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.
The Meanest Man in Texas? The Life of Convicted Murderer Clyde Thompson
Convicted of murder at as a teen, Clyde Thompson spent most of his life in prison. He earned the moniker "the meanest man in Texas," and lived up to it for a time, before finding salvation and the love of a good woman. Thompson served as a pastor for several years after his release.
Texas Writer Spotlight: Katherine Anne Porter
Resting 20 miles south of the City of Austin sits a three-roomed house in the quaint town of Kyle, Texas, where a small child and her five-membered family moved as the result of a tragic death. This now-motherless child, Katherine Anne Porter, filled her days in this home with dancing, singing, drawing, and playing piano, experimenting with finding her given talents.
We Have Liftoff: Hofheinz & the Building of Space City
Roy “the Judge” Hofheinz, former mayor of Houston and the man who built the Astrodome, was an extravagant, boisterous personality, a man whose life accomplishments matched perfectly his outsized character and quirky genius.
Nolan Ryan: A Texas Legacy
Born in Refugio, Texas, in 1947 as the youngest of six children, Lynn Nolan Ryan was no stranger to hard work and hand-me-downs. At six months old, his father, Lynn Nolan Ryan, Sr., who worked for Hastings Oil Field was transferred to Alvin, Texas, where Ryan spent the rest of his childhood and much of his adult life.
Keeper of the Flame: Buddy Lane and the Cowboy Brand
The story of the last cowboy has been written, a movie was made, but out in a rolling pasture near Hamilton, Texas, the final scene has not been cut; the last word is still unwritten.
Stanley Marcus: The Merchant Prince of the Fashion World
There is something called salesmanship, that when done really well, is a bit more like showmanship; it is the difference between convincing someone to buy something and allowing them to experience something. There is a broad contrast between having a press pass, which allows someone to view a special celebrity from behind the curtain, and being allowed the experience of feeling important in one's own right.