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: Patriot Coal Corporation announced the appointment of Janiece M. Longoria to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Longoria will also stand for election to the Board for a three-year term at the company's annual meeting of stockholders to be held in May.
Longoria is a partner in the law firm of Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall LLP based in Houston.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy Inc., a large publicly traded natural gas delivery company and provider of electricity transmission and distribution service. Longoria also serves as a commissioner for the Port of Houston Authority and serves as vice chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents.
Additionally, she is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the chamber of commerce for the Houston area.
Longoria holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas.
“Janiece's business experience and knowledge of the energy sector make her an excellent addition to our Board,” said Patriot chairman Irl F. Engelhardt in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working closely with Janiece and benefiting from her insight and counsel.”
Patriot Coal Corporation is a leading producer and marketer of coal in the eastern United States, with 14 current mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois Basin. The company ships to domestic and international electricity generators, industrial users and metallurgical coal customers, and controls approximately 1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. The company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCX.
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