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Today’s Notable Texan – Cyd Charisse

Today’s Notable Texan – Cyd Charisse (Texas State Historical Association) Tula Ellice Finklea (better known as Cyd Charisse), dancer and actress, was born on March 8, 1922, in Amarillo, Texas, to Lela (Norwood) and Ernest Enos Finklea, Sr., owner of a jewelry store. She grew up at the family’s 1616 Tyler Street home, receiving her…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed

Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed (from Wikipedia) Guy Berkeley Breathed (June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children’s book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that dealt with sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters (e.g., Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. Born in Encino, California, and raised in Houston,…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry

Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry Gene Autry (1907–1998), the movie star known as the “Singing Cowboy,” was born Orvon Gene Autry in Tioga, Texas, on September 29, 1907. He was the first child of cattle rancher Delbert Autry. A few years after his birth, the family moved to Ravia, Oklahoma. At age five Gene began…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Waylon Jennings

Today’s Notable Texan: Waylon Jennings (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Country music icon Waylon Arnold Jennings (1937–2002) was born near Littlefield, Texas, on June 15, 1937, the son of William Albert and Lorene Bea (Shipley) Jennings. Waylon was born on the J. W. Bittner farm, where his father was working as a tenant farmer. The family later moved…
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Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan

Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan John Neely Bryan (1810–1877), Indian trader, farmer, lawyer, and founder of Dallas, son of James and Elizabeth (Neely) Bryan, was born on December 24, 1810, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Fayetteville Military Academy and after reading law was admitted to the Tennessee bar. Around 1833 he moved to Arkansas,…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie

Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie (From Wikipedia) James “Jim” Bowie (c. 1796 – March 6, 1836), a 19th-century American pioneer, soldier, smuggler, slave trader, and land speculator, played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Powers Boothe

February 10, 2013 Today’s Notable Texan: Powers Boothe Powers Boothe was born June 1, 1948 on a farm in Snyder, Texas to Emily Kathryn Reeves and Merrill Vestal Boothe.  He attended Texas State University in San Marcos and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University of Dallas. Boothe’s classical acting background includes…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Roky Erickson

February 9, 2013 Today marks our first daily Notable Texan posting. I thought we’d start out with someone I personally worked with in another life and attach one of my Rock and Roll shots from another gallery at the same time. I hope you come to enjoy this series. Today’s Notable Texan: Roky Erickson Formed…
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