Mavericks: A Gallery of Texas Characters

Mavericks: A Gallery of Texas Characters

by Gene Fowler
     
 

Texas has been home to so many colorful characters, out-of-staters might wonder if any normal people live here. And it's true that the "Texian" desire to act out sometimes overcomes even the most sober citizens--which makes it a real challenge for the genuine eccentrics to distinguish themselves from the rest of us. Fortunately, though, many maverick Texans have

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Texas has been home to so many colorful characters, out-of-staters might wonder if any normal people live here. And it's true that the "Texian" desire to act out sometimes overcomes even the most sober citizens--which makes it a real challenge for the genuine eccentrics to distinguish themselves from the rest of us. Fortunately, though, many maverick Texans have risen to the test, and in this book, Gene Fowler introduces us to a gallery of Texas eccentrics from the worlds of oil, ranching, real estate, politics, rodeo, metaphysics, showbiz, art, and folklore.

Mavericks rounds up dozens of Fowler's favorite Texas characters, folks like the Trinity River prophet Commodore Basil Muse Hatfield; the colorful poet-politician Cyclone Davis Jr.; Big Bend tourist attraction Bobcat Carter; and the dynamic chief executive of the East Texas Oil Field Governor Willie. Fowler persuasively argues that many of these characters should be viewed as folk performance artists who created "happenings" long before the modern art world took up that practice in the 1960s. Other featured mavericks run the demographic gamut from inspirational connoisseurs of the region's native quirkiness to creative con artists and carnival oddities. But, artist or poser, all of the eccentrics in Mavericks completely embody the style and spirit that makes Texas so interesting, entertaining, and culturally unique.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292718340
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Sintesi Texana

Part 1 A Gallery of Performance Folk-Artists

1 Commodore Hatfield: Prophet of the Trinity 3

2 Cyclone Davis Jr.: "Bewhiskered Dervish" 12

3 Port Arthur's Popeye, Bet-a-Million, and the Brownie Man 21

4 Governor Willie 23

5 Bobcat Carter 29

6 William F. Drannan: A Hero, or "Nothing but a Damn Liar"? 32

7 Madam Candelaria: "Most Outstanding Female Character of San Antonio History" 35

8 Three Rode for Texas 41

9 Wild Bill's Final Performance 51

10 Sain-toh-oodie Goombi and Two Braids Tommy 53

11 Hondo Crouch: "Imagineer" 56

12 Trek Stars: Hickey, Hoopie, Plennie L. Wingo, and Others 61

13 Arizona Bill 68

14 Bicycle Annie 72

15 Moses Evans: "Wild Man of the Woods" 74

16 Robert Hall: Sharp-dressed Frontiersman 76

17 Anthony Banning Norton: "Full-blown Eccentric" 78

18 O. L. Nelms: The Most Thankful Millionaire 80

19 Jim "Silver Dollar" West 85

20 Bozo Texino 88

21 Ray's Ornamental Gardens 89

22 O. T. Nodrog, the Outer Dimensional Forces, and the Time Ark Service Modules 91

Part 2 Other Texas Characters

23 A Pair of Snake Kings and One Snake Queen 97

24 Giants 106

25 Big Sam 109

26 Stout Jackson 111

27 Milt Hinkle: Aerial Bulldogger 113

28 Booger Red: "Ugliest Man Dead or Alive" 115

29 Buck Gunter: Raisin' Hair and Ridin' Broncs 119

30 Samuel E. "Doc" Asbury: Texas Nativist 120

31 Quinta Mazatlan: Adobe Outpost in the Rio Grande Valley 121

32 Four Great Ladies 123

33 Five Aces of Magic 127

34 Mystics: "There Is No Death" 130

Appendixes

Appendix A The Zeb Crawburg Memorial 143

Appendix B Astro TurfRanchette 147

Appendix C Western Art 149

Appendix D Break on Through 152

Appendix E Zaney Blaney and the Beat 155

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