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: HOUSTON—Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College plans to more than double the number of titles in its catalog of free, online textbooks by 2015, supported by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF).
Texas Business reports: WACO—Baylor University's Sports Sponsorship & Sales (S3) program launched the S3 Report, a monthly online publication featuring the best sales and marketing practices shared by the sports industry.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin won a $2.17 million grant from the Moody Foundation to create "UT3D," the first comprehensive 3-D production curriculum in the country.
Texas Business reports: Beginning Saturday, December 15, there is a college football bowl game nearly every day or night until the Jan. 7 championship game – 35 of them in all – with broadcast advertising dollars and audience reach attached to them. With so many games and viewing choices, how do the networks keep fans engaged?
Texas Business reports: WACO— Baylor University and FOX Sports announced a new multi-year agreement to televise the school's athletics events and related programming on FOX Sports Networks' platforms, which could include FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Southwest Plus or FOX College Sports.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication will begin hosting classes Wednesday in the Belo Center for New Media, its new five-story, 120,000-square-foot facility.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Row 44, is taking the next step in wireless inflight entertainment with a preview of live TV on five of the carrier's aircraft, with plans to expand to 20 aircraft by mid-July.
Texas Business reports: IRVINE, Calif.—Freedom Communications completed the sale of the print and online publishing assets of its Texas properties, The Brownsville Herald, El Nuevo Heraldo, The Harlingen Valley Morning Star, The Monitor in McAllen, The Odessa American and The Mid Valley Town Crier in Weslaco, to AIM Media Texas LLC.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Video Association of Dallas announced the 25th anniversary of its VideoFest will be Sept. 27-30, 2012 at its original home, the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. in downtown Dallas.
Texas Business reports: TROY, Mich.—The Hocking Media Group, a media buying and planning agency, and Comerica Incorporated, one of the top 25 banking companies in the U.S., announced Hocking Media Group will handle broadcast media buys nationally and provide strategic marketing planning services for the financial services company.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—NBC 5 / KXAS-TV finalized plans for construction of a broadcasting and multimedia news facility to be located in The CentrePort Business Park, just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin has created a new, digital-based undergraduate curriculum as it prepares to move into its new facilities, the Belo Center for New Media.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—More Houstonians are interacting with Houston Chronicle products, including the printed newspaper, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations' March 31, 2012 FAS-FAX report, released Tuesday, May 1.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, reached a trading card agreement with Washington Redskins quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III for the 2012 season.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) ventured into the public discussion space with a new digital publication called "RANGE," now available in the iTunes App Store for iPad users.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) ventured into the public discussion space with a new digital publication called "RANGE," now available in the iTunes App Store for iPad users.
Texas Business reports: Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez’s retirement ceremony prior to Monday’s Texas Rangers game with the New York Yankees was seen by a record television audience, according to Nielsen Media Research data.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, reached a long-term agreement with the National Football League and the NFLPA, granting the company domestic and international rights for up to 18 product releases annually.
Texas Business reports: A group of California community colleges and open-education advocates announced a partnership with the Rice University-based open-education platform Connexions and the California-based 20 Million Minds Foundation to enable their new course materials developed with a $20 million federal stimulus grant to be available free online for any educator to use, modify and tailor for their own needs.
What used to be clean, white tile floors are now a smooth and deep shade of brown. The change in color has occurred gradually over the past 33 years as customers weeve between the high shelves of Golden’s Book Exchange. Located at the end of a strip mall, Golden’s Book Exchange is one of two used bookstores in Waco, Texas. Started in 1978 by Donna Carroll, Golden’s has managed to survive the intrusion of large retail bookstores and other competitors over the years in a mid-sized market like Waco.
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.
Recent UNT graduate Joshua Spires received a first-place award in the 2011 U.S. National Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition for his work of The Whale, a film written and directed by another recent UNT graduate, Jaime Chapin.
Texas Business reports: DENTON—When Joshua Spires agreed to be the cinematographer on The Whale, a film created as an assignment for one of his classes at the University of North Texas, he didn't realize that he would be shooting more than 100 miles away from campus at Caddo Lake in East Texas -- and at sunrise and in darkness.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced that actress/producer America Ferrera and writer/director Ryan Piers Williams will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 9th Annual Film & Food Gala, benefitting AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program.
Texas Business reports: SUGAR LAND—Personalized Media Communications LLC, which develops, owns and licenses a portfolio of electronics patents, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office today has granted it a patent for digital rights management (DRM).
Texas Business reports: Dallas—The development of the 2012 China Directory of Manufacturers and Exporters began earlier this month with the official opening of the new office of China USA Business link, in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, according to Marcos Nelson Suarez, chief executive of China USA Business link..
FUEL TV Expands Amarillo-based Shark Fights Partnership Texas Business reports: Amarillo—Fuel TV, Fox Sports Media Group’s entertainment and sports network for young males, and Texas-based mixed martial arts promotion company Shark Fights announced an expanded television agreement that adds six upcoming Shark Fights events in 2011, starting with Shark Fights 15 next month.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Plano—ViewCast Corporation, a developer of industry-leading solutions for the transformation, management and delivery of digital media over enterprise, broadband, and mobile networks, announced that the University of Oklahoma has selected ViewCast's Niagara Pro II streaming media appliance to enhance its media delivery strategy at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Circulation Figures Released For The Dallas Morning News Texas Business reports: The Dallas Morning News' recent Publisher's Statement filed with the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the six-month period ended March 31, 2011, reported total average circulation of 404,951 Monday-Friday, 698,667 Weekend and 375,100 Sunday, representing 1.3 percent, 1.5 percent and .6 percent increases, respectively, compared to the six-month period ended March 31, 2010.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Approximately 600 people from Rice, Texas A&M, Texas State and the University of Texas at Austin watched a recent Austin version of the popular Chinese dating show “If You Are the One," held at the University of Texas. Photo by Zhongyu Yuan
Everything went according to plan until love at first sight turned out to be something else. Chinese students at the University of Texas recently staged an Austin version “If You Are the One,” China’s most popular television program, in which eligible young men and women evaluate each other for dates.
Texas Business reports: Austin—“Always Hitting A Nerve: Editorial Cartoons by Ben Sargent," a retrospective exhibit of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning Austin American-Statesman cartoonist's 35-year career, opens April 20 at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
The Final Four: Finding balance in college sports Texas Business recommends this article by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle:Mark A. Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, expressed his views on a wide range of issues confronting college sports in an interview last week with the Chronicle.Full Story »
Texas Business reports: Online independent gaming community indiePub, sponsored by video game publisher Zoo Entertainment Inc. and South by Southwest (SXSW) announced the finalists of the first ever video game development competition, the Independent Propeller Awards, to be held during SXSW ScreenBurn, the gaming portion of the SXSW Interactive Festival.
Texas Business reports: Plano—ViewCast Corporation, a developer of solutions for the transformation, management and delivery of digital media over enterprise, broadband, and mobile networks, announced that the company had a strong fourth quarter of 2010, the third consecutive quarter of substantial year-over-year revenue growth.
Texas Business reports: Vocal Media, a company that uses the dead-air time in international phone calls to advertise to U.S. immigrant populations, won the Texas round of the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC), the University of Texas business school announced.
Super Bowl shows broad appeal Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: Nielsen says that KRIV (Channel 26) drew 1.93 million viewers for the Super Bowl, up from 1.7 million for last year's game on KHOU (Channel 11). Full Story »
Franklin’s firing seems harsh Texas Business notes this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle:Ron Franklin’s name has appeared in this space at least 60 times since 1997, so I hope you will understand why we begin today with thoughts on his unfortunate departure from ESPN in the wake of an exchange with ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards.Full Story »
C-USA agrees to $38 million with Fox Sports Texas Business notes this story by David Barron of the Houston Chonicle: Conference USA switched television partners Wednesday, agreeing to a five-year, $38 million deal with Fox Sports that will begin with the 2011 football season.Full Story »
Going mobile? Not at the game Texas Business notes this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: At some point during the Ravens-Texans game at Reliant Stadium, Texans fan J.D. Martin will leave his seat on the stadium's west side and walk to the nearest men's room.Full Story »
Football was fun for homegrown Texan on the field and off Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: While his work on ABC’s Monday Night Football helped re-create the NFL as prime-time spectacle, Don Meredith, the rapier-witted rapscallion from Mount Vernon who died Sunday at age 72, will be remembered for a less-is-more style that has been overwhelmed — and not necessarily for the better — by today’s high-definition, high-detailed, multi-platform model.Full Story »
Statesman's Vivio to head marketing firm Texas Business notes this story by Fred Zipp of the Austin American-Statesman: Michael Vivio, who led the American-Statesman through the uncertainty of a short-circuited sale and then presided over a flurry of expansion and innovation projects, is taking on a new challenge.Full Story »
TV-Radio notebook: SMU gets ESPN treatment Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle:DALLAS – Using just about any measuring device, from ratings to viewer response to critical approval, ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series must be considered a successFull Story »
Up-close looks at Parcells, Landry Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle:In terms of style and temperament, you won’t find NFL coaches more dissimilar than Bill Parcells and Tom Landry, who will be profiled this weekend with NFL Films documentaries on NFL Network and CBS, respectively.Full Story »
Unique spin on NFL flap Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: We have a winner in next year’s Sports Emmy category for Best Irony: Rodney Harrison, one of the NFL’s most feared tacklers during his career with the Chargers and Patriots, speaking out about violent play in the NFL.Full Story »
Fans in middle of dispute Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: t’s been awhile since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned carriage dispute in these parts, but News Corp. and Dish Network are taking it down to the wire on whether some fans will be able to watch the final weekend of the baseball regular season and Saturday’s Big 12 football games.Full Story »
State pulls Crazy Water Retirement license, residents moved Texas Business notes this story by Christin Coyne of the Mineral Wells Index: The assisted living portion of the Crazy Water Retirement Hotel in downtown Mineral Wells is being closed Friday after the state pulled the facility's operating license. All assisted living residents are being moved immediatelyFull Story »
SNR's Berger settling in here Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: One of the constants of sports radio since I started doing this job in 1997 has been listening to Bob Berger, who is in his 16th season as host of the Sunday afternoon Around the NFL show on One on One Sports and, since 2001, Sporting News Radio.Full Story »
Nantz in front row for sports history Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: If Jim Nantz has his way, he today hits the midpoint of what he hopes will be a 50-year career with CBS Sports that ends on April 8, 2035, when he broadcasts the final round of the 2035 Masters at Augusta National.Full Story »
Former Houston Rockets Pregame Host Hits Big Time Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: In the same fashion as the fictional Mary Richards of the 1970s Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hannah Storm apparently had spunk on her side when she landed her first big-time job in 1985, hosting Rockets pregame and postgame shows on KTXH (Channel 20) at age 23.Full Story »
'Pill mill' law puts just 217 clinics on radar Texas Business notes this story by Lise Olsen of the Houston Chronicle: Doctors have registered 217 pain clinics with the Texas Medical Board under a new state law meant to attack rogue pill mills, though authorities suspect the newly-documented clinics represent only a fraction of a massive network of suppliers of potentially dangerous prescription pills. Full Story »
Ex-Jim Rome producer to replace Ken Hoffman on air Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: Travis Rodgers, the former longtime producer of the Jim Rome Show, will replace Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman next week as host of KGOW’s (1560 AM) midday talk show. Full Story »
Pearland scores hit in ratings Texas Business notes this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: Because Pearland lives to play another day Saturday for the national championship on KTRK (Channel 13), the Disney empire is in line to catch another big audience in Houston from the Little League World Series.Full Story »
Emmis’s Jeff Smulyan takes FM cell chip debate to the Rio Grande Valley Texas Business notes this story on RBR.com: A face off on the value of FM chips in cell phones took place at ComCorp of America’s NBC KVEO in the Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen TX DMA pitting Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan against Steve Berry of the Rural Cellular Association – more evidence that elements of the PRA debate are going very mainstream.Full Story »
Texas Business recommends this story by Tim Gardner of USA Today:You may remember Knight School, Texas Tech's ESPN reality show a few years back. It lasted all of six episodes and was a competition of players trying to earn a walk-on position on the Red Raiders' basketball team under then-coach Bob Knight.
James, Leach comment on a lot, just not each other Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: As he takes a break at the ESPN cafeteria in Bristol, Conn., Craig James is more than willing to talk about mega-conferences , politics , real estate, parenting, SMU and even what he describes with a laugh as the Curse of Craig James.Full Story »
KTBU nixes high school show Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: After a decade as a reliable, consistent advocate for high school sports, Todd Freed received word Wednesday night that KTBU (Channel 55) had canceled High School Sports Live, effective immediately.Full Story »
Texas Business notes this story by the Orlando Sentinel:Fired Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach will be near the gridiron again this season. This time, as a game analyst for CBS College Sports Network.
Parent of Texas Monthly Further Extends Preferred Stock Exchange Offer and Adjourns Special Shareholder Meeting Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indiana corporationthat owns Texas Monthly with several other publications, today announced that it is further extending its offer to issue 12 percent PIK Senior Subordinated Notes due 2017 ("New Notes") in exchange for Emmis' 6.25% Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock ("Preferred Stock") at a rate of $30.00 principal amount of New Notes for each $50.00 of liquidation preference of Preferred Stock until 5 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, August 20, 2010. Full Story »
Ryan bid for Rangers plus for Fox Sports Southwest TexasBusiness.com recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: Nolan Ryan’s successful bid Thursday to purchase the Texas Rangers quite likely was received with good cheer at the Irving offices of Fox Sports Southwest, which faced a potential pickle if Mark Cuban had purchased the team.Full Story »
New projects excite Sabol TexasBusiness.com notes: You can read about the Roy Oswalt trade in merciless detail elsewhere, so we begin with our annual chat with NFL Films president Steve Sabol, who is in his 48th season as TV’s primary spinner of football lore and mythology, reports David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. Full Story »
Chad Thomas Named Tyler Business Editor Chad Thomas has been named business editor of the Tyler Courier-Times--Telegraph. Thomas will oversee coverage of local business, industry and economic development appearing in the Tyler paper and on Tyler-Paper.com.Full Story »
Planting the Seeds of the New Cactus This week sees the midpoint in KUT Cactus Cafe Conversations, the latest round of public consultation about the future of the legendary University of Texas music venue and bar. Local author Spike Gillespie, one of the guests invited to take part in the discussions, said: "A change is taking place, a decision has been made, KUT is going to be running the Cactus, and that's a done deal, reports Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle. Full Story »
Houston's Channel 39 changing its newscast format Channel 39 will end its traditional newscasts by this fall to launch a new format called NewsFix, which discards on-camera anchors and reporters and focuses on natural sound and video to tell stories.KIAH employees were informed this week about the changes, which apparently involve reassigning anchors and reporters to new, off-camera duties and signal a sharp reversal from the station's recent advertising campaign focusing on its lead anchor, Mia Gradney, reports David Barron of the Houston Chronicle.
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