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Humorous, Honest, Historic | Veteran Broadcaster, Tweed Scott visits with the people and personalities who make up the Great State of Texas
Finally, the book that explains why Texans are the way they are...where all that attitude comes from! This   3-time   national-award   winning   book   is   a   peek   into   the Texan   psyche. Texans   are   undeniably   different. They   act   different. They   think   different   and they   do   things   differently   but   why?   I   became   convinced   that   Texans   are   born   with   an   extra   gene.   I   just   knew   there   was   a   'T-Chromosome'   and   I   set out to find it. Surprisingly, after crisscrossing this state several times, I found it! Texas   has   an   endless   supply   of   stories,   facts   and   interesting   people.   I'd   like   to   add   a   story   or   two   now   and   then   on   this   page   to   give   you   a   little   more insight into Texas. Ah Texas I   was   asked   recently   why   Texans   have   so   much   pride   in   their   state.   The   short   answer   is   “Read   my   book,   Texas   in   Her   Own   Words   and   you’ll understand.”   Frankly,   I   wanted   to   know   the   answer   to   that   question   too.   That’s   why   I   researched   and   wrote   the   book.   I   have   always   felt   that   Texans were   different.   I   believe   they   have   an   extra   gene.   I   called   it   the   “T-Chromosome”   and   I   set   out   to   find   it.   After   crisscrossing   this   state   several   times   I can give you some definitive answers. And here they are. When   you   get   right   down   to   it   Texans   share   at   least   four   distinct   traits   no   matter   where   they   live   in   the   Lone   Star   State.   The   source   of   that   pride comes   from   four   distinctly   different   entities.   First   and   most   prevalent   is   the   fact   that   Texas   was   once   its   own   country.   No   other   state   can   legitimately make   that   claim   and   make   it   stick.   Hawaii   was   once   a   constitutional   monarchy   that   was   annexed   (under   rather   dubious   circumstances)   turned   into   a territory   and   later   a   state.   There   was   the   “Bear   Republic”   in   California.   C’mon   that   lasted   for   about   a   cup   of   coffee.   Texas   was   a   republic   that   lasted almost   ten   years   and   was   recognized   as   a   nation   by   England   &   France.   The   fact   that   Texas   was   once   its   own   country   is   a   huge   part   of   a   Texan’s identity.   It’s   who   they   are.   If   a   native   Texans   doesn’t   think   you   know   that;   you   will   only   have   to   wait   for   six   or   eight   minutes   before   you   WILL   be   duly informed. Again, it is an intrinsic part of their being. The   next   two   traits   are   very   closely   related.   The   second   trait   is   the   Texas   education   system.   Texas   is   one   of   the   few   states   where   the   state   history   is so   heavy   mandated   by   the   public   school   system.   It   is   the   law   in   Texas.   Children   will   get   Texas   History   in   the   fourth   grade,   again   in   the   seventh   grade and   some   school   districts   elect   to   teach   it   in   the   11th   grade.   You   will   not   graduate   from   a   state   college   without   a   semester   of   Texas   Government   and you will not teach in Texas until you have taken that course. The third trait that relates to that comes from within your own families. If   your   family’s Texas   roots   go   back   two,   three,   five,   seven   generations;   whatever,   it   is   a   no-brainer.   Children   grow   up   hearing   these   stories   from   within their   own   families. They   heard   the   stories   about   their   great,   great   uncle   (fill   in   the   blank)   who   (fill   in   the   blank). They   realize   and   learn   that   someone   in their   family   helped   make   Texas,   Texas.   They   grow   up   with   this   intense   and   internal   pride.   It   is   a   natural   process.   These   young   people   grow   up knowing   they   are   part   of   something   special…not   that   they   are   better   but   they   do   know   that   somehow,   they   are   different.   It’s   like   they’ve   been   cut   out of a different herd. Finally,   all   Texans   share   the   Alamo.   Texans   admire   and   respect   that   place   and   what   those   men   did   who   died   there.   What   happened   there   is   not unique   in   history.   In   fact,   people   have   fought   to   the   death   in   virtually   generation   ever   since   man   started   to   record   history.   What   is   unique   here   is   that   a country   was   forged   out   if   it.   This   is   where   that   rugged   individualism   comes   from.   Texans   to   this   day   admire   people   for   standing   up   for   what   they believe   in…even   in   the   face   of   insurmountable   odds.   They   know   they   might   get   knocked   on   their   asses   but   they   don’t   care.   If   they   fail,   they’re   just going   to   stand   up   and   dust   themselves   off   and   say,   “Well   hell, THAT   didn’t   work.   Now   HOW   do   we   make   this   happen?”   Did   you   catch   that? They   ask, “HOW   do   we   make   it   happen.”   One   thing   about   Texans…they   are   HOW   thinkers…not   IF   thinkers.   If   never   enters   into   the   equation.   That   goes   to   the very   source   of   the Texas   character.   It   explains   why   they   are   the   way   they   are   where   all   that   attitude   comes   from.   For   them,   NO   is   NOT   an   option. As   a result   of   that   the   cattle   industry   was   started   and   blossomed   here.   The   oil   industry   started   here   and   when   Texas   discovered   oil   it   changed   the   world. The first computer chip was invented in Texas. Not one of these things were accomplished by accepting the concept of NO. For   sure   Texas   can   be   polarizing   but   I   can   tell   you   why.   Most   of   the   people   in   other   states   do   not   carry   such   an   intense   pride   of   where   they   are   from. They   just   don’t   understand   how   anyone   can   feel   that   good   about   where   they   are   from   or   where   they   live.   Every   state   has   its   pride   and   it   should wherever you’re from—whether it’s Hawaii, Vermont or even little Rhode Island. No   other   state   displays   its   pride   like   Texas.   I   drove   from   Texas   to   Maine   a   few   years   ago.   Once   I   left   Texas,   the   only   time   I   saw   a   state   flag   it   was   in front   of   a   state   building   or   on   the   side   of   a   government   vehicle   or   a   police   car.   Here   you   will   find   the   flag   on   cars,   mailboxes,   marquees,   barns,   roofs and   the   list   goes   on.   I   often   close   my Texas   speeches   by   admonishing   people,   “If   you   don’t   believe Texas   is   special…name   me   any   other   state   where you   can   find   tortilla   chips,   ice   cubes,   sinks,   swimming   pools   or   even   a   waffle   iron   shaped   like   THEIR   state.”   Perhaps   my   friend   Roger   Moore   said   it best, "There are ex-husbands and ex-wives. There are ex-ball players. There are NO ex-Texans." Texas   is   about   Pride   &   People.   It   is   a   place   where   people   still   believe   in   God   and   Friday   night   football   IS   a   religion. Ask   any   Texan   where   you   find   it and they won’t need a map. It is at the intersection of their heart & soul. Tweed   Scott   is   the   author   of   the   3-time   national   award-winning   book,   Texas   in   Her   Own   Words.   He   is   a   professional   speaker   &   lecturer.   He   speaks about Texas, leadership and embracing change. You can reach him at Tweed@TweedScott.com.
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Humerous, Honest, Historic | Veteran Broadcaster, Tweed Scott Visits with the people and personalities who make up the Great State of Texas

Texas Fun Stuff

Finally, the book that explains why Texans are the way they are...where all that attitude comes from! This   3-time   national-award   winning   book   is   a   peek   into   the   Texan   psyche.   Texans   are   undeniably different.   They   act   different.   They   think   different   and   they   do   things   differently   but   why?   I   became convinced   that   Texans   are   born   with   an   extra   gene.   I   just   knew   there   was   a   'T-Chromosome'   and   I set out to find it. Surprisingly, after crisscrossing this state several times, I found it! Texas   has   an   endless   supply   of   stories,   facts   and   interesting   people.   I'd   like   to   add   a   story   or   two now and then on this page to give you a little more insight into Texas. Ah Texas I   was   asked   recently   why   Texans   have   so   much   pride   in   their   state.   The   short   answer   is   “Read   my book,   Texas   in   Her   Own   Words   and   you’ll   understand.”   Frankly,   I   wanted   to   know   the   answer   to   that question   too.   That’s   why   I   researched   and   wrote   the   book.   I   have   always   felt   that   Texans   were different.   I   believe   they   have   an   extra   gene.   I   called   it   the   “T-Chromosome”   and   I   set   out   to   find   it. After   crisscrossing   this   state   several   times   I   can   give   you   some   definitive   answers.   And   here   they are. When   you   get   right   down   to   it   Texans   share   at   least   four   distinct   traits   no   matter   where   they   live   in the   Lone   Star   State.   The   source   of   that   pride   comes   from   four   distinctly   different   entities.   First   and most   prevalent   is   the   fact   that   Texas   was   once   its   own   country.   No   other   state   can   legitimately   make that   claim   and   make   it   stick.   Hawaii   was   once   a   constitutional   monarchy   that   was   annexed   (under rather   dubious   circumstances)   turned   into   a   territory   and   later   a   state. There   was   the   “Bear   Republic” in   California.   C’mon   that   lasted   for   about   a   cup   of   coffee. Texas   was   a   republic   that   lasted   almost   ten years   and   was   recognized   as   a   nation   by   England   &   France.   The   fact   that   Texas   was   once   its   own country   is   a   huge   part   of   a   Texan’s   identity.   It’s   who   they   are.   If   a   native   Texans   doesn’t   think   you know   that;   you   will   only   have   to   wait   for   six   or   eight   minutes   before   you   WILL   be   duly   informed. Again, it is an intrinsic part of their being. The   next   two   traits   are   very   closely   related.   The   second   trait   is   the   Texas   education   system.   Texas   is one   of   the   few   states   where   the   state   history   is   so   heavy   mandated   by   the   public   school   system.   It   is the   law   in   Texas.   Children   will   get   Texas   History   in   the   fourth   grade,   again   in   the   seventh   grade   and some   school   districts   elect   to   teach   it   in   the   11th   grade.   You   will   not   graduate   from   a   state   college without   a   semester   of   Texas   Government   and   you   will   not   teach   in   Texas   until   you   have   taken   that course. The third trait that relates to that comes from within your own families. If   your   family’s   Texas   roots   go   back   two,   three,   five,   seven   generations;   whatever,   it   is   a   no-brainer. Children   grow   up   hearing   these   stories   from   within   their   own   families.   They   heard   the   stories   about their   great,   great   uncle   (fill   in   the   blank)   who   (fill   in   the   blank). They   realize   and   learn   that   someone   in their   family   helped   make   Texas,   Texas.   They   grow   up   with   this   intense   and   internal   pride.   It   is   a natural   process.   These   young   people   grow   up   knowing   they   are   part   of   something   special…not   that they   are   better   but   they   do   know   that   somehow,   they   are   different.   It’s   like   they’ve   been   cut   out   of   a different herd. Finally,   all   Texans   share   the   Alamo.   Texans   admire   and   respect   that   place   and   what   those   men   did who   died   there.   What   happened   there   is   not   unique   in   history.   In   fact,   people   have   fought   to   the death   in   virtually   generation   ever   since   man   started   to   record   history.   What   is   unique   here   is   that   a country   was   forged   out   if   it.   This   is   where   that   rugged   individualism   comes   from.   Texans   to   this   day admire   people   for   standing   up   for   what   they   believe   in…even   in   the   face   of   insurmountable   odds. They   know   they   might   get   knocked   on   their   asses   but   they   don’t   care.   If   they   fail,   they’re   just   going   to stand   up   and   dust   themselves   off   and   say,   “Well   hell,   THAT   didn’t   work.   Now   HOW   do   we   make   this happen?”    Did    you    catch    that?    They    ask,    “HOW    do    we    make    it    happen.”    One    thing    about Texans…they   are   HOW   thinkers…not   IF   thinkers.   If   never   enters   into   the   equation.   That   goes   to   the very   source   of   the   Texas   character.   It   explains   why   they   are   the   way   they   are   where   all   that   attitude comes   from.   For   them,   NO   is   NOT   an   option.   As   a   result   of   that   the   cattle   industry   was   started   and blossomed   here.   The   oil   industry   started   here   and   when   Texas   discovered   oil   it   changed   the   world. The   first   computer   chip   was   invented   in   Texas.   Not   one   of   these   things   were   accomplished   by accepting the concept of NO. For   sure   Texas   can   be   polarizing   but   I   can   tell   you   why.   Most   of   the   people   in   other   states   do   not carry   such   an   intense   pride   of   where   they   are   from.   They   just   don’t   understand   how   anyone   can   feel that   good   about   where   they   are   from   or   where   they   live.   Every   state   has   its   pride   and   it   should wherever you’re from—whether it’s Hawaii, Vermont or even little Rhode Island. No   other   state   displays   its   pride   like   Texas.   I   drove   from   Texas   to   Maine   a   few   years   ago.   Once   I   left Texas,   the   only   time   I   saw   a   state   flag   it   was   in   front   of   a   state   building   or   on   the   side   of   a government   vehicle   or   a   police   car.   Here   you   will   find   the   flag   on   cars,   mailboxes,   marquees,   barns, roofs   and   the   list   goes   on.   I   often   close   my   Texas   speeches   by   admonishing   people,   “If   you   don’t believe   Texas   is   special…name   me   any   other   state   where   you   can   find   tortilla   chips,   ice   cubes, sinks,   swimming   pools   or   even   a   waffle   iron   shaped   like   THEIR   state.”   Perhaps   my   friend   Roger Moore   said   it   best,   "There   are   ex-husbands   and   ex-wives.   There   are   ex-ball   players.   There   are   NO ex-Texans." Texas   is   about   Pride   &   People.   It   is   a   place   where   people   still   believe   in   God   and   Friday   night football   IS   a   religion.   Ask   any   Texan   where   you   find   it   and   they   won’t   need   a   map.   It   is   at   the intersection of their heart & soul. Tweed   Scott   is   the   author   of   the   3-time   national   award-winning   book, Texas   in   Her   Own   Words.   He   is a   professional   speaker   &   lecturer.   He   speaks   about   Texas,   leadership   and   embracing   change.   You can reach him at Tweed@TweedScott.com.
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Humerous, Honest, Historic | Veteran Broadcaster, Tweed Scott Visits with the people and personalities Who make up the Great State of Texas

Texas Fun Stuff

Finally,     the     book     that     explains     why Texans   are   the   way   they   are...where   all that attitude comes from! This   3-time   national-award   winning   book is   a   peek   into   the   Texan   psyche.   Texans are      undeniably      different.      They      act different.   They   think   different   and   they   do things    differently    but    why?    I    became convinced   that   Texans   are   born   with   an extra   gene.   I   just   knew   there   was   a   'T- Chromosome'    and    I    set    out    to    find    it. Surprisingly,   after   crisscrossing   this   state several times, I found it! Texas   has   an   endless   supply   of   stories, facts   and   interesting   people.   I'd   like   to add   a   story   or   two   now   and   then   on   this page   to   give   you   a   little   more   insight   into Texas. Ah Texas I   was   asked   recently   why   Texans   have so   much   pride   in   their   state.   The   short answer   is   “Read   my   book,   Texas   in   Her Own     Words     and     you’ll     understand.” Frankly,   I   wanted   to   know   the   answer   to that      question      too.      That’s      why      I researched   and   wrote   the   book.   I   have always   felt   that   Texans   were   different.   I believe   they   have   an   extra   gene.   I   called it   the   “T-Chromosome”   and   I   set   out   to find     it.    After     crisscrossing     this     state several    times    I    can    give    you    some definitive answers. And here they are. When   you   get   right   down   to   it   Texans share    at    least    four    distinct    traits    no matter   where   they   live   in   the   Lone   Star State.   The   source   of   that   pride   comes from   four   distinctly   different   entities.   First and   most   prevalent   is   the   fact   that   Texas was   once   its   own   country.   No   other   state can    legitimately    make    that    claim    and make     it     stick.     Hawaii     was     once     a constitutional       monarchy       that       was annexed        (under        rather        dubious circumstances)   turned   into   a   territory   and later     a     state.    There     was     the     “Bear Republic”   in   California.   C’mon   that   lasted for   about   a   cup   of   coffee.   Texas   was   a republic   that   lasted   almost   ten   years   and was   recognized   as   a   nation   by   England &   France.   The   fact   that   Texas   was   once its    own    country    is    a    huge    part    of    a Texan’s   identity.   It’s   who   they   are.   If   a native    Texans    doesn’t    think    you    know that;   you   will   only   have   to   wait   for   six   or eight   minutes   before   you   WILL   be   duly informed.   Again,   it   is   an   intrinsic   part   of their being. The    next    two    traits    are    very    closely related.    The    second    trait    is    the    Texas education   system.   Texas   is   one   of   the few   states   where   the   state   history   is   so heavy    mandated    by    the    public    school system.   It   is   the   law   in   Texas.   Children will   get   Texas   History   in   the   fourth   grade, again    in    the    seventh    grade    and    some school    districts    elect    to    teach    it    in    the 11th   grade.   You   will   not   graduate   from   a state     college     without     a     semester     of Texas    Government    and    you    will    not teach   in   Texas   until   you   have   taken   that course.   The   third   trait   that   relates   to   that comes from within your own families. If   your   family’s   Texas   roots   go   back   two, three,   five,   seven   generations;   whatever, it    is    a    no-brainer.    Children    grow    up hearing    these    stories    from    within    their own    families.    They    heard    the    stories about   their   great,   great   uncle   (fill   in   the blank)   who   (fill   in   the   blank).   They   realize and   learn   that   someone   in   their   family helped   make   Texas,   Texas.   They   grow up   with   this   intense   and   internal   pride.   It is     a     natural     process.     These     young people   grow   up   knowing   they   are   part   of something    special…not    that    they    are better   but   they   do   know   that   somehow, they   are   different.   It’s   like   they’ve   been cut out of a different herd. Finally,    all    Texans    share    the    Alamo. Texans    admire    and    respect    that    place and   what   those   men   did   who   died   there. What   happened   there   is   not   unique   in history.   In   fact,   people   have   fought   to   the death   in   virtually   generation   ever   since man    started    to    record    history.    What    is unique   here   is   that   a   country   was   forged out    if    it.    This    is    where    that    rugged individualism   comes   from.   Texans   to   this day    admire    people    for    standing    up    for what   they   believe   in…even   in   the   face   of insurmountable    odds.    They    know    they might    get    knocked    on    their    asses    but they   don’t   care.   If   they   fail,   they’re   just going   to   stand   up   and   dust   themselves off   and   say,   “Well   hell,   THAT   didn’t   work. Now   HOW   do   we   make   this   happen?” Did   you   catch   that?   They   ask,   “HOW   do we    make    it    happen.”    One    thing    about Texans…they   are   HOW   thinkers…not   IF thinkers.      If      never      enters      into      the equation. That   goes   to   the   very   source   of the   Texas   character.   It   explains   why   they are    the    way    they    are    where    all    that attitude    comes    from.    For    them,    NO    is NOT   an   option.   As   a   result   of   that   the cattle       industry       was       started       and blossomed   here.   The   oil   industry   started here   and   when   Texas   discovered   oil   it changed    the    world.    The    first    computer chip   was   invented   in   Texas.   Not   one   of these     things     were     accomplished     by accepting the concept of NO. For   sure   Texas   can   be   polarizing   but   I can   tell   you   why.   Most   of   the   people   in other   states   do   not   carry   such   an   intense pride   of   where   they   are   from.   They   just don’t   understand   how   anyone   can   feel that   good   about   where   they   are   from   or where   they   live.   Every   state   has   its   pride and       it       should       wherever       you’re from—whether    it’s    Hawaii,    Vermont    or even little Rhode Island. No    other    state    displays    its    pride    like Texas.   I   drove   from Texas   to   Maine   a   few years   ago.   Once   I   left   Texas,   the   only time   I   saw   a   state   flag   it   was   in   front   of   a state     building     or     on     the     side     of     a government   vehicle   or   a   police   car.   Here you   will   find   the   flag   on   cars,   mailboxes, marquees,   barns,   roofs   and   the   list   goes on.   I   often   close   my   Texas   speeches   by admonishing   people,   “If   you   don’t   believe Texas    is    special…name    me    any    other state   where   you   can   find   tortilla   chips,   ice cubes,   sinks,   swimming   pools   or   even   a waffle    iron    shaped    like    THEIR    state.” Perhaps   my   friend   Roger   Moore   said   it best,    "There    are    ex-husbands    and    ex- wives.   There   are   ex-ball   players.   There are NO ex-Texans." Texas   is   about   Pride   &   People.   It   is   a place   where   people   still   believe   in   God and    Friday    night    football    IS    a    religion. Ask   any Texan   where   you   find   it   and   they won’t   need   a   map.   It   is   at   the   intersection of their heart & soul. Tweed   Scott   is   the   author   of   the   3-time national    award-winning    book,    Texas    in Her    Own    Words.    He    is    a    professional speaker    &    lecturer.    He    speaks    about Texas,       leadership       and       embracing change.      You      can      reach      him      at Tweed@TweedScott.com.