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: SAN ANTONIO—Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. will build a Walmart Supercenter in Helotes, Texas.
The 159,000-square-foot store is being constructed on a wooded 18-acre site and will feature more trees, less signage and architecture in keeping with Helotes, such as a brown limestone exterior and metal roof canopies.
Architect firm Scott & Goble is providing design and architectural services for the $9.9 million project at the intersection of Leslie and Bandera roads on the northwest edge of San Antonio.
Construction work is proceeding under an accelerated schedule, with the facility scheduled to open early next year.
A unique project challenge concerns construction of the foundation support in the karst conditions of the limestone subgrade formations. Site work also includes the removal of contaminated soils. With structural steel frame and concrete masonry unit walls, the building includes a heat-reflective and energy-efficient thermoplastic single-ply membrane roofing system.
S&P has constructed numerous stores for Walmart, including Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, and has become one of Walmart’s most reliable builders and a contractor of choice. S&P’s Walmart experience the past few years includes new construction and renovation of more than 30 Supercenters. S&P’s projects for Wal-Mart exceed $250 million and comprise more than 6 million square feet of space.
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