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
Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon in Jayne Mansfield's Car.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—The Lone Star Film Society announced Jayne Mansfield’s Car, written, directed and starring Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton, as the opening night film for the 2012 Lone Star Film Festival, Nov. 7 -11 in Sundance Square, Fort Worth.
Set in 1969 Alabama, Jayne Mansfield’s Car is a family drama that touches on intergenerational conflict, mortality and the culture clash between two families – one American and one British – brought together by the death of a loved one.
In addition to Thornton, the film’s cast includes fellow Oscar winners Robert Duvall and John Hurt, Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Frances O’Connor and Ray Stevenson.
“This film is Mr. Thornton’s first as a director in 10 years, which makes it a perfect opening night selection for the Lone Star Film Festival, where he will also be honored for his storied career as an actor,” said Alec Jhangiani, director of the Lone Star Film Society, in a prepared statement. “It gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate the multiple facets of his talent. That it is a Southern family drama with an outstanding ensemble cast makes it even more fitting for our festival and sure-fire fan favorite.”
While in Fort Worth to support his film at the festival, Thornton also will accept the Lone StarFilm Society’s highest honor, the Achievement in Film Award.
He will join fellow LSFS Achievement in Film honoree Albert S. Ruddy, Academy Award-winning producer of The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby, and music legend Billy Joe Shaver, recipient of the Stephen Bruton Award, at the Lone Star Film Festival Ball on Thursday, November 8 at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom.
Past recipients of the LSFS Achievement in Film Award include Jeff Bridges, Sidney Lumet, Martin Sheen, Bill Paxton and Gregory Peck. The Stephen Bruton Award, which celebrates exceptional artists whose careers, though anchored in music, include artistic expression in film, has been bestowed upon Kris Kristofferson, T Bone Burnett and Willie Nelson.
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