had a bull that kept jumpin’ the fence. She wondered if I knew any surefire cures for fence jumpin’ bulls. I asked her what they’d tried already.

“Well,” she said, “One of Fred’s friends (Fred was her dad) suggested tyin’ a chain to the ring in his nose. So Dad did, a ten-foot log chain. Didn’t faze him! That bull could stand flat-footed and jump a five-wire fence!

“Dad improved on the idea by wiring a ten pound window weight to the end of the chain.”

 

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Fri
01
Sep

TEXAS RANGERS SEND MOBSTER BACK TO “LA LA LAND”

by Bartee Haile

At an hour past midnight on Aug. 31, 1950, two Texas Rangers woke the boss of the Los Angeles underworld from a deep sleep to give him a simple choice: go home or go to jail.

Mickey Cohen had hoped to slip into the Lone Star State, conduct a little business and slip back out unnoticed. But the trip did not go according to plan for the West Coast mobster.

Meyer Harris Cohen was born in 1913 into an Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn. Looking for a way to keep Mickey and his brothers out of trouble, their widowed mother moved the brood to the “City of Angels” in 1922.

 

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Thu
24
Aug

THE WILDERNESS WALL

by Baxter Black

If you’ve been losing sleep at night about the public land, Yer not alone. We’re all concerned with changes wrought by man. The wilderness. To have and hold is what it’s all about And we can Save the Wilderness! By keepin’ people out! By Audubon, you know I’m right! It’s humans who befoul The habitat of prairie dog, or elk and spotted owl. A wall. We need a giant wall! At least 15 feet tall! A simulated wilderness, man-made, au natural. The next best thing to bein’ there. We’ll call it Wilderworld!

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Thu
24
Aug

WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO CROSS TEXAS BY WAGON TRAIN

by Bartee Haile

A government wagon train forded the Red River on Aug. 23, 1857 and began the long, hard trip across the Lone Star State. Ever wonder what it was like to travel in Texas in those hot and dangerous days before cars, trains, planes and — heaven forbid! — air conditioning? While most voyagers were too busy staying alive to record their impressions for posterity, a member of an 1850’s odyssey kept an unusually detailed daily log that provides a rare first-hand account.

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