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: RICHARDSON, Texas—As world-class athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze medals at the Summer Olympics in London, construction began on the Richardson Gymnastics Center, slated for completion in January 2013.
The 15,326 square-foot, freestanding Richardson Gymnastics Center, located at the southeast corner of Arapaho Road at Grove Road, will provide equipment and space for amateur and competitive gymnastics training and practice. It is designed by Brinkley Sargent Architects in Dallas.
Also under construction is the new Heights Recreation Center and Aquatics Center, at Arapaho Road and Floyd Road, slated for spring 2013 opening. The projects are being built by Hill & Wilkinson and funded by City of Richardson bonds.
“It is an honor to be building two great facilities that will help to develop and sustain the talents of young people,” said Hill & Wilkinson’s group manager Jim Sackett in a prepared statement.
The current gymnastics facility which is housed in the Heights Recreation Center, is operating at full capacity. More than 6,300 gymnastics registrants utilize the facility year-round.
Started by the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department more than 42 years ago, Richardson’s gymnastics program has grown to become one of the largest in Texas for all levels of skill and ability. Competitive teams include Levels 3 -10 with upper level gymnasts working to earn college scholarships.
With revenues of approximately $250 million, Hill & Wilkinson consistently ranks among the top 400 contractors in the U.S. according to Engineering News-Record. Hill & Wilkinson has completed more than $375 million in LEED certified projects for its customers during the past five years
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