James Perry Bryan Jr., a trim man with neatly parted silver hair and courtly manners, sits at the head of a long mahogany conference table, ignoring the cup of coffee his assistant has brought out to him on a saucer. He wears a dark-blue blazer, creased khakis, and loafers—patrician chic. When he speaks, his voice has a quiet, gravelly authority.
The Granada Theatre opened in 1929, when the small town of Plainview was booming. The first train had arrived in 1906, on the Santa Fe Railroad, and waves of settlers followed, drawn to the rich soil of the surrounding plains. Property transactions involved a trip to the nearby Hale County courthouse, and visitors stayed to patronize the local restaurants, hotels, and opera house.
We missed this Business Insider run-down of the most famous movies set in each state on its first go-round in October, but had we seen it then it would have chapped our hides the same way it does now. Apparently, the most renowned Texas film is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
Baylor University isn’t exactly known for its timely response to the changing times. The world’s largest Baptist university didn’t lift a ban on dancing until 1996—that’s twelve years after Footloose and forty years after we first saw Elvis’s pelvis on national television. So some were surprised when Baylor removed its policy against “homosexual acts” from the school’s sexual misconduct policy.
Only in Texas you will find a Texas-shaped pool trying to gain state historical landmark status. But that is exactly what a 54-year old eponymous pool in Plano is vying for, because nothing says state pride like a body of water made in the image of your home. Technically speaking, you’ll find a lot of Colorado-shaped pools in Colorado, but that’s a different story for entirely obvious reasons.
The saltwater pool has captured the hearts of many Texans since its construction in 1960, and the Texas Pool board of directors is pushing for its recognition as a landmark. Advocates must prove that it’s at least 50 years old, maintains structural integrity, and has historical significance, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Texas made international news Sunday, and this time it wasn’t for racial controversies or our love of guns. Instead, it was for an awesome reason: the Alamo and four surrounding missions were officially named U.S. World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It was, as USA Today noted, “the first time that a Texas site has been deemed of ‘outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity’” by UNESCO.
In the weeks leading up to a landmark Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, a much smaller LGBT debate was happening in Hood County.
More than fifty residents signed “challenge forms” asking for the removal of two children’s books from the Hood County Library that help young readers understand gender and sexuality, according to WFAA. My Princess Boy focuses on a kid—based on the author’s son—who enjoys dressing in pink and sparkles, and This Day in June depicts a scene from a gay pride parade. The challenge forms reportedly raised concerns that the books encourage “perversion” and “the gay lifestyle.”
As several readers have pointed out, we jinxed it.
Save for one historical anecdote I’ll get to later, no Texan has ever been killed by an alligator.
That almost changed last Sunday when thirteen-year-old Kaleb Hurley was attacked while wading in a Chambers County lake while fishing with his father, 42-year-old James Hurley, and grandfather. The gator apparently emerged from nowhere and chomped down on the boy’s arm.
Kaleb’s father and grandfather dove in to help. “Kaleb told his mother something had a hold of him,” said Mark Ford, the boy’s grandfather.
“When we figured out what was going on, the alligator jerked Kaleb away from him. His dad and I got a hold of Kaleb and got him away from the alligator.”
But before they could make it out of the water, the gator bit down on the leg of Kaleb’s dad, James Hurley. All of them made it to the shoreline and family members called 911.
Two paramedics from Anahuac were the first to respond. “We approached the scene and got everybody to calm down a little bit and figured out what was going on,” said paramedic John Willey.
Father and son were Life Flighted to a Houston hospital, where they were listed as in serious condition but expected to recover. Wildlife experts believe the attack might have occurred because the recent heavy rains have displaced gators from their normal nesting grounds. (In a somewhat rare occurrence, a nine-footer was spotted a few weeks ago in a swampy area near Lewisville Lake in the Dallas area.)
Back in April, Will Sherrer of Beaumont’s Gator Country attraction was bitten on the arm at Spring’s Crawfish Festival thanks to a “gator wrangle gone wrong.”
There’s no shortage of great music being made in Texas, by Texans: from slide guitars to 808s, from accordians to distortion pedals, the tapestry of Texas includes the traditions of George Strait, Pantera, UGK, At the Drive-In, and Freddy Fender. Today’s burgeoning artists are tomorrow’s legends, and on the Daily Post’s song and video premieres, artists explain why their latest tracks are worthy of your time and attention.
This week, Houston’s Wheel Workers drop the video for “Burglar,” off of the band’s most recent album, Citizens. Singer/guitarist Steven Higginbotham and keyboard/guitarist Craig Wilkins answer our questionnaire below.