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.


This is Only a Test

One hundred simple questions—well, not that simple— stand between you and Texas literacy.

The Answers
A Texas Survival Kit

What to do if you’re bitten by fire ants, lost in the
wilderness, sprayed by a skunk, attacked by a shark,
stuck in a lightning storm, swept away by a riptide, or
caught in any of eleven other worst-case scenarios.

Blazing Brushstrokes

Growing up, I read scores of pulpy paperback westerns with good-guy-bad-guy action—and it was their amazing covers in gaudy, manly hues that roped me in.

Big Shots

In the sixties, when stars like the Beatles, Dinah Shore, and Marlene Dietrich descended on Dallas, Peggie and John Mazziotta captured them on film.

Little Town on the Prairie

Where else in Texas can you see a Picasso, a classic courthouse, and one of the most famous ranches in the country, along with an outdoor theatrical performance that’s equal parts kitsch and civic pride? If you haven’t been to Albany, get your fandangle in gear.

Cover Girls

From Ann on a Harley to Anna Nicole on a Bum Steer binge, we present our fifty favorite Texas Monthly issues with a female face.

It Came A-Pun a Midnight Clear

Before you start wrapping presents, here’s a gift from us to you: a Texas-holiday-themed crossword puzzle. Sharpen your pencil and get a clue.

Lights Out

Most of the lighthouses that once kept watch over the Texas Gulf Coast have vanished, victims of time and the modern world. Yet a few romantic relics remain.

Dead Line

Indians slain by settlers and vice versa. Lynchings and shoot-outs. Poisonings and dismemberings. Assassinations and massacres. Our past three hundred years or so have been, uh, colorful. A fond look back at the murder and mayhem.

Even Cowgirls Get Their Due

On June 7 the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame opens in - where else? - Cowtown. So saddle up and mosey on over to this tribute to such illustrious women of the West as Tad Lucas, Dale Evans, and Sandra Day O’Connor.


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.

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.

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.