The Mermaid Capital of Texas

In 2021, the Texas Legislature may consider this town for the official title of Mermaid Capital of Texas, but what is it about San Marcos that makes it historically perfect for the title? Resources: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/news/2021/01/27/san-marcos–mermaid-capital–designation-could-be-voted-on-in-march-#:~:text=SAN%20MARCOS%2C%20Texas%20%E2%80%93%20It%20was,already%20the%20unofficial%20mermaid%20capital. https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/texas/article/The-mermaid-city-of-Texas-San-Marcos-15900255.php https://www.universitystar.com/life_and_arts/a-symbol-of-the-people-san-marcos-to-be-named-mermaid-capital-of-texas/article_6953a4aa-5f93-11eb-9b16-8f54c334a5da.html https://www.mermaidsocietysmtx.com/ https://www.mermaidsocietysmtx.com/mermaid-statues

The Book is Here!

I am thrilled to announce that Texas: Slang for Crazy is now a book that exists in the world. You can find it in both print and Kindle formats on Amazon.

The “Eyes of Texas” Controversy

Resources: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texas/eyes-of-texas-lyrics-racist-undertones-explained/285-d1929725-99a9-4013-8c4b-9c88e0c9312f https://utexas.app.box.com/s/5o2a1klri1htyhq3mziyxdjgxvegprjj https://www.hookem.com/story/sports/football/2021/03/09/eyes-of-texas-committee-report-determines-song-no-racist-intent/4634167001/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Robert_E._Lee_(Austin,_Texas) https://slate.com/culture/2021/03/eyes-of-texas-free-speech-controversy-ut-alma-mater-first-amendment.html https://www.statesman.com/story/news/education/campus/2020/12/24/season-madness-how-university-texas-song-became-racial-flash-point/3954818001/

The Woman Buried in her Ferrari

Sandra West’s 1977 burial garnered national headlines, but not just because of her burial requests. Resources: https://sistersgrimmghosttourblog.weebly.com/blog/sandra-west-the-most-famous-burial-in-san-antonios-history https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/history-culture/article/This-week-in-in-1977-socialite-Sandra-West-was-7528939.php https://sistersgrimmghosttourblog.weebly.com/blog/sandra-west-the-most-famous-burial-in-san-antonios-history https://jalopnik.com/a-texas-woman-is-actually-buried-in-her-ferrari-250-gt-1687091845 https://www.cultofweird.com/death/sandra-west-buried-ferrari/

Alligator Hunting Season

For a brief period in September each year, certain counties in Texas have the opportunity to hunt alligators that may provide a danger to their property. https://www.insider.com/texan-grandmother-killed-a-12-foot-alligator-after-it-ate-her-horse-2018-9#:~:text=Livingston%20Mayor%20Judy%20Cochran%2C%2073%2C%20killed%20the%20alligator%20with%20a,capture%20it%20in%20the%20water. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Hefty-gator-bagged-by-5-year-old-boy-1730371.php https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Livingston-Texas-mayor-grandmother-alligator-13239084.php