The 26th annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival is scheduled for this coming weekend--October 28-30--at the Fort Worth Stockyards. (If you get there Thursday, you can watch the Wagon Train roll in!) I'm still not sure if I can make it this year, but this event is definitely on my Bucket List of things to do in Texas! There'll be a ranch rodeo and team
Milton Ernest "Robert" Rauschenberg was born October 22, 1925 in Port Arthur, Texas. He began college at the University of Texas when he was only 16, intending to be a pharmacist, but was drafted into the Navy in 1943 to serve during World War II. When he was discharged in 1945, he changed direction and began to experiment with various art forms--painting, sculpture, graphic design,
Benjamin Rush Milam--soldier, empressario, and entrepreneur--was born on October 20, 1788 in Frankfort, Kentucky.
As I've prepared this Happy Birthday series, I've realized that all babies come into the world just about equal. They all have a mama and a papa. The majority of babies weigh less than 10 lbs., and they're all pretty much helpless. Sure, there are some areas of inequality. Some are bright and inquisitive while others come into the world with mental or physical challenges. Some have
Dwight David Eisenhower, who would become a beloved World War II General (Five Stars) and the 34th President of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas on October 14, 1890. The third of seven boys, Dwight was the only one born in Texas. His father, an engineer and merchant in Hope, Kansas, moved his family to Texas after his business collapsed due to poor economic conditions. The
Doris Miller has got to be one of my favorite Texas heroes. (I know I've said that a few times before, but really--he's in my Top 10!) Here's why...
Clayton Wheat Williams, Jr. was born in Alpine, Texas October 8, 1931. After graduating from Texas A&M University and serving a stint in the U.S. Army, Williams made a fortune in oil and natural gas in the oil fields of West Texas as well as in ranching, real estate, banking, and telecommunications. As a philanthropist he gives generously to fund scholarships for gifted students
If Texas ever decides to celebrate Founders' Day, October 4th might be the day to do it!
October 2 is the birthday of two ground-breakers who lived more than a century apart. Sterling Robertson was a Texas empresario. Born in Tennessee in 1785, he first came to Texas in 1825 then returned in 1830 with the first 200 of 600 families he recruited to Robertson's Colony near Salado. An impulsive and flamboyant man, Robertson was a ground-breaker in Texas history as a delegate
Manuel Lorenzo Justiniano de Zavala y Sáenz was born October 3, 1788 in Tecoh, Yucatán. His family had lived as colonists in Spanish Mexico for three generations. He was a well-educated man, fluent in Spanish, Latin, French, and English. He studied theology, classical philosophy, political economy, and medicine, but it was his study and advocacy of French Enlightenment philosophers