Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: As part of the $9.4 million infrastructure contract to support the construction of the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center here, approximately five miles of “duct banks” are being dug beneath the grounds of the existing hospital parking area to distribute 3,500 telephones lines and fiber optic cables, officials said in a prepared statement.
At 947,000 square feet, the new medical center will be 60 percent larger than the current building and will include a six-story hospital tower, three out-patient specialty clinic buildings and three parking garages. It is the largest Department of Defense contract funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package.
The new hospital is expected to be open for patient care in the summer of 2015.
This entire infrastructure project is expected to be complete in early-2012, according to Brian Prediger, chief of Facilities Management for CRDAMC. The project provides connectivity to the garrison information management hub and also to the new stadium under construction near Clear Creek.
Also as part of this project, a new 1,100 square foot telephone switching station facility will be constructed near the new south parking lot of the current hospital.
“Although it will be a multi-year process to get the new hospital completely constructed, it is exciting to see pieces of the project kick off,” Prediger said. “At the end of April, general civil engineering work will begin on the site of the new hospital. There will be many back-hoes and bulldozers visible from the existing hospital as the contractor grades the former stadium site, preparing it for the actual construction of the new facility. And from that point on, there will increased physical construction activity as the new hospital begins to come to fruition.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects that approximately 1,000 workers will be on site at the peak of construction, many from local small businesses.
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