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: Plano-based Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon and Texas Land & Cattle Steak House announced that Patrick Droesch, currently chief operating officer, has been named president and chief operating officer.
As part of his new responsibilities, Patrick Droesch will oversee the strategic direction, operations and evolution of the Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon and Texas Land & Cattle brands, starting with soon to be announced restaurant remodelings and promotions.
“Lone Star Steakhouse and Texas Land & Cattle are nationally recognized brands, with reputations for rich, high quality Texasflavors and a warm sense of hospitality,” said Droesch in a prepared statement. “I'm very pleased to be taking on this new role and I look forward to working with the team here to continue strengthening and investing in both brands, and delivering the everyday value, the high quality menu, service and environment our customers have come to expect.”
Patrick Droesch joined Lone Star Management on June 1 as chief operating officer, leading the operating teams for the Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon and Texas Land & Cattle Steak House brands.
Prior to joining the Company, Droesch spent 14 years with Brinker International, where he became regional vice president of operations for over 400 corporately owned Chili's Grill & Bars in the western half of the United States.
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon operates 111 restaurants in the United States that deliver an Texas themed experience. Texas Land & Cattle Steak House operates 26 restaurants in the United States that feature a selection of high quality mesquite-grilled steaks, our famous smoked sirloin, chicken, ribs, fish, shrimp and many delectable combinations.
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