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Thu
20
Jun
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TWELVE TEXANS FLEW ON DOOLITTLE RAID

All available participants in the recent “Doolittle Raid” on Japan, including half of the dozen native Texans, were honored at the White House on Jun. 25, 1941.

Nothing better describes American morale in the weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor than that old West Texas saying “lower than a snake’s belly.” No one was more acutely aware of that fact than President Franklin Roosevelt, who insisted immediate retaliatory action be taken.

Jimmy Doolittle, a 45 year old lieutenant colonel, devised a plan that would have been dismissed out of hand under any other circumstances. If the navy could get him close enough to the Japanese Home Islands, he would launch 16 B-25’s from the deck of an aircraft carrier on a one-way bombing mission of Tokyo and nearby cities.

 

 

Thu
13
Jun
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A Cowboy Parade

You gotta hand it to cowboys. They can turn a birthday cake into a four-alarm fire!

Many years ago the Napa Valley (California) County Fair and Rodeo wanted to do something to attract attention to their big PRCA rodeo. Now I’m not sure how the conversation went at the Fair Board meeting, but maybe something like this...

“Why not have a cattle drive down Main Street. Call it the Texas Longhorn Cattle Stampede.”

Detractors, stick-in-themuds, spoil sports and accountants would have reacted with reasonable objections;

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun
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SOUTHWEST FOUNDER “DEMOCRATICIZED THE SKIES”

After three years of courtroom battles, Southwest Airlines finally got off the ground on Jun. 18, 1971 with a trio of Boeing 737’s flying passengers between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Co-founder Herb Kelleher was there to meet the inaugural flight at its destination. For the rest of his days, he relived the magical moment with anyone who would listen: “I walked up to it and I kissed that baby on the lips and I cried.”

Everyone that ever knew the rule-breaking maverick, who passed away in January at age 87, has his favorite Kelleher story. For business writer Bill Taylor it was the first time he heard him talk at one of those conferences where it is hard to stay awake.

Thu
06
Jun
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3 SPRINGS RANCH HUNTING RESORT

Susan and I were invited to a fund raising event for the Boys and Girls Club of Brown County. It was at the 3 Springs Ranch near the community of Zephyr. It was overcast when we left on a Saturday morning and on the way down the highways were lined with gold wildflowers that stretched across the pastures almost to infinity, creating a glorious sight. The state has had the most impressive wildflower display all spring.

I’ve always enjoyed Zephyr. Long ago the word apparently was used to describe a gentle west wind. When some sarcastic surveyors were in the area and were caught in a blizzard they named the place Zephyr.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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OVERGROWN JOCKEY TRAINED CHAMPION RACEHORSES

This Week In Texas History

Max was a birthday shy of his teens, when he decided apparently on impulse to run away from home and make a profession out of riding the ponies. Author Clay Coppedge came up with the explanation Max offered many years later:

“It was a hot day, and I was barefooted. Suddenly the urge hit me. I had to go with the horses. So, clad in blue jeans and without a word to my parents, I climbed aboard a freight car with the horses and was off to Baltimore.”

 

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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Training New Neighbors

In rural America, farmers and “rural lifestylers” are often neighbors. Seeking a place to better raise their children, to retire in peace, or to escape the continuing anxiety of the city, they move to the country and build a house on a 2-acre plot.

A wire fence separates them from a grass pasture or corn field. As the ‘stylers grow accustomed to the habits and chores around the neighboring farm, they sometimes can be helpful. But unfortunately, their efforts can sometimes turn awry!

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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PRESIDENT HOUSTON OUTFOXES DANGEROUS RABBLEROUSER

By the end of May 1837, the demobilized majority of the Texas Army was either headed for home or looking for work in the Lone Star Republic, much to the dismay of a reckless general who wanted to fight another round with Mexico.

The swift victory at San Jacinto robbed hundreds of American volunteers of their share of the glory. They had not come all the way to Texas to toast other heroes and stubbornly stuck around in the hope of getting in a few licks of their own.

In the fervent belief that an army was a terrible thing to waste, Felix Huston lobbied loud and long for taking the war to the Mexicans. Since his bellicose rhetoric was music to the ears of the disappointed latecomers, the ambitious adventurer became their unofficial spokesman.

Thu
30
May
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Foreign Language

A medical doctor friend of mine was recounting his experiences in Africa as a volunteer for a church missionary program. He said it was very satisfying for the soul but his biggest problem was communicating with the patients. He gave me an odd look and said it gave him a begrudging respect for veterinarians.

Several ago I made a trip to Australia. Grand folks, hospitable and definitely livestock people. However, it did take me several days to get used to the language. It’s like you’re talkin’ Spanish to Italians...they sound so much alike, you actually think you’re communicating!

Thu
23
May
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It’s What I Do

A cowboy is the way he is because he works with stock. He’s learned it’s best to ease along To find the rhythm in their song And not to fret if days are long ‘cause cows don’t punch a clock.

That separates him from the crowd that keeps a job in town That stack the boxes all in rows Or bolt the knobs on radios But when the evening whistle blows They lay the hammer down.

 

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF HARLINGEN

Tumbleweed Part Owner of Texas

Harlingen has been recognized as one of the most affordable cities in the United States.

“That’s one of the attractions because the dollar does go a lot further here,” says Cheryl LaBerge, who formerly worked for the city of Harlingen as downtown coordinator and now conducts walking tours of downtown Harlingen. “Our climate is a big part of the reason that people are attracted here. You know Harlingen, we like to say, is the tropical playground of Texas because you can do so many things in the great outdoors year round: birding, golfing, fishing, you name it.”

 

 

 

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