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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