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
Armstrong prepares to take the first step on the Moon.
I watched Neil Armstrong step on the moon on the Simmons’ color television. The broadcast was in black-and-white, but the Simmons’ television across the street had a clearer picture than our television.
I felt connected to the Apollo program. The astronauts trained and worked at the nearby Johnson Space Center. I knew people who worked at NASA.
After the broadcast of Armstrong and Aldrin finished, I went outside into the street to stare at the full moon. Since that moment, the moon has been a symbol of what we can do.
But soon, I’m afraid, that ancient moon will turn into a bitter symbol of how we once lassoed the moon, but let it slip away to China.
I never thought the day would come we’d have to pay someone else (Russia) for a ride into space. I hope I’m wrong. I hope at least the military has a secret ride to space. You know, control the high ground.
Yes, I know companies such as SpaceX and others are scrambling to put private rides into place. But it’s like a job. You don’t quit a job in hopes you’ll get a better job. You quit a job after you get the better job. You trade up.
We didn’t trade up.
We can always pay the Russians of course for a seat on their ride. Their ride.
Get in your car and drive for awhile. You’ll soon come to towns that were not on the railroad route. You’ll come to towns missed by the Interstate Highway System. Those towns freeze, dwindle or die.
China is taking the sky. The stars on the flag were once a symbol for communism. Yet they introduced market reforms in their economy. What most don’t see is that China is threatening to become more American than America in a certain way. Their stars soon will come to mean space exploration.
I applaud their efforts. I frown at our lack of effort. I dread the night when the moon rises and China owns the moon, space, sky, and the high ground.
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