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02
Jan
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THE JUDGE” BUILT “EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

THE JUDGE” BUILT “EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

The groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 3, 1962 for the first-of-its-kind domed stadium ended with a bang as Roy Mark Hofheinz celebrated the occasion by firing his Colt .45 into the air.

Born in Beaumont and raised in Houston, Hofheinz grew up fast died not by choice but out of necessity. Just 15 when his father, a laundry truck driver, suddenly died, he finished high school in a year and went to work to support his widowed mother.

Despite the demands of being the breadwinner, young Hofheinz continued his education at a breakneck, sleep-deprived pace. He accomplished what most full-time students thought impossible by graduating from law school and passing the bar exam at 19.

 

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Fri
20
Dec
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MARSHALL’S WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

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MARSHALL’S WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

Part Owner of Texas

So many Texas cities really put on the glitter and lights around Christmas.

Big Spring, with a population 28,000 lights up the city park with displays and giant lighted poinsettias (it’s the lighted poinsettia capital of Texas) that attract some 20,000 visitors every December.

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Fri
20
Dec
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Little Christmas Cowboy

Little Christmas Cowboy

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He got his first horse at Christmas this year from good ol' Uncle Stephen. For Wrangler-in Charge, he looked pretty young but looks can be deceivin'.

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Thu
12
Dec
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BOUNDARY SECRET SPARKS A PRESIDENTIAL SPAT

BOUNDARY SECRET SPARKS A PRESIDENTIAL SPAT

A career diplomat told President Andrew Jackson on Dec. 17, 1829 the inside story of how the Sabine River became the dividing line between Louisiana and Spanish territory — a political bombshell Old Hickory waited 15 years to drop.

The 1803 treaty that closed the sweetest land deal in

American history — the Louisiana Purchase — failed to set hard and fast boundaries. Negotiations with Spain remained at an impasse until 1819, when an obliging secretary of state gave up a long-standing claim to Texas in exchange for Florida. To the surprise and delight of the Spaniards, John Quincy Adams additionally agreed U.S. sovereignty ended at the Sabine River.

 

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Thu
12
Dec
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LEROY AND TOM

LEROY AND TOM

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Everybody has a Christmas that stands out in their memory like dandruff on Superman’s cape!

Mine was several years ago. Bah Humbug Bill, the cow buyer made a deal on a set of cows down below Snowville. Leroy, Tom and I were to go down, work’em and ship’em back home. Bah Humbug set it up for December 23. He, of course would not be able to be there to help.

Leroy and Tom were both members of the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Possum. We borrowed Albert’s new blue pickup and headed out. Leroy was raised down in the country where we were goin’. He was driving and took a few shortcuts. We were on a side road going toward Strevell and Leroy had ol’ Blue kicked up to 85 mph. We cautioned him about speeding.

 

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Thu
05
Dec
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TEXAS SURVIVED STATESPLITTING SCHEMES

TEXAS SURVIVED STATESPLITTING SCHEMES

When the Reconstruction constitutional convention reconvened on Dec. 4, 1868, Radical Republicans sharpened their knives in eager anticipation of carving up Texas like a Christmas turkey.

Any Texan, who passed the required courses in junior high, knows that as a condition of admission to the Union the Lone Star State retained the right to subdivide into as many as four separate parts. Less well known is how often the idea of two, three, many Texas’ was tossed around and how close the state came to being dismembered during the post-Civil War occupation.

Division was first suggested in 1844 during the acrimonious debate over annexation as a way of maintaining the delicate balance between free and slave states. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri recommended slicing the giant applicant in two, but the novel notion was not taken seriously.

 

Thu
05
Dec
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GODDESS OF THE HUNT

GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Diana, goddess of the hunt, stands as a Roman heroine to a long line of female hunters. Even today there are many who have followed in her spoor that deserve to have their name written in mythology.

Our Diana, we'll call her Center-Fire Charlotte, is well known for her prowess up and down Hyde Creek in the high and wild country of central Idaho. The legend goes that one morning Charlotte was on her way to work in town when she spotted a bunch of does grazing by the reservoir. She climbed out of her car, quietly closed the door, lifted her rifle from the trunk and started after them. Sage, bunch grass, rocks, brush and pine seedlings gave way as she stalked across the clearing in her cashmere sweater, skirt and medium heels.

Wed
27
Nov
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ZAPRUDER CAPTURED JFK SHOOTING ON FILM

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This Week In Texas History

Life magazine in its Nov. 29, 1963 issue published the first shocking pictures of the Kennedy assassination with frames from a home movie shot by a Dallas dressmaker.

Abraham Zupruder spent his first 13 years in the Ukraine then a part of Czarist Russia. In 1918 he escaped the turmoil and violence of the Bolshevik Revolution with his mother and siblings and joined his father, who had come to the U.S. nine years earlier, in Brooklyn, New York.

Wed
27
Nov
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A Sheep Thanksgiving

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For some reason this Thanksgiving, I'm thinking of sheep. The sheep industry is havin' a fair year. One factor is lamb being included and advertised in specialty dog food. The sheepman's equivalent market to fast food burgers.

How to strengthen the market, you ask? Breed more dogs, you say? Or get humans in Canada and the U.S. to eat more sheep and wear more wool? So how do you get people to buy more lamb? You either change the people or change the product.

We are living in a time of unimaginable technology involving gene tinkering. What if it were possible to change the animal by gene splicing. Say something as simple as changing the color of wool. How 'bout a palomino gene to produce the much sought after Golden Fleece or a leopard gene to get a spotted virgin wool jacket. Or even a Scotchman's gene to produce a fleece that's already plaid? I can envision wool t-shirts with logos or rock stars already on the sheep.

 

 

Fri
22
Nov
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U.S. BOTCHED PRE-WAR PURCHASE OF TEXAS

U.S. BOTCHED PRE-WAR PURCHASE OF TEXAS

This Week In Texas History

The presidential emissary arrived at Mexico City on Nov. 26, 1845 prepared to pay top dollar to keep the peace south of the Rio Grande.

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