Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998) won the Heisman Trophy in college footabll as University of Texas Longhorns. But can you name Longhorn also-rans. Well here's a list.
1947 Bobby Layne, Sixth-Place
1961 James Saxton, Third-Place
1963 Scott Appleton, Fifth-Place
1970 Steve Worster, Fourth-Place
1973 Roosevelt Leaks, Third-Place
(Yes, a drought for three decades, except for Campbell and Williams as winners)
2004 Cedric Benson Sixth-Place
2005 Vince Young: Second Place
2008 Colt McCoy, Second-Place
2009 Colt McCoy, Third Place
Read the story behind each at the Bleacher Report, a UT Football newsletter
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Rick Smith in the San Angelo Standard-Times article ,"Elmer Kelton statue nearing completion," relays the news:
"SAN ANGELO, Texas — A life-size sculpture of the late West Texas author Elmer Kelton is nearing completion at a Lubbock foundry said Raul Ruiz, the San Angelo artist commissioned to create the work.
"I just came back from Lubbock last week," Ruiz said. "Right now, I'm at the point where I'm putting on the finishing touches."
He said the sculpture, now made of clay, will be cast in bronze.
"I think it's looking really good," Ruiz said. "It just takes time."
The bronze, which will show the West Texas author casually leaning on a wooden fence, will be placed in the new Tom Green County Library when it opens in 2010.
Ruiz said the Kelton family will travel to Lubbock to see the clay sculpture before it is cast into bronze.
The project has had several unexpected delays.
First, the foundry changed hands after owner Jerry House died in July. Then, Ruiz said he was jolted by Kelton's death in August.
"That's been the hardest part of this — Mr. Kelton's passing," Ruiz said.
Donations to fund the $85,000 project are being accepted through the San Angelo Area
For more information information, see http://saafound.org/articles/view/35/elmer-kelton-statue or call 325- 659-3788."
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"Musings from Sam Houston's Stomping Grounds"
The Special Collections librarians up at Sam Houston State University Newton Gresham Library are casting their pods. Back in 2006 Paul Culp and Cheryl Spencer started talking into one of those talking machines and called them "Musings."
Somebody plugged them into the internet. Before long it got to be a habit (a good one) and twice a month they'd find some old historical or news article to read or just recollect (no doubt with a bit of research) history about the University, ol' Sam himself, or other local matters. They read about 2 to 5 minutes each, but sometimes up to 7 minutes. Rather interesting listening. Now there's quite a collection online for you.
Should you prefer reading it quietly to yourself, transcripts are available. And the entries can be arranged by topical place or person. And here's a bit of news. They started putting slide shows together to go with the audio. Well, a good thing gets noticed and sometimes other librarians get their moment in the sound booth.
Two recent entries are self-described as:
Harmon L. Lowman - 15 Nov. 2009:
Cheryl Spencer reads an article about Dr. Harmon Lowman, one of Sam Houston's most beloved presidents. Dr. Lowman was president of Sam Houston State Teacher's College from 1941 - 1964. Episode originally aired 1 March 2007. (2:30) Read the transcript.
Dia de la Muertos - 01 Nov. 2009:
Erin Cassidy, Reference Librarian, reads a short essay about Dia de los Muertos (the Days of the Dead), written by Norma Beth Williamson, Spanish pool faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages. (4:19) New format! See more images while listening! (4:35) Read the transcript. Get audio only.
I swear, sometimes a college education sure pays off. I guess what I like best is that the staff is actually expected to know the contents of their archives a trend to encourage.
Check the hotlist at http://library.shsu.edu/podcasts.archive.php
Or peruse the Special Collection Thomason Room at http://library.shsu.edu/about/specialcollections/index.php
The Texas Observer, Texas' own guardian of the left bank of the Colorado River. has a book blog "Texas Bound" which occasionally addresses a Texas volume (they prefer the broader view of the nation). No posting has been made in "Texas Bound" since last October. But now of note is the TO's online availability of the Summer and Winter Books issues. The archives go back for ten years. On the Texas Bound blog's page in the upper right are clicks to those back issues. For the illiterate with no interest in books, but just their causes of the day, under TO's homepage is the complete list of issues, back for the same ten years.
Read more at http://www.texasobserver.org/texasbound/
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Lone Star Land Steward Awards Program
Self-described as: "Private landowners are the key to effective habitat management in Texas, since more than 90 percent of Texas is privately-owned. The Lone Star Land Steward Awards program recognizes and honors private landowners for their accomplishments in habitat management and wildlife conservation. The program is designed to educate landowners and the public and to encourage participation in habitat conservation."
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has developed an interactive exhibit on the New Deal for Texas Parks:
It's self-description begins:
"Welcome to a New Deal for Texas Parks - an online exhibit and education center for teachers and students of Texas history, made possible in part through the generous support of Humanities Texas' Linden Heck Howell Texas History Grant. Humanities Texas is a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Flip through the pages of the scrapbook to explore how individuals, communities and landscapes in Texas were impacted by the New Deal Era. Discover how the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the state parks we enjoy today. Explore a variety of primary source documents such as photographs, oral histories, letters and music that help tell this American story through the eyes of Texas." Read more at
Open the Table of Contents or select a theme. Click on a page's corner and turn the page. The "My Keepsake" pdf on the left of each section's first page offers a type of lesson plan.
Monday, December 21, 2009
News of the closing of Laredo's last bookstore has finally hit the Wall Street Journal of all places. Apparently literacy in Texas is worth the attention of those who tend the national economy. Do you suppose that being able to read actually matters?
Stephanie Simon's article is headlined:
City Tries to Rewrite Lone Bookstore's Last Chapter : Laredo Residents Campaign to Prevent Closing of B. Dalton Shop That Serves as Community Resource, Gathering Place
"LAREDO, Texas -- Mary Benavides steps from behind the cash register several times a day to embrace the mourners.
For more than 30 years, she has managed the mall's B. Dalton outlet -- the only bookstore in Laredo. It will close next month.
All B. Daltons nationwide are closing, as corporate parent Barnes & Noble shutters the chain. In this era of mega-bookstores with cafes and cozy couches and 150,000 titles -- and with more than a million books available online -- B. Dalton's cramped outlets no longer make economic sense." Read more at
Those of us at the Parlor speculate if we lived in Laredo, we'd go to the City Librarian and begin (now just ask or just try) the process of allowing the City Library discards and the discards from other nearby libraries (hint, hint TAMU-I) to form the basis of a used book store (with serious intent) through a commodious and convenient, well-lighted space. In short time, new books could be added to the line. If free enterprize will not address the obvious public needs, the government should. Or you can offer a different idea.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Press release begins:
Paul Oelkrug (foreground) leads archivists on a tour of McDermott Library's Special Collections.
Archivists Get a Glimpse of UT Dallas Library Rarities
Dec. 14, 2009
"Visiting archivists got acquainted with some of UT Dallas' most exclusive holdings recently when they met at McDermott Library to tour the Special Collections department.
Paul Oelkrug and his staff in Special Collections led visitors through the History of Aviation Collection, which features a world-class aeronautical archive. The collection is the department's largest section.
The saw the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library, a regional resource for philatelic and postal history; and the Louise B. Belsterling Library, a collection of rare botanical books, including the library's oldest volume." Read more at
Friday, December 18, 2009
University of Houston New Release
Texas History Academy links late Ron Stone, UHFoundation Gift Launches New Resource for Texas History TeachersIt begins: "June 3, 2009 -
The University of Houston Center for Public History has announced a $75,000 gift from the Ron Stone Foundation to begin the Ron Stone Academy for the Teaching of Texas History. The gift will be matched by a $75, 000 contribution by the university."
Read more at: http://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2009articles/june2009/06032009CPHRonStoneAcademyforTexasHistory.php
For more information about The Ron Stone Foundation, visit http://ronstonefoundation.org/.
The El Paso Newspaper Tree report begins
"New Texas Music History Lecture Series
Thursday, December 3, 2009
El Paso Museum of History Begins New Texas Music History Lecture Series
"Beginning September 3 and continuing through December, the El Paso Museum of History will celebrate Texas' influence in Zydeco, Jazz, Women in Texas Music and Blues music. The lecture series will take place the first Thursday of each month. It is the first series of events that the museum will charge an admission fee for: $4 for members and $8 for nonmembers. The goal of this series is to offer something special for the museum's membership and to attract potential new members." Read more at
or visit the museum at http://www.elpasotexas.gov/history/
Earlier this December, the Lorenzo de Zavala Texas State Library and Archives Building received designation as a National Literary Landmark, the fourth in Texas. The other three are the O. Henry Home in Austin, the Katherine Anne Porter Home in Kyle, and the Menger Hotel in San Antonio.
Learn more about the National Literary Landmarks at
The Dallas News carried an article about the announcement at
Hmmm, only four. Sure wouldn't take long to round up a few more. What're the qualifications?
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Locals angry over store's proposed site
By Terri Hahn, News Messenger
Friday, December 11, 2009
[This article from Marshall reveals Dollar Store's intent to build in a historic neighborhood on Burleson.]
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Three Centuries on the Land: The Archives of the Texas General Land Office (The Story of Texas is told through the history of its public lands).
Table of Contents
History of the
Texas General Land Office.............................................4
of Land Grants in Texas................................................10
Digital Preservation Project............................................16
The Campaign to Save Texas History…………………17
Commissioners of the General Land Office....................18
Sources for Further Reading..........................................19
This 20-page document is available online at