Anne Dingus

Anne Dingus, a former senior editor for Texas Monthly was born in Pampa in 1953 and is a freelance writer living in Austin.



From cornball classics to rousing rib-ticklers, these
two hundred Texas jokes are definitely on us.

Tex Education, Part 4

Can you keep up with the state’s most famous Joneses? Get to the bottom of this burning question—and 21 others—by taking the final installment of my Texas literacy test.

Merry Tex-mas

Break out the hog-bladder balloons and get ready to chase livestock! It’s time for a look at Texas’ Christmas past.

Pop Quiz

Take senior editor Anne Dingus’ Web-only exam to test your knowledge of Texas and pop culture.

Local Hero

Bob Phillips’ passion for small-town oddities makes Texas Country Reporter as irresistible as a bookshop that doubles as a beauty parlor.

Tex Education, Part 3

What tall Texan dated top actress during Hollywood’s heyday? Find out the answer-and other Lone Star lore-by taking the penultimate installment of my literacy test.

Phyllis George

Phyllis George and Texas’ other former Miss America’s didn’t let the tiara go to their head.

Fess Parker

Falling for Davy Crockett (um, Fess Parker).

Old-Fashioned Texas

Texas is changing before our eyes, but fried pies, drive-in movie theaters, and other vestiges of earlier days are all around. To find these treasures, we risked life, limb, and cholesterol count-and had a blast from the past.

The Heat Generation

What was Texas like before air conditioning?
Thinking about it gives me the chills.

Independence Day

How Juneteenth, a nationwide celebration of the end of slavery, got its start in Texas.

Tex Education, Part 2

In 1883, being caught with what everyday object could have gotten you killed? Find out the answer, along with 24 other equally fascinating tidbits, in the second installment of my Texas-literacy test.

Testing, Testing

More Texas-trivia questions, ranging from musical and military to historical and hysterical.

Tapped Out

After more than a century of operation, it’s last call at San Antonio’s Pearl brewery.