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Overview

Popular writer and performer Gene Fowler profiles a gallery of eccentric Texans.
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What People Are Saying

Anne Dingus
Although other books exist on Texas characters, they are fluff. Fowler's book is much more solid and extremely well researched. I like his take--it's serious as well as refreshing. . . . There's a fair amount of appeal here to a general readership, especially given that cool photographs back up the fun stories. The pictures are a major plus.
Anne Dingus, writer-at-large, Texas Monthly
Anne Dingus
Although other books exist on Texas characters, they are fluff. Fowler's book is much more solid and extremely well researched. I like his take—it's serious as well as refreshing. . . . There's a fair amount of appeal here to a general readership, especially given that cool photographs back up the fun stories. The pictures are a major plus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292718340
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Fowler grew up in a Dallas showbiz family and has been writing and performing for theater since the 1960s. His previous books include Border Radio, Mystic Healers and Medicine Shows, and Crazy Water.
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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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