Dr. W. F. Strong, a communications professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, brings bits of Texas lore and history for Texans and non-Texans alike.

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Submissions from 2022

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In memoriam: A tribute to the 21 lives lost in the Uvalde school shooting (Remembering the Uvalde 21), William F. Strong and Lupita Rodriguez Strong

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The Sorcerer’s Cave is the deepest – and possibly longest – cave in Texas, William F. Strong

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What happened to Toadsuck, Texas?, William F. Strong

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The Pessimistic Farmer (Heard the one about the pessimistic farmer?), William F. Strong

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How The Railroad Help Built Texas (Texas Was Built By Railroads), William F. Strong

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Givin’ Wordle a Texas twang (Wordle For Texas), William F. Strong

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Lyndon Johnson’s Humor, William F. Strong

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A Little Test Of Texas’ Official Symbols, William F. Strong

Submissions from 2021

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How Ranchers Used Barbed Wire To Make Phone Calls, William F. Strong

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Why George Washington Brackenridge is Texas’ greatest philanthropist (The Most Generous Texan Of Yore?), William F. Strong

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Texas Navigator App, William F. Strong

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The Texas bed and breakfast for the peregrine falcon (Peregrine Falcons), William F. Strong

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The young lieutenant who crossed the Wild Horse Desert, William F. Strong

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Texas And The Art Of Understatement, William F. Strong

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Words That Migrated, William F. Strong

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Hold My Beer: Get Ready For The Texas Olympics, William F. Strong

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For Good And Bad, Texas’ Highways Have Stories To Tell (Miles And Miles Of Texas), William F. Strong

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Long Before Elon Musk, A Different Man Had A Plan To Develop Boca Chica, William F. Strong

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There’s Something About A Person Named Tex, William F. Strong

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Watermelon Season, William F. Strong

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The Story of C.H. Guenther, William F. Strong

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Larry McMurtry and the Lonesome Dove Quadrilogy, William F. Strong

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High Security and Low Security Texas, William F. Strong

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What’s In A Name? For These Famous Texans, Everything, William F. Strong

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In Praise Of Vultures, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 10 - Texas Outside of Texas, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 11 - Texas Lit, Lyrics and Language, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 1 - Classic Texas, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 2 - Cowboys and Lawmen, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 4 - Just Passing Through, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 5 - Texas, Legally Speaking, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 6 - Medical Matters, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 7 - Legends, Myths, and Folklore, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 8 - Social Media and Texas, William F. Strong

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Stories from Texas Volume II - Chapter 9 - Texas Geography, William F. Strong

Submissions from 2020

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A Letter from Texas, William F. Strong

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The Queen’s Royal Welcome to Texas, William F. Strong and Lupita Rodriguez Strong

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Texas: A State That Loves Its Flag, William F. Strong

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The Tragic Story of Dora Hand, William F. Strong

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El Llano Estacado, William F. Strong

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Jefferson Davis Highway: The Persistence Of A Confederate Memorial, William F. Strong

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The Hero Of Cinco De Mayo Was A Texan, William F. Strong

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Things ‘Redneck Dave’ Said to Me on the Drive Across Texas, William F. Strong

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The Texas Coral Snake – Beautiful and Occasionally Dangerous, William F. Strong

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Love Letter to Scarlett, William F. Strong

Submissions from 2019

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101 Essential Texas Books, William F. Strong

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Wit And Wisdom From T. Boone Pickens, William F. Strong

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What Elvis Presley Owed West Texas, William F. Strong

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The Modern Tall Tales Texans Tell Kids, William F. Strong

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How Redwater, Texas, Used To Be Named After A Famous, Controversial Humanist, William F. Strong

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Remembering The Summers Of My Youth, William F. Strong

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Remembering ‘Beneficent Genius’ Bill Wittliff, William F. Strong

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How The Japanese Americans Who Saved ‘The Lost Battalion’ Of World War II Became Honorary Texans, William F. Strong

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The Legend Of The Lady In Blue, William F. Strong

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What Siri Can’t Tell You, William F. Strong

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The Mystery Of The Osage Murders, William F. Strong

Submissions from 2018

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Stories From Texas Episode 25, Dan Snow, William F. Strong

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Stories From Texas The Long Form, Episodes 1-25, William F. Strong

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D.H. Snyder – Cattleman And Philanthropist, William F. Strong

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Out-Texas Me This!, William F. Strong

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Measuring The World With A Texas-Sized Ruler, William F. Strong

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Driving in Mexico, William F. Strong

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Ghost Children, William F. Strong

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Grandma (Nonnie Was A Writing Role Model), William F. Strong

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Jack Sorenson (Jack Sorenson’s Paintings Capture the Simple Joy of Christmas), William F. Strong

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Pie (Here’s An Apple Pie Recipe For Any Texan Holiday), William F. Strong

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In 15 Minutes, Barbara Jordan Built A Legacy, William F. Strong

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Ten Songs About Lovin’ The Lone Star State, William F. Strong

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How A Bad Survey And Powerful Connections Added 1,000 Square Miles To Texas’ Lands, William F. Strong

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Put On Your Britches And Mosey Yonder To The Ice House: A Celebration Of Endangered Texas Words, William F. Strong

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Sam Walker (Samuel Walker: The Real ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’), William F. Strong

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The Independent, Solitary Lives Of Texas Windmills, William F. Strong

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My Valentine: A Life-Changing, Theme Song-Singing, Nail-Painting Love, William F. Strong

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A Handy Guide To The Most Texas-Loving Pages On Facebook, William F. Strong

Submissions from 2017

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On The 20th Century, And The 22nd, William F. Strong

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How Three Gifts To UT Gave All Texans A Fourth: The Gift Of The Stars, William F. Strong

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Texas Diphthong (Trying to Talk Texan? Let Your Words Lean Into Each Other), William F. Strong

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The Surprising Lesson Of Judge Roy Bean’s Life: It’s Never Too Late, William F. Strong

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Author Jules Verne Prophesied The Link Between Texas And The Moon, William F. Strong

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Missing Whataburger, William F. Strong

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On Y’all’d’ve, Tumped And Other Texan Language Staples, William F. Strong

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Bass Boat Heroes (In Praise Of The Bass Boat Heroes), William F. Strong

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Texas Outside of Texas (Texas: The Name Heard ‘Round The World), William F. Strong

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Explorer, Castaway, Slave, Shaman: How Texas’ First ‘Tourist’ Rambled His Way Across The Territory, William F. Strong

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Songs About Texas Towns (Top Of The Charts: A Look At All The Hit Songs About Texas Towns), William F. Strong

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Texas Longhorn (Heard The One About The Texas Rancher, His Longhorn And A Federal Agent?), William F. Strong

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Texas Rancher, New York Banker (The Texas Rancher and the New York Banker), William F. Strong

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Property In Texas (Real Estate Has Always Been Highly-Prized In Texas. It’s Just The Dollar Values That Have Changed.), William F. Strong

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Larry McMurtry (McMurtry and Twain), William F. Strong

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Lingo For Gringos (Lingo for Gringos: Ten Spanish Words All Anglos Should Know), William F. Strong and Lupita Rodriguez Strong

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Short Stories (Three Tales of Texas Pride), William F. Strong

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Cynthia Ann Parker (Quanah Parker: A Mother’s Day Story), William F. Strong

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Van Cliburn (The One Musician To Get A Ticker-Tape Parade Was A Texan), William F. Strong

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Rainbow Bridge (This Is The Scariest Bridge In Texas), William F. Strong

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Texas Grammar (We Might Oughtta Praise Texas Grammar), William F. Strong

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Weather In Texas (Texas Weather Is Never Normal), William F. Strong

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New Immigrants To Texas (Anglo Settlers Were Texas’ Original Undocumented Immigrants), William F. Strong

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Valentine, Texas (The How, Where and Why of Valentine, Texas), William F. Strong

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The Weird Connection Between Tony Romo and Tony Roma’s, William F. Strong

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Letter from Bush to Clinton (What It Means to Be a Texas Gentleman), William F. Strong