Month: April 2013

Coffee Table Book Blog

Come See Us at the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival

Here’s another opportunity to see my work live, large and in-person. We will have a small selection of large framed limited edition prints, plus a large collection of matted 16×20 prints on hand.  We also have a display of fine art note cards that  has been hand-tailored to this event. We’ll be showing new and…
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This day in Texas History: Town’s Future Tied to UFO Story

This day in Texas History: Town’s Future Tied to UFO Story April 18, 1897 On this day in 1897, S. E. Hayden, a cotton buyer in the small Wise County community of Aurora, released a fictional “news” story describing the crash of a mysterious airship just outside of town. Aurora was founded in the late…
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This day in Texas History: Texas Battleship Keel Laid

This day in Texas History: Texas Battleship Keel Laid April 17, 1911 Battleship Texas The keel of the Texas, the second battleship to bear this name, was laid at Newport News, Virginia, on April 17, 1911. After serving in the Atlantic Fleet in the First World War, she supported the World War II landings in North…
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Texas City Explosion Kills Hundreds

This day in Texas History: Texas City Explosion Kills Hundreds April 16, 1947 On this day in 1947, the ship SS Grandcamp exploded at the docks in Texas City. The French-owned vessel, carrying ammonium nitrate produced during wartime for explosives and later recycled as fertilizer, caught fire early in the morning. While attempts were being…
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This day in Texas History: Rockabilly Singer Born in Nacogdoches

This day in Texas History: Rockabilly Singer Born in Nacogdoches April 15, 1937 Robert Glynn (Bob) Luman (1937–1978), guitarist and country / rockabilly singer, was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on April 15, 1937, the son of Joe and Lavine Luman. Luman was introduced to music by his father, who played the fiddle, guitar, and harmonica…
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This day in Texas History: Massive Dust Storm Inspires Song

This day in Texas History: Massive Dust Storm Inspires Song April 14, 1935 On this day in 1935 a great dust storm covered the Texas Panhandle town of Pampa, inspiring Woody Guthrie to write the song “So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You.” Guthrie had moved to Pampa in 1929. Performing with bands at…
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This day in Texas History: First Flight of Space Shuttle Columbia

This day in Texas History: First Flight of Space Shuttle Columbia April 12, 1981 Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated over Texas on February 1, 2003, flew 28 missions from the beginning of the program until it’s catastrophic destruction. The Space Shuttle Columbia, also known as OV-102 (Orbiter Vehicle-102), was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s…
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This day in Texas History: Majestic Theatre Opens in Dallas

This day in Texas History: Majestic Theatre Opens in Dallas April 11, 1921 On this day in 1921, the Majestic Theatre opened on Elm Street in downtown Dallas. The five-story structure, designed by Chicago architect John Eberson in the Renaissance Revival style, was the flagship of Karl Hoblitzelle‘s Interstate Amusement Company chain of vaudeville houses.…
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This day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt on General Walker

This day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt on General Walker April 10, 1963 On April 10, 1963, Walker was victim of an assassination attempt while he sat at a desk in his Dallas home; the bullet missed by inches. Edwin A. Walker (1909–1993), United States army general, was born in Center Point, Kerr County,…
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This day in Texas History: Grocery Chain Founder Born in Tennessee

This day in Texas History: Grocery Chain Founder Born in Tennessee April 09, 1895 On this day in 1895, Howard Edward Butt was born in Memphis, Tennessee. While he was a child, his family moved to Kerrville, Texas, because of his father’s tuberculosis. His mother, Florence Butt, opened a small grocery store there in 1905;…
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