I just love Johnny Gimble. :) An exemplary member of "The Great Generation", Gimble was born May 30, 1926 in Tyler, Texas and grew up in Bascom. He and his brothers had a band during their teenage years. Johnny played fiddle. Got so good Johnny was invited to play for Jimmie Davis' campaign when he ran for governor of Louisiana. Then World War II started up, and Johnny left to serve
John Wesley Hardin's father was a circuit-riding Methodist preacher. When his son was born on May 26, 1853 near Bonham, Texas, James Hardin named him after the famed Methodist evangelist John Wesley and was probably as proud as any man...but some folks are born to trouble.
On May 23, 1869, Ninia Lilla Harrison was born in Tennessee. She grew up to be a remarkable woman who overcame much sadness to build a thriving business before women did such things.
Two well-known Texas philanthropists were born one day apart in the same year--Paul J. Meyer and T. Boone Pickens. Paul J. Meyer was born May 21, 1928 in San Mateo, California. The son of immigrants, he grew up accustomed to hard work and earned success in insurance sales...but the betrayal of an unethical employer left him bankrupt. Meyer responded the only way he knew
You might describe Peter Mayhew as an "alien" to Texas in more ways than one... Peter was born May 19, 1944 in Barnes (London), England, so he's not exactly a Texas native though he now lives in Granbury. Except for his 7'-3" frame and long, flowing hair, you might not take any special notice if you passed him on the street, but it's hard to imagine anyone who would not recognize
Katherine Anne Porter was the professional name of Callie Russell Porter, born in Indian Creek, Texas, on May 15, 1890. Callie's mother died when she was two, and her grandmother, Catherine Anne Porter, took the children to her home in Kyle until she, too, passed away in 1901.
Headed to the Arlington Book Fair! This is always our busiest time of year. The month before Arlington, I check all our links and add new features to Discover Texas so it will be the very "latest and greatest" for you. :) This year I'm excited to debut the first fully online, instantly available version of the Discover Texas adventure. (Disks are still available until we run
You might say Willie Nelson was a boy who was born in the middle of nowhere and was challenged to find out where he fit into this world. He was born in Abbott, Texas--a tiny agricultural town between Hillsboro and Waco--around midnight April 29, 1933, but the doctor wrote it down as April 30. No matter. Willie celebrates both days.
On April 30, 1598--23 years before the Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Colony--a Spanish expedition led by Don Juan de Oñate crossed El Paso del Norte (the northern pass--now El Paso, Texas) into Texas. Oñate ordered his party to rest and celebrate a mass of thanksgiving for their journey thus far before continuing north across Texas and into what is now New
In the depths of the Great Depression on April 26, 1933, a baby girl was born in a downtown San Antonio hospital to two alcoholic parents. They named her Carol Burnett. Her parents' addictions left them unable to care for their child, so Carol was left in her grandmother's care. She grew up poor, sad, and somewhat shy but with a vivid imagination and robust sense of humor that made