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: STEPHENVILLE—Tye V. Minckler, currently the vice president for operations at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been named Tarleton’s vice president for finance and administration/chief financial officer.
He succeeds Jerry Graham, who retired in May after serving 42 years at Tarleton in various capacities.
Minckler, 55, will assume his duties Aug. 6, pending approval of The Texas A&M University System board of regents.
“Mr. Minckler brings years of higher education and private business experience to Tarleton,” said president F. Dominic Dottavio in a prepared statement. “He is committed to serving faculty, staff and students in a collegial, collaborative and personable way. I have been impressed by his knowledge of Tarleton’s history, programs and people and his enthusiastic support of our vision, values and strategic goals. It will be a pleasure to have Tye and his wife, Katherine, as members of the Tarleton family.”
Prior to his position at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he has served since 2007, Minckler was director of facilities development and management at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine from 2000-2007. He also was the chief financial officer at two companies, one of which was a software services start-up he cofounded.
He is a certified management accountant, and holds a master of business administration degree in finance from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology, also from the University of Washington.
His new position at Tarleton “is an honor and a privilege,” Minckler said in a statement. “That is a cliché, but this is a very visible leadership position for the university and the community, and I will have the privilege and responsibility of serving faculty, students and staff to help them succeed any way I can. That is a huge responsibility and I am absolutely committed to serving with distinction.”
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