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.
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Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON—Bruce Greene, known as a Western artist and sculptor, has been selected by the Texas Rangers to create a statue honoring the memory of Shannon Stone.
“Bruce Greene is an accomplished sculptor with roots here in Texas,” said Rangers chief executive Nolan Ryan. “He is a most appropriate artist to produce this statue which will become a part of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.”
The statue, which will be entitled Rangers Fans, will depict Stone and his six-year-old son Cooper attending a Rangers game. The full-size bronze statue will be located outside the Home Plate Gate of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Shannon Stone is the Brownwood, Texas firefighter who passed away from injuries suffered in a tragic accident on July 7, 2011 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Greene's studio is located on his ranch in Norse, which is located near Clifton.
His paintings and sculptures are exhibited in a number of museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Texas Rangers Museum in Waco, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Among his most well known works is the Immortal Ten Memorial on the campus of Baylor University.
The sculpture was completed in 2007 on the 80th anniversary of the bus crash near Austin that killed ten players, coaches, and fans of the Baylor men's basketball team.
Known as the Cowboy Artist of America, Greene's many honors include the Ray Swanson Memorial Award, Gold Medal in Drawing and Other Media, and Silver Medal in Bronze. He is a two-time recipient of the TCAA (Traditional Cowboy Arts Association) presented to the artist whose work best portrays a traditional cowboy subject.
“Bruce will work closely with Jenny Stone and the Rangers on this project,” said Ryan. “We anticipate that the statue should be completed and dedicated around the beginning of the 2012 season.”
The statue honoring Stone will be the third sculpture at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Full size bronze statues of Nolan Ryan and Tom Vandergriff were dedicated in 1997 and are located in the centerfield Vandergriff Plaza.
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