Vol 8, No 17
January 17, 1928
Live Horned Toad found after 31 years
Today in Sports
Baltimore defeats Dallas in Super Bowl V
MIAMI FL (1971)
On this date in 1971, the Dallas Cowboys in their first ever trip to the Superbowl, are defeated by the Baltimore Colts. Baltimore held the Cowboys and quarterback Craig Morton scoreless the entire second half while scoring 10 in the 4th quarter (the final field goal in the last seconds), to defeat the Cowboys 16-13.
Texas Ranger star Noble Willingham dead at 72
PALM SPRINGS CA
On this date in 2004, actor Noble Willingham died. Willingham played in several feature films including "Chinatown" (1974), "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), City Slickers" (1991), and "Up Close and Personal" (1996). From 1993-1999 he played barkeeper C.D.Parker in the hit television show "Walker, Texas Ranger". Willingham was a native of Mineola, and received a master degree at Baylor University in Waco.
Story of Old Rip
On this date in 1928, The Times Reporter out of Zanesville, Ohio reported the story of the Eastland County horned toad that emerged from the sealed cornerstone of the 1897 courthouse that was being demolished. Named "Old Rip" after Rip Van Winkle, the horned toad toured the country, even meeting the President of the United States. When Old Rip died later, an autopsy was performed and he was laid in an open casket and placed on public view.
Moses Austin receives Grant to Texas
SAN ANTONIO (1821)
On this date in 1821, Moses Austin, father of Stephen F Austin, received approval for a Grant to settle 300 Families in Texas. Moses died six months later before settling any families.
George W Bush inaugurated as Governor of Texas
On this date in 1995, George W Bush, son of the 41st President of the United States, and managing owner of the Texas Rangers, was sworn in as the Governor of Texas. He would later be elected the 43rd President of the United States. This reporter missed the long anticipated inauguration because precisely at noon on the 17th, he was assisting his wife give birth to his daughter ;-)
Popeye and Thimble Theatre Comic comes to Texas
On this date in 1929, The Victoria Advocate was the first newspaper in the nation to carry the Popeye comic strip. Originally, Popeye, Olive Oyle and the rest were late comers to the cast of the 1919 comic strip "Thimble Theatre". Popeye first appeared with the Thimble Theatre on this date in Victoria.
The Thimble Theatre comic strip by Elzie Crisler Segar of Illinois, was part of the King Features Syndicate in New York. When Segar moved to Santa Monica California, the Popeye character was added, probably inspired by the likes of a Frank "Rocky" Feigle of Santa Monica.
By 1932, Popeye was the star of Thimble Theatre, and received extensive fan mail. By then the cast included Eugene the Jeep, Brutus, Wimpy, Swee'Pea, and Sea Hag among others. In 1934, on the anniversary of the Victoria Advocate, Popeye (speaking through Segar) wrote the paper "Please assept me hearties bes' wishes an' felitcitations on account of yer paper's 88th Anniversity ... Victoria is me ol' home town on account of tha's where I got born'd at."
General Houston Orders Bowie to San Antonio
On this date in 1836, Commander of the Texas forces, General Sam Houston, ordered Colonel Jim Bowie, commander of a group of Texas volunteers, to go to San Antonio and destroy any fortifications there, denying their use by the approaching Mexican Army. Shortly after Bowie arrived, Colonel William Travis of the Texas army arrived with orders instead to defend San Antonio at all costs. Making a stand to defend the town suited Col Travis better than retreating, so Travis and Bowie remained to defend the city with the small force they had against an overwhelming force headed in their direction.