A Woman Called Babe: World’s Greatest Female Athlete
The most gifted female athlete of the 20th century, and perhaps of all time, was a Texas woman called Babe. Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias became a U.S. sensation and an international phenomenon after she won three medals in track and field at the 1932 Olympics.
Katherine Stinson: Schoolgirl of the Sky
The famed founder of the San Antonio airfield by the same name, Katherine Stinson may have been the fourth licensed female pilot in history, but she went on to perform the first of many aviation feats. A woman in a man's world, she bucked traditional stereotypes and became a worldwide sensation.
Building on an Architect’s Vision
Robert Harvey Harold Hugman did not earn a degree in architecture, but what he lacked in the culmination of a formal education, he more than compensated for in foresight, vision, and tenacity. The architect of one of San Antonio's most famed tourist destinations, the San Antonio River Walk, Hugman left a tangible legacy that will endure for generations to come.
Ranching, Writing, and Recording: Three Generations of McMurtrys Leave Their Mark on Texas
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove to books like Horseman, Pass By and The Last Kind Words Saloon, America has seen the Old West through the eyes of Larry McMurtry. McMurtry’s lifelong pursuit began with just an inheritance of a small sack of books.
Christmas Carols: Stories Behind the Songs
You know it is “that time of year” when Christmas music begins playing on the radio and in stores. With the Christmas season creeping slightly earlier and earlier each year, or so it seems, the merry tunes can lose their novelty by the time the big day rolls around! To put some jingly spirit back into the classic tunes that underscore the holiday season, enjoy some lesser-known stories behind the songs.
TOMS Founder Has Heart & Sole
His name may not be as recognizable as his brainchild, TOMS, the $625 million apparel company best known for their canvas slip-on shoes, but Blake Mycoskie does not appear to be someone who concerns himself with frivolities like fame. Often seen in pictures with a signature look of long hair, a beard, and a festival of pendants around his neck (including […]
For Bobby Lackey, it seems, it is not the third time – but the first – that has always been the charm. Now in his 80s, the Weslaco native set the stage for a standout collegiate career in football at the University of Texas at Austin when, in 1957, in one of his first games as starting quarterback for the Longhorns, he […]
Kayla Denney: Animal Rescue
Taft, Texas is a classic small town. With a population of nearly 4,000, it only took one of San Patricio County’s community members to make an impact. Hometown hero turned award-winning animal advocate Kayla Denney did just that. Denney saves lives. In 2018, chief of police John Cornish appointed Denney as the lead animal control […]
Anita Martini: Houston’s First Lady of Sports
Fighting for representation in a predominantly male industry, women have had to overcome many obstacles to earn respect as professionals in the sports industry. Women in the field today have many strong, female influences to thank for paving the way thus far, including Texas’s own Anita Martini, the Galveston native who opened the door to gender equality for female sports […]
Wyman Meinzer: Shooting Texas Light
“The energy I receive is from light,” Wyman Meinzer said, award-winning photographer, author, and the official State Photographer of Texas. Meinzer first took an interest in photography around the age of 13. “I love great light, and even after 40-plus years of using a camera, light moves me greatly and energizes my creative store. I asked my mom for […]
Scharbauer Ranches and the Midland Meat Company
John C. Scharbauer, the owner of Midland Meat Company and Scharbauer Ranches, is not particular about how his German surname is pronounced. Technically, Scharbauer sounds like “shar bower,” but those familiar with the name, synonymous since the 1800s with local beef, simply pronounce it “scarber.” The fifth-generation rancher is picky, however, about the cattle his family has worked 135 years […]
Captain Sully: From a Sherman Airstrip to His Miracle Manhattan Landing
Most know the name “Sully” from that fateful day, January 15, 2009, when he piloted US Airways Flight 1549 through a historic water landing on Manhattan’s Hudson River after the aircraft encountered an unprecedented bird strike shortly after takeoff. Captain Sullenberger’s entire life had prepared him for such an event, although most commercial airline pilots never have to experience dual engine […]
Bonnie Hale, Lost Pet Specialist
Mowgli and Murphy It was mid-morning in August. I sat outside to enjoy my daily cup of coffee, but that particular morning I felt as though something was off. I looked around with my coffee in hand and realized that I could not find one of my cats, Mowgli, who usually enjoyed going outside. We lived in […]
Overcoming the Odds: A Story of Faith and Purpose
Joe Haynes leaned back in a well-worn chair at the KSTA radio station in the small west-central Texas town of Coleman. The studio is crowded with memorabilia: Coleman Bluecats rally gear, inspirational messages, and a large framed painting of Jesus walking on the water. “My whole life has been about overcoming odds,” said the beloved […]
Someplace Beautiful: The Story of A Texas Balladeer Turned Lone Star Legend
Wade Bowen’s music career has taken him everywhere. With tour dates in France, the U.K., and Germany, Wade has journeyed all across the world sharing his heart through country music. Yet, regardless of where he has roamed, one place is always in the back of his mind beckoning him home . . . his beloved […]