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: UT Arlington softball and baseball players will have clubhouses, training facilities and press boxes worthy of a world-class, collegiate program by January 2015 as a result of a $5.5 million softball/baseball complex expansion and renovation plan.
CANYON LAKE — Averaging 70 degrees year round, the Guadalupe River lures Texans to its banks every summer to float. Outfitted with the most tubing companies of any river in the state, vendors are up front about what to expect.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved $5.7 million in federal grants for 33 recreational trail projects across the state. This is the largest amount of grant funds awarded from the Recreational Trail Grant Program in the 20-year history of the program in Texas.
Texas Business reports: BRAZORIA COUNTY – Four new paddling trail segments on the Brazos River comprising the Stephen F. Austin Paddling Trail have recently been added as official Texas Paddling Trails.
Texas Business reports: WACO—At their spring meeting today, the Baylor University board of regents approved construction of phase one of a new on-campus track and field stadium and voted to move forward in developing the design for the proposed new School of Business building.
The broomsticks Kevin Peterson makes aren’t magical, but that hasn’t stopped them from flying off the shelves.
Peterson, a University of Texas senior, is poised to become the sole manufacturer of official gear for quidditch — a real-life sport inspired by the Harry Potter novels — if the sport’s governing body adopts his designs.
Texas Business reports: WACO—A genetic analysis by Baylor University biologists suggests that the stocking of Florida bass in Texas reservoirs impacts bass populations far beyond the actual stocking location.
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: ATHENS—Puxatawney Phil may herald the onset of spring for folks in the Northeast, but for Texans there is another signal: The beginning of the annual white bass run upstream from reservoirs into rivers.
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: The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Cory Burns from San Diego in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The team has also agreed to terms with infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitcher Collin Balester on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
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: RICHARDSON, Texas—As world-class athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze medals at the Summer Olympics in London, construction began on the Richardson Gymnastics Center, slated for completion in January 2013.
Texas Business reports: WACO—Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin is now with the Washington Redskins, but his play over the last season continues to shift land values and real estate projects in the city of Waco. The Baylor University Board of Regents voted unanimously to move forward with construction of the University's $250 million football stadium complex, pending a favorable final vote by Waco's City Council on Aug. 7.
Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Poised to become the place where Olympic dreams are made the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) recently broke ground on a multi-million dollar Fencing and International Sports Center.
Texas Business reports: WACO—The massive economic impact of Robert Griffin III's Heisman season continues in Waco. Baylor University received a major gift from Sheila and Walter Umphrey, BBA ’59, JD ’65, of Beaumont, for Baylor Stadium, the university’s new on-campus football stadium.
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: SAN ANTONIO—Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. will buy, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, a 75.5% equity stake in Retama Partners Ltd., the owner of the racing license for Retama Park Racetrack.
Texas Business reports: LEWISVILLE—Orthofix International NV reached an agreement under which Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic private equity firm focused on the health care industry, will acquire Orthofix's Sports Medicine Business Unit, which operates as Breg Inc.
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.
It all began with Ethel, a largemouth bass so famous that when she died at 19 years of age 1,500 people attended her funeral. She was named after the ornery mother-in-law of the angler who caught her in Lake Fork, Texas, and now her legacy lives on through America’s first, and most successful, bass-breeding program.
Texas Business reports: Baylor Unniversity received the largest capital gift in university history - from Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr. for Baylor's new on-campus football stadium alongside the Brazos River.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS— Gleneagles Country Club, a member of the ClubCorp family of clubs, opened a TaylorMade Performance Lab, one of only four locations across the country to provide golfers of all ages and abilities a state-of-the-art fitting experience that uses 3D motion capture technology, which is then analyzed by a full-time certified TaylorMade Clubfitting professional.
Texas Business reports: NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— CSC, a provider of crowd management services, won a three-year contract with The University of Texas at Arlington to provide event staffing at College Park Center, a new $78 million, 7,000-seat events venue.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Houston Dynamo and Sunbelt bank BBVA Compass announced they are entering into a multi-year naming rights agreement for the Major League Soccer (MLS) team's new downtown Houston stadium currently under construction.
Texas Business reports: The Rice University Board of Trustees approved a $44.5 million proposal Thursday to build a new two-story football facility at the south end of Rice Stadium and to improve the stadium facilities and experience. The project is contingent on fundraising.
Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON--The Texas Rangers announced this evening that the club has purchased the contracts of the following six players, adding all six to the club’s 40-man roster (in alphabetical order): RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Roman Mendez, RHP Justin Miller, LHP Martin Perez, RHP Neil Ramirez, and RHP Matt West.
Texas Business reports: COLORADO CITY—When the Colorado High School football team plays its home games, the school's new artificial turf field benefits the area in two ways: by conserving water and generating revenue.
Texas Business reports: Rice University unveiled a proposal for a new two-story football facility at the south end of Rice Stadium that will house training and locker rooms, a sports medicine center and the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame.
Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON—The World Series comes to Arlington for a second consecutive year with the Texas Rangers hosting Games 3, 4, and 5 of the Fall Classic on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 22-24.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University today officially notified the Big 12 Conference that the institution will submit an application to join another athletic conference. Should this application be accepted, Texas A&M will end its membership in the Big 12 Conference effective June 30, 2012.
Texas Business reports: The Texas Rangers announced plans for the creation of a statue that will honor Shannon Stone, the Brownwood, Texas firefighter who passed away from injuries suffered in the tragic accident on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington announced that it has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference in an attempt to elevate the university’s competitive sports programs and increase its national profile.
Texas Business reports:AUSTIN—The Texas Program in Sports and Media at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded five faculty fellowships, totaling $25,000, to College of Communication research teams investigating a range of issues related to the cultural intersection of sports and media.
Will Mike Leach Have The Last Bitter Laugh? Texas Business reports: In the wake of the Seventh Court of Appeals ruling that Mike Leach cannot sue Texas Tech because of sovereign immunity, the chair of the state’s appropriations committee asked the Texas Attorney General’s office whether the state can appropriate Texas Tech’s money generated from private sources, such as television football agreements, for the state budget. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: ESPN Regional Television (ERT), Inc., a subsidiary of ESPN, and Meineke Car Care Centers announce a three year title sponsorship deal of the Texas Bowl, beginning for the 2011 event.
Texas Business reports: Penn National Gaming Inc. and Sam Houston Race Park through its parent company, announced that following approval by the Texas Racing Commission, they have closed on Penn National’s investment in the previously announced 50/50 joint venture to own and operate the Sam Houston Race Park (SHRP) in Houston, the Valley Race Park in Harlingen, and a planned racetrack in Laredo.
Jen Wireman goes by "Big Nasty" on the roller derby rink. Photo by Caryn Werner of Reporting Texas.
‘Big Nasty’ Dishes on Women’s Roller Derby Jen Wireman is a 28-year old bartender from Waco, Texas. She came to Austin about eight years ago and after discovering the Texas Women’s Roller Derby just several years ago, she’s completely hooked.Full Story » Cait Taylor For Reporting Texas
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 »
Standing atop a 12-foot board while paddling along Lady Bird Lake takes a little getting used to. This is stand-up paddle boarding which, in Austin, offers a total body workout and a new way to connect with the beauty of Austin’s downtown waterfront.
Mike Babcock and the rest of the San Angelo Colts front office were sitting along the right side of Citibank Ballpark in Midland, Texas in late June taking in the Texas League All-Star game when a screaming liner came their way.
Texas Business reports: The University of Texas at Austin's H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports has been selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be an Olympic Studies Center (OSC).
Texas Business reports: In anticipation of the Super Bowl, the North Central Texas Fusion Center (NCTFC) has awarded a contract to i2, the leading provider of intelligence and investigation software, to facilitate secure information sharing between the 60-plus contributing law enforcement and public safety organizations in the North Texas region, including Allen, Arlington,Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, McKinney and Plano, through its COPLINK software.
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 »
Texas Business notes this story by Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Dallas Morning News: When Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator in 2007, most followers knew this day was coming.
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 »
Texas Business notes this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: The Texans proudly announced the attendance for Sunday's Houston-Jacksonville game as a robust 71,023, blithely ignoring the visual evidence that maybe 30 percent of that number declined to show up for a team of also-rans playing out the string on a disappointing season.
Hagerman works to create more managed wetlands Texas Business notes this story by Jonathan Cannon of the Sherman Democrat: With real estate around Lake Texoma limited, getting a prime spot can be difficult. The same is true for the migratory waterfowl that travel through the area every year, stopping in Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge for a rest or the winter.Full Story »
Texas Business reports: AppTech of The Woodlands entered into a marketing agreement to develop a "Members Only" website and Smartphone app for a major soccer development academy located in Parana, Brazil.
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