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Texana Thursday: Popeye the Sailor, Texan

Comics fans know that Popeye the Sailor is strong to the finish because he eats his spinach. But what many people don’t know is that Popeye is from Victoria, Texas. Elzie Crisler Segar (1894-1938) was from Illinois, and he went…
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Texana Thursday: For Whom Is Dallas Named?

Many Texas cities are named in honor of someone. Austin, Houston, and Lubbock are three examples. For whom Dallas was named, however, isn’t so clear. One can make the case for any, perhaps all, of the following historical figures. Joseph…
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Texana Thursday: Remembering Mark White

Gov. Mark White served from 1983-87 and is perhaps best remembered for his support of educational reform in Texas, including the “no pass, no play” law. We had met on a couple of instances, perhaps most notably when I was…
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Texana Thursday: Remembering the Original Houston Press

Last week, Houston-area newspaper readers learned of the decision of the Houston Press, an alternative weekly newspaper, to cease publishing a print edition and publish exclusively online. Officials said their decision was based on the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey…
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