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
Wildfire Firefighter Academy To Be Held In Lufkin Texas Business reports: Lufkin—As one of the most intense wildfire seasons ever has swept across Texas, firefighters from across the nation will gather next week for the 14th Annual East Texas Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Dallas—Energy Transfer Partners L.P. and Regency Energy Partners LP announced that Lone Star NGL LLC, the joint venture that acquired the midstream assets of Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy, will construct a 100,000-barrel per day natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation facility at Mont Belvieu, Texas.
Texas Business reports: Austin--Texas businessman, philanthropist and sports team owner Red McCombs has joined the board of directors of Cinsay Inc., the Austin-based new technology company whose proprietary portable web-based video player eCommerce platform has agreements with a wide range of national and international business brands.
Defendants Arrested in Staged Accident Conspiracy Texas Business reports: Dallas—Four Dallas/Fort Worth-area residents, charged in a six-count indictment with various offenses related to their running a staged accident scheme, have been arrested, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: A retired major in the U.S. Army pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to accepting $400,000 from a contractor following his deployment to Kuwait, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
Texas Business reports: National Commercial Auctioneers [www.natcomauctions.com] announces additional properties to the catalog of the two-day real estate auction event to sell bank owned properties in South Texas on May 16 and 17, 2011, according to chief executive Stephen Karbelk.
Texas Business reports: Dallas—Safeguard Security Holdings Inc., a provider of corporate, industrial and residential security solutions, announced that its Acquient business unit has signed on TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation).
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