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: DALLAS—Odyssey Pictures Corporation, a publicly traded media and entertainment company, has acquired the screenplay and feature film rights of the children's literary franchise, "Hank the Cowdog," from Rising Star Studios.
Odyssey plans to produce the property as an animated feature film.
“Hank the Cowdog,” written by John R. Erickson, is a highly successful series of 58 humorous children's mystery novels and audios based on the adventures of Hank, the smelly, smart-aleck canine Head of Ranch Security on a Texas Panhandle cattle ranch.
The series has sold more than 7.5 million copies, is a Book-of-the-Month selection and is the winner of a 1993 “Audie” for Outstanding Children's Series from the Audio Publisher's Association. In fact, the franchise is the longest running popular children's audio book series to date and is especially popular with schools and libraries.
Publishers Weekly has called the series a "grassroots publishing phenomena," and USA Today referred to it as "the best family entertainment in years."
“We are proud to be associated with such a hugely successful property,” said Odyssey's chief executive John Foster. “We're confident that the animated feature version of 'Hank the Cowdog' will be a natural extension of the franchise and a big winner at the box office.”
“It's an exciting time for us to see the beginning of 'Hank' finally making his appearance on the big screen,” said author John R. Erickson. “We've been approached by producers before, but Odyssey impressed us with their understanding of the genre and their solid sales and marketing strategy.”
A former cowboy and ranch manager, Mr. Erickson is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1966 and studied for two years at Harvard Divinity School. He began to publish short stories in 1967 while working full-time as a cowboy, farmhand, and ranch manager in Texas and Oklahoma.
Hank and his sidekick, Drover, are dogs Erickson worked with on the range. This mixture of true-life experience, fun, and adventure has gained Hank a loyal following among both children and adults. "Hank the Cowdog" series of books and audios is currently published by Maverick Books Inc., based in Perryton, Texas.
Initially an entertainment company focusing on financing and distribution of first run feature films, Odyssey has adapted its business model to become a diversified media/marketing services company. The company's lines of business now encompass producer's representative service, branding and marketing and IPTV digital delivery technologies. Odyssey's producer's representative service provides an extensive suite of sales and marketing services to independent filmmakers seeking to gain traction in the international distribution and rights markets. Services include international sales, contract negotiation, marketing materials, strategic planning and completion financing.
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