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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.

Texana |
March 1, 2004

Siege Mentality

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.

The Culture |
January 1, 2004

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.

Texana |
September 30, 2003

Cottage Industry

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.

The Culture |
September 30, 2003

Holding Court

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

Texas History |
August 31, 2003

Fair’s Fair

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.

Texana |
August 31, 2003

All’s Fair

For 117 years, the State Fair of Texas has been part parade, part carnival, part livestock show, part museum—and all fun.

The Culture |
August 31, 2003

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.

Texana |
May 31, 2003

The Pet Set

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?

Travel & Outdoors |
May 31, 2003

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.

Texana |
April 30, 2003

Wild Things

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.

Texana |
March 1, 2003

Brands That I Love

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.

Feature |
February 1, 2003

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.

Feature |
December 1, 2002

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.

Texas History |
November 1, 2002

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.

Texana |
September 30, 2002

Living Legends

The truth about the Lady of White Rock Lake, the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe, and other seemingly tall Texas tales.

Web Exclusive |
June 30, 2002

Best Bets

Senior editor Anne Dingus offers a list of Texas true-crime books to die for.

Texas History |
June 30, 2002

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.

The Culture |
May 31, 2002

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.

Texana |
April 30, 2002

Cold Comfort

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.

Web Exclusive |
April 1, 2002

Smooth Ride

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

Texas History |
April 1, 2002

Our Towns

What's the story behind "Bug Tussle"? "Old Dime Box"? "Frognot"? It turns out there's more to a name than I ever expected.

First Person |
April 1, 2002

Road Test

Anne Dingus puts her teenage son in the driver's seat.

Art |
March 1, 2002

Grand Old Flags

A groundbreaking exhibit and an accompanying book make this a banner year to stand up and salute the history of Texas's flags.

The Culture |
January 1, 2002

Yee-ha!

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

Texas History |
December 1, 2001

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.

Texana |
September 30, 2001

Local Hero

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

Web Exclusive |
September 30, 2001

Pop Quiz

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

Texas History |
September 30, 2001

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.

Texana |
August 31, 2001

Charles “Tex” Watson

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

Web Exclusive |
May 31, 2001

Testing, Testing

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

Texas History |
May 31, 2001

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.

Texana |
May 31, 2001

Independence Day

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

Texana |
April 30, 2001

Tapped Out

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

Web Exclusive |
March 1, 2001

Is That Your Final Answer?

So you think you know Texas? Take senior editor Anne Dingus' Web-only quiz and see if you know as much as you think you do.

Web Exclusive |
March 1, 2001

Nifty Fifty

Senior editors Anne Dingus and Joe Nick Patoski tell the story behind this month's cover story, "50 Things Every Texan Should Do."

The Culture |
March 1, 2001

Tex Education

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.

Book Review |
March 1, 2001

Chris Kraft

“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