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: DALLAS—The Republic Group announced that the boards of directors of its various insurance entities have named Timothy R. Wiedmeyer to serve as the companies' vice president of claims.
Wiedmeyer, 45, was with West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, a regional property and casualty insurer distributing its insurance products through independent agents, from 1996 to 2011. He served as their vice president-claims since 2001.
Wiedmeyer began his 23-year claims career with Heritage Mutual Insurance Company (now Acuity) and subsequently assumed a range of management responsibilities at the above companies for commercial and personal lines claims, special investigations (SIU) and subrogation. He received a bachelor's degree in business management and economics from Ripon College.
“As a seasoned claims professional, Republic is gaining a leader experienced in strategic and tactical planning/ execution, change leadership, personnel development and process improvement,” said Republic chief executive Joe Mattingly in a prepared statement. “Tim's regional multi-line experience and his results oriented focus made him an excellent choice for Republic. We are extremely pleased that Tim has joined our management team.”
“I am excited to join a company that demonstrates a strong commitment to customer service and independent agents,” Wiedmeyer said in a statement. “I look forward to leading and enhancing Republic's claims operations to deliver improved results and exceptional customer service.”
Republic Companies Inc. provides personal and commercial property and casualty insurance products through a group of insurance companies and related entities designated in the industry as "The Republic Group". In its independent agents segments, Republic distributes these products to individuals and small to medium-size businesses through a network of independent agents primarily in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Mississippi and Arkansas. In its program management and insurance services segments, Republic develops and manages target-niche insurance products that are distributed through managing general agents and other producers in many additional states.
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