Back Cover Copy-with author photo
Finding Anything about Everything in Texas offers a crash course in locating information about the Lone Star State. Each chapter begins with an engaging, little-known, even quirky story and then shows the reader how to follow the printed and electronic trail to uncover more details. Information sleuths discover the facts about "Santa Anna's Leg," "The Bird that Flew Backward," and "Heroes, Heroines, and Hoaxes" as well as the answers to questions like "Who Came, Who Stayed? Who Was Run Off?" and advice like "Don't Dig Up More Snakes Than You Can Kill." A field guide for information seekers, this book gives serious help in an entertaining romp through legendary Texas, authentic Texas, and virtual Texas.
A teacher, historian, and information consultant to government agencies, film studios, and businesses, Edward M. Walters, Ph.D., has over twenty-five years experience retrieving information from special collections, databases, and the internet and translating it into user friendly form. Creator, script writer, narrator, and performer of the PBS television program "The People's Outlaw in American Folk Music," he was Director of the Eugene McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas and now lives in Dallas, Texas.
(with color photo head shot included in two prints and on disk)
Back Cover Sample Questions
·What notorious Texas villain dug up his amputated leg, paraded it through the streets, and gave it a full military burial to manage a political comeback?
·What Texas steer-wrestling rodeo performer developed a method of bulldogging a steer by the lip?
·What Texas historic fort today has adopted the Oozlefinch, "a rare featherless bird that flies backward," as its mascot?
·How did the towns of Dime Box, Ding Dong, and Direct, Texas, get their names?
·What does it mean to refer to someone as "last year's bird nest with the bottom punched out?"
·How much did the painted fiberglass Enron cow sculpture, Moost-Imoovative, sell for at Sotheby's auction in 20
Ed Walters is a teacher, historian, and information consultant to government agencies, film studios, and businesses. With more than twenty-five years of experience retrieving information from special library collections, databases, and the internet, he is a specialist in archives, rare books, and manuscripts. He is the creator, script writer, narrator, and performer of the PBS television program "The People's Outlaw in American Folk Music." His experience includes work with NASA, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and nineteen years as Director of the Eugene McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas.