Anne Dingus

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

Articles by Anne Dingus

Siege Mentality

Mar 1, 2004 By Anne Dingus

With March 6 fast approaching, let's doff our coonskin caps to the Serious Alamo Guys, a band of mostly Anglo, mostly bearded, mostly fifty-plus historians who are Bowie-knife sharp on the subject of the mythic battle.

Blazing Brushstrokes

Jan 1, 2004 By Anne Dingus

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.

Cottage Industry

Sep 30, 2003 By Anne Dingus

For decades, family-run motels looked after weary travelers all across Texas. And who looked after the families who ran them? The Temple-based Tourist Court Journal.

Holding Court

Sep 30, 2003 By Anne Dingus

Senior editor Anne Dingus discusses auto camps, motels, and newfangled amenities like swimming pools, ice machines, and television.

Fair’s Fair

Aug 31, 2003 By Anne Dingus

The State Fair has seen it all, from a model of the Washington Monument made entirely out of human teeth to a visit by King Olaf V of Norway on Norweigian Day.

Big Shots

Aug 31, 2003 By Anne Dingus

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

The Pet Set

May 31, 2003 By Anne Dingus

LBJ's dogs and Dale Evans' horse are among the most famous four-legged friends in Texas history. But can you name the only pig in the Texas Animal Hall of Fame?

Little Town on the Prairie

May 31, 2003 By Anne Dingus

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.

Wild Things

Apr 30, 2003 By Anne Dingus

My siblings and I had plenty of pets growing up, but they were never quite as exciting as those we caught ourselves, such as tarantulas. And garden snakes. And of course, horny toads.

Brands That I Love

Mar 1, 2003 By Anne Dingus

When I was a kid, my grandmother was partial to Imperial sugar and other products made in Texas. You know what? I'm still sweet on them.

Cover Girls

Feb 1, 2003 By Anne Dingus

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.

Lights Out

Nov 1, 2002 By Anne Dingus

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

Jun 30, 2002 By Anne Dingus

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

May 31, 2002 By Anne Dingus

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.

Cold Comfort

Apr 30, 2002 By Anne Dingus

Texans turn to Dairy Queen for more than just Hungr-Busters, Steak Finger Country Baskets, and Blizzards. They also come for a taste of days gone by.

Smooth Ride

Apr 1, 2002 By Anne Dingus

Teaching your child how to drive is no easy task. Senior editor Anne Dingus offers ten tips to make your assignment successful—and enjoyable.


Jan 1, 2002 By Anne Dingus

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

Tex Education, Part 4

Dec 1, 2001 By Anne Dingus

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.

Local Hero

Sep 30, 2001 By Anne Dingus

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

Sep 30, 2001 By Anne Dingus

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.

Charles “Tex” Watson

Aug 31, 2001 By Anne Dingus

While serving a life sentence for participating in the slaughter of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, California inmate Charles “Tex” Watson has married, fathered four children, and founded a prison-cell ministry. Watson enjoyed repeated conjugal visits (now forbidden to the state’s lifers) with his wife, Kristin, at…

Tex Education, Part 2

May 31, 2001 By Anne Dingus

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.

Tex Education

Mar 1, 2001 By Anne Dingus

Who exactly was Cabeza de Vaca? Why did Texas revolutionaries shout, “Remember Goliad”? Sharpen your pencils for Part I of my four-part Texas literacy test.

Chris Kraft

Mar 1, 2001 By Anne Dingus

“I think with a name like Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr., some of my life’s direction was settled from the start,” says NASA’s longtime flight director in this compelling autobiography. Like the discoverer of America, the Houston author also explored uncharted territory, and his last name suggests not only the aircraft…