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: FORT WORTH, Texas—Approach Resources Inc. announced that Sergei Krylov, managing director at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, has been named to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Texas Business reports: SIERRA BLANCA, Texas—Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp., a heavy rare earths exploration company, announced Dan McGroarty, a consultant to the rare earth industry and principal of Carmot Strategic Group, joined the company's advisory board.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—Pier 1 Imports Inc. announced Eric Hunter joined as executive vice president - marketing, with responsibility for Pier 1 Imports' brand image and integrated marketing efforts.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Bridgeway Capital Management Inc., investment adviser to the Bridgeway Funds, announced Andrew L. Berkin, joined the firm's investment management team in the newly created position of director of research.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Susser Petroleum Partners LP announced that Frank A. Risch, a retired Exxon Mobil Corporation executive, has been elected to the board of directors of Susser Petroleum Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Much of the state received rain the last of July, greening up rangeland and pastures and improving the outlook for all crops except those already nearing maturity, according to a Texas A&M extension service expert.
Texas Business reports: PLANO—ViewPoint Financial Group Inc., the holding company for ViewPoint Bank announced that its executive vice president and chief financial officer Pathie E. McKee will resign from the company effective July 31, 2013.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Campus Advantage, a student housing company, has made Michael Orsak a shareholder and promoted him to senior vice president of investments where he will manage the company's portfolio of real estate and corporate investments, provide guidance on new investment opportunities and reach out to potential new business partners and investors.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—RadioShack Corporation named two to its senior management team. Jennifer Warren has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and Michael DeFazio has been named senior vice president – store concepts.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Southwest Airlines announced Craig Maccubbin will join the airline as its new chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president of technology operations, effective May 6, 2013.
Texas Business reports: TEMPLE, Texas—McLane Advanced Technologies (MAT), a provider of information technology and logistics solutions, announced that executive vice president Major General James Chambers , USA (Ret.) has been promoted to president and chief operating officer.
Texas Business reports: Engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, announced that Nicolas Saenz has joined the firm as an associate in the Dallas office, and will lead the expansion of its Building Performance and Property Loss Consulting (PLC) practices there.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—American Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, announced that Bev Goulet has been promoted to senior vice president and chief integration officer for American Airlines.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance; Aggie Vanishing Act: Sale of Texas Wesleyan’s law school to A&M leaves alumni out in the cold;ExxonMobil CEO Doesn't Want a Fracking Operation Near His Backyard bDrowned bridge worker’s employer had prior OSHA violations; Gates-led power-unit bankruptcy may revive Texas electric debate;Baylor will return 5,000 unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets; and more.