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: HOUSTON— Baker Hughes Incorporated announced Lynn L. Elsenhans, former executive chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sunoco Inc. has been appointed to the oilfield service company's board of directors.
Elsenhans will serve on the audit/ethics and governance committees for Baker Hughes. With her appointment, the board now has 13 directors.
Elsenhans, 56, served as executive chairman of Sunoco Inc. from January 2009 until May 2012, and chief executive officer and president from August 2008 until March 2012. She also served as chairman of Sunoco Logistics Partners LP from October 2008 until May 2012, and chief executive officer from July 2010 until March 2012. She worked for Royal Dutch Shell in various capacities for more than 28 years.
Elsenhans graduated from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical science in 1978 and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1980. She is a member of the board of directors of GlaxoSmithKline effective July 2012, a member of the board of trustees at Rice University, a member of the council of overseers at the Jones School of Business at Rice and a member of the board of the Texas Medical Center.
Elsenhans resides in Houston.
Baker Hughes is a supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the oil and natural gas industry. The company's 58,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources.
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