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-Week of 02.10.2014-

Show # 1328, originally aired 2.9.13

Find out which town is named after a historic "round rock."

Visit an old-fashioned shoe-repair business that's been operating for more than 100 years. Messina's Shoe Repair, Grapevine, TX MAP 817-481-2721

Chow down at our viewers' choice for Texas Best Burger Joint.

Plus, meet an inspiring artist who uses glass to reflect on her culture. Enedina Vasquez, San Antonio, TX MAP

Show # 951, originally aired 11.19.05

Meet a couple determined to revive Vaudeville. Granger and Penny Esch, Salado Silver Spur. www.saladosilverspur.com

Visit a hotel where everyday is a blessing. Helen Feldhousen, Hotel Blessing.

And find out how one woman is hot on the trail of Texas history. Lisa Lee. 3615 Valley Haven Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339. (281) 359-6607


-Week of 02.3.2014-

Show # 1316, originally aired 11.17.12

Meet an obsessed collector with an 8-track mind. Bucks Burnett, 8 Track Tape Museum, 2630 E. Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226 MAP 469-867-4074

Wake up early for breakfast with the owner of one of Fort Worth's favorite cafes. Mike Smith, Paris Coffee Shop, 704 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, TX 76104 MAP 817-335-2041

Find out the top choices for Texas' Best History Museum.

Plus, see how one family has engineered a legacy that spans 4 generations. Tom, Tommy & Pierce Carpenter, Central Texas Tool Co., 1410 Walnut Street, Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-672-3903

Show # 950, originally aired 11.12.05

Discover who's behind the classical murals of Fredericksburg, TX. Lee and Matt Casbeer, LMC Murals. Call 866-493-4863 or visit www.lmcmurals.com for more information.

Meet a man who's a real model citizen. Edgar Seay Sr., MAL Hobby Shop. 108 S. Lee St. Irving, Texas 75060. 972-438-9233
or toll free in the USA at 877 602 2366. www.malhobby.com

And see why everyday's a piece of cake for one East Texas baker. Margie Begley. 409-584-1447. Broaddus, TX.


-Week of 01.27.2014-

Show # 1315, originally aired 11.10.12

Pay tribute to fallen union soldiers, right in the heart of confederate territory. Treue der Union Monument, Comfort, TX MAP

Meet a woman with a worldwide audience for her sweet creations. Callye Alvarado, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle blog, MAP

Get your pitchforks ready, as we reveal your potentially controversial pick for Texas Best Barbecue.

Plus, try a taste of Tuscany without ever leaving the state. Sandy Winokur, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Rd., PO Box 869, Elmendorf, TX 78112 MAP 210-621-0044

Show # 949, originally aired 11.5.05

Discover how many mesquite trees it takes to make a forest. Carrie Atchison: 806-746-5801, or mail to Rt. 3 Box 216 Lubbock, TX 7940

Hit the nail on the head...at the hammer museum! Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX 830-634-7783

Plus, twin sisters take us back to simpler times through the art of poetry. Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619 and Dorothy Roberts: 409-722-5515, Mail to- 215 Hardy Ave., Nederland, TX 77627. For book purchasing information contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627


-Week of 01.20.2014-

Show # 1314, originally aired 11.3.12

It was once a destination health spa to the rich and famous. We check in on the Baker Hotel. 200 E. Hubbard St., Mineral Wells, TX 76067 MAP

Meet a high school student who runs his own farm. Braden McInnis, Cayuga, TX MAP

Find out which of our 90 plus State Parks you declared Texas Best.

Plus, see how one man's railroad restaurants paved the way for modern chains. Jolene Fondy, Harvey House, 400 Railway Ave., Slaton, TX 79364 MAP 806-828-5900 

Show # 948, originally aired 10.29.05

They're a husband and wife team that really mows down the competition. Tim and Patty Robinson of the LSMRA. Email Patty: preciousmowments@boldwireless.net or Tim: mowron@boldwireless.net or visit www.mowerracing.com for more information.

Meet an artist who is really making waves in Seadrift, TX. Dieter Erhard, the Art=Center Seadrift. Call 361-785 5050 or write to 601-609 Broadway, Seadrift TX 79833. Visit www.artcenter-seadrift.com for more information.

And find out why birdwatchers are flocking to one South Texas backyard. Allen Williams: 956-460-9864, or mail to 750 W. Sam Houston, Pharr, TX 78577.


-Week of 01.13.2014-

Show # 1313, originally aired 10.27.12

It's the biggest, and we think best capitol building in the country. Take a tour of our state government's seat. 1100 Congress Avenue  Austin, TX 78701 MAP

Meet a woman who got tangled up in the jewelry business. Tanya White, Round Rock, TX MAP 512-587-3901

Leave extra room for dessert as we count down Texas' Best Pie.

Plus, see how one man is saving an industrial legacy from history's junkyard. Wichita Trucks, John Chadwell, Wichita Falls, TX MAP 940-322-1895

Show # 947, originally aired 10.22.05

He's a former Texas Master Plumber who gave up wrench wrangling for finger picking. Chuck Lee, Lee Banjo Company, 112 Silverwood Ovilla, Texas 75154. Call (972) 617-5576 or visit www.leebanjos.com for more information.

He's a hard workin' cop that's really hoofin' it. Officer Maurice Floyd of the Fort Worth Police Department Mounted Patrol. Visit www.fortworthpd.com/mounted.htm for more information.

Meet a man who holds a special seat at the Capitol. Richard Eisenhour, Collections Coordinator. 201 E. 14th St. Austin, TX 512-463-5495

 


-Week of 01.06.2014-

Show # 1311, originally aired 10.13.12

Meet a man keeping the night bright with neon lights in Austin. Todd Sanders, Roadhouse Relics, 1720 S. First Street, Austin, TX 78704 MAP 512-442-6366

Rock out at the places you voted Texas' Best Music Venue.

Plus, visit a homegrown animal rescue that's all warm and fuzzy. Kyle & Cheyenne Hendricks, Retired Rabbit Sanctuary, P.O. Box 201232, San Antonio, TX 78220 MAP

Show # 943, originally aired 9.24.05

There's junk and then there's good junk. Meet a man who's got acres and acres of the best junk around. Paul Nerren's Junk Barn 4500 Hwy.59 North Lufkin, TX 75901 Phone: 939.632.2580

Plus take in historic Gruene, Texas, at the Gruene Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ki Klepas, 1235 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, TX 78130 or e-mail at grueneapple.com or Phone: 830.643.1234

Find a place called the Burnt Biscuit Bakery, where coffee and conversation make for a warm welcome in the middle of nowhere. Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit, 506 E. 1st St. Hwy 90, Marathon, TX 79842 Phone: 915-386-9020


-Week of 12.30.2013-

Show #1310, originally aired 12.22.2012

See what happens when this lady and gentleman start their engines at Amarillo's stock car racetrack. Ami & Michael Tribble, Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, TX Phone: 806-335-3478

Take a hike at the parks and landmarks that finished atop our Texas Best Hiking poll.

Plus, meet a businessman who say's it's a good day when he's at the end of his rope. Ricky Lyle, Lyles Ropes, 16340 CR 2143 Troup, TX  75789 Phone: 800-525-9537

Show # 847, originally aired 11.22.03

Find out why folks are flocking to this south plains farm to get lost in a corn field.
James and Patti Simpson, Cornfield Maze: Box 6323, FM 1294, Lubbock, TX 79415. 806.787.4222. atldofarms@aol.com

It looks like nothing but a deep hole in the ground, but when darkness begins to fall, nature puts on an aerial show. , Ben Banahan: PO Box 115, Rocksprings, TX 78880. 830-683-2406-------Devil's Sinkhole Society: 101 Sweeten Street, Rocksprings, TX 78880. 830-683-BATS

It really, really is…the biggest burger in Texas. Arnold's Burger: 1611 S. Washington Street, Amarillo, TX 79102. 806-372-1741


-Week of 12.23.2013-

Show # 1269, originally aired 12.24.2011

Lift your holiday spirits with a little help from Bruno and George Winery. Shawn & Misha Bruno, Bruno and George Winery, 400 Messina Rd., Sour Lake, Texas 77659 409-287-1212

Visit the home of the Texas Pecan Cake - a famous little bakery where free samples are strictly forbidden. Evelyn Robinson, Eilenberger's Bakery, 512 North John St., Palestine, TX 75802 800-788-2996

Plus, follow two young film makers on a cross-country trek to make it home in time for Christmas. Josh Adams & Kevin Kelly

Show # 851, originally aired 12.20.2003

Get into the spirit of the season with a man a who finds Santa Claus in every person he meets. Bill Keen, 121 Will Rogers, Schertz, TX 78154, Phone: 210.632.6867 www.billykeenart.com or e-mail: peachykeen@stic.net

Find out why folks from all over south Texas flock to the home of three sisters. Janie Esther and Dorothy Minten 1188 East Jim Wells Co. Rd., 401 Rt. 1, Box 82A, Falfurrias, TX 78355, Phone: 361.325.2068 or 800.276.4339

Plus, it could be the worst Christmas song ever written.


-Week of 12.16.2013-

Show #1321, originally aired 12.22.2012

Get in the Christmas spirit with a trip to the Yesterland Tree Farm. Chuck & Camma Bozeman, Yesterland Farm, 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, TX 75103 Phone: 903-567-2255

Meet a woman who celebrates the season all year long with her custom ornaments. Pattilu Bowlsby, Garland, TX Phone: 972-496-1963

Find out where to see Texas' Best Christmas Lights.

Plus, meet a man who turns leftover scraps of paper into heartfelt gifts. Don Herring, Lakeridge UMC, 4701 82nd Street, Lubbock, TX Phone: 806-794-4015

Show #955, originally aired 12.17.2005

See a new twist on holiday lighting. Ed Mosley, Ed's Lighted Yard. 3479 Texas Hwy 29E. Llano, TX. Visit www.eds-lightedart.com or call Phone: 866-247-2162 for more information. 

Meet a man who designs jewelry...for Christmas trees. Jim Morris, 608 Earl Garrett St. Kerrville, TX 78028. Visit www.jmdesigner.com or call Phone: 830-896-8878 for more information.

Plus, one viewer chosen at random shows us how she decks the halls. Harriet Rivers, New Braunfels, TX.

And just when we were feeling down, Santa Bob returns in the nick of time.


-Week of 12.9.2013-

Show #1309, originally aired 09.29.2012

See what a British landmark is doing in Texas. Stonehenge II, 120 Point Theatre Rd S., Ingram, TX

Meet a painter who's always brewing up new ideas. Alyssa Derrick, Monk's Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress, Abilene, TX 79601 Phone: 325-437-2984

Find out if your favorite place made our countdown of Texas Best Pizza Places!

Plus, it's an East Texas tradition that rests on the shoulders of one family. Floyd Henderson, Doc's Hot Links, 208 South Wood Street, Gilmer, TX 75644 Phone: 903-843-2025

Show #925, originally aired 05.21.2005

Meet a man who sees a thing of beauty in every wrecked car on his lot. Jerry Perry, Crashmasters. 7413 Andrews Highway, Odessa, TX 79765. Phone: 432-339-0265

Discover an impressive petaled display of flowers that's downright wild. Sam Jones, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. 8545 South Staples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413. Phone: 361-852-2100 www.ccbotanicalgardens.org

Plus, follow the majestic flight of a South Texas falcon up and down the western hemisphere. Alan Tennant, Wildlife Researcher. Phone: 432-386-4119


-Week of 12.2.2013-

Show #1308, originally aired 09.22.2012

See what's lurking in the woods near Glen Rose. Dinosaur World, 1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043 Phone: 254-898-1526

Chow down at a café that's a summer time favorite for state park visitors. Chase Rosa, Neal's Dining Room, 20970 Hwy. 127 at Frio River, Concan, TX 78838 Phone: 830-232-5813

Grab your partner and do-si-do at our list of Texas Best Dance Halls!

Plus, find out how you can get a hands-on history lesson at this resurrected boat shop. Rick Pratt, Farley Boat Works, P.O. Box 677, Port Aransas, TX 78373 Phone:  361-749-3800

Show #924, originally aired 05.14.2005

March with us to San Antonio, and meet a man who's keeping up the beat with his past. Fred Diaz-Alamo City Band, American Legion Hall, Post 2, 3518 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201. Phone: 210-733-0120. www.alamocityband.org

Take a peek into an oh-so-silent South Texas House of Prayer. Father Kelly- Lebh Shomea House of Prayer- La Parra Ranch, P.O. Box 9, Sarita, TX 78385. Phone: 361-294-5369. www.lebhshomea.org

Plus, when it comes to capturing Kodak moments in the wild, this photographer is a natural. Ruth Hoyt- Puerto Rico Ranch, PO Box 3, Linn, TX 78563. Phone: 956-481-3700. www.ruthhoyt.com


-Week of 11.25.2013-

Show #1307, originally aired 09.15.2012

Some folks swear by the water from this roadside spring in the Piney Woods. County Rd. 2205, Canton, TX

Meet a man who brings a little island flavor to the mainland. Kevin Kavanagh, Tiki Loco, Crystal Beach, TX Phone: 409-750-0086

Expand your horizons at three of Texas' Best science museums.

Plus, see how one man's service station is a flashback to a simpler, friendlier time. Maurice Jackson, O'Donnell Oil & Butane Co.,‎ 700 Doak Street, O'Donnell, TX 79351 Phone: 806-428-3434

Show #923, originally aired 05.7.2005

Head southwest in search of some really big bluebonnets. Waynelle Strachan at the Old Alazan Ranch. 122281 N. Lood Rd. Clint, TX 79836. www.texasbluebonnet.com  

Plus, she's been inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, but just wait till you see what this natural born roper calls her greatest pride of all. Sherri Mell & the R.O.P.E.R. Team. P.O. Box 201512, San Antonio, TX 78220. Phone: 210/633/2042, www.eisd.net, smell@eisd.net or roperapp@thebigjungle.net


-Week of 11.18.2013-

Show #1306, originally aired 09.8.2012

Cool off in the place you named Texas Best swimmin' hole.

Meet the man who oversees the official bison herd of Texas, descended all the way from Charles Goodnight's herd. Donald Beard, Caprock Canyons State Park, P.O. Box 204, Quitaque, TX 79255 Phone: 806-455-1492

Plus, see how two filmmakers crossed an ocean and 40 years of time to honor 3 Texas veterans. Michael Grigsby & Rebekah Tolley, Tarian Films, We Went to War, Menard, TX Phone: 325-396-5088

Show #922, originally aired 04.30.2005

Spend some time in the workshop with the blind handymen. Phil Parr and the Blind Handyman Show. Phone: 936-634-9500, 1604 Southwood, Lufkin, TX 75904. phil@philparr.net , www.acbradio.org

Find out why this East Texas artist loves making homes for gnomes. Joseph Hopps of Arbor Castle Birdhouses. www.arborcastlebirdhouses.com

Plus, meet four men from four walks of life who are making one incredible sound. Fraven Adams- 806-765-0050. Singing Plainsmen Phone: 806-795-9978 . Lubbock, TX. www.harmonize.com/singingplainsmen/


-Week of 11.11.2013-

Show #1305, originally aired 09.1.2012

Stop by a jewelry shop with a curious display of pencil carvings. Scott Beranek, Scott's Jewelry, 1503 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766 Phone: 903-589-8368

Take a whirlwind vacation with this storm chasing crew. Dave Holder, Extreme Tornado Tours

See which restaurant you voted as Texas Best chicken fried steak.

Plus, meet a woman who spends all her time caring for sick and injured birds. Karen Montalvo, 5611 Anderson, CR 370, Palestine, TX 75801 Phone: 903-724-4154

Show #913, originally aired 02.26.2005

Find out how these East Texas cowpokes have found their way back to the farm via New York City. Guy and Pip Gillette at the Camp St. Cafe. 215 S. Third Street, Crockett, TX 75835. For more info dial Phone: (936) 544 8656 or toll free, (877) 544 8656. Visit the Camp Street Cafe on the web at www.campstreetcafe.com

Meet a couple of cousins who have brought art and commerce back to downtown Golden, Texas. Karen Musgraves and Cathy Pegues. Belben Nest Gallery. FM 779 & 1799, Golden, Texas. Phone: 903-768-2335. Visit www.texaspaintedladies.com or www.belbennest.com

Plus, there hasn't been a movie theater in Marfa for as long as anybody can remember but a blind man on a bicycle is bringing the silver screen back to life. Gary Olliver. P.O. Box 1174, Marfa, TX 79843. Phone: 432-729-4280. Email Gary at golliver@sbcglobal.net


-Week of 11.4.2013-

Show #1304, originally aired 08.25.2012

Meet a man who's taking a stand about his favorite water sport - stand up paddle boarding. Geoffrey Bailey, SUPNB.com, New Braunfels, TX Phone: 830-660-9899

Visit a small town cafe where the chicken fried steaks can outnumber the citizens. Mary Tretter, Mary's Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX Phone: 254-672-5741

Plus, visit the "land of the sun" to see how one man makes a living combining art and science into sundials. John Carmichael, Sundial Sculptures, 925 East Foothills Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718 Phone: 520-696-1709

Show #913, originally aired 02.26.2005

Explore the final frontier with a handmade telescope. Tom Noe, Teleport Telescopes, 4030 North Highway 78, Wylie, TX, 75098. Phone: 972-442-5232. www.teleporttelescopes.com tomnoe@teleporttelescopes.com

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of an Old West oasis. Dieter Gerzymisch, Cattleman's Steakhouse, near Fabens, TX (30 Miles east of El Paso) Phone: (915) 544-3200. www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com

Plus, find out why this Texas author is singing the blues. Kathleen Hudson, PhD. P.O. Box 291945 Kerrville, TX. 78029. Phone: 830-792-1945.


-Week of 10.28.2013-

Show #1303, originally aired 08.18.2012

Visit an old-fashioned sweet shop on the Galveston strand. La King's Confectionery, Jack King, 2323 Strand Rear Street, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-762-6100

Meet a husband and wife who make premium tables just for dominos. Mario & Shirley Bello, El Cubanito, 9500 NW 79 AVE, Suite 3, Miami, FL 33016 Phone: 305-725-5412

Plus, we explore the unique tradition of 9-pin bowling in the Hill Country. Blanco Bowling Club Cafe, 310 Fourth St., Blanco, TX 78606 Phone: 830-833-4416

Show #919, originally aired 04.9.2005

Find out why this legendary law enforcement officer is responsible for the phrase...One riot, one Ranger. Joaquin Jackson and Liz Jackson, Box C101 - Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX. 79830. Phone: 432-837-8143.

Is it art or is it junk? Meet an artist with a welder who says it's a little bit of both. Gary Russell, 5380 Creekside, Melissa, TX 75454. Phone: 972-837-2365

Plus, her distinctive voice has taken this yodeling cowgirl from Fort Worth all the way around the world. Devon Dawson, Phone: 817-521-4969, www.cowtownopry.org, dawson@ev1.net


-Week of 10.21.2013-

Show #1302, originally aired 08.11.2012

Meet a man who's taking a stand about his favorite water sport - stand up paddle boarding. Geoffrey Bailey, SUPNB.com, New Braunfels, TX Phone: 830-660-9899

Visit a small town cafe where the chicken fried steaks can outnumber the citizens. Mary Tretter, Mary's Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX Phone: 254-672-5741

Plus, visit the "land of the sun" to see how one man makes a living combining art and science into sundials. John Carmichael, Sundial Sculptures, 925 East Foothills Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718 Phone: 520-696-1709

Show #913, originally aired 02.26.2005

Explore the final frontier with a handmade telescope. Tom Noe, Teleport Telescopes, 4030 North Highway 78, Wylie, TX, 75098. Phone: 972-442-5232. www.teleporttelescopes.com tomnoe@teleporttelescopes.com

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of an Old West oasis. Dieter Gerzymisch, Cattleman's Steakhouse, near Fabens, TX (30 Miles east of El Paso) Phone: (915) 544-3200. www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com

Plus, find out why this Texas author is singing the blues. Kathleen Hudson, PhD. P.O. Box 291945 Kerrville, TX. 78029. Phone: 830-792-1945.


-Week of 10.14.13-

Show # 1301, originally aired 08.4.2012

Take a dip in one of the state's best swimming holes. Charles Neuman, Wes Cooksey Park, Camp Wood, TX 78833 Phone: 830-597-3223

See a sticky sight that's as gross as it is engrossing. Market Theater Gum Wall, 1428 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101

Plus, go behind the scenes as a "penguin-keeper for a day" at Moody Gardens. Maggie Reynolds, Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554 Phone: 409-683-4166

Show # 912, originally aired 2.19.2005

Meet a fire fighter who never gets tired of the daily grind. Jonathan Flynn, Fireman's Coffee, 1802 Winding Hollow, Katy, TX. 77450. Phone: 281-398-6747 or 281-808-3766. www.lonestarcoffees.com

Plus, re-visit the red earth of Tara right here in Texas. Bobbie Hardy, Gone With The Wind Museum, 408 Taylor Street, Jefferson, TX 75657. Phone: 903-665-1939. www.scarlettohardy.com

Find out why the war in Iraq is hitting a close to home for this close-knit family of shoe cobblers. Jaret and Walter Tatar, Wayne's Shoe Repair, 407 West Main, Denison, TX 75020. Phone: 903-465-9301.

-Week of 10.7.13-

Show # 1300, originally aired 07.28.2012

See Mount Rushmore like you never have before - up close and personal. We'll meet the men who climb all over this national monument. Duane Bubac, Mount Rushmore Ropes Team, 13000 Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota Phone: 605-574-3171

Visit Galveston's latest landmark fun spot - the rebuilt Pleasure Pier. Mark Cane, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island, TX 77550 Phone: 1-855-789-7437

Plus, we'll tour a collection of rare artifacts at the Alamo. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 Phone: 210-225-1071

Show # 911, originally aired 2.12.2005

Meet a man who's coming out of retirement to perform a real class act. M.G. Vasquez, Lounge Singer, 109 Bowling Green Drive, Victoria, TX. 77904. Phone: 361-578-4763. Mvasquez@cox-internet.com www.entertainmentbymg.com

Find out why El Paso locals are going loco for "The old place by the graveyard." Leo Duran, L & J Cafe. 3622 East Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903. Phone: 915-566-8418

Plus, discover how a historic and nearly forgotten hotel found it's salvation...in the sweet strains of a melody. John Defoore, Beckham Hotel. 115 E Commerce St. Mineola, TX 75773. Phone: 903-569-8037. www.pineywoodspicknparlor.com


-Week of 09.30.13-

Show # 1299, originally aired 07.21.2012

Meet a man who's bringing the far east to Fort Worth. Scott Brooks, Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 Phone: 817-871-7686

Tour an exclusive museum where the best artists will never be displayed. Louise Reilly Sacco, Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), 580 High Street, Dedham, Massachusetts 02026-1845 Phone: 781-444-6757

Visit an amusement park where children of all abilities get to play side-by-side. Gordon Hartman, Morgan's Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233 Phone: 210-637-3434

Show # 902, originally aired 12.11.2004

It’s a little bit of Hollywood right here in Texas, find out how this pint-sized production team is making movies. Linda Seto, Young Actors Studio, 11496 Luna Rd Suite G Dallas, TX 75234. Phone: 972-401-2090 contact@youngactors.org

Learn where to get tamales by the truckload. Mike and Mark Hale, Pedro's Tamales Phone: 800-522-9531 pedro@tamale.com

Plus, it's the final chapter in the history of a beloved Gulf Coast Landmark. Matagorda Island State Park, PO Box 117, Port O'Connor TX 77982 Phone: 361.983.2215

Matagorda Island Foundation, PO Box 557 Port La Vaca, TX 77979 Phone: 361.552.7621


-Week of 09.23.13-

Show # 1298, originally aired 07.14.2012

We'll see what a man can do with a meteorite. Odessa Meteor Crater Museum, Tom Rodman, 3100 Meteor Crater Road, Odessa, TX 79764 Phone: 432-381-0946. Meteorite Jewelry - Randy Bryant, P.O. Box 8009, Midland, TX 79708. Phone: 432-694-3822

We'll find out exactly what's in the middle of nowhere - Nowhere, Oklahoma.

And we'll meet a family of dolphins who live along our Texas coast. George and Scarlet Colley, PO Box 2611, S. Padre Island, TX 78597 Phone: 956-761-7178 or fin2feather@aol.com

Show # 901, originally aired 12.04.2004

Meet a man who’s hammered a living out of bright sheets of copper. Gerald Tobola, 10933 Birch, LaPorte, TX 77571 Phone: 281.470.2616 www.coppershadetree.com gerald@coppershadetree.com

See what’s cookin’ off the old town square. Jerry Ebensberger, The Rosebud, 102 S. Main St. Victoria, TX 77901 Phone: 361.573.5111 www.rosebudfountain.com

And find out why one woman’s on a personal mission to support our troops. Robbie Maxwell, Hwy 69, Huntington, TX 75949 Phone: 936.422.4137


-Week of 09.16.13-

Show # 1291, originally aired 05.26.2012

Meet a high school coach who knows how to put together a winning team. Ray Bullock, 300 East Hendryx, Alpine, TX 79830 Phone: 432-837-7710

Visit a fragrant factory where you can mix up almost any scent imaginable. Barry Clark, Scent Chips, 503 E. Nueva, San Antonio, TX 78205 Phone: 1-800-472-3687

Help one seafaring couple say goodbye to their floating home. John & Yvonne Laurenson, Corpus Christi, TX

Show # 900, originally aired 11.27.2004

He’s taking junk science to another level in his very own museum. Robert Little, 2501 Blue Jay Dr, Temple, TX 76502 Phone: 254.778.1592

Plus, spin your wheels at the Windmill Farm Bed and Breakfast. Chuck Rickgauer, 6625 Colony, Tolar, TX 76476, Phone: 254.835.4168 www.thewindmillfarm.com

And they’re known as the Sensational Six…find out why these boys are the heart and soul of Blackwell, TX. Doug Cook, Principal, Blackwell High School Phone: 325.282.2311


-Week of 09.9.13-

Show # 1290, originally aired 05.19.2012

Why settle for a slice when you can eat the whole pie? Meet a baker whose itty, bitty treats are a big hit in the Panhandle. Skeeter Huffaker, Biti Pies, 604 S. Maryland St., Amarillo, TX 79106 Phone: 806-367-6413

Visit an art gallery devoted to old-fashioned, hand-carved, duck decoys. R.D. Wilson, Blue Moose Gallery, Ben Wheeler, TX Phone: 903-253-5256

See how this inspiring athlete raises the bar for her competition. Charlotte Brown, Rains High School, Emory, TX

Show # 899, originally aired 11.20.2004

Keeping the beat means a lot more than patrolling the street. Lt. Greg Denman, 300 East Shepherd, Lufkin, TX 75902 Phone: (936) 633-0321 gdenman@lufkinpolice.com www.lufkinpolice.com/bandnew.htm

Where can you find country cookin’ in the Big City? Vern's Place, Vern Simmons, 3600 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226, Phone: 214.823.0435

Plus, find out what made J. Adams pick up his guitar again after so many years. Jay Boy Adams jayboy@musicoffice.com http://www.jayboyadams.com/home.htm


-Week of 09.2.13-

Show # 1289, originally aired 05.12.2012

Meet a man whose skateboard business is really ramping up. Max Saxon, Blitzkrieg Sk8z, Tyler, TX Phone: 903-312-9131 mxlsx64@gmail.com

Turn up the heat on your tastebuds with the "Burger from Hell." Rob Haas, Coyote Bluff Cafe, 2417 S. Grand, Amarillo, TX 79103 Phone: 806-373-4640

See how one group rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and returns them to their natural habitat. Jeff George, Sea Turtles Inc., 6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597 Phone: 956-761-4511

Show # 898, originally aired 11.13.2004

Meet an artist who really is burning the candle at both ends. Lynda Wilson, 4955 County 429, Van Alstyne, TX 75495, Phone: 972.924.4991 www.batiksbylynda.com

Find out the secret behind the most unique house in Temple, TX. Brenda White, 1714 S. 61st. St. Temple ,TX 76504, Phone: 254.207.2806

Go for a spin on one engineer’s backyard obsession. Tim and Keith Ann Gearn, 3532 CR7, Hereford, TX 79045, Phone: 806.364.5655 timgearn@amaonline.com


-Week of 08.26.13-

Show # 1288, originally aired 05.05.2012

He's the busiest service technician in town, and you won't believe how many calls the typewriter repairman gets. Ed Ellis, Best Services, 801 Avenue K, Plano, TX 75074 Phone: 972-867-2220

See how a homegrown fashion designer turns old boots into cowgirl chic. Arlie Garrett, Rootin' Tootin' Boutique, Morgan Mill, TX Phone: 254-965-8505

Plus, find out why a treasure ship carrying 15 thousand pounds of silver may still be buried along the Gulf Coast. Rick Stryker, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, 1900 North Chaparral Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Phone: 361-826-4650

Show # 897, originally aired 11.06.2004

Find out one man’s secret to making beautiful Mexican tile. Michael Olguin, 1022 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78201 Phone: 210.736.2634 www.reesotiles.com

See what it takes to keep a small town alive. Hotel Garza, Jim and Janice Plummer, 302 East Main, Post, TX 79356 Phone: 806.495.3962 www.hotelgarza.com

Plus, it’s out with the old and in with the new for one Texas hospital. Randall Young, 1500 South Sunset, Littlefield, TX 79339 Phone: 806.385.6411


-Week of 08.19.13-

Show #1287, originally aired 04.28.2012

We go to Austin to fetch three tales about man's best friend. Find out why pets make much better portrait subjects than people. Peggy Box, Austin, TX

Visit a bakery that's gone to the dogs. Diane Hamar, Tail Waggins Bakery, 2102 North Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626 Phone: 512-868-0047

And meet Piper, the amazing one-eyed painting bulldog. Artist Jessica Stone and Piper Stone, Austin, TX Phone: 512-736-8608

Show # 896, originally aired 10.30.2004

Find out how a pen can preserve the past, without ever writing a word. Kenn Hill, 2 Hialeah, Odessa, TX 79761, ph# 432.550.4955 kenn@kennspenns.com, www.kennspenns.com

Take a trip to T.V. land with one woman’s tribute to her favorite show. www.munstermansion.com

Plus, he’s the most reluctant artist we’ve ever met and also one of the most talented. Dusty Tower (deceased)


-Week of 08.12.13-

Show # 1286, originally aired 04.21.2012

Meet a man preserving a family legacy of spectacular stained glass creations. Adrian Cavallini, Cavallini Studios, 3410 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201 Phone: 210-733-8161

Visit a museum of the people, by the people, and for the people who love RV's and travel trailers. Jack & Trent Sisemore, Sisemore RV Museum, 4341 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX Phone: 806-358-4891

Plus, legendary boot maker Charlie Dunn may be gone, but his work lives on through his apprentice. Lee Miller, Texas Traditions, 2222 College Avenue, Austin, TX Phone: 512-443-4447

Show # 895, originally aired 10.23.2004

This week on Texas Country Reporter, A highfalutin 19th century pastime gets countrified...Rob McLaughlin, 136 Philly Court Fischer, TX 78623, ph#830 935 3272 texasrsm@aol.com

Find out why this baker has the donut business cornered...Roger Phillips, 613 West 24th St, Plainview, TX 79072. ph#806.296.9632

Plus, we'll meet a woman who found the cure for an empty nest, in a baseball dugout. Wendy Gordon, C/O Roundrock Express, 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd, Roundrock, TX 78664 ph# 512.255.2255


-Week of 08.05.13-

Show # 1279, originally aired 03.03.2012

Stare into the soul of small-town Texas with help from an expert photographer. Keith Carter, From Uncertain to Blue, Beaumont, TX

Meet a salesman who's always up to something fishy. The Candle Man sells some of the strangest scents you've ever smelled. Rick Presley, The Candleman, Arlington, TX

Plus, see how the fragile beauty of the whooping crane inspires one versatile artist. Sazon whooping crane art, 114 N. Austin Street, Rockport, TX

Show # 894, 10.16.2004

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Find out why this west Texas man has filled his home with some of the deadliest creatures on earth. Earl Turner, 2291 San Pedro Drive, HCR3 Box 1914 Del Rio, TX 78840 ph# 830.774.2909 or 830.774.3020

We’ll visit the pumpkin capital of Texas. Tim Assiter, Floydada Pumkins, PO Box 70, Floydada, TX 79235 ph# 806.983.3322 www.pumpkinranch.com

Plus, they’re preserving the past by rebuilding the airplanes they built decades before. Dick Atkins, Director of Public Relations, Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation 1601 West Marshal Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051


-Week of 7.29.13-

Show # 1278, originally aired 02.25.2012

See what a world-class artist can create with little more than beeswax and a blowtorch. Darrell Troppy, 1393 Broadway, Beaumont, TX 77704  361-947-1871

Meet a man who bangs out unique jewelry faster than a speeding bullet. Jacob Burow, Impact Accessories, Bryan, TX  

Plus, watch these wild mustangs go from pasture to pen, thanks to one gifted horse trainer. Robert Carlson, Western Clinics, Paradise, TX

Show # 893, originally aired 09.18.2004

Find out how this West Texas couple turned an overgrown cow pasture into one of the biggest attractions in the county. Charles and Nina Harris, P.O. Box 102 Llano, TX 78643. The story takes place in San Saba.

Meet a father and son team who built a business right on cue. Alton and Paul Sumrall, 12610 County Road. 3100, Posey, TX. Phone: 806.778.1957, www.sscues.com

Plus, once it was an overnight stop for movie stars...and now you can find out why Hotel Paisano is the new jewel of the desert. Joe Duncan, Hotel Paisano, 207 North Highland Street, Marfa, TX Phone: 866.729.3669 www.hotelpaisano.com


-Week of 7.22.13-

Show # 1277, originally aired 02.18.2012

Visit a hardware store that's completely off the grid. The Industrial Country Market makes its own power, water, and food; and they'll show you how you can, too. Dan Bretch, Industrial Country Market, 1799 Highway 71, Columbus, TX  979-732-6565

Tour a bb gun collection that's the envy of anyone who was told "You'll shoot your eye out!" Sam Pope, Unique Antiques, 138 E. Sylvan St/Hwy 290, Carmine, TX 78932  979-278-3690

Plus, see how the dedication of the Crystal City Internment Camp has led to healing for hundreds of families. Crystal City, TX  Contact: William McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission, 108 West 16th Street, Austin, TX 78701 Phone: 512-463-6096

Show # 892, originally aired 09.18.2004

He's a guitar pluckin' cowboy who really is at home on the range. We'll help ourselves to some homemade cobbler. Glenn Moreland, Cowboy Outfitters, P.O. Box 594, Fort Davis, TX 79734, Phone: 800.915.3793 www.texcowboy.com

The soothing sounds of Sistercreek will relax your mind, as you sample the fruit of the hill country. Danny Hernandez, Sistercreek Vineyards, 1142 Sisterdale Road (FM 1376) Sisterdale, TX 78006. Phone: (830) 324.6704 (Business hours) (830)324.6682 (Evenings) www.sistercreekvineyards.com  

Plus, we're staying up late with a woman who's discovered a mysterious talent...Just wait till you see what else she's found. Marjorie Lee Burnett, 15138 FM 1116 P.O. Box 61, Smiley, TX 78159-0061, ph#830.587.6445


-Week of 07.15.13-

Show # 1276, originally aired 02.11.2012

See how this El Paso sculptor blends art with household appliances. Margarita Cabrera, El Paso, TX  915-309-5957

Visit the ultimate "man cave," an antique store that only has one rule - "No sewing machines!" Compton Creel & Robert Owen, M'Antiques, 424 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 75208  214-680-4960

Plus, meet a man preserving Southern heritage from the era just after the Civil War. Sam Collins III, Stringfellow Orchards, 7902 HWY 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563  409-256-3822

Show # 891, originally aired 09.18.2004

It could be the most offbeat of any offbeat stop you've ever seen. Find out why folks are just dying to see the museum of funeral history. Chris Layton, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090, Phone: 281.876.3063 www.nmfh.org (Q: What is the difference between a casket and a coffin? A: Acasket is rectangular and a coffin is wide at the top and narrows at the bottom to mimic human form.)

Meet a man who's carved out a market in goof-ball golf balls. Bill Williams, 1970 North Leslie Street #542, Pahrump N.V., 89060, Phone: 830.426.1627

Plus, hear the country swing band sound from three sisters who aren't just fiddling around. Mckenzies' Music, 315 South Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063, Phone: 817.473.6022, wefiddle@yahoo.com


-Week of 07.08.13-

Show # 1268, originally aired 12.17.2011

It's a tale of two schools as we go from large to small....

First, see how the biggest marching band in America entertains their home crowd. Charles Pennington - Band Director, Allen High School Marching Band, 300 Rivercrest Blvd., Allen, TX 75002-2174

Then visit a remote West Texas town where one student can be an entire class. Valentine I.S.D., Valentine, TX

Plus, we'll meet a man whose job it is to play with his favorite childhood toy. Join us for a behind the scenes tour of LegoLand Discovery Center. Cal Walsh, Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, TX 76051 469-444-3050

Show # 890, originally aired 09.18.2004

Find out why this East Texas swampthing is a welcome sight if your looking to skim across the east Texas cypress bogs. Stan Floyd 108 East Lutcher Drive, Orange, TX 77632 www.americanairboats.com Phone: 800.241.6390

Take a spin through a red-hot art studio. Jim Bowman, 1419 East Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75215, www.bowmanglass.com Phone: 214.426.4777.

Plus, found out how this World War II war veteran is being honored with kind words, a camera, and a caring son.


-Week of 7.01.13-

Show # 1267, originally aired 12.10.2011

It's called "extreme porching," and it's how they relax at a rustic inn in an abandoned ghost town. Kaci Fullwood, Upstairs at the Mansion B & B, 1 Perry Mansion Drive, HC 70 Box 209, Terlingua, TX 79852 360-713-3408 [CLOSED]

Chow down at the oldest deli in the state - right in the middle of downtown Victoria. Cathy Wyatt & Therese Bomersbach, Fosatti's Delicatessen, 302 S. Main, Victoria, TX 77901 361-576-3354

Plus, see how scuba diving helps wounded warriors leave their injuries behind. John Duggan, Duggan Diving, 928 Coronado Blvd., Universal City, TX 78148 210-658-7495. Mark Heniser, Center for the Inrepid, 3551 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 210-916-6100

Show # 889, originally aired 09.11.2004

Travel deep down into the heart of Texas to a hideaway that could be one of the most unusual music venues in the state. Longhorn Caverns, Kaye Barlow, P.O. Box 732 Burnet, TX 78611 Phone: 877.441.CAVE

He’s done a half day’s work before sunrise and he’s just getting started. Find out why this dairy farmer could be the hardest working man in Texas. Chuck Reiter, 4055 FM 51 Gainesville, TX 76240-0211 Phone: 940.665.8982

Plus, see how Lajitas, Texas, is being transformed from desert oasis to desert resort. Lajitas, HC 70, Box 400 Lajitas, TX 79852, Phone: 432.424.5000


-Week of 6.24.13-

Show # 1266, originally aired 12.03.2011

See how statewide droughts have left one artist overflowing with ideas. Carlos Mosley, River Rustic Rock Art, 215A West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 830-997-6585

Visit a family style cafe that serves up all the home cookin' you can eat. Billy Allen, Allen Family Style Meals, Sweetwater, TX 325-235-2060

Plus, meet a man whose repair shop runs like clockwork. Charlie Grantham, 716 N Jackson Ave., Odessa, TX 79761 432-337-6545

Show # 873, originally aired 05.22.2004

It’s the largest collection of Vietnam War documents and artifacts in existence, and it’s right here in the lone star state. Vietnam Center, Dr. James Reckner, Math building, room 4, Lubbock, TX 79409-1045 Phone: 806.742.3742

Visit a museum dedicated to the war between the states. Julie Holcomb, 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110 Phone: 903.875.7438

Plus find out how one woman is using a computer to quilt salutes to the armed services. Margaret Bucklew, Portrait Quilts www.chiseledincloth.com


-Week of 6.17.13-

Show # 1264, originally aired 11.19.2011

Meet a man who's bringing back a deep south, blues tradition - the home made, hand made, cigar box guitar! Furman Harris, Nacogdoches, TX 936-564-5419

Visit a family bakery in the heart of the Hill Country. Todd & Ross Granzin, Naegelin's Bakery, 129 South Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5130 830-625-5722

Plus, dig for the truth about the first humans in America. A Texas A & M professor takes us to his monumental research site. Dr. Michael Waters, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 4352 TAMU, 210 Anth Bldg, College Station, TX 77843-4352 979-845-4046

Show # 872, originally aired 05.15.2004

Visit a tiny Texas town that is the inspiration for many a musical masterpiece. Doug Smith, www.dougsmith.com Phone: 800-269-7552

Find out why some of the best sausage in the state is green. Marvin and Charles Green, 16493 Highway 53, Zabcikville, TX Phone: 254.985.2585

Plus, it’s blueberry picking time on the family farm. Blue Berry Hill Farm, 10268 FM 314, Edom, TX Phone: 903.852.6175, E-mail: blueberryhillfarms.com


-Week of 6.10.13-

Show #1263, originally aired 11.12.2011

See how people across the state salute the brave men and women of America's armed forces.

Visit a museum dedicated to our costliest war. Ray & Judy Richey, Texas Civil War Museum, 760 N Jim Wright Fwy, Fort Worth, TX,  817-246-2323

Listen to the patriotic sounds of a historic army band. Doug Parman, 323rd Med Com Band, Fort Sam Houston, TX  

Plus, see how one man has made it his mission to honor fallen heroes. Ken "the dauber" Pridgeon, Portrait of a Warrior Memorial ArtGallery, 308 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown, TX 77520

Show # 871, originally aired 05.08.2004

Meet a man who is rebuilding two wheeled memories of childhood. Juan Deleon 202 Wickhamford Way, Houston, TX 77015, 713.502.5137 E-mail at: bikevato@bikevato.com

Find out the history behind a smokestack that is a West Texas icon. T. Lindsay Baker (Gordon Center), 254.968.1866 Website: www.tarleton.edu/~gordoncenter Andrea Bennett (Smokestack)  254.672.5560

Plus, we’re in the studio with a Texas recording artist that’s "born and bound for the road". Brian Houser, brianhouser.com


-Week of 6.3.13-

Show #1262, originally aired 11.05.2011

We eat our way across the state with a man who literally wrote the book on hamburgers. Rick Vanderpool, The Texas Hamburger Book, Lubbock, TX  Contact: www.stateart.net Ordering: www.whatssograpeabouttexas.com

Meet a woman who's "bugging out" about her latest art project. Laura Gillis, metal bug sculptures, Iowa Park,  Web: http://yellowcatart.com/

Plus, see how a horse and driver team honor departed loved ones with an elegant last ride in a horse-drawn hearse. Cynthia Stickle, Clydesdale Carriage Company, Smithville, TX 78957  512-925-9337

Show # 870, originally aired 05.01.2004

Meet a photographer who’s making new images with an ancient technique. Robb Kendrick, 1672 Mckinney Loop, Blanco, TX 78608, 830.833.2202

Come along on a weekend getaway to the gulf coast. Lighthouse Inn 200 South Fulton Beach Road, Rockport, TX 78382,  866.790.8439, Rocky Reese (Owner) www.lighthousetexas.com

Plus, she was born before radio, television or automobiles…but this centenarian is right at home on the Internet. Esther Hearne 503 E. Hodges, Palestine, TX 75801, 903.729.6195. Timothy Triplett 1002 E. Angelina St. Palestine, TX 75801


-Week of 5.27.13-

Show #1261, originally aired 10.29.2011

Meet a man whose homemade barbecue sauce has become his golden ticket. Barry King, Brothers Sauces, Fort Worth, TX 76107  817-879-0907

We tour the Gulf Coast like we never have before - from the seat of a kayak. Dr. John Whorff, Kayaking the Texas Coast, TAMU Press #978-1-60344-225-1, Corpus Christi, TX  

Plus, see how these museum curators have become part of their own exhibit on German heritage. Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624  830-990-8441

Show # 869, originally aired 04.24.2004

Stop by a roadside south Texas café and find out why folks call this chef "the king". Trine's Super Tacos, Trinidad Bermea, Highway 57 Box 383, LaPryor, TX 78872, 830.365.4597

He says he’s the master of making something from nothing…and what he’s making from Texas mesquite will amaze you. Everett Fulton, 2535 River Oaks Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78132, 830.629.3102

Plus, you may think your boots are worn out, but there’s a man in Mineola who’s resoling and reselling footwear found in the garbage. Clark Broadhurst 702 South Pacific (Highway 69) Mineola, TX 75773


-Week of 5.20.13-

Show #1252, originally aired 08.27.2011

Have a ball at a museum honoring the oldest sport in existence. Then, see what science has in store for the future of bowling. Neil Stremmel, International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011  817-385-8215 E-mail: info@bowlingmuseum.com

Next, hang ten with a champion surfer testing the waters of the art world. John Olvey, Art of Surf, Corpus Christi, TX  

Plus, visit a theme park where all types of kids can play together. Gordon Hartman, Morgan's Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233  210-637-3434

Show # 868, originally aired 04.17.2004

Find out why the entire south Texas town of Panna Maria is rejoicing at the sounds of church bells. Adrian Niestroy, 513 PR 5290 Hobson, TX 78117, 830.780.2650

Stop by for a hot meal and a cold drink at a place in the middle of no where. Frank's Cafe, Frank Gutierrez (Father) and Bobby (Bob) Gutierrez (Son) 502 East Galbraith, Hebbronville, TX 78361, 361.527.9081

Plus, he's a very special firedog who makes house calls on kids in need. Captain Barbie Boubel, Converse Fire Department, 107 Station St. Converse, TX 78109. 210.658.8900


-Week of 5.13.13-

Show #1251, originally aired 08.20.2011

Meet a couple who says the latest buzz in Big D is "Zip Code Honey" from their tiny bees. Brandon & Susan Pollard, Texas Honeybee Guild, Dallas, TX

Visit a hidden garden oasis where anyone can relax in paradise. Shangri-La Botanical Gardens, 2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, TX 77630 409-670-9113

Plus, see how a Native American tribe is recapturing their heritage one tattoo at a time. Haida Gwaii tattos by Bart Willis, Southside Tattoo, 1313 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 512-444-1313

Show # 861, originally aired 02.28.2004

It’s an East Texas landmark that almost ended up on the bottom of lake. Mark and Johnnie Thomas Jr. Caddo Fishin Barge.

Visit an Abilene factory that’s shipping suckers all over the United States. Mike O'Neal, Lollypops and Candies Company, 741 North 3rd. Abilene, TX 79604. Phone - 325.673.6483

Plus, find out why this former fashion model is keeping the family farm alive. Deborah Rogers, 300 McNaughton Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76114. Phone - 817.737.9776


-Week of 05.06.13-

Show # 1288, originally aired 05.05.2012

He's the busiest service technician in town, and you won't believe how many calls the typewriter repairman gets. Ed Ellis, Best Services, 801 Avenue K, Plano, TX 75074 Phone: 972-867-2220

See how a homegrown fashion designer turns old boots into cowgirl chic. Arlie Garrett, Rootin' Tootin' Boutique, Morgan Mill, TX Phone: 254-965-8505

Plus, find out why a treasure ship carrying 15 thousand pounds of silver may still be buried along the Gulf Coast. Rick Stryker, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, 1900 North Chaparral Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Phone: 361-826-4650

Show # 897, originally aired 11.06.2004

Find out one man’s secret to making beautiful Mexican tile. Michael Olguin, 1022 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78201 Phone: 210.736.2634 www.reesotiles.com

See what it takes to keep a small town alive. Hotel Garza, Jim and Janice Plummer, 302 East Main, Post, TX 79356 Phone: 806.495.3962 www.hotelgarza.com

Plus, it’s out with the old and in with the new for one Texas hospital. Randall Young, 1500 South Sunset, Littlefield, TX 79339 Phone: 806.385.6411


-Week of 4.29.13-

Show #1250, originally aired 08.13.2011

He's a self taught blacksmith who isn't even old enough to drive! See how one kid's curiosity turned into an obsession. Andrew Smith, Iron Creek Forge, Van, TX 903-363-2349

Find out where you can order vintage movie posters from the golden era of the silver screen. Kirby McDaniel, MovieArt.net, Austin, TX

Plus, meet a man preserving the history of the Texas countryside one antique bridge at a time. Bob McGinnis, Ellis-McGinnis Construction Co, PO Box 40, 2895 Eddy-Gatesville Pkwy, Eddy, TX 76524-3911 254-859-5494

Show # 860, originally aired 02.21.2004

It's a big crime in a small town and it's got the whole community wondering who pulled off the "camper caper." Don Hemby, 2908 Nicholson Dr. Tyler, TX 75707 903.581.2604, or 903.549.2130.

We'll fly in to a hotel where the runway is right out the front door. Rich Estenson, Hangar Hotel 155 Airport Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, 830.997.4999 or visit them on the internet: www.hangarhotel.com

Plus, meet skidboot...he's the most amazing cow dog you've ever seen. David Hartwig, 1989 Sally Goodin, Quinlan, TX 75474, 903.356.4491 or www.skidboot.com


-Week of 04.22.13-

Show # 1249, originally aired 08.06.2011

Have a ball with a dedicated Little League umpire. This full-time pharmacist steps up to the plate every season to call games for free. Bob Batton, Arlington, TX

Meet a painter who has turned Pennsylvania Dutch barn hexes into a Texas art form. Mary Wenzel, Texas Hexes, Canyon Lake, TX Phone: 830-643-9514

Plus, see how a remote used car lot is giving criminals the deal they deserve. Sheriff Arvin West, Hudspeth County Law Enforcement Center, P.O. Box 39, Sierra Blanca, TX 79851

Show # 859, originally aired 02.14.04

Find out why one Texas Town has taken its entire history and stored it on a computer. Neal Murphy, San Augustine County Historical Foundation, 108 W. Columbia Street San Augustine, TX 75972 Phone: 936.288.3111

Vist a small town feed store where the feed has been replaced by fine wine. Menard Wine, contact: March Compton, P.O. Box 786 Menard, TX 76859 Phone: 325.396.4601

Plus, why is this New York City police officer selling hot dogs on the side of the road near Big Spring? Thomas Tafuro, Big Spring, TX 79721 (CLOSED)


-Week of 04.15.13-

Show # 1238, originally aired 05.21.2011

It's called "The Kazoo of Guitars." Find out if anyone, and we mean anyone, really can play a zither. Tony Meeks, Zither Music Company, 2305 South Day Street #206, Brenham, TX 77833 Phone: 979-820-7010

Visit a military surplus store in Galveston that houses more than a hundred years of history. Suzie Reiswerg, Colonel Bubbie's Strand Surplus Center, 2202 Strand, Galveston, TX 77550 Phone: 1-800-231-6005

Plus, see how one tiny rug factory still weaves the old-fashioned way. Reinhard Schoffthaler, Ingrid's Hand-woven Rugs, 141 South Roberts Avenue, Paint Rock, TX 76866 Phone: 325-732-4370

Show # 858, originally aired 02.07.2004

Find out why this north Texas barber turned a storage room into a recording studio -- and made himself a star. Dooney Brown, 408 East Camp Wisdom, Duncanville, TX 75116, Phone: 214.523.2742

Stop by a hill country factory that’s choc full of sweets for your sweetie. Lecia Duke, Chocolat, 330 West Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, Phone: 800.842.3382

Plus, it’s a unique art that takes a steady hand and a red hot "brush". Kathleen Marie Wilson, 491 Wildwood Lane, Johnson City, TX 78636 Phone: 830.868.0335 www.kathleenmariestudio.com


-Week of 04.08.13-

Show #1237, originally aired 05.14.2011

Wildflower season is in full bloom. Meet a woman who can brighten up any empty lot with a Red River Seed Bomb. Carolyn and Melvin Grissom, 805 Sessions, Bowie, TX 76230 Phone: 940-366-0574

Visit a museum dedicated to technology from a long, lost era... Art Schulze, 20th Century Technology Museum, 231 S. Fulton St., Wharton, TX 77488 Phone: 979-282-8810

Plus, we go back to the days of the wild frontier. See how this Catholic priest runs his church like a Spanish mission. Father John Parnell, St. Augustine Catholic Church, 270 Byron St., Fort Worth, TX 76114-3815 Phone: 817-569-7543

Show # 850, originally aired 12.13.2003

It could be called the original settler of Texas…find out how the majestic Elk is making a comeback on the south plains. Todd Franks, 7012 68th St. Lubbock, TX 79424, Phone: 806.798.0033 www.texaselkcompany.com

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to a south Texas praline factory. Aunt Aggie De's Pralines, 311 W. Sinton St. Phone: 512.467.2464 www.auntaggiede.com

Plus, it was a project that the congregation of one tiny Texas church thought was to tough to tackle…but now their sanctuary shines with new light. Rev. Marie Helm, P.O. Box 187 New Castle, TX 76372, Phone: 940.846.3352


-Week of 04.01.13-

Show # 1236, originally aired 05.07.2011

Sip a sample of South American coffee with a Texas twist - It's roasted one basket at a time over a mesquite fire. Tim Gikas, Mesquite-Roasted Coffee, P.O. Box 1581, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Phone: 830-992-9041

See how a pair of seafood markets in Galveston get fish so fresh it was swimming just hours ago. Sampson & Sons: 409-763-9316; Katie's Seafood Market: 409-763-8160, Pier 19, 1902 Wharf Rd, Galveston, TX 77550

Plus, meet an Abilene group that helps women all over the world lift themselves out of poverty with a needle and thread. Linda Egle, Eternal Threads, 101 Walnut, Abilene, TX, 79601 Phone: 325-672-6000

Show # 849, originally aired 12.06.2003

He says it’s something nobody needs, but a lot of folks want. Cast-off with some of the fanciest fishing rods you’ll ever find. Capt. Pete Smith, Heirloom Custom Rods & Guide Service, 628 Summit Dr. East, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512.847.5000 www.heirloomcustomrods.com

Stop by for some home cookin’ that comes complete with a hug from grannie. Two Grannies, June Thomas and Gloria Whitley, Glen Rose, TX [CLOSED].

Plus, when your windmill breaks, who you gonna call? Butch Gilliland, 306 W. Jackson, Floydada, TX 79235, Phone: 806.983.5141


-Week of 03.25.13-

Show # 1235, originally aired 04.30.2011

Meet the most accomplished author you've never heard of. With nearly 500 books, Tom Tierney is known as the King of Paper Dolls. TomKat Paper Dolls & Shangri La Emporium, 216 Main St., Smithville, TX 78957 Phone: 512-237-1256

Visit a vintage candy store where the memories are as sweet as the gourmet popcorn. Tim & Kim Lloyd, Mom & Popcorn, 215 E. Lousiana St., McKinney, TX 75069 Phone: 972-542-7605

Plus, see how one couple has dedicated their golden years to helping abused, neglected animals in need of a safe place. Larry & Peggy Neaves, Forever Home Ranch, Brookesmith, TX 76827 Phone: 325-643-2717

Show # 848, originally aired 11.29.03

Find out why this spot in Texas could be the oldest tourist attraction in the state. 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd. Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 Phone: 210.651.6101

Visit a school in the center of the smallest…and largest school district in the state. Divide ISD, Bill Bacon Rt. 34-A, Mtn. Home, TX 78058, Phone: 830.640.3322, or ph#830.739.3322

Plus, bite into a homemade fried pie that’s a staple in every west Texas convenience store. August Pie Company, Tim Moeller, 4820 Ave. Q, Lubbock, TX 79412, Phone: 806.744.1918


-Week of 03.18.13-

Show # 1234, originally aired 04.23.2011

Go behind the scenes at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas as we experience the Penguin Keeper for a Day program. Maggie Reynolds, Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554 Phone: 409-683-4166

Visit a talented sculptor with a divine touch - He can make you a saint in his own backyard. Jim Mangum, www.shinerville.com, Shiner, TX Phone: 361-772-0264

Plus, explore the historic buildings scattered around west Texas designed by visionary architect Henry Trost. Pat Worthington, El Paso Historical Society, 603 West Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 Phone: 915-533-3603

Show # 847, originally aired 11.22.2003

Find out why folks are flocking to this south plains farm to get lost in a corn field. Cornfield Maze, James and Patti Simpson, Box 6323 FM 1294, Lubbock, TX 79415, Phone: 806.787.4222 www.atldofarms@aol.com

It looks like nothing but a deep hole in the ground, but when darkness begins to fall, nature puts on an aerial show. Devil's Sinkhole Society, Ben Banahan, Ben:PO Box 115, Rocksprings, TX 78880 Society: 101 Sweeten Street, Rocksprings, TX 78880. Society Phone: 830.683.BATS, Ben Phone: 830.683.2406

Plus, it really, really is…the biggest burger in Texas. Arnold's Burger, 1611 S. Washington St. Amarillo, TX 79102, Phone: 806.372.1741

 


-Week of 03.11.13-

Show # 1229, originally aired 03.19.2011

Have a barrell of fun with a furniture making couple who knows how to wine and dine in comfort. Ty & Genine Gilbert, barreldesigns.com, Mountain Home, TX Phone: 210-414-6959

Meet a woman who found a century's worth of old family photos and turned them into a business to honor her heritage. Georgia Williams, Kinfolks Cards, Dallas, TX Phone: 214-455-3808

Plus, see how a dedicated group of veterinarians at Texas A & M University will care for your pet long after you're gone. Dr. Henry Presnal, Stevenson Companion Animal Life Care Center, TAMU 4461, College Station, Texas 77843-4461 Phone: 979-845-1188

Show # 846, originally aired 11.15.2003

Find out why this Odessa man has made his entire backyard a shrine of Texas movie memorabilia. Dewitt Bobbitt, 8820 Heather Lane, Odessa, TX 79764, Phone: 915.366.3827

Stop by a farm where the crop is as fragrant as it is plentiful. Robb Kendrick and Jeannie Ralston, 1672 Mckinney Loop, Blanco, TX 78606, Phone: 830.833.5008 www.hillcountrylavender.com

Plus, he was just looking to gather antique wood from a forgotten farmhouse, but he found so much more. Doug Ricketts, 15951 Hwy. 213 Higgins, TX 79046. Phone: 806.862.2205, doug@ricketts.com


-Week of 03.04.13-

Show # 1228, originally aired 03.12.2011

He used to be the king of their propane company, until his queen replaced the gaskets with kitchen gadgets. We'll go shopping at The Cooking Depot. Erwin & Annette Rath, 202 S. Esplanade Cuero, Texas 77954-3804 Phone: 361-275-2725 Click here for recipes from the Cooking Depot!

Then, see how a Hill Country artist creates abstract forms with nothing more than a typewriter and patience. Stephanie Strange, Typewriter Art, Bastrop, TX

Plus, meet a woman who's been a waitress at the same El Paso restaurant for more than 5 decades. Mary Flores, Su Casa Restaurant, 2030 East Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79903 Phone: 915-544-5136

Show # 845, originally aired 11.08.2003

He say's he's just a craftsman, but take a look at his work and see this metal worker is a true artist in steel. Simply Stainless, Steve Watkins, 15587 CR. 436, Alvin, TX 77511. Phone: 281.585.8742 www.simplystainless.net

Find out why they line up at lunchtime in one southeast Texas courthouse. Esther's Fried Chicken, Esther Rollins, 2955 Houston St. Beaumont, TX 77701 Phone: 409.838.3500

Plus visit an El Paso bootshop where they're making a Texas fashion statement with bright colors and fancy designs. Rocketbuster Boots, Nevena Christi, 115 South Anthony St. El Paso, TX 79901, Phone: 915.541.1300 www.rocketbuster.com


-Week of 02.25.13-

Show # 1227, originally aired 03.05.2011

Meet the masters of classical stone carving on a trip all the way to Florence ... Texas that is. Bob Ragan, Texas Carved Stone, 6621 Hwy 195, Florence, TX 76527 Phone: 254-793-2384

See how one couple is giving old, discarded canvas a chance to Sail Again. Sail Again Recycled Sailcloth Bags, Bob and Gwyn Schroeder, P.O. Box 1622, Rockport, TX 78381 Phone: 361-727-1914

Plus, find out why sustainable technology and tiny houses are a big idea for one young architect. Blake Smith, attheland.blogspot.com, Abilene, TX

Show # 844, originally aired 11.01.2003

Pack up the station wagon and pull into a brand new old-fashion drive-in theater. Ryan Smith, 5101 Highway 84, Lubbock, TX 79416. Phone: 806.744.star, rsmith@driveinusa.com

Visit a museum that's dedicated to saying "hello!" Don Capehart, (Capehart Communication Museum) 409 South 9th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110 Phone: 903.872.0440, fax: 903.872.0441

Plus, find out why this southeast Texas wildlife expert has spent a lifetime spreading the message of conservation. Susan Bailey, Bailey's Fish Camp, Bridge City, TX Phone: 409.735.4298


-Week of 02.18.13-

Show #1287, originally aired 04.28.2012

We go to Austin to fetch three tales about man's best friend. Find out why pets make much better portrait subjects than people. Peggy Box, Austin, TX

Visit a bakery that's gone to the dogs. Diane Hamar, Tail Waggins Bakery, 2102 North Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626 Phone: 512-868-0047

And meet Piper, the amazing one-eyed painting bulldog. Artist Jessica Stone and Piper Stone, Austin, TX Phone: 512-736-8608

Show # 896, originally aired 10.30.2004

Find out how a pen can preserve the past, without ever writing a word. Kenn Hill, 2 Hialeah, Odessa, TX 79761, ph# 432.550.4955 kenn@kennspenns.com, www.kennspenns.com

Take a trip to T.V. land with one woman’s tribute to her favorite show. www.munstermansion.com

Plus, he’s the most reluctant artist we’ve ever met and also one of the most talented. Dusty Tower (deceased)


-Week of 02.11.13-

Show # 1286, originally aired 04.21.2012

Meet a man preserving a family legacy of spectacular stained glass creations. Adrian Cavallini, Cavallini Studios, 3410 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201 Phone: 210-733-8161

Visit a museum of the people, by the people, and for the people who love RV's and travel trailers. Jack & Trent Sisemore, Sisemore RV Museum, 4341 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX Phone: 806-358-4891

Plus, legendary boot maker Charlie Dunn may be gone, but his work lives on through his apprentice. Lee Miller, Texas Traditions, 2222 College Avenue, Austin, TX Phone: 512-443-4447

Show # 895, originally aired 10.23.2004

This week on Texas Country Reporter, A highfalutin 19th century pastime gets countrified...Rob McLaughlin, 136 Philly Court Fischer, TX 78623, ph#830 935 3272 texasrsm@aol.com

Find out why this baker has the donut business cornered...Roger Phillips, 613 West 24th St, Plainview, TX 79072. ph#806.296.9632

Plus, we'll meet a woman who found the cure for an empty nest, in a baseball dugout. Wendy Gordon, C/O Roundrock Express, 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd, Roundrock, TX 78664 ph# 512.255.2255


-Week of 02.04.13-

Show # 1279, originally aired 03.03.2012

Stare into the soul of small-town Texas with help from an expert photographer. Keith Carter, From Uncertain to Blue, Beaumont, TX

Meet a salesman who's always up to something fishy. The Candle Man sells some of the strangest scents you've ever smelled. Rick Presley, The Candleman, Arlington, TX

Plus, see how the fragile beauty of the whooping crane inspires one versatile artist. Sazon whooping crane art, 114 N. Austin Street, Rockport, TX

Show # 894, 10.16.2004

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Find out why this west Texas man has filled his home with some of the deadliest creatures on earth. Earl Turner, 2291 San Pedro Drive, HCR3 Box 1914 Del Rio, TX 78840 ph# 830.774.2909 or 830.774.3020

We’ll visit the pumpkin capital of Texas. Tim Assiter, Floydada Pumkins, PO Box 70, Floydada, TX 79235 ph# 806.983.3322 www.pumpkinranch.com

Plus, they’re preserving the past by rebuilding the airplanes they built decades before. Dick Atkins, Director of Public Relations, Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation 1601 West Marshal Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051


-Week of 01.28.13-

Show # 1278, originally aired 02.25.2012

See what a world-class artist can create with little more than beeswax and a blowtorch. Darrell Troppy, 1393 Broadway, Beaumont, TX 77704  361-947-1871

Meet a man who bangs out unique jewelry faster than a speeding bullet. Jacob Burow, Impact Accessories, Bryan, TX  

Plus, watch these wild mustangs go from pasture to pen, thanks to one gifted horse trainer. Robert Carlson, Western Clinics, Paradise, TX

Show # 893, originally aired 09.18.2004

Find out how this West Texas couple turned an overgrown cow pasture into one of the biggest attractions in the county. Charles and Nina Harris, P.O. Box 102 Llano, TX 78643. The story takes place in San Saba.

Meet a father and son team who built a business right on cue. Alton and Paul Sumrall, 12610 County Road. 3100, Posey, TX. Phone: 806.778.1957, www.sscues.com

Plus, once it was an overnight stop for movie stars...and now you can find out why Hotel Paisano is the new jewel of the desert. Joe Duncan, Hotel Paisano, 207 North Highland Street, Marfa, TX Phone: 866.729.3669 www.hotelpaisano.com


-Week of 01.21.13-

Show # 1277, originally aired 02.18.2012

Visit a hardware store that's completely off the grid. The Industrial Country Market makes its own power, water, and food; and they'll show you how you can, too. Dan Bretch, Industrial Country Market, 1799 Highway 71, Columbus, TX  979-732-6565

Tour a bb gun collection that's the envy of anyone who was told "You'll shoot your eye out!" Sam Pope, Unique Antiques, 138 E. Sylvan St/Hwy 290, Carmine, TX 78932  979-278-3690

Plus, see how the dedication of the Crystal City Internment Camp has led to healing for hundreds of families. Crystal City, TX  Contact: William McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission, 108 West 16th Street, Austin, TX 78701 Phone: 512-463-6096

Show # 892, originally aired 09.18.2004

He's a guitar pluckin' cowboy who really is at home on the range. We'll help ourselves to some homemade cobbler. Glenn Moreland, Cowboy Outfitters, P.O. Box 594, Fort Davis, TX 79734, Phone: 800.915.3793 www.texcowboy.com

The soothing sounds of Sistercreek will relax your mind, as you sample the fruit of the hill country. Danny Hernandez, Sistercreek Vineyards, 1142 Sisterdale Road (FM 1376) Sisterdale, TX 78006. Phone: (830) 324.6704 (Business hours) (830)324.6682 (Evenings) www.sistercreekvineyards.com  

Plus, we're staying up late with a woman who's discovered a mysterious talent...Just wait till you see what else she's found. Marjorie Lee Burnett, 15138 FM 1116 P.O. Box 61, Smiley, TX 78159-0061, ph#830.587.6445


-Week of 01.14.13-

Show # 1276, originally aired 02.11.2012

See how this El Paso sculptor blends art with household appliances. Margarita Cabrera, El Paso, TX  915-309-5957

Visit the ultimate "man cave," an antique store that only has one rule - "No sewing machines!" Compton Creel & Robert Owen, M'Antiques, 424 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 75208  214-680-4960

Plus, meet a man preserving Southern heritage from the era just after the Civil War. Sam Collins III, Stringfellow Orchards, 7902 HWY 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563  409-256-3822

Show # 891, originally aired 09.18.2004

It could be the most offbeat of any offbeat stop you've ever seen. Find out why folks are just dying to see the museum of funeral history. Chris Layton, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090, Phone: 281.876.3063 www.nmfh.org (Q: What is the difference between a casket and a coffin? A: Acasket is rectangular and a coffin is wide at the top and narrows at the bottom to mimic human form.)

Meet a man who's carved out a market in goof-ball golf balls. Bill Williams, 1970 North Leslie Street #542, Pahrump N.V., 89060, Phone: 830.426.1627

Plus, hear the country swing band sound from three sisters who aren't just fiddling around. Mckenzies' Music, 315 South Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063, Phone: 817.473.6022, wefiddle@yahoo.com


-Week of 01.07.13-

Show # 1268, originally aired 12.17.2011

It's a tale of two schools as we go from large to small....

First, see how the biggest marching band in America entertains their home crowd. Charles Pennington - Band Director, Allen High School Marching Band, 300 Rivercrest Blvd., Allen, TX 75002-2174

Then visit a remote West Texas town where one student can be an entire class. Valentine I.S.D., Valentine, TX

Plus, we'll meet a man whose job it is to play with his favorite childhood toy. Join us for a behind the scenes tour of LegoLand Discovery Center. Cal Walsh, Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, TX 76051 469-444-3050

Show # 890, originally aired 09.18.2004

Find out why this East Texas swampthing is a welcome sight if your looking to skim across the east Texas cypress bogs. Stan Floyd 108 East Lutcher Drive, Orange, TX 77632 www.americanairboats.com Phone: 800.241.6390

Take a spin through a red-hot art studio. Jim Bowman, 1419 East Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75215, www.bowmanglass.com Phone: 214.426.4777.

Plus, found out how this World War II war veteran is being honored with kind words, a camera, and a caring son.


-Week of 12.31.12-

Show # 1267, originally aired 12.10.2011

It's called "extreme porching," and it's how they relax at a rustic inn in an abandoned ghost town. Kaci Fullwood, Upstairs at the Mansion B & B, 1 Perry Mansion Drive, HC 70 Box 209, Terlingua, TX 79852 360-713-3408

Chow down at the oldest deli in the state - right in the middle of downtown Victoria. Cathy Wyatt & Therese Bomersbach, Fosatti's Delicatessen, 302 S. Main, Victoria, TX 77901 361-576-3354

Plus, see how scuba diving helps wounded warriors leave their injuries behind. John Duggan, Duggan Diving, 928 Coronado Blvd., Universal City, TX 78148 210-658-7495. Mark Heniser, Center for the Inrepid, 3551 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 210-916-6100

Show # 889, originally aired 09.11.2004

Travel deep down into the heart of Texas to a hideaway that could be one of the most unusual music venues in the state. Longhorn Caverns, Kaye Barlow, P.O. Box 732 Burnet, TX 78611 Phone: 877.441.CAVE

He’s done a half day’s work before sunrise and he’s just getting started. Find out why this dairy farmer could be the hardest working man in Texas. Chuck Reiter, 4055 FM 51 Gainesville, TX 76240-0211 Phone: 940.665.8982

Plus, see how Lajitas, Texas, is being transformed from desert oasis to desert resort. Lajitas, HC 70, Box 400 Lajitas, TX 79852, Phone: 432.424.5000


-Week of 12.24.12-

Show # 1216, originally aired 12.18.2010

Get into the Christmas spirit with an entire line of traditional plum products made right here in Texas. Texas Plum Line, PO Box 7007, Amarillo, TX 79114 806-352-4083

Catch up with a designer of collectible Santa Clauses who started by making gingerbread houses when he was a boy. Jackie Cruse, J. Cruse Gallery, 201 E. Main Street, Post, TX 79356 806-990-9907

Plus, we're ringing in the holiday season with help from a truly dedicated handbell choir. Denton Bell Choir, Denton, TX

Show # 799, originally aired 12.21.2002

Texas Country Reporter celebrates Christmas.


-Week of 12.17.12-

Show # 1269, originally aired 12.24.2011

Lift your holiday spirits with a little help from Bruno and George Winery. Shawn & Misha Bruno, Bruno and George Winery, 400 Messina Rd., Sour Lake, Texas 77659 409-287-1212

Visit the home of the Texas Pecan Cake - a famous little bakery where free samples are strictly forbidden. Evelyn Robinson, Eilenberger's Bakery, 512 North John St., Palestine, TX 75802 800-788-2996

Plus, follow two young film makers on a cross-country trek to make it home in time for Christmas. Josh Adams & Kevin Kelly

Show # 851, originally aired 12.20.2003

Get into the spirit of the season with a man a who finds Santa Claus in every person he meets. Bill Keen, 121 Will Rogers, Schertz, TX 78154, Phone: 210.632.6867 www.billykeenart.com or e-mail: peachykeen@stic.net

Find out why folks from all over south Texas flock to the home of three sisters. Janie Esther and Dorothy Minten 1188 East Jim Wells Co. Rd., 401 Rt. 1, Box 82A, Falfurrias, TX 78355, Phone: 361.325.2068 or 800.276.4339

Plus, it could be the worst Christmas song ever written.


-Week of 12.10.12-

Show # 1266, originally aired 12.03.2011

See how statewide droughts have left one artist overflowing with ideas. Carlos Mosley, River Rustic Rock Art, 215A West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 830-997-6585

Visit a family style cafe that serves up all the home cookin' you can eat. Billy Allen, Allen Family Style Meals, Sweetwater, TX 325-235-2060

Plus, meet a man whose repair shop runs like clockwork. Charlie Grantham, 716 N Jackson Ave., Odessa, TX 79761 432-337-6545

Show # 873, originally aired 05.22.2004

It’s the largest collection of Vietnam War documents and artifacts in existence, and it’s right here in the lone star state. Vietnam Center, Dr. James Reckner, Math building, room 4, Lubbock, TX 79409-1045 Phone: 806.742.3742

Visit a museum dedicated to the war between the states. Julie Holcomb, 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110 Phone: 903.875.7438

Plus find out how one woman is using a computer to quilt salutes to the armed services. Margaret Bucklew, Portrait Quilts www.chiseledincloth.com


-Week of 12.03.12-

Show # 1264, originally aired 11.19.2011

Meet a man who's bringing back a deep south, blues tradition - the home made, hand made, cigar box guitar! Furman Harris, Nacogdoches, TX 936-564-5419

Visit a family bakery in the heart of the Hill Country. Todd & Ross Granzin, Naegelin's Bakery, 129 South Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5130 830-625-5722

Plus, dig for the truth about the first humans in America. A Texas A & M professor takes us to his monumental research site. Dr. Michael Waters, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 4352 TAMU, 210 Anth Bldg, College Station, TX 77843-4352 979-845-4046

Show # 872, originally aired 05.15.2004

Visit a tiny Texas town that is the inspiration for many a musical masterpiece. Doug Smith, www.dougsmith.com Phone: 800-269-7552

Find out why some of the best sausage in the state is green. Marvin and Charles Green, 16493 Highway 53, Zabcikville, TX Phone: 254.985.2585

Plus, it’s blueberry picking time on the family farm. Blue Berry Hill Farm, 10268 FM 314, Edom, TX Phone: 903.852.6175, E-mail: blueberryhillfarms.com


-Week of 11.26.12-

Show #1263, originally aired 11.12.2011

See how people across the state salute the brave men and women of America's armed forces.

Visit a museum dedicated to our costliest war. Ray & Judy Richey, Texas Civil War Museum, 760 N Jim Wright Fwy, Fort Worth, TX,  817-246-2323

Listen to the patriotic sounds of a historic army band. Doug Parman, 323rd Med Com Band, Fort Sam Houston, TX  

Plus, see how one man has made it his mission to honor fallen heroes. Ken "the dauber" Pridgeon, Portrait of a Warrior Memorial ArtGallery, 308 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown, TX 77520

Show # 871, originally aired 05.08.2004

Meet a man who is rebuilding two wheeled memories of childhood. Juan Deleon 202 Wickhamford Way, Houston, TX 77015, 713.502.5137 E-mail at: bikevato@bikevato.com

Find out the history behind a smokestack that is a West Texas icon. T. Lindsay Baker (Gordon Center), 254.968.1866 Website: www.tarleton.edu/~gordoncenter Andrea Bennett (Smokestack)  254.672.5560

Plus, we’re in the studio with a Texas recording artist that’s "born and bound for the road". Brian Houser, brianhouser.com


-Week of 11.19.12-

Show #1262, originally aired 11.05.2011

We eat our way across the state with a man who literally wrote the book on hamburgers. Rick Vanderpool, The Texas Hamburger Book, Lubbock, TX  Contact: www.stateart.net Ordering: www.whatssograpeabouttexas.com

Meet a woman who's "bugging out" about her latest art project. Laura Gillis, metal bug sculptures, Iowa Park,  Web: http://yellowcatart.com/

Plus, see how a horse and driver team honor departed loved ones with an elegant last ride in a horse-drawn hearse. Cynthia Stickle, Clydesdale Carriage Company, Smithville, TX 78957  512-925-9337

Show # 870, originally aired 05.01.2004

Meet a photographer who’s making new images with an ancient technique. Robb Kendrick, 1672 Mckinney Loop, Blanco, TX 78608, 830.833.2202

Come along on a weekend getaway to the gulf coast. Lighthouse Inn 200 South Fulton Beach Road, Rockport, TX 78382,  866.790.8439, Rocky Reese (Owner) www.lighthousetexas.com

Plus, she was born before radio, television or automobiles…but this centenarian is right at home on the Internet.
Esther Hearne 503 E. Hodges, Palestine, TX 75801, 903.729.6195. Timothy Triplett 1002 E. Angelina St. Palestine, TX 75801


-Week of 11.12.12-

Show #1261, originally aired 10.29.2011

Meet a man whose homemade barbecue sauce has become his golden ticket. Barry King, Brothers Sauces, Fort Worth, TX 76107  817-879-0907

We tour the Gulf Coast like we never have before - from the seat of a kayak. Dr. John Whorff, Kayaking the Texas Coast, TAMU Press #978-1-60344-225-1, Corpus Christi, TX  

Plus, see how these museum curators have become part of their own exhibit on German heritage. Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624  830-990-8441

Show # 869, originally aired 04.24.2004

Stop by a roadside south Texas café and find out why folks call this chef "the king". Trine's Super Tacos, Trinidad Bermea, Highway 57 Box 383, LaPryor, TX 78872, 830.365.4597

He says he’s the master of making something from nothing…and what he’s making from Texas mesquite will amaze you.
Everett Fulton, 2535 River Oaks Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78132, 830.629.3102

Plus, you may think your boots are worn out, but there’s a man in Mineola who’s resoling and reselling footwear found in the garbage.
Clark Broadhurst 702 South Pacific (Highway 69) Mineola, TX 75773


-Week of 11.05.12-

Show #1252, originally aired 08.27.2011

Have a ball at a museum honoring the oldest sport in existence. Then, see what science has in store for the future of bowling. Neil Stremmel, International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011  817-385-8215 E-mail: info@bowlingmuseum.com

Next, hang ten with a champion surfer testing the waters of the art world. John Olvey, Art of Surf, Corpus Christi, TX  

Plus, visit a theme park where all types of kids can play together. Gordon Hartman, Morgan's Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233  210-637-3434

Show # 868, originally aired 04.17.2004

Find out why the entire south Texas town of Panna Maria is rejoicing at the sounds of church bells. Adrian Niestroy, 513 PR 5290 Hobson, TX 78117, 830.780.2650

Stop by for a hot meal and a cold drink at a place in the middle of no where. Frank's Cafe, Frank Gutierrez (Father) and Bobby (Bob) Gutierrez (Son) 502 East Galbraith, Hebbronville, TX 78361, 361.527.9081

Plus, he's a very special firedog who makes house calls on kids in need. Captain Barbie Boubel, Converse Fire Department, 107 Station St. Converse, TX 78109. 210.658.8900


-Week of 10.29.12-

Show #1251, originally aired 08.20.2011

Meet a couple who says the latest buzz in Big D is "Zip Code Honey" from their tiny bees. Brandon & Susan Pollard, Texas Honeybee Guild, Dallas, TX

Visit a hidden garden oasis where anyone can relax in paradise. Shangri-La Botanical Gardens, 2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, TX 77630 409-670-9113

Plus, see how a Native American tribe is recapturing their heritage one tattoo at a time. Haida Gwaii tattos by Bart Willis, Southside Tattoo, 1313 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 512-444-1313

Show # 861, originally aired 02.28.2004

It’s an East Texas landmark that almost ended up on the bottom of lake. Mark and Johnnie Thomas Jr. Caddo Fishin Barge.

Visit an Abilene factory that’s shipping suckers all over the United States. Mike O'Neal, Lollypops and Candies Company, 741 North 3rd. Abilene, TX 79604. Phone - 325.673.6483

Plus, find out why this former fashion model is keeping the family farm alive. Deborah Rogers, 300 McNaughton Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76114. Phone - 817.737.9776


-Week of 10.22.12-

Show #1250, originally aired 08.13.2011

He's a self taught blacksmith who isn't even old enough to drive! See how one kid's curiosity turned into an obsession. Andrew Smith, Iron Creek Forge, Van, TX 903-363-2349

Find out where you can order vintage movie posters from the golden era of the silver screen. Kirby McDaniel, MovieArt.net, Austin, TX

Plus, meet a man preserving the history of the Texas countryside one antique bridge at a time. Bob McGinnis, Ellis-McGinnis Construction Co, PO Box 40, 2895 Eddy-Gatesville Pkwy, Eddy, TX 76524-3911 254-859-5494

Show # 860, originally aired 02.21.2004

It's a big crime in a small town and it's got the whole community wondering who pulled off the "camper caper." Don Hemby, 2908 Nicholson Dr. Tyler, TX 75707 903.581.2604, or 903.549.2130.

We'll fly in to a hotel where the runway is right out the front door. Rich Estenson, Hangar Hotel 155 Airport Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, 830.997.4999 or visit them on the internet: www.hangarhotel.com

Plus, meet skidboot...he's the most amazing cow dog you've ever seen. David Hartwig, 1989 Sally Goodin, Quinlan, TX 75474, 903.356.4491 or www.skidboot.com


-Week of 10.15.12-

Show # 859, originally aired 02.14.2004

Find out why one Texas Town has taken its entire history and stored it on a computer. Neal Murphy, San Augustine County Historical Foundation, 108 W. Columbia Street San Augustine, TX 75972 936.288.3111

Vist a small town feed store where the feed has been replaced by fine wine. Menard Wine, contact: March Compton, P.O. Box 786 Menard, TX 76859 325.396.4601

Plus, why is this New York City police officer selling hot dogs on the side of the road near Big Spring? Find out this week on Texas Country Reporter...it's what the Lone Star State is all about. Thomas Tafuro, Big Spring, TX 79721 (CLOSED)

Show #1249, originally aired 08.06.2011

Have a ball with a dedicated Little League umpire. This full-time pharmacist steps up to the plate every season to call games for free. Bob Batton, Arlington, TX MAP

Meet a painter who has turned Pennsylvania Dutch barn hexes into a Texas art form. Mary Wenzel, Texas Hexes, Canyon Lake, TX MAP 830-643-9514

Plus, see how a remote used car lot is giving criminals the deal they deserve. Sheriff Arvin West, Hudspeth County Law Enforcement Center, P.O. Box 39, Sierra Blanca, TX 79851 MAP


-Week of 10.08.12-

Show #1238, originally aired 05.21.2011

It's called "The Kazoo of Guitars." Find out if anyone, and we mean anyone, really can play a zither. Tony Meeks, Zither Music Company, 2305 South Day Street #206, Brenham, TX 77833. 979-820-7010

Visit a military surplus store in Galveston that houses more than a hundred years of history. Suzie Reiswerg, Colonel Bubbie's Strand Surplus Senter, 2202 Strand, Galveston, TX 77550. 1-800-231-6005

Plus, see how one tiny rug factory still weaves the old-fashioned way. Reinhard Schoffthaler, Ingrid's Hand-woven Rugs, 141 South Roberts Avenue, Paint Rock, TX 76866. 325-732-4370

Show # 858, originally aired 02.07.2004

Find out why this north Texas barber turned a storage room into a recording studio -- and made himself a star. Dooney Brown, 408 East Camp Wisdom, Duncanville, TX 75116, 214.523.2742 www.peculiarrecords.com

Stop by a hill country factory that’s choc full of sweets for your sweetie. Lecia Duke, Chocolat, 330 West Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 800.842.3382 quintessentialchocolates.gourmetfoodmall

Plus, it’s a unique art that takes a steady hand and a red hot "brush". Kathleen Marie Wilson, 491 Wildwood Lane, Johnson City, TX 78636. 830.868.0335


-Week of 10.01.12-

Show # 850, originally aired 12.13.2003

It could be called the original settler of Texas…find out how the majestic Elk is making a comeback on the south plains. Todd Franks, 7012 68th St. Lubbock, TX 79424, 806.798.0033 www.texaselkcompany.com

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to a south Texas praline factory. Aunt Aggie De's Pralines, 311 W. Sinton St. 512.467.2464 www.auntaggiede.com

Plus, it was a project that the congregation of one tiny Texas church thought was to tough to tackle…but now their sanctuary shines with new light. Rev. Marie Helm, P.O. Box 187 New Castle, TX 76372, 940.846.3352


Show #1237, originally aired 05.14.2011

Wildflower season is in full bloom. Meet a woman who can brighten up any empty lot with a Red River Seed Bomb. Carolyn and Melvin Grissom, 805 Sessions, Bowie, TX 76230 MAP 940-366-0574

Visit a museum dedicated to technology from a long, lost era... Art Schulze, 20th Century Technology Museum, 231 S. Fulton St., Wharton, TX 77488 MAP 979-282-8810

Plus, we go back to the days of the wild frontier. See how this Catholic priest runs his church like a Spanish mission. Father John Parnell, St. Augustine Catholic Church, 270 Byron St., Fort Worth, TX 76114-3815 MAP 817-569-7543


-Week of 9.24.12-

Show #1236, originally aired 05.07.2011

Sip a sample of South American coffee with a Texas twist - It's roasted one basket at a time over a mesquite fire. Tim Gikas, Mesquite-Roasted Coffee, P.O. Box 1581, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP 830-992-9041

See how a pair of seafood markets in Galveston get fish so fresh it was swimming just hours ago. Sampson & Sons: 409-763-9316; Katie's Seafood Market: 409-763-8160, Pier 19, 1902 Wharf Rd, Galveston, TX 77550 MAP

Plus, meet an Abilene group that helps women all over the world lift themselves out of poverty with a needle and thread. Linda Egle, Eternal Threads, 101 Walnut, Abilene, TX, 79601 MAP 325-672-6000

Show # 849, originally aired 12.06.2003

He says it’s something nobody needs, but a lot of folks want. Cast-off with some of the fanciest fishing rods you’ll ever find. Capt. Pete Smith, Heirloom Custom Rods & Guide Service, 628 Summit Dr. East, Wimberley, TX 78676, 512.847.5000 www.heirloomcustomrods.com

Stop by for some home cookin’ that comes complete with a hug from grannie.
June Thomas and Gloria Whitley, 109 W. Barnard St. Glen Rose, TX 254.897.9773

Plus, when your windmill breaks, who you gonna call? Butch Gilliland, 306 W. Jackson, Floydada, TX 79235, 806.983.5141

-Week of 9.10.12-

Show #1234, originally aired 04.23.2011

Go behind the scenes at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas as we experience the Penguin Keeper for a Day program. Maggie Reynolds, Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554 MAP 409-683-4166

Visit a talented sculptor with a divine touch - He can make you a saint in his own backyard. Jim Mangum, www.shinerville.com, Shiner, TX MAP 361-772-0264

Plus, explore the historic buildings scattered around west Texas designed by visionary architect Henry Trost. Pat Worthington, El Paso Historical Society, 603 West Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 MAP 915-533-3603

Show # 847, originally aired 11.22.2003

Find out why folks are flocking to this south plains farm to get lost in a corn field. Cornfield Maze, James and Patti Simpson, Box 6323 FM 1294, Lubbock, TX 79415, 806.787.4222 atldofarms@aol.com

It looks like nothing but a deep hole in the ground, but when darkness begins to fall, nature puts on an aerial show. Devil's Sinkhole Society, Ben Banahan, Ben:PO Box 115, Rocksprings, TX 78880 Society: 101 Sweeten Street, Rocksprings, TX 78880 Society 830.683.BATS, Ben 830.683.2406

Plus, it really, really is…the biggest burger in Texas. Arnold's Burger, 1611 S. Washington St. Amarillo, TX 79102, ph#806.372.1741.

-Week of 9.3.12-

Show #1229, originally aired 03.19.2011

Have a barrell of fun with a furniture making couple who knows how to wine and dine in comfort. Ty & Genine Gilbert, barreldesigns.com, Mountain Home, TX MAP 210-414-6959

Meet a woman who found a century's worth of old family photos and turned them into a business to honor her heritage. Georgia Williams, Kinfolks Cards, Dallas, TX MAP 214-455-3808

Plus, see how a dedicated group of veterinarians at Texas A & M University will care for your pet long after you're gone. Dr. Henry Presnal, Stevenson Companion Animal Life Care Center, TAMU 4461, College Station, Texas 77843-4461 MAP 979-845-1188

Show # 846, originally aired 11.15.2003

Find out why this Odessa man has made his entire backyard a shrine of Texas movie memorabilia. Dewitt Bobbitt 8820 Heather Lane, Odessa, TX 79764, 915.366.3827

Stop by a farm where the crop is as fragrant as it is plentiful. Robb Kendrick and Jeannie Ralston, 1672 Mckinney Loop, Blanco, TX 78606, 830.833.5008 www.hillcountrylavender.com

Plus, he was just looking to gather antique wood from a forgotten farmhouse, but he found so much more. Doug Ricketts, 15951 Hwy. 213 Higgins, TX 79046. ph# 806.862.2205, doug@ricketts.com

-Week of 8.27.12-

Show #1228, originally aired 03.12.2011

He used to be the king of their propane company, until his queen replaced the gaskets with kitchen gadgets. We'll go shopping at The Cooking Depot. Erwin & Annette Rath, 202 S. Esplanade Cuero, Texas 77954-3804 MAP 361-275-2725 Click here for recipes from the Cooking Depot!

Then, see how a Hill Country artist creates abstract forms with nothing more than a typewriter and patience. Stephanie Strange, Typewriter Art, Bastrop, TX MAP

Plus, meet a woman who's been a waitress at the same El Paso restaurant for more than 5 decades. Mary Flores, Su Casa Restaurant, 2030 East Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79903 MAP 915-544-5136

Show # 845, originally aired 11.08.2003

He say's he's just a craftsman, but take a look at his work and see this metal worker is a true artist in steel. Simply Stainless, Steve Watkins, 15587 CR. 436, Alvin, TX 77511. ph#281.585.8742 www.simplystainless.net

Find out why they line up at lunchtime in one southeast Texas courthouse. Esther Rollins, 2955 Houston St. Beaumont, TX 77701 ph#409.838.3500.

Plus visit an El Paso bootshop where they're making a Texas fashion statement with bright colors and fancy designs. Rocketbuster Boots, Nevena Christi, 115 South Anthony St. El Paso, TX 79901, ph#915.541.1300 www.rocketbuster.com


-Week of 8.20.12-

Show #1227, originally aired 03.05.2011

Meet the masters of classical stone carving on a trip all the way to Florence ... Texas that is. Bob Ragan, Texas Carved Stone, 6621 Hwy 195, Florence, TX 76527 MAP 254-793-2384

See how one couple is giving old, discarded canvas a chance to Sail Again. Sail Again Recycled Sailcloth Bags, Bob and Gwyn Schroeder, P.O. Box 1622, Rockport, TX 78381 MAP 361-727-1914

Plus, find out why sustainable technology and tiny houses are a big idea for one young architect. Blake Smith, attheland.blogspot.com, Abilene, TX MAP

Show # 844, originally aired 11.01.2003

Pack up the station wagon and pull into a brand new old-fashion drive-in theater. Ryan Smith, 5101 Highway 84, Lubbock, TX 79416. ph# 806.744.star, rsmith@driveinusa.com

Visit a museum that's dedicated to saying "hello!" Don Capehart, (Capehart Communication Museum) 409 South 9th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110 ph#903.872.0440, fax: 903.872.0441.

Plus, find out why this southeast Texas wildlife expert has spent a lifetime spreading the message of conservation. Susan Bailey, Bailey's Fish Camp, Bridge City, TX ph#409.735.4298


-Week of 8.13.12-

Show #1226, originally aired 02.26.2011

Ride around town on wacky contraptions made by an inventive bike builder. Mack Carter, Iowa Park, TX MAP 940-867-8177

Meet Squeaky the Wonderpig - a wild hog who thinks she's a herding dog on a south Texas cattle ranch. Mike Veara & Squeaky, China Grove Ranch, Bonney, TX MAP

Plus, see how a shelter run by the homeless, for the homeless is changing lives. Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, 210 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MAP 361-883-6195

Show # 843, originally aired 10.25.2003

It's a west Texas oasis and it's the only thing but blacktop and desert for a hundred-and-fifty miles. Cornudas Cafe, May Carson, HC 60 Salt Flats, TX 79847 ph#915.964.2409.

Find out why you don't need a water heater in one Texas town. Peppers Grill, 8501 N. Main and Medina Rd. Cotalla, TX. Open Friday and Saturday, 5PM-10PM ph#830.879.2904 or ph#830.879.3433.

Plus, it's a museum dedicated to telling the story of life behind bars. Texas Prison Museum, Jim Willett, 491 HS 75 N. Huntsville, TX. 77230 ph#936.295.2155


-Week of 8.6.12-

Show #1225, originally aired 02.19.2011

Step back in time with an old-fashioned blacksmith at Pecanderosa Forge. R.G. Box, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-771-0115

Visit an urban farm where no matter how many crops they sell, they're always underwater. Lewis Weil, Austin Sea Veggies, Austin ,TX MAP

Plus, meet a judge whose true crime novels honor the real life heroes of law enforcement. Russell Smith, P.O. Box 62702, San Angelo, TX 76906 MAP
325-949-7182 www.russellssmith.com

Show # 842, originally aired 10.18.2003

Meet a southeast Texas mechanic who can tune you up and change your oil, but he's not yet old enough to drive. Billee Bush, 3005 Calder, Beaumont, TX 77702. ph#409.838.3333, or ph#409.838.5444

Find out why this couple has been returning to the same place in the same State Park for more than half a century. George and Diane Fushee, P.O. Box 433, Leakey, TX 78873. Garner State Park, HCR 70, Box 599, Concan, TX 78838. ph#830.232.5789 (Foshee's) 830.232.6132 (Garner State Park)

Plus, it's a bakery cooking up some of the most elaborate cakes you've ever seen. Rose Cottage Creations, Kay Randorff, 8269 Grassbur Road, Bryan, TX 77808 ph#979.589.3007


-Week of 7.30.12-

Show # 1224, originally aired 02.12.11

Meet the scientific sculptor behind the some of the most famous faces at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Scott Myers, Granbury, TX MAP

Visit a town that claims the history books got it wrong, and notorious outlaw Billy the Kid actually survived his famous gun fight and hid in Texas the rest of his life. Sue Land, Billy the Kid Museum, 114 N. Pecan Street, Hico, Texas 76457 MAP 254-796-2523

Plus, honor the memory of our nation's first fighter pilots with a flight in a historic plane. Bob Seabury, Call Field at Kickapoo Downtown Airport, 4515 Jacksboro Highway, Wichita Falls, TX 76302 MAP 940-322-7628

Show # 841, originally aired 10.11.03

It's a plane called the Weightless Wonder. Find out why one team of physics students from Lamar University are floating high over the Gulf of Mexico. Lamar University Physics Department, Dr. George Irwin.

Visit a Texas town that almost fell off the map. Gaston Museum, P.O. Box 301 Joinerville, TX 75658. 903-847-2205. www.gastonmuseum.org Barbara Barton, Director.

Plus, he's the pride of Wink, Texas and they've opened a museum in his name. Roy Orbison Museum, Hwy 115 & FM 1232, 915-527-3622


-Week of 7.23.12-

Show #1215, originally aired 12.11.10

Go behind the scenes at NASA with a woman who leads a double life. She's a scientist by day, and a middle eastern bellydancer at night. Traci Charles, Chanson de Vie dance studio, 425 E NASA Rd 1, Webster, TX MAP

Then, visit a backyard toy factory in a town that's always Happy. Jerry Sims, The Happy Toymaker, Box 548, Happy, TX 79042 MAP 806-433-2123

Plus, meet the sign language signal caller that helps her students tackle any challenge, on or off the field. Rene Heintschel & Demontrai Lewis, Lufkin, TX MAP

Show #840, originally aired 10.4.03

It's a roadside spring that's been flowing for as long as anybody can remember and some say this water will heal what ails you.-Located on Highway 175 near Cuney, TX between Frankston and Jacksonville.

Find out why one national news network comes to Streetman, Texas, to take the pulse of the people.

It's Texas Country Cookin' at a drive-in called Buddy's. Contact Bonnie Duncan at 106 East Broadway, Andrews, TX. 915-523-284


-Week of 7.16.12-

Show # 1214, originally aired 12.4.10

Visit a "bikes only" motel where it's too bad if you're not on two wheels. Find out why this overnight in Texas says "no cars allowed." Deb Rose, D'Rose Inn, 527 S. US Hwy 83, Leakey, TX 78873 MAP 830-232-5246

Then swing by an itty bitty barbecue shack in Lubbock where the secret ingredient is simplicity. Tom & Bingo's BBQ, Dwayne Clanton, 3006 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410-3226 MAP 806-799-1514

Plus, meet the eco-friendly group that turns bottles into artistic glassware with their backyard recycling operation. Steve Chism, C & R Kutt Bottle, Nacogdoches, TX MAP

Show # 839, originally aired 9.27.03

She taught more than 30,000 kids to ride and now she's gone. Find out why this hill country horse trainer meant so much to so many. Contact Marsha Emore at Camp Waldemar FM 1340, Hunt, TX 830-238-4821

It's a modern twist on an ancient art form born from necessity. Pine Needle Art, Mildred Cuffaro, "Texas Creations." 12 The Wilderness, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-2321

It could be the best kept secret in west Texas, check into the hotel called Indian Lodge. Betty Baker, P.O. Box 1707, Ft. Davis, TX 79734 915-426-3254 indian.lodge@tpwd.state.tx.us


-Week of 7.9.12-

Show # 1212, originally aired 11.20.10

Get a brand-new, old-fashioned tintype camera from a modern day photographer focused on Civil War era technology. Ty Guillory Cameras, Hainesville, TX MAP

Explore a plant collection that really bites. Texas Triffid Ranch, Paul Riddell, 5930-E Royal Lane, #140, Dallas, TX 75230 MAP

Plus, see a determined boat builder who we met nearly 20 years ago finally complete his biggest project ever. Dr. John Vardiman, Beaumont, TX MAP

Show # 838, originally aired 9.20.03

It's a hock shop with a higher purpose. At Kipperman's Pawn you can buy a ring and get married all under one roof. 6120 Belfort, Houston, TX. 713-734-2525

We'll stop by a tiny Texas church that's slowly becoming a memory of the days when times were good and membership was strong. Blue Ridge Church (Thelma Chamberlain) 4520 FM 413. 254-587-2206

Find out why this steel artist has hung up his metal cowboy boots and has taken to hammering out butterflies. Bill Richardson, (Texas Iron Works), 1600 East New Jersey, Midland, TX 79701. 432-570-0535


-Week of 7.2.12-

Show # 1211, originally aired 11.13.10

Stop by a repair shop that's fixin' home-made fried chicken for a hungry lunch crowd. Chicken Earl's, Earl Langley, 703 S Highway 83, Leakey, TX 78873 MAP 830-232-5001 (OPEN TUESDAYS ONLY)

Meet a talented artist who pieces together shattered family heirlooms. Holly Holland, The Renewal Factory, 198 North Green Street, Hawkins, TX 75765 MAP

Plus, see why the author of more than 50 Hank the Cowdog children's books is still the same regular guy we met back in 1988. John Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, Perryton, TX MAP

Show # 837, originally aired 9.13.03

From father-to-son-to-grandson…find out why three generations of Chapman's have been binding books in Abilene for half a century. Stan Chapman, Chapman & Son Bookbinders, 802 North 3rd. Abilene, TX 79604, 325.672.1036 hvcbooks.com

Visit a family farm where you're encouraged to pitch in on the picking. Blue Berry Hill Farm, 10268 FM 314, Edom, TX 903.852.6175 blueberryhillfarms.com

It's a little bit of China…right here in Texas. (Forbidden Gardens has closed.)


-Week of 6.25.12-

Show #1210, originally aired 11.6.10

Learn how a pair of breakfast based businesses started right here in the Texas panhandle. Kenneth Bennet, 806-756-4386 & Linda Puckett.

Meet a painter whose heavy hitting sports art is a hit with fans. Robert Hurst, www.adamnfineartist.com. On display at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, 1108 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706-1223 MAP 254-756-1633

Plus, get your motor running at a miniature raceway run by a high school shop teacher. Yellow Jacket Raceway, John "Moe" Callison, Mineola High School, Mineola, TX MAP

Show #822, originally aired 5.31.03

Find out how this clock maker came out of his shell to carve world-class egg sculptures. Jerry Brazil, 26766 Fawn Mountain Road, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015, 210-698-6665

Enroll in a school where with a heavy hammer and a fiery forge you can learn to hammer out hot metal just like the blacksmiths of the past. John Fredrick, RR 5 Box 2088 Jacksonville, TX 75766. (903)-721-7962 or www.blacksmithingschool.com

You only thought the horney toad disappeared...visit a guesthouse where the tiny Texas treasure is crawling with Texas horned lizards. Annie's Cottage, 409 South 7th, Kennedy, TX 78119. 210-583-3054. e-mail: anniescottage@yahoo.com


-Week of 6.18.12-

Show #1209, originally aired 10.30.10

You don't know jack about jack-o-lanterns compared to this creative pumpkin carver. The Pumpkin Gutter, Scott Cummins, Perryton, TX MAP

Find out why an Abilene florist wants all her flowers to die before she sends out an order. Dead Flower Society, Connie Rose, 4613 S. 14th St., Abilene, TX MAP 325-627-6556

Plus, meet the men trusted with preserving a sacred Native American tradition that starts in the south Texas scrub brush. La Mota Ranch; Ted Herrera - Spiritual Leader - nativetejano@sbcglobal.net. Salvador Johnson, Authorized Peyote Broker - 361-586-4710

Show #821, originally aired 5.24.03

Find out how patriotism led one woman to cut, sew and sell the stars and stripes. Custom quilts by Stacey, Stacey Cope, 100 Melody Way (In Peachtree Plaza) Wimberley, TX 78676, 512-847-9256

Find out how two veterans are keeping their spirits high by flying restored warbirds. Warbird Restorers, Willie Walker & Charles Screws 3341 South 21st Abilene, TX 79605, 915-672-2270, or 915-692-5395

He'll go anywhere, anytime to play Taps for a fallen soldier, and he's done it for more than 60 years. Bugle Man, Bob Fuller, Waco, TX 254.799.1253, or 254-749-1459


-Week of 6.11.12-

Show #1208, originally aired 10.23.10

Meet a man who makes his living playing on the beach. We'll build Amazin' sand castles after a class from Amazin' Walter. South Padre Island, TX MAP

Then, see how a 7th generation Texan uses history to make art worthy of framing. Chris Smith Maps, Leander, TX MAP

Plus, visit a museum that protects Texas farming legacy from the rust of the ages. American Museum of Agriculture, Alton Brazell, 1501 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, TX 79403 MAP 806-239-5796

Show # 820, originally aired 5.17.03

It's out in the middle of nowhere, but if you've go a beat up, messed up or mangled band instrument, we found a place that's worth the drive. Contact Delbert Lloyd, 501 S.E. 4th. Knox City TX 79529. 940-658-3071

We'll get dressed up for a small town prom where things are done a little differently. John & Dorothy Schoedel, 1745 Farm Rd. 1241, Hamilton TX 76531, 254-386-5774

Plus, visit a small town Texas bed and breakfast where when it comes to food, breakfast is only the beginning. Woodbine Hotel, 209 N. Madison, Madisonville TX 77864, 866-348-3336


-Week of 6.4.12-

Show #1196, originally aired 7.31.10

See how this wood carver is using his chainsaw to make art out of devastation on Galveston Island. Jim Phillips, Inshore Sculpture, Galveston, TX MAP 713-724-9515

Stop by Hank's Ice Cream shop for two scoops of a homemade flavor you can't find anywhere else. Hank Wiggins, Hank's Ice Cream, 9291 South Main, Houston, TX 77025 MAP 713-665-5103

Plus, we visit a family farm where everyone helps with the harvest and the kids drive the heavy machinery. Davis family wheat farm, Perryton, TX MAP

Show # 819, originally aired 5.10.03

Find out why five south Texas artists have traveled around the world...and their forty-year journey has brought them back to Big Bend National Park. The WaterColor Gang, Kuo Yen Ng (Koo-Yen-Ing) 4514 Hollyridge Dr. San Antonio TX 78228, 210-433-7226

Visit a ranch where the cattle trails have given way to bike trails. Jimmy Dreiss, PO Box 1055, Comfort TX 78013, 830-995-2858

Plus, it's a Texas getaway where the sand, surf and sunshine are right at your front door. Hoopes House, 417 N. Broadway, Rockport TX 78382, 800-924-1008 hoopeshouse.com


-Week of 5.28.12-

Show #1195, originally aired 7.24.10

Meet a man who's taking the high road, the low road, and the scenic route as he hikes the entire perimeter of the Lone Star State. S. Matt Read, Texas Perimeter Hiker, Presidio, TX MAP

Stop by an authentic Italian grocery store five thousand miles from Rome. Paul & Mike DiCarlo, Jimmy's Food Store, 4901 Bryan Street, Dallas TX, 75206 MAP 214-823-6180

Plus, see how a group of nostalgic citizens banded together to save a 50-foot icon in their hometown - Tex Randall! SaveTexRandall.org, Canyon, TX MAP

Show # 818, originally aired 5.3.03

Call it odds and ends, antiques or just pain old junk...but it's all for sale every week at an Oldessa auction house. Ike Eicher, 4701 Andrews Hwy. Odessa, TX 79764. 915-362-7785

Find out what has kept this hill country sewing club together for more than 50 years. Waring Thimble Club, Maxine Sill, PO Box 174, Waring TX 78074, Care of: Odis Hohmann, 830-249-8801

Visit historic Hotel Turkey and re-live the days of the old west. Jim and Mona Boles, PO Box 37, Turkey TX 79621. 806-423-1151


-Week of 5.21.12-

Show #1194, originally aired 7.17.10

Find out why these nature-lovers are collecting wildflower seeds from every species in Texas and sending them to an Arctic bunker. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Minnette Marr, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739 MAP Alpine Office - Michael Eason, 432-837-5474. Special Thanks: The Nature Conservancy

Visit an historic bakery whose famous, yellow donuts have a colorful past and a bright future. Jan and Dale Cohrs, Round Rock Donuts, 106 West Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664 MAP 512-255-3629

Plus, grab a bite to eat at the Blanco Bowling Club Cafe, where there's always room to spare. Blanco Bowling Club Cafe, 310 Fourth St., Blanco, TX 78606 MAP 830-833-4416

Show # 817, originally aired 4.26.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet the man who's been lighting up the night in Abilene for half a century with the art, craft and science of neon. Raymond Hall, 1027 Walnut, Abilene, TX 79601. 915-675-5005

Find out about one Texas town's fight to save a landmark and a legacy left by the railroad. Sanderson Depot, Terry "Tex" Toler, 6836 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 190, Austin, TX 78731. 512-794-4705 or 512-658-8839

Visit the deep east Texas woods and take in the sights and sounds of nature at a place called The Retreat at Artesian Lakes. Jimmy Smith, 235 COL Resort, Cleveland, TX 77327. 832-397-4000 www.artesianlakes.com (formerly Chain-O-Lakes Resort)


-Week of 5.14.12-

Show #1193, originally aired 7.10.10

It's a real dog and pony show. Brice Chapman shows off the lost art of Trick Roping. Brice Chapman, PO Box 65204 Lubbock, TX MAP 806-470-5760 Web: bricechapman.net

Meet a woman who never runs out of jewelry because she makes it herself. Susan Butler, Conbrio Beads, San Antonio, TX MAP 210-497-0711

Plus, visit an old-time crafts village supported by a community that really practices what they preach. Homestead Heritage Village, P.O. Box 869, Elm Mott, TX 76640 MAP 254-754-9600

Show # 816, originally aired 4.19.03

Be courtside at the final game for the 50 year voice of Texas Tech Raiders basketball. (Jack Dale) contact Randy Farley or Joe Hornaday at TTU Athletics 506.742.3355

Find out why this house is a recycler's paradise. Tom Curry, 901 West Sul Ross, Alpine, Texas 79830. 915-837-0735

Take in historic Gruene, Texas, at the Gruene Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ki Klepas, 1235 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, TX, 78130. grueneapple.com 830-643-1234


-Week of 5.7.12-

Show # 1192. originally aired 7.3.10

Learn how to properly celebrate America's independence in a class where the red white and blue go boom. Pyrotex, Inc., North Texas

Meet the man behind the hippest indie poster art in Texas. Dirk Fowler, f2 Design, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-470-0759

Plus, find out how a some seeds and a few postage stamps can feed hungry people all around the world. Sean and Holly Hirshberg, The Dinner Garden, P.O. Box 700686 San Antonio, TX 78270-0686 MAP 210-979-1776 or info@dinnergarden.org

Show # 815, originally aired 4.12.03

Find out how this surveyor stumbled across an historic find...and now he's dedicated his life to preserving an important piece of Texas history. Wilson Pottery 114 North Austin St. Seguin, Texas 830.372.1001

Most folks consider it a pasture hazard, but for this hill country entrepreneur, this sticky, prickly plant is soon to be...soap. Maggie Hannus, A Wild Texas Soap Bar, 512.272.4058

It's a Bed and Breakfast that's home in Galveston Bay after sailing through history. Stacia Leigh, Pat and Bonnie Hicks, Pier 22 Fisherman's Warf, Galveston, Texas 409.750.8858


-Week of 4.30.12-

Show #1186, originally aired on 5.22.10

Meet a pair of school teachers who want the town of Glen Rose to learn the value of pi. Rhonda Cagle & Jean Ford, Pie Peddlers, 102 Walnut Street, Glen Rose, TX 76043 MAP

Visit a "bed and sushi" hotel where you can get a lesson in origami. Donovan Sparhawk, Sparhawk Bed & Breakfast, 3695 South 1st St., Abilene, TX 79605 MAP 325-437-3729

Plus, see why these soldiers are trading war stories for bedtime stories, with a little help from the USO. Linda Robinson, Volunteer Coordinator, USO Dallas/Fort Worth MAP 972-574-3383

Show #808, originally aired on 2.22.03

The Stanzel Model Airplane Company has been flying high in Shulenburg for 80 years - find out why the business is on final approach. Victor Stanzel /Ted Stanzel 311 Baumgarten Street, Schuelenburg, Texas 78956 ph#(to order planes) 800.422.6823, or 979.743.4121, Museum 979.743.6559

Plus, it's a historical hotel in a historic downtown. The Nutt House Hotel, Ron Maddox or Robert Moseley, 119 E. Bridge St. Granbury, TX 76048 ph#888.678.0813 www.nutt-hotel.com

Find out why one man has taken on the task of taking care of a very special cemetery. Dennis Cryer, 2320 John Rd., Killeen, TX 76543 ph#254.534.2289


-Week of 4.23.12-

Show #1185, originally aired on 5.15.10

Listen to a classic country tune written by a roughneck from the West Texas oil patches named Slim Willet. Joe Specht, Box 637, McMurry Station, Abilene, TX 79697 MAP 325-793-4697

See how one man is turning a profit with signposts that are a cut above the competition. Steve Littlejohn, Wolfforth, TX 79382 MAP Web: barberpoles.us

Plus, meet an inspiring artist who has carved out a new life for herself. Marika, Seguin, TX MAP 830-433-4315 Marika's Blog E-mail: marikasculptures@gmail.com

Show #807, originally aired on 2.15.03

He was once a stockbroker, a university professor and even a Black Panther. Today he is a world-renowned sculptor living in Lubbock, TX. Eddie Dixon, 2421 East 28th Street Lubbock, TX 79404

Check in to an East Texas bed and breakfast that's straight from the Victorian era of elegance. Norma Wilkinson, 407 S. Main St. Winnsboro, TX 75494. 903.342.6051 www.oakleamansion.com

It was a bridge that spanned a river and the lifetime of folks in Coleman County and now it's closed. Find out why this link meant so much to so many. The Waldrip Bridge, Coleman County, TX


-Week of 4.16.12-

Meet a man who overcame childhood tragedy to become the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Private Investigator." JJ Armes, The Investigators, 1717 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79902 MAP 915-532-5739

See how one artist plans to go out in style in his art glass casket. Chris McCasland, Brazoria, TX MAP Web: pangardenstudio.com

Plus, remember generations long gone by with help from a cemetery photographer. Wes Underwood, 6131 37th street, Lubbock , TX 79401 MAP 806-544-4148

Show # 806, originally aired 2.8.03

Come along for a hands-on adventure with the creepy, crawly daddy-long legs spider. Robert & Linda Mitchell, 430 Windmill dr. Bandera, TX. 78003 830.796.3240, or robert@critterpix.net and linda@critterpix.net

Find out why survival is the name of the game for students in this west Texas desert classroom. David Alloway, P.O. Box 1777 Alpine, TX. 79831, Ph# 915.837.5146

Plus, it's a place where the fishing is good and the sound of the ocean is right out your door. Tarpon Inn, P.O. Box 8, Port Aransas, TX. 78373, Ph# 1800.365.6784, or www.thetarponinn.com


-Week of 4.9.12-

Show # 805, originally aired 2.1.03

It's called the Burnt Biscuit Bakery, a place where the coffee and conversation is a warm welcome in the middle of nowhere. Shirley's Burnt Biscuit, 506 E. 1st Street Hwy 90 Marathon, TX 79842 915-386-9020

Visit a grand old Galveston hotel that stood watch over the coast for nearly a century. The Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77550 Ph: 888-939-8680

Plus, get a behind the scenes look and the making of the new Texas flag Expedition. Gary Defratus, Defratus Collision Center, 1432 N. Beltline Rd. Irving, TX. 75061 Ph:972-513-0537

Show #1183, originally aired 5.1.10

Meet a martial artist who's always sharpening his knife-throwing skills. Mike Bainton, South Austin Karate, 10203 Old Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78748 MAP 512-280-0611 knifethrower1@gmail.com

Head on over to a historic hat shop in downtown Fort Worth. Joe Peters, Peters Bros Hats, 909 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 MAP 817-335-1715 joe@pbhats.com

Plus, visit a ranch where it's ok to shoot the animals....with a camera. Sally Crofit, Fennessey Ranch, Bayside, TX MAP 361-529-6600 fenranch@sbcglobal.net


-Week of 4.2.12-

Show #1182. originally aired 4.24.10

Meet the man behind the massive metal markers in Fort Stockton. Brian Norwood, Fort Stockton, TX MAP web: www.briannorwoodart.com

Venture to the edge of the desert for some authentic Mexican food. Lourdes Pearson, The Little Diner, 7209 7th St., Canutillo, TX 79835 MAP 915-877-2176

Plus, visit the birthplace of an everyday invention - the shopping cart. Don Kaspar, Kaspar Wire Works, PO Box 667, Shiner, TX 77984 MAP 361-594-3327

Show # 798, originally aired 12.14.02

5 ladies-old friends throughout the highs and lows of life wrote a cookbook called "Always Enough Thyme" A celebration of food and friendship.

A Hill Country B&B where people can take a 2 day course in gourmet cooking class and enjoy the treasures of the Texas Hill Country town of Wimberley. Michael Scheider, 100 Spoke Hill Rd., Wimberley, Texas 78676 877-549-5450 www.blairhouseinn.com

To keep the family farm alive the Bradshaw's market their crops in unique ready-to-eat containers ready to ship anywhere, anytime. Barbara & Bill Bradshaw, Gourmet Gardens, Rte. 5, Box 427, Rusk, Texas 75785. 800-755-2434


-Week of 3.26.12-

Show #1181, originally aired 4.17.10

Take a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic art collection of old road signs. Bennie Frazier, Bennie's Attic, 216 S Leggett Dr, Abilene, TX, 79605-1628 MAP 325-675-6700 greigfraz4gus@aol.com

Visit the only place in the world with Red Plume Agate stones. Trey and Jan Woodward, Woodward Ranch, Alpine, TX MAP 432-364-2271

Plus, enjoy a sticky, sweet treat sold only in San Marcos. Manske Rolls, Ruben Becerra, Gil's Broiler, 328 North LBJ Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666-5624 MAP 512-392-4595

Show # 797, originally aired 12.7.02

Meet a woman from Canada travels to the U.S. during the summers and plants living fences and living furniture from willow branches she sticks in the ground. Kim Vergil, okvergil@videotron.ca ; www.kimcreations.net 514-475-7081

Hidden away high in the Chinati Mountains of West Texas sits a 5-star resort called Cibolo Creek Ranch. This 150 yr old ranch has lots to offer! Pat Gleason, P.O. Box 44, Shafter, TX 79850 866-496-9460

Jackie is a self-taught folk artist who paints from her memories of a small town called Harrison Switch, Texas. She's the new Grandma Moses. Jackie Haliburton, Katy , TX 281-856-0148 www.jackiesfolkart.com


-Week of 3.19.12-

Show #1180, originally aired 4.10.10

Go toe to toe with a champion arm wrestler. Curtis Chiappone, Clyde, TX MAP

Visit the little-known town of Oplin, where a country store is the only business left. Vera Owens at the Jot Um Down Store, 19315 Farm to Market Road 604 South,
Clyde, TX 79510-7615 MAP 325-529-4267

Plus, meet the next generation of two-steppers keeping the Oplin Opry alive. Lowell Johnson, www.grandoleoplin.com MAP

Show # 796, originally aired 11.30.02

Spider Johnson & Lara Hunt practice a centuries old art form called Marquetry, and now they are creating the largest piece of marquetry in the world. Spider Johnson & Lara Hunt, 4796 Freund Rd, Mason, Texas 76856, 915-347-6360

The Katy House is a historic reminder on what it was like 100 yrs ago on the railroad. The B&B is stuffed dull of railroad memorabilia. Bruce & Sallie Blalock, Smithville, TX, 512-237-4262 or 800-THE KATY

C.J. Strayhorn brings out the melodies of his ancient ancestors through the flutes he creates in his shop in East Texas.


-Week of 3.12.12-

Show #1175, originally aired 3.6.10

Spring into action with an Olympic coach who gets a jump on the competition. Trampoline Coach Amanda Bailey; Ready, Set, Go, 5828 West 50th, Lubbock, TX 79424 MAP Web: rsg-ae.com

Visit a neighborhood dedicated to the Airstream travel trailer. North Texas Airstream Community, 200 Walnut Hill Ave. #1, Hillsboro, TX 76645 MAP Web: ntaci.org

Plus, honor our fallen soldiers at an unfinished monument that one man is determined to complete. Robert Stapleton, Granbury, TX MAP 817-579-1966 Web: waterfallcentersofamerica.com E-mail: veteranfalls@yahoo.com

Show # 795, originally aired 11.23.02

We'll take you a place where you can find the best shrimp in Texas in the middle of the desert! Bart Reid, Imperial, TX, 915-536-2216 - CLOSED

The Hummer House is the perfect B&B for relaxing and watching Texas wildlife in a natural setting. Humming birds are the main draw here. Dan Brown, P.O. Box 555, Christoval, TX 76955 www.hummerhouse.com 915-255-2254

Plus, an old school celebrates its final graduation as it closes its doors forever.


-Week of 3.5.12-

Show #1174. originally aired 2.27.10

Save room for a breakfast treat that's pure sweet East Texas tradition. Cane Syrup, Floyd Boyett, 120 Willow Run, Lumberton, TX 77657 MAP 409-755-1128 Web: syrupmakers.com

Visit a company in San Antonio that still sews Old Glory by hand. Dixie Flag Company, Pete Van de Putte, 1930 N. Pan Am Expressway, San Antonio, TX 78208 MAP 210-227-5039

Plus, see how a group of pound puppies is getting a new lease on life thanks to the Texas prison system. Cell Dogs, Kyle Correctional Center, Kyle, TX and PAWS Animal Shelter, 500 FM 150 East, Kyle, Texas 78640 MAP Kathy Turney, 512-268-1611

Show # 794, originally aired 11.16.02

Joy Bland is the "keeper of the kin, deputy of descendents" for the direct descendents of Davy Crockett. Joy Bland, Paris, TN

A 50 yr old dude ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country is a family run business offering daily horseback rides and cowboy breakfasts. Judy Hicks, P.O. Box 577, Bandera, TX 78003 830-796-3312

For 30 years, Everett worked as an auto mechanic, but when modern electronics changed the business he switched gears and become a piano restorer. Everett Clare, "Clare's Player Pianos" 2502 Princeton Dr., Austin, TX 78741 512-444-5782


-Week of 2.27.12-

Show #1173, originally aired 2.20.10

Meet a hospital chaplain who's unlikely hobby makes him Lord of the Dragonflies. Jerry Hatfield, Lubbock, TX MAP E-mail: dragonflywatcher1029@yahoo.com

Go on a wild goose chase with a collector who isn't afraid to toot his own horn. Gary Chambers, Tivoli, TX MAP

Plus, discover never before seen history at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas' Alamo library. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 MAP 210-225-1071

Show #793, originally aired 11.9.02

Larry Shackelford makes deer antlers out of steel. Larry Shackelford, 30804 Old Sour Lake Rd., Sour Lake, Texas, 409-287-3458

7-F Lodge is a bed & breakfast situated 10 miles south of Bryan-College Station. They feature 4 secluded cabins with unique themes. Carol & Craig Conlee, 16611 Royder Rd. Box #402, Welborne, Texas 77881, 979-690-0073

Jessie Stewart is a one-woman clean up gang. This 94 year old keeps up 2 miles of highway 385 in the Texas Hill Country. Patsy Rainwater -Maddux, 4502 Knickerbocker Rd, San Angelo , Texas 76904, 915-947-9205


-Week of 2.20.12-

Show #1172, originally aired 2.13.10

Float like a bobber at a cabin that's a new experience in Texas fishing. Captain Carl's Floating Cabins, Carl Wentrcek, 261 Porpoise Court, Corpus Christi, TX, 78418 MAP 361-937-0868 captaincarl.com

Find out why this Alpaca is spitting mad. Chuck & Leigh Thomas, Hill Country Alpacas, 858 Moffett Rd., Medina, TX 78055 MAP 830-589-7750 hillcountryalpacas.com

Plus, take in some culture at a Mount Vernon music store. Mark Miller, P.O. Box 719, Mount Vernon, TX 75457 MAP 903-563-3780 mountvernonmusic.org

Show #792, originally aired 11.2.02

Kathleen is carrying the old Mexican tradition of "Papel Picado" - handcut paper designs often strung in colorful, hanging banners. Kathleen Trenchard "Cut it Out" P.O. Box 120232, San Antonio, Texas 78212, 210-225-6608

Rustic Hotel standing at the north entrance of Big Bend National Park. The hotel has both the flavor of the old west & Santa Fe. Brock Walden 102 W. Hwy 90, Marathon, Texas 79842, 915-386-4205 or 800-792-1112

John Warr is a painter of war. He paints detailed scenes of the Civil War. One day not long ago he wandered into the museum at Appommattox, VA. John Warr 294 County Rd. 402, Scottsboro, AL 35768, 256-259-4255 or 888-927-7278


-Week of 2.13.12-

Show #1163, originally aired 12.12.09

Correct the slice in your golf swing with help from a professional coach who only teaches deaf students. Mike Houston, Austin, TX MAP 210-632-9023 or mikeh@deaflink.com

Meet a painter with a Chinese watercolor style from the Far East. Ricky Chou, Midland, TX MAP 432-697-1608

Plus, celebrate a hundred years of news with the Trenton Tribune. Tom Holmes, Trenton Tribune newspaper, 115 Hamilton St., Trenton, TX 75490-0043 MAP 903-989-2325 or trentontribune@texoma.net

Show #790, originally aired 10.19.02

A group of old west reenactors, the "pistoleros" from El Paso are helping an old woman save her ghost town - Skaespeare, New Mexico. Rod Linkous 915-751-7507

One of Texas' oldest Army Posts along the Texas/ Mexico border has been transformed into a private residential resort while still preserving history. Maggie Kerr P.O. Box 345, Bracketville, Texas 78832, 800-937-1590

In order to save hundreds of the state's most historic maps, the land office is offering Texans the opportunity to "Adopt-A-Map." Elna Christopher Texas General Land Office, Mail Code #127, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, 512-463-5169


-Week of 2.6.12-

Show #1215, originally aired 12.11.10

Go behind the scenes at NASA with a woman who leads a double life. She's a scientist by day, and a middle eastern bellydancer at night. Traci Charles, Chanson de Vie dance studio, 425 E NASA Rd 1, Webster, TX MAP

Then, visit a backyard toy factory in a town that's always Happy. Jerry Sims, The Happy Toymaker, Box 548, Happy, TX 79042 MAP 806-433-2123

Plus, meet the sign language signal caller that helps her students tackle any challenge, on or off the field. Rene Heintschel & Demontrai Lewis, Lufkin, TX MAP

Show #840, originally aired 10.4.03

It's a roadside spring that's been flowing for as long as anybody can remember and some say this water will heal what ails you.-Located on Highway 175 near Cuney, TX between Frankston and Jacksonville.

Find out why one national news network comes to Streetman, Texas, to take the pulse of the people.

It's Texas Country Cookin' at a drive-in called Buddy's. Contact Bonnie Duncan at 106 East Broadway, Andrews, TX. 915.523.2840


-Week of 1.30.12-

Show #1214, originally aired 12.4.10

Visit a "bikes only" motel where it's too bad if you're not on two wheels. Find out why this overnight in Texas says "no cars allowed." Deb Rose, D'Rose Inn, 527 S. US Hwy 83, Leakey, TX 78873 MAP 830-232-5246

Then swing by an itty bitty barbecue shack in Lubbock where the secret ingredient is simplicity. Tom & Bingo's BBQ, Dwayne Clanton, 3006 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410-3226 MAP 806-799-1514

Plus, meet the eco-friendly group that turns bottles into artistic glassware with their backyard recycling operation. Steve Chism, C & R Kutt Bottle, Nacogdoches, TX MAP

Show #839, originally aired 9.27.03

She taught more than 30,000 kids to ride and now she's gone. Find out why this hill country horse trainer meant so much to so many. Contact Marsha Emore at Camp Waldemar FM 1340, Hunt, TX 830.238.4821

It's a modern twist on an ancient art form born from necessity. Pine Needle Art, Mildred Cuffaro, "Texas Creations" 12 The Wilderness, Kerrville, TX 78028 830.257.2321

It could be the best kept secret in west Texas, check into the hotel called Indian Lodge. Betty Baker P.O. Box 1707, Ft. Davis, TX 79734 915.426.3254 indian.lodge@tpwd.state.tx.us


-Week of 1.23.12-

Show #1212, originally aired 11.20.10

Get a brand-new, old-fashioned tintype camera from a modern day photographer focused on Civil War era technology. Ty Guillory Cameras, Hainesville, TX MAP

Explore a plant collection that really bites. Texas Triffid Ranch, Paul Riddell, 5930-E Royal Lane, #140, Dallas, TX 75230 MAP

Plus, see a determined boat builder who we met nearly 20 years ago finally complete his biggest project ever. Dr. John Vardiman, Beaumont, TX MAP

Show #838, originally aired 9.20.03

It's a hock shop with a higher purpose. At Kipperman's Pawn you can buy a ring and get married all under one roof. 6120 Belfort, Houston, TX 713.734.2525

We'll stop by a tiny Texas church that's slowly becoming a memory of the days when times were good and membership was strong. Blue Ridge Church (Thelma Chamberlain) 4520 FM 413 254.587.2206

Find out why this steel artist has hung up his metal cowboy boots and has taken to hammering out butterflies. Bill Richardson, (Texas Iron Works) 1600 East New Jersey, Midland, TX 79701 432.570.0535


-Week of 1.16.12-

Show #1211, originally aired 11.13.10

Stop by a repair shop that's fixin' home-made fried chicken for a hungry lunch crowd. Chicken Earl's, Earl Langley, 703 S Highway 83, Leakey, TX 78873 MAP 830-232-5001 (OPEN TUESDAYS ONLY)

Meet a talented artist who pieces together shattered family heirlooms. Holly Holland, The Renewal Factory, 198 North Green Street, Hawkins, TX 75765 MAP

Plus, see why the author of more than 50 Hank the Cowdog children's books is still the same regular guy we met back in 1988. John Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, Perryton, TX MAP


Show #837, originally aired 9.13.03

From father-to-son-to-grandson…find out why three generations of Chapman's have been binding books in Abilene for half a century. Stan Chapman, Chapman & Son Bookbinders, 802 North 3rd. Abilene, TX 79604, 325.672.1036 hvcbooks.com

Visit a family farm where you're encouraged to pitch in on the picking. Blue Berry Hill Farm, 10268 FM 314, Edom, TX 903.852.6175 blueberryhillfarms.com

It's a little bit of China…right here in Texas. (Forbidden Gardens has closed.)


-Week of 1.9.12-

Show #1210, originally aired 11.6.10

Learn how a pair of breakfast based businesses started right here in the Texas panhandle. Kenneth Bennet, 806-756-4386 & Linda Puckett.

Meet a painter whose heavy hitting sports art is a hit with fans. Robert Hurst, www.adamnfineartist.com. On display at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, 1108 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706-1223 MAP 254-756-1633

Plus, get your motor running at a miniature raceway run by a high school shop teacher. Yellow Jacket Raceway, John "Moe" Callison, Mineola High School, Mineola, TX MAP

Show #822, originally aired 5.31.03

Find out how this clock maker came out of his shell to carve world-class egg sculptures. Jerry Brazil, 26766 Fawn Mountain Road, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015, 210.698.6665

Enroll in a school where with a heavy hammer and a fiery forge you can learn to hammer out hot metal just like the blacksmiths of the past. John Fredrick, RR 5 Box 2088 Jacksonville, TX 75766. (903)-721-7962 or www.blacksmithingschool.com

You only thought the horney toad disappeared...visit a guesthouse where the tiny Texas treasure is crawling with Texas horned lizards. Annie's Cottage, 409 South 7th, Kennedy, TX 78119. 210.583.3054. e-mail: anniescottage@yahoo.com


-Week of 1.2.12-

Show #1209, originally aired 10.30.10

You don't know jack about jack-o-lanterns compared to this creative pumpkin carver. The Pumpkin Gutter, Scott Cummins, Perryton, TX MAP

Find out why an Abilene florist wants all her flowers to die before she sends out an order. Dead Flower Society, Connie Rose, 4613 S. 14th St., Abilene, TX MAP 325-627-6556

Plus, meet the men trusted with preserving a sacred Native American tradition that starts in the south Texas scrub brush. La Mota Ranch; Ted Herrera, Spiritual Leader - nativetejano@sbcglobal.net. Salvador Johnson, Authorized Peyote Broker - 361-586-4710

Show #821, originally aired 5.24.03

Find out how patriotism led one woman to cut, sew and sell the stars and stripes. Custom quilts by Stacey, Stacey Cope, 100 Melody Way (In Peachtree Plaza) Wimberley, TX 78676, 512.847.9256

Find out how two veterans are keeping their spirits high by flying restored warbirds. Warbird Restorers, Willie Walker & Charles Screws 3341 South 21st Abilene, TX 79605, 915.672.2270, or 915.692.5395

He'll go anywhere, anytime to play Taps for a fallen soldier, and he's done it for more than 60 years. Bugle Man, Bob Fuller, Waco, TX 254.799.1253, or 254.749.1459


-Week of 12.26.11-

Show #1112, originally aired 12.20.08

Get in the spirit of a small town Christmas with an all tuba holiday band. Douglas Clark, San Angelo, TX 76904 MAP 325-949-5834 dougnpeg@verizon.net

Plus, meet a substitute Santa who's bringing holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Garage Sale Queens, Shaela Wilson & Kate Murphy, Lockhart, TX MAP 512-376-6533

Show # 747, originally aired 12.22.01

We take a step back in time to Christmas as it was a hundred years ago on the Texas plains. Marsha Gufstason or Stephanie Gray NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER, Box 43201 Lubbock, TX 79409 806-742-0498

Eveline Rivers Coats for Kids supplies coats for needy children of all ages throughout the Amarillo area. Chuck Alexander, Amarillo Songwriters Association, 905 S. Fillmore, PO Box 51, Amarilllo TX 79101 806-352-4466


-Week of 12.19.11-

Show #1164, originally aired 12.19.09

This week, celebrate Christmas in true Texas Country Reporter fashion...

Listen to a group of Dallas finest who have sworn to sing and protect. The Dallas Police Choir, Detective Lucy Barnett, Dallas, TX MAP 214-432-4540 www.dallaspolicechoir.com

Deck the halls with Cypress Santas from the east Texas swamps. Cypress Santa Painters, LaVee Hargrove, LaVerne Bingham, and Nelda Shepherd. Buna, TX MAP

Plus, meet a cowboy preacher who helps Santa talk to the hearing-impaired. Buster Bramall, Cowboy Church of Ellis County, 2374 W Hwy 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75167 MAP 972-935-9801

Show # 799, originally aired 12.21.02

Texas Country Reporter celebrates Christmas.


-Week of 12.12.11-

Show #1208, originally aired 10.23.10

Meet a man who makes his living playing on the beach. We'll build Amazin' sand castles after a class from Amazin' Walter. South Padre Island, TX MAP

Then, see how a 7th generation Texan uses history to make art worthy of framing. Chris Smith Maps, Leander, TX MAP

Plus, visit a museum that protects Texas farming legacy from the rust of the ages. American Museum of Agriculture, Alton Brazell, 1501 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, TX 79403 MAP 806-239-5796

Show # 820, originally aired 5.17.03

It's out in the middle of nowhere, but if you've go a beat up, messed up or mangled band instrument, we found a place that's worth the drive. Contact Delbert Lloyd, 501 S.E. 4th. Knox City TX 79529 940.658.3071

We'll get dressed up for a small town prom where things are done a little differently. Hamilton TX John & Dorothy Schoedel, 1745 Farm Rd. 1241, Hamilton TX 76531, 254.386.5774

Plus, visit a small town Texas bed and breakfast where when it comes to food, breakfast is only the beginning. Woodbine Hotel, 209 N. Madison, Madisonville TX 77864, 866.348.3336


-Week of 12.5.11-

Show #1196, originally aired 7.31.10

See how this wood carver is using his chainsaw to make art out of devastation on Galveston Island. Jim Phillips, Inshore Sculpture, Galveston, TX MAP 713-724-9515

Stop by Hank's Ice Cream shop for two scoops of a homemade flavor you can't find anywhere else. Hank Wiggins, Hank's Ice Cream, 9291 South Main, Houston, TX 77025 MAP 713-665-5103

Plus, we visit a family farm where everyone helps with the harvest and the kids drive the heavy machinery. Davis family wheat farm, Perryton, TX MAP

Show # 819, originally aired 5.10.03

Find out why five south Texas artists have traveled around the world...and their forty-year journey has brought them back to Big Bend National Park. The WaterColor Gang, Kuo Yen Ng (Koo-Yen-Ing) 4514 Hollyridge Dr. San Antonio TX 78228, 210.433.7226.

Visit a ranch where the cattle trails have given way to bike trails. Jimmy Dreiss, PO Box 1055, Comfort TX 78013, 830.995.2858

Plus, it's a Texas getaway where the sand, surf and sunshine are right at your front door. Hoopes House, 417 N. Broadway, Rockport TX 78382, 800.924.1008 hoopeshouse.com


-Week of 11.28.11-

Show #1195, originally aired 7.24.10

Meet a man who's taking the high road, the low road, and the scenic route as he hikes the entire perimeter of the Lone Star State. S. Matt Read, Texas Perimeter Hiker, Presidio, TX MAP

Stop by an authentic Italian grocery store five thousand miles from Rome. Paul & Mike DiCarlo, Jimmy's Food Store, 4901 Bryan Street, Dallas TX, 75206 MAP 214-823-6180

Plus, see how a group of nostalgic citizens banded together to save a 50-foot icon in their hometown - Tex Randall! Canyon, TX MAP

Show # 818, originally aired 5.3.03

Call it odds and ends, antiques or just pain old junk...but it's all for sale every week at an Oldessa auction house. Ike Eicher, 4701 Andrews Hwy. Odessa, TX 79764 915.362.7785

Find out what has kept this hill country sewing club together for more than 50 years. Waring Thimble Club, Maxine Sill, PO Box 174, Waring TX 78074, Care of: Odis Hohmann, 830.249.8801

Visit historic Hotel Turkey and re-live the days of the old west. Jim and Mona Boles, PO Box 37, Turkey TX 79621, 806.423.1151


-Week of 11.21.11-

Show # 817, originally aired 4.26.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet the man who's been lighting up the night in Abilene for half a century with the art, craft and science of neon. Raymond Hall, 1027 Walnut, Abilene, TX 79601 915.675.5005

Find out about one Texas town's fight to save a landmark and a legacy left by the railroad. Sanderson Depot, Terry "Tex" Toler, 6836 Austin Center Blvd. Suite 190, Austin, TX 78731 512.794.4705 or 512.658.8839

Visit the deep east Texas woods and take in the sights and sounds of nature at a place called Chain of Lakes. Jimmy Smith, Artesian Lakes Resort (formerly Chain-O-Lakes), 235 COL Resort ,Cleveland, TX 77327 832.397.4000 www.artesianlakes.com

Show #1194, originally aired 7.17.10

Find out why these nature-lovers are collecting wildflower seeds from every species in Texas and sending them to an Arctic bunker. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Minnette Marr, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739 MAP Alpine Office - Michael Eason, 432-837-5474. Special Thanks: The Nature Conservancy

Visit an historic bakery whose famous, yellow donuts have a colorful past and a bright future. Jan and Dale Cohrs, Round Rock Donuts, 106 West Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664 MAP 512-255-3629

Plus, grab a bite to eat at the Blanco Bowling Club Cafe, where there's always room to spare. Blanco Bowling Club Cafe, 310 Fourth St., Blanco, TX 78606 MAP 830-833-4416


-Week of 11.14.11-

Show #1193, originally aired 7.10.10

It's a real dog and pony show. Brice Chapman shows off the lost art of Trick Roping. Brice Chapman, PO Box 65204 Lubbock, TX MAP 806-470-5760 Web: bricechapman.net

Meet a woman who never runs out of jewelry because she makes it herself. Susan Butler, Conbrio Beads, San Antonio, TX MAP 210-497-0711

Plus, visit an old-time crafts village supported by a community that really practices what they preach. Homestead Heritage Village, P.O. Box 869, Elm Mott, TX 76640 MAP 254-754-9600

Show # 816, originally aired 4.19.03

Be courtside at the final game for the 50 year voice of Texas Tech Raiders basketball, Jack Dale. Contact Randy Farley or Joe Hornaday at TTU Athletics 506.742.3355

Find out why this house is a recycler's paradise. Tom Curry 901 West Sul Ross, Alpine, Texas 79830 915.837.0735

Take in historic Gruene, Texas, at the Gruene Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ki Klepas, 1235 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, TX. 78130 grueneapple.com 830.643.1234


-Week of 11.7.11-

Show # 1192. originally aired 7.3.10

Learn how to properly celebrate America's independence in a class where the red white and blue go boom. Pyrotex, Inc., North Texas

Meet the man behind the hippest indie poster art in Texas. Dirk Fowler, f2 Design, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-470-0759

Plus, find out how a some seeds and a few postage stamps can feed hungry people all around the world. Sean and Holly Hirshberg, The Dinner Garden, P.O. Box 700686, San Antonio, TX 78270-0686 MAP 210-979-1776 or info@dinnergarden.org

Show # 815, originally aired 4.12.03

Find out how this surveyor stumbled across an historic find...and now he's dedicated his life to preserving an important piece of Texas history. Wilson Pottery 114 North Austin St. Seguin, Texas 830.372.1001

Most folks consider it a pasture hazard, but for this hill country entrepreneur, this sticky, prickly plant is soon to be...soap. Maggie Hannus, 512.272.4058 www.awildtexassoapbar.com

It's a Bed and Breakfast that's home in Galveston Bay after sailing through history. Stacia Leigh, Pat and Bonnie Hicks, Pier 22 Fisherman's Warf, Galveston, Texas 409.750.8858 www.stacia-leigh.com


-Week of 10.31.11-

Show #1186, originally aired on 5.22.10

Meet a pair of school teachers who want the town of Glen Rose to learn the value of pi. Rhonda Cagle & Jean Ford, Pie Peddlers, 102 Walnut Street, Glen Rose, TX 76043 MAP

Visit a "bed and sushi" hotel where you can get a lesson in origami. Donovan Sparhawk, Sparhawk Bed & Breakfast, 3695 South 1st St., Abilene, TX 79605 MAP 325-437-3729

Plus, see why these soldiers are trading war stories for bedtime stories, with a little help from the USO. Linda Robinson, Volunteer Coordinator, USO Dallas/Fort Worth MAP 972-574-3383

Show #808, originally aired on 2.22.03

The Stanzel Model Airplane Company has been flying high in Shulenburg for 80 years - find out why the business is on final approach. Victor Stanzel /Ted Stanzel 311 Baumgarten Street, Schuelenburg, Texas 78956 ph#(to order planes) 800.422.6823, or 979.743.4121, Museum 979.743.6559

Plus, it's a historical hotel in a historic downtown. The Nutt House Hotel, Ron Maddox or Robert Moseley 119 E. Bridge St. Granbury, TX 76048 ph#888.678.0813 www.nutt-hotel.com

Find out why one man has taken on the task of taking care of a very special cemetery. Dennis Cryer 2320 John Rd Killeen, TX 76543 ph#254.534.2289


-Week of 10.24.11-

Show #1185, originally aired on 5.15.10

Listen to a classic country tune written by a roughneck from the West Texas oil patches named Slim Willet. Joe Specht, Box 637, McMurry Station, Abilene, TX 79697 MAP 325-793-4697

See how one man is turning a profit with signposts that are a cut above the competition. Steve Littlejohn, Wolfforth, TX 79382 MAP Web: barberpoles.us

Plus, meet an inspiring artist who has carved out a new life for herself. Marika, Seguin, TX MAP 830-433-4315 Marika's Blog E-mail: marikasculptures@gmail.com

Show #807, originally aired on 2.15.03

He was once a stockbroker, a university professor and even a Black Panther. Today he is a world-renowned sculptor living in Lubbock, TX. Eddie Dixon 2421 East 28th Street Lubbock, TX 79404 www.eddiedixonartist.com

Check in to an East Texas bed and breakfast that's straight from the Victorian era of elegance. Norma Wilkinson 407 S. Main St. Winnsboro, TX 75494 ph#903.342.6051 www.oakleamansion.com

It was a bridge that spanned a river and the lifetime of folks in Coleman County and now it's closed. Find out why this link meant so much to so many. The Waldrip Bridge, Coleman County, TX


-Week of 10.17.11-

Show #1184, originally aired 5.8.10

Meet a man who overcame childhood tragedy to become the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Private Investigator." JJ Armes, The Investigators, 1717 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79902 MAP 915-532-5739

See how one artist plans to go out in style in his art glass casket. Chris McCasland, Brazoria, TX MAP Web: pangardenstudio.com

Plus, remember generations long gone by with help from a cemetery photographer. Wes Underwood, 6131 37th street, Lubbock , TX 79401 MAP 806-544-4148

Show # 806, originally aired 2.8.03

Come along for a hands-on adventure with the creepy, crawly daddy-long legs spider. Robert & Linda Mitchell, 430 Windmill dr. Bandera, TX. 78003 830.796.3240, or robert@critterpix.net and linda@critterpix.net

Find out why survival is the name of the game for students in this west Texas desert classroom. David Alloway, P.O. Box 1777 Alpine, TX. 79831, Ph# 915.837.5146

Plus, it's a place where the fishing is good and the sound of the ocean is right out your door. Tarpon Inn, P.O. Box 8, Port Aransas, TX. 78373, Ph# 1800.365.6784, or www.thetarponinn.com


-Week of 10.10.11-

Show #1183, originally aired 5.1.10

Meet a martial artist who's always sharpening his knife-throwing skills. Mike Bainton, South Austin Karate, 10203 Old Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78748 MAP 512-280-0611 knifethrower1@gmail.com

Head on over to a historic hat shop in downtown Fort Worth. Joe Peters, Peters Bros Hats, 909 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 MAP 817-335-1715 joe@pbhats.com

Plus, visit a ranch where it's ok to shoot the animals....with a camera. Sally Crofit, Fennessey Ranch, Bayside, TX MAP 361-529-6600 fenranch@sbcglobal.net

Show # 805, originally aired 2.1.03

It's called the Burnt Biscuit Bakery, a place where the coffee and conversation is a warm welcome in the middle of nowhere. Shirley's Burnt Biscuit, 506 E. 1st Street Hwy 90 Marathon, TX 79842 915-386-9020

Visit a grand old Galveston hotel that stood watch over the coast for nearly a century. The Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77550 Ph: 888-939-8680

Plus, get a behind the scenes look and the making of the new Texas flag Expedition. Gary Defratus, Defratus Collision Center, 1432 N. Beltline Rd. Irving, TX. 75061 Ph:972-513-0537


-Week of 10.3.11-

Show #1182. originally aired 4.24.10

Meet the man behind the massive metal markers in Fort Stockton. Brian Norwood, Fort Stockton, TX MAP web: www.briannorwoodart.com

Venture to the edge of the desert for some authentic Mexican food. Lourdes Pearson, The Little Diner, 7209 7th St., Canutillo, TX 79835 MAP 915-877-2176

Plus, visit the birthplace of an everyday invention - the shopping cart. Don Kaspar, Kaspar Wire Works, PO Box 667, Shiner, TX 77984 MAP 361-594-3327

Show # 798, originally aired 12.14.02

5 ladies-old friends throughout the highs and lows of life wrote a cookbook called "Always Enough Thyme" A celebration of food and friendship.

A Hill Country B&B where people can take a 2 day course in gourmet cooking class and enjoy the treasures of the Texas Hill Country town of Wimberley. Michael Scheider 100 Spoke Hill Rd., Wimberley, Texas 78676 877-549-5450 www.blairhouseinn.com

To keep the family farm alive the Bradshaw's market their crops in unique ready-to-eat containers ready to ship anywhere, anytime. Barbara & Bill Bradshaw Rte. 5, Box 427, Rusk, Texas 75785 800-755-2434 www.gourmet-gardens.com


-Week of 9.26.11-

Show #1181, originally aired 4.17.10

Take a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic art collection of old road signs. Bennie Frazier, Bennie's Attic, 216 S Leggett Dr, Abilene, TX, 79605-1628 MAP 325-675-6700 greigfraz4gus@aol.com

Visit the only place in the world with Red Plume Agate stones. Trey and Jan Woodward, Woodward Ranch, Alpine, TX MAP 432-364-2271

Plus, enjoy a sticky, sweet treat sold only in San Marcos. Manske Rolls, Ruben Becerra, Gil's Broiler, 328 North LBJ Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666-5624 MAP 512-392-4595

Show # 797, originally aired 12.7.02

Meet a woman from Canada travels to the U.S. during the summers and plants living fences and living furniture from willow branches she sticks in the ground. Kim Vergil, okvergil@videotron.ca ; www.kimcreations.net 514-475-7081

Hidden away high in the Chinati Mountains of West Texas sits a 5-star resort called Cibolo Creek Ranch. This 150 yr old ranch has lots to offer! Pat Gleason, P.O. Box 44, Shafter, TX 79850 866-496-9460

Jackie is a self-taught folk artist who paints from her memories of a small town called Harrison Switch, Texas. She's the new Grandma Moses. Jackie Haliburton, Katy , TX 281-856-0148 www.jackiesfolkart.com


-Week of 9.19.11-

Show #1180, originally aired 4.10.10

Go toe to toe with a champion arm wrestler. Curtis Chiappone, Clyde, TX MAP

Visit the little-known town of Oplin, where a country store is the only business left. Vera Owens at the Jot Um Down Store, 19315 Farm to Market Road 604 South,
Clyde, TX 79510-7615 MAP 325-529-4267

Plus, meet the next generation of two-steppers keeping the Oplin Opry alive. Lowell Johnson, www.grandoleoplin.com MAP

Show # 796, originally aired 11.30.02

Spider Johnson & Lara Hunt practice a centuries old art form called Marquetry, and now they are creating the largest piece of marquetry in the world. Spider Johnson & Lara Hunt, 4796 Freund Rd, Mason, Texas 76856, 915-347-6360

The Katy House is a historic reminder on what it was like 100 yrs ago on the railroad. The B&B is stuffed dull of railroad memorabilia. Bruce & Sallie Blalock, Smithville, TX, 512-237-4262 or 800-THE KATY

C.J. Strayhorn brings out the melodies of his ancient ancestors through the flutes he creates in his shop in East Texas.


-Week of 9.12.11-

Show #1175, originally aired 3.6.10

Spring into action with an Olympic coach who gets a jump on the competition. Trampoline Coach Amanda Bailey; Ready, Set, Go, 5828 West 50th, Lubbock, TX 79424 MAP Web: rsg-ae.com

Visit a neighborhood dedicated to the Airstream travel trailer. North Texas Airstream Community, 200 Walnut Hill Ave. #1, Hillsboro, TX 76645 MAP Web: ntaci.org

Plus, honor our fallen soldiers at an unfinished monument that one man is determined to complete. Robert Stapleton, Granbury, TX MAP 817-579-1966 Web: waterfallcentersofamerica.com E-mail: veteranfalls@yahoo.com

Show # 795, originally aired 11.23.02

We'll take you a place where you can find the best shrimp in Texas in the middle of the desert! Bart Reid, Imperial, TX, 915-536-2216

The Hummer House is the perfect B&B for relaxing and watching Texas wildlife in a natural setting. Humming birds are the main draw here. Dan Brown, P.O. Box 555, Christoval, TX 76955 www.hummerhouse.com 915-255-2254

Plus, an old school celebrates its final graduation as it closes its doors forever.


-Week of 9.5.11-

Show #1174, originally aired 2.27.10

Save room for a breakfast treat that's pure sweet East Texas tradition. Cane Syrup, Floyd Boyett, 120 Willow Run, Lumberton, TX 77657 MAP 409-755-1128 Web: syrupmakers.com

Visit a company in San Antonio that still sews Old Glory by hand. Dixie Flag Company, Pete Van de Putte, 1930 N. Pan Am Expressway, San Antonio, TX 78208 MAP 210-227-5039

Plus, see how a group of pound puppies is getting a new lease on life thanks to the Texas prison system. Cell Dogs, Kyle Correctional Center, Kyle, TX and PAWS Animal Shelter, 500 FM 150 East, Kyle, Texas 78640 MAP Kathy Turney, 512-268-1611

Show # 794, originally aired 11.16.02

Joy Bland is the "keeper of the kin, deputy of descendents" for the direct descendents of Davy Crockett. Joy Bland, Paris, TN

A 50 yr old dude ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country is a family run business offering daily horseback rides and cowboy breakfasts. Judy Hicks, P.O. Box 577, Bandera, TX 78003 830-796-3312

For 30 years, Everett worked as an auto mechanic, but when modern electronics changed the business he switched gears and become a piano restorer. Everett Clare, "Clare's Player Pianos" 2502 Princeton Dr., Austin, TX 78741 512-444-5782


-Week of 8.29.11-

Show #1173, originally aired 2.20.10

Meet a hospital chaplain who's unlikely hobby makes him Lord of the Dragonflies. Jerry Hatfield, Lubbock, TX MAP E-mail: dragonflywatcher1029@yahoo.com

Go on a wild goose chase with a collector who isn't afraid to toot his own horn. Gary Chambers, Tivoli, TX MAP

Plus, discover never before seen history at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas' Alamo library. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 MAP 210-225-1071

Show # 793, originally aired 11.9.02

Meet Jessie Stewart., a 94 year-old woman who's a one-woman clean-up gang on Highway 385 in the Texas Hill Country! Jessie Stewart, San Angelo, TX

We'll stop at the 7F Lodge, a B & B with four secluded cabins located near Bryan-College Station. 7F Lodge, 16611 Royder Rd., College Station, TX 77845 979-690-0073 www.7flodge.com

Also, we'll visit a man who makes deer antlers out of steel! Larry Shackelford, Sour Lake, TX 409-287-3458


-Week of 8.22.11-

Show #1172, originally aired 2.13.10

Float like a bobber at a cabin that's a new experience in Texas fishing. Captain Carl's Floating Cabins, Carl Wentrcek, 261 Porpoise Court, Corpus Christi, TX, 78418 MAP 361-937-0868 captaincarl.com

Find out why this Alpaca is spitting mad. Chuck & Leigh Thomas, Hill Country Alpacas, 858 Moffett Rd., Medina, TX 78055 MAP 830-589-7750 hillcountryalpacas.com

Plus, take in some culture at a Mount Vernon music store. Mark Miller, P.O. Box 719, Mount Vernon, TX 75457 MAP 903-563-3780 mountvernonmusic.org

Show # 792, originally aired 11.2.02

We'll explore a rustic hotel standing at the north entrance of Big Bend National Park. It has both the flavor of the old west and Santa Fe. Brock Walden, 102 W. Hwy 90, Marathon, TX 79842 1-800-884-GAGE

Kathleen is carrying the old Mexican tradition of "Papel Picado" - handcut paper designs often strung in colorful, hanging banners. Kathleen Trenchard, P.O. Box 120232, San Antonio, TX 78212 210-225-6608 www.cut-it-out.org

John Warr is a painter who creates detailed scenes of the Civil War. John Warr, Scottsboro, AL 256-259-4255 www.civilwarrart.com/HOME_PAGE.html


-Week of 8.15.11-

Show # 1163, originally aired 12.12.09

Correct the slice in your golf swing with help from a professional coach who only teaches deaf students. Mike Houston, Austin, TX MAP 210-632-9023 or mikeh@deaflink.com

Meet a painter with a Chinese watercolor style from the Far East. Ricky Chou, Midland, TX MAP 432-697-1608

Plus, celebrate a hundred years of news with the Trenton Tribune. Tom Holmes, Trenton Tribune newspaper, 115 Hamilton St., Trenton, TX 75490-0043 MAP 903-989-2325 or trentontribune@texoma.net

Show # 790, originally aired 10.19.02

In order to save hundreds of the state's most historic maps, the land office is offering Texans the opportunity to "Adopt-A-Map." Elna Christopher, Texas General Land Office, Mail Code #127, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, TX 78711-2873

One of Texas' oldest Army Posts along the Texas-Mexico border has been transformed into a private residential resort while still preserving history. Maggie Kerr, P.O. Box 345, Bracketville, TX 78832 800-937-1590

A group of old west re-enactors, the "pistoleros" from El Paso are helping an old woman save her ghost town - Shakespeare, New Mexico. Rod Linkous, El Paso, TX. Shakespeare Ghost Town


-Week of 8.8.11-

Show # 1162, originally aired 12.5.09

Meet a director who can't go anywhere without making a scene. Dr. Ramon Carver, Living Room Theatre of Salado, Box 1023, Salado, TX 76571 TX MAP 254-947-3104

Spread the good news to the blind with hand-made braille Bibles. Mary Alice Ramm, Saint John Lutheran Church, 725 County Road Dd, Farwell, TX 79325-3431 MAP 806-825-2409

Plus, our old friend Doug Smith overcomes a terrible injury to play piano once again. www.dougsmith.com, Lubbock TX MAP 806-667-2200 or 432-586-5657

Show # 789, originally aired 10.12.02

Meet a man who collects junk, "good" or "bad"! Paul Nerrin, 4500 U.S. 59 North, Lufkin, TX 75901 936-632-2580

Gene Corrigan raises mules in South Texas, but every summer he leaves his mules and works as the conductor on the famous Durango Railroad. Gene Corrigan, La Pryor, TX 830-365-4250

Plus, you'll see an authentic 19th century log cabin village that's been completely restored to the way it was more than a 150 yrs ago. Baron Smith, P.O. Box 631, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 830-990-5734 or 830-997-0443


-Week of 8.1.11-

Show # 1160, originally aired 11.21.09

Get a Texas history lesson set to a bluegrass beat. Steve Hartz, Oldtime String Shop, 216 E Pillar St, Nacogdoches, TX 75961 MAP 936-564-8692

Try to find a blank space on the wall at a bait stand with an identity crisis. Eddie Fonseca, Frank's Bait & Taco, 20115 FM 306, Canyon Lake, TX 78133 MAP 830-935-4425

Plus, meet a man trying to turn his neighborhood around with pedal power. Veon McReynolds, Tour de Hood, Houston, TX MAP

Show # 788, originally aired 10.5.02

Meet the "Doll Doctor", a woman who repairs broken and mistreated dolls! Dorothy Meredith, 625 Greune River Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78132 830-608-0308

At over 300 square miles, it's the biggest state park in the Lone Star State! Tony Gallego, Big Bend Ranch State Park, P.O. Box 2319, Presidio, TX 79845 915-229-3416 or 915-229-3613

Plus, we'll drop by a 100 year-old pharmacy in Southeast Texas on its last day of business and see the folks that made it special. Kenneth Sheffield, Nederland, TX


-Week of 7.25.11-

Show #1159, originally aired 11.14.09

Hit the road, Jane, with some fun-loving sisters who live to get away. Sisters on the Fly, LaVerne Parnell, Grapevine, TX MAP

Peek through a pinhole to make a perfect picture out of almost anything. Ralph Howell, Saint Mary's Hall, 9401 Starcrest Drive, San Antonio, TX 78217 MAP rhowell@smhall.org or 210-483-9252

Plus, see why one woman makes it her mission to save Texas' only marsupial. Kathleen Shives, possum rescue, Austin, TX MAP 512-633-5870 or kat4possums@yahoo.com

Show # 787, originally aired 9.28.02

Meet a hill country woman who was told "go fly a kite" and took it seriously! Pat Hammond, 215 Argyle, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-3380

We'll visit one of Texas' best known antique towns and see an old historic hotel known as the Excelsior. Hazel Chastain, Excelsior Hotel, 211 W. Austin, Jefferson, TX 75657 903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270

Meet a 12 year-old prodigy painter who sells her paintings for thousands! Olivia Bennett, 1439 Main St., Southlake, TX 76092 817-416-8618


-Week of 7.18.11-

Show # 1158, originally aired 11.7.09

Meet an exterminator determined to stop a tiny terror from treading all over Texas - the Rasberry Crazy Ant. Tom Rasberry, Budget Pest Control, 2418 South Main, Pearland, TX 77581 MAP 281-DEAD-BUG

Pig out on the biggest pizza pie we've ever seen. Brian Lujan, Big Lou's Pizza, 2048 S WW White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78222 MAP 210-337-0707

Plus, cover thousands of miles in a covered wagon with the Mule Man. John McComsey, Mule Man, Shallowwater, TX MAP

Show # 768, originally aired 5.18.02

Built in the late 18th century, Mission San Jose's gristmill is the oldest working mill in Texas. It was recently restored with the help of Kevin Crisler. Mission San Jose, 2202 Roosevelt Ave. San Antonio, TX 78210 210-932-1001

Texas Tech University in Lubbock plays host to one of the most unique art exhibits in the world - all the way from Italy and the Vatican! Texas Tech University, Box 42022, Lubbock, TX 79409-2022

Robert Stone is doing researching and making furniture for the resurrected Fort Martin Scott. Robert Stone, 610 E. Creek St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624 830-997-9699


-Week of 7.11.11-

Show # 1157, originally aired 10.31.09

Rock out with some musical moms from Merry and the Mood Swings! Merry and The Mood Swings, Dallas, TX MAP 214-641-5751 or maryh@merryandthemoodswings.com

Give some Texas pride to our brand new ride with a Skinz vehicle wrap. SkinzWraps, 3401 Main Street, Suite B Dallas, TX 75226 MAP 214.741.4529

Plus, meet a living radio legend who's been taking life "Day by Day" since 1955. Clint Formby, KPAN, Box 1757, Hereford, TX 79045 MAP 806-364-1860

Show # 767, originally aired 5.11.02

Meet a man who has been repairing sewing machines since 1955! Helmuth and Doris Salge, Salge's Sewing Machine Repair's and Alterations, 630 West San Antonio St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 1-800-355-0422

Then we'll meet a Czech immigrant who is an amateur opera star and a custodian at Lincoln Junior High in San Angelo! Robert Vitez, Lincoln Junior High School, 255 E. 50th St., San Angelo, TX 76903

Plus, we'll have a review of the BBQ restaurants we've eaten at.


-Week of 7.4.11-

Show # 1156, originally aired 10.24.09

Meet a father-son Tejano band keeping their heritage alive. Jorge Vasquez, Hacendados. Houston, TX MAP 713-676-0174

See what happens when a cowboy imitates the art of Andy Warhol. Mike Tabor, 5534 N. Highway 144, Granbury, Texas 76048 MAP 817-578-1235

Plus, honor injured soldiers with quilts from patriotic seamstresses. Amelia Perry, Military Warriors Support Foundation, 8122 Datapoint Dr., Ste. 812, San Antonio, TX 78229 MAP 210-615-8973

Show # 766, originally aired 5.4.02

Our search for the best barbeque in Texas will lead us straight into the big city. Charles Menasana, The Brisket, Dallas, TX. (CLOSED).

We'll visit a baseball glove factory that ships all over the world, but is located in a small Texas town! Nokona Athletic Goods Co., P.O. Box 329, Nocona, TX 76255 940-825-3326

Meet a man whose primitive photography methods could reveal the secret behind some of the world's greatest art works. Valentene Rice, 7714 Renwick #35 Houston, TX 77081 713-661-1300


-Week of 6.27.11-

Show # 1151, originally aired 9.19.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Enjoy a south of the border sound with a Mariachi band that's all in the family. The Luevano Family, Mariachi 'L', Boerne, TX MAP 210-422-4204 E-mail: mmluevano@gvtc.com

Play cowboys and Indians all over again at a vintage, Western toy store. Bob Terry, Wild West Toys, 106 W. Main, Azle, TX 76020 MAP 817-444-4320 www.wildwesttoys.com

Plus, see how these veteran veterans honor their fellow soldiers. Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. Pastor "Buddy" Blake & Capt. Jerry Kelley. Beaumont, TX MAP 409-835-4838

Show # 764, originally aired 4.20.02

Papa Payne is the owner, cook, waiter, and cashier of his one-man restaurant! Papa Payne's BBQ, 2112 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834 915-625-1242

The First Protestant Church's tower clock in New Braunfels is one of the few manually wound clocks still operating, and its caretaker is the former mayor! Clinton Brandt, First Protestant Church, 172 West Coll St., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Plus, we'll witness the unfolding of springtime all over the Lone Star State.


-Week of 6.20.11-

Show # 1150, originally aired 9.12.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Go on a backroads junk gathering extravaganza with the Junk Gypsies. Junk Gypsies, Janie Sikes, Amie Sikes, Jolie Sikes-Smith. 4345 Alexis Court, College Station, TX 77845. 979-776-5151 or junkmail@gypsyville.com

Sink your teeth into a jaw-breaking banquet of delicious dishes made entirely from rocks. Bill and Lois Patillo, Corpus Christi, TX MAP www.rockfoodtable.com

Plus, experience life along the Red river with our old friend Wildwood Dean. Treasure River by Wildwood Dean. www.redriverscholar.com

Show # 763, originally aired 4.13.02

We'll visit an "old fashioned" full service gas station with a deli inside. Gary and Keri Cordell, 9802 State Hwy 171, Itasca, TX 76055 254-687-2832

Meet a man who paints portraits on a canvas no larger than a playing card! Ron Vaughn, 1302 West Third St., McGregor, TX 76657 254-840-4187

Plus, we'll see the restoration of the USS Cavalla, a World War II-era submarine. John McMichael, 2504 Church St. Galveston, TX 77550 409-744-7854


-Week of 6.13.11-

Show # 1149, originally aired 9.05.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Meet a man who's turning muddy, grimy, dirty cars into masterful works of art. Scott Wade, San Marcos, TX 78666 MAP 512-393-8823 info@dirtycarart.com or www.dirtycarart.com

Go on a night time swamp tour in search of the state's biggest lizards.Amos Cooper, 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640 MAP (409)736-2551 or amos.cooper@tpwd.state.tx

Plus, find out why one woman is all alone in what's left of her childhood home town...and what she's doing to keep her memories alive. Myna (Hicks) Potts, D.M.M.P.G./Medicine Mound Museum, 8450 South FM 91, Quanah, Texas 79252 MAP 940-839-4344 or medicinemound.com

Show # 756, originally aired 2.23.02

Meet a man who hosts a radio program where listeners call in with items to buy, sell, swap or trade. Lynn Farris, Tradio on the Radio, KNEL, P.O. Box 630, Brady, TX 76825 915-597-2119 Airs on 95.3 KNEL-FM Monday - Saturday at 9:00pm.

Milton Scott uses his grandfather's tools to make Windsor chairs like the ones popular during colonial America. Milton Scott, 29580 Red Top Road Richards, TX 77873 936-874-2802

Plus, we'll stop in Van Horn for some "Diesel Fried Chicken!" No information available.


-Week of 6.06.11-

Show # 1148, originally aired 8.29.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Get a shave and a haircut in an old-fashioned, one-chair barbershop, in a one-car garage. Blanche Harris, 800 Wren Street, Mineola, TX 75773 MAP 903-569-3574

Find out where you can get Free Greens from a philanthropic farmer who's giving away his harvest. Elbert Sowell, Chireno, TX MAP 936-362-2510

Plus, find out why they call them cow-BOYS instead of cow-MEN. Riggin Johnson, Paducah, TX MAP

Show # 755, originally aired 2.16.02

Visit a place where you can get a bite to eat while your car gets washed! Maynard & Kenny Haddad, H & H Café and Car Wash, 701 E. Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 915-533-1144

Ted Disko carves replicas of old courthouses across Texas in incredible detail! Ted Disko, 4406 White Ash Ln. San Angelo, TX 76904-4527 915-942-9050

Plus, we'll tap our toes to some good old-fashioned accordion music at the Club 21 dancehall. Bradley Williams, Uhland, TX


-Week of 5.30.11-

Show # 1147, originally aired 8.22.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Solve the mystery of a famous photo with help from one of the world's best police sketch artists. Artist: Lois Gibson, HPD. Sailor: Glenn McDuffie, Houston, TX MAP 281-931-7956

Find out why this East Texas artist loves making homes for gnomes...and birds. Joseph Hopps, Arbor Castle Birdhouses. Edom, TX MAP

Plus, meet a woman who puts the heart and soul in soul food. Lola Stephens, Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Restaurant, 1815 Rosewood, Austin, TX 78702 MAP 512-474-5652

Show # 754, originally aired 2.9.02

The Allen family's Koffee Kup Café is known far and wide for terrific pies and coffee. We'll stop in for a taste! Koffee Kup Café, 300 W. 2nd St., Hico, TX 76457 254.796.4839 www.koffeekupfamilyrestaurant.com

Tony has the largest colony of Purple Martins in Texas. Tony Frederickson, TX

Doug Keys makes "cowboy caskets" accented with symbols of the Western lifestyle. Doug Keys, Christoval, TX 325-642-3837 www.cowboyslastride.com


-Week of 5.23.11-

Show # 1146, originally aired 8.15.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

What's Guajillo honey, and why is it keeping these bees so busy? David Roy Park, Cold River Apiaries, 3002 County Rd. 1660, Moore, TX 78057 MAP 210-355-4231

See how a talented ceramics artist made a name for himself cooking eggs. George Holland, Buffalo Gap Pottery, Buffalo Gap, TX MAP 325-572-5056 buffalogappottery@hotmail.com

Plus, the winds of change are blowing in West Texas, and life will never be the same. Taylor County, TX MAP

Show # 753, originally aired 2.2.02

We'll check out the annual counting of eagles on Lake Fork. Mark Woodruff, 903-765-9033

State District Judge Bascom Bentley takes us on a tour of his "Smithsonian of Sports" memorabilia in the Anderson and Rusk Co. courthouses. Judge Bascom Bentley, P.O. Box 221, Palestine, TX 75802 903-723-7415

Then, we'll stop in Lubbock to eat tamales so good they come with a 100% guarantee! Mike Hale and Mark Hale, 8207 HWY 87, Lubbock, TX 79404 www.pedrostamales.com 1-800-522-9531


-Week of 5.16.11-

Show # 1145, originally aired 8.08.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Take a thousand-mile pilgrimage to the old north border of the Republic of Texas. 42nd parallel, 106° 25' West MAP Dan Kinnaman, 320 8th Street, Rawlins, WY 82301. 307-324-5460 akinnmn@tribcst.com

Meet the mayor of a teeny, tiny, totally hand-made dollhouse town. Betty Harper, Dallas, TX MAP 214-349-6982

Plus, remember simpler times with our favorite pair of twin sister poets.Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619. For book purchasing, please visit their website. Or contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627 MAP

Show # 746, originally aired 12.15.01

Sculptor Garland Weeks, famous for large western sculptures, has created a life-size bronze monument to dung beetles, or Texas Tumblebugs! Garland Weeks, 4101 N. Quaker Ave., Lubbock, TX 79415 806-749-6500 or 806-789-1719

We'll explore the contents of an old trunk that contains a hundred years of west Texas history. Roger Hartung, 711 VZ 3604, Edgewood, TX 75117 www.hartungphotography.com 903-896-4925

Plus, we'll stop at 'The City Café', the home of manhole-sized pancakes that can feed folks for weeks! Wesley Turner, City Cafe, P.O. Box 575, Sterling City, TX 76951 325-378-2029


-Week of 5.9.11-

Show #1144, originally aired 08.01.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Meet a Gulf Coast tour guide and her finned friends, a family of dolphins in the Laguna Madre. George and Scarlet Colley, PO Box 2611, S. Padre Island, TX 78597 MAP 956-761-7178 or fin2feather@aol.com

Pay your respects to Old Rip, the state's most famous horny toad. Kelly Armstrong, Eastland Chamber of Commerce, Eastland, TX MAP 1-877-2OLD-RIP

Plus, meet a painter who won't leave her family farm until she captures a full year of memories. Virginia Vaughan, Manor TX MAP

Show # 745, originally aired 12.8.01

Meet a retired Episcopal priest now repairs old family bibles. Rollin Polk, 207 Veda Mae Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216 210-342-7163

Then we'll visit a husband and wife team that is turning out custom boots made for real cowboys. J. R. and Lee Ann Cansler, Box 220, Perrin, TX 76486 940-798-2831

Plus, we'll check out a place that has one BIG burrito! El Lago Burrito Co., 1227 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058 281-461-0202


-Week of 5.2.11-

Show # 1143, originally aired 7.25.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

They can't see what they saw, but The Blind Handymen have a knack for home improvement. Phil Parr and the Blind Handyman Show. 936-634-9500, 1604 Southwood, Lufkin, TX 75904. phil@philparr.net , www.acbradio.org MAP

Indulge in some of the finest chicken-fried steak the backroads have to offer. Mary's Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX MAP (254) 672-5741

Plus, visit the most backward bank in America and meet the people who keep it in mint condition.Roddy Wiley Jr., Oakwood State Bank, 300 N Main St., Oakwood, TX 75855 MAP

Show # 744, originally aired 12.1.01

Our friend Opal Hunt is now in a retirement home at the age of 99. Her store was a museum to her family, but now they must sell everything. Opal Hunt, Winters, TX

Ken Landon travels to the world's most remote jungles to collect water lilies that he displays in San Angelo. International Water Lily Collection, Ken Landon, Civic League Park, San Angelo, TX 76904 915-657-4279

Plus, we'll check out the tasty barbecue at Rhythm and Blues in Dallas! Paul Hale, Rhythm & Blues BBQ, Dallas, TX


-Week of 4.25.11-

Show # 1142, originally aired 7.18.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Go walking in Memphis with a soulful singer who's bringing the blues back to an old cotton town. Blues Boy Willie, Memphis, TX MAP 806-433-8275

Fly through the trees with the greatest of ease at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. David Beilharz, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, 1223 Paleface RR, Spicewood TX, 78669 MAP (512) 264-8880 or www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com

Plus, visit a ranch with no phone, no lights, and no desire to change. Bonnie & Dick Cain, Alpine, TX MAP

Show # 743, originally aired 11.24.01

Meet Sonny Ray Stolz, the voice of "Big Tex"! Sonny Ray Stolz, Houston, TX

Tony Navarro is a window cleaner who, one day a year, puts on a one-man show about country music. Tony Navarro, Kerrville, TX 830-896-8279

Great barbeque place in Huntsville run by a church. Holy Smoke BBQ, 2601 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX 77340 936-295-7394


-Week of 4.18.11-

Show # 1133, originally aired 5.16.09

See how a hard-hitting homemaker balances roller derby and raising kids. Whitney Harding, North Richland Hills, TX MAP Info: Dallas Derby Devils

Scrape the rust off a classic car from the era of Detroit muscle. Bill Rucker, Rucker Performance, 5518 E. Belknap St., Haltom City, TX 76117 MAP 817-838-3200

Plus, a World War II island-hopping campaign comes to life right here in Fredericksburg. Marvin Schroeder, Nimitz Museum, 340 East Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP 830-456-7226

Show # 742, originally aired 11.17.01

Lee Roy Matocha had one of the last remaining Czech language radio programs in the country. His polka programs were on 7 radio stations in Central Texas. Lee Roy Matocha, Fayetteville, TX

We'll stop for a bite of pie at Royer's Round Top Café. Bud Royers, Box 207, Round Top, TX 78954 979-249-3611

Find out how woodworking and community service are coming together in Huffman. Joel McCarty & Will Beemer, Becket, MA


-Week of 4.11.11-

Show # 1132, originally aired 5.9.09

They're a pair of home bodies with no choice. They have a job where they can't leave their humble abode by the side of the road. Barbara & Randy Hunt, Lometa, TX MAP 361-542-0597

Discover a new career in painting - dots on dominoes! Christine Londenberg, Puremco Dominoes, 5002 S Loop 340, Robinson, TX 76706 MAP 254-662-6084

Plus, meet a man having a hard time saying goodbye to an old flame - his precious, antique firetruck. Randy Davis, 1507 25th Street, Snyder, TX 79549 MAP 325-573-4011 rndavis16@hotmail.com

Show # 741, originally aired 11.10.01

Bobbye Hall is an expert on model trains. She opened her shop after WWII. Bobbye Hall, Dallas, TX

The Fredericksburg Butterfly Ranch teaches visitors how to attract butterflies to their gardens with the proper plants. Deborah Payne, 508 West Main St. Fredricksburg, TX 78624 830-990-0735

The Upper Crust Café serves its legendary Bread Pudding in an old orphanage that was once closed down during the Civil War. Rockwall, TX


-Week of 4.4.11-

Show #1131, originally aired 5.2.09

For one Waco entrepreneur gas from the city landfill smells like success. Steve Cromeens, Cromeco, Inc. Waco, TX MAP

Play tennis with a 93 year old woman working on a new chapter in life. Betty X. Davis, Austin, TX MAP E-mail: bettyxd@austin.rr.com

Shore up the beach houses left after Hurricane Ike with an Amish timber framer. Danny Schwartz, Schwartz Post & Beam, Sparta, MO. Billy Flannigan, Sore Thumb Construction. Crystal Beach, TX MAP

Show # 740, originally aired 11.3.01

Meet an eleven year-old girl raises who wild Canada geese from the egg to the air each summer with her family. Jack Brittingham, Athens, TX

Archeologist Dr. Grant Hall is fighting to save an old Spanish presidio near Menard, TX. It is said to be as important to TX history as the Alamo! Dr. Grant Hall, Archeology Laboratory, Box 41012 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409

Take a big bite of a REALLY big steak at the Big Texan Restaurant in Amarillo! Big Texan, 7701 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79118


-Week of 3.28.11-

Show # 1130, originally aired 4.25.09

Visit your favorite characters from the Mister Peppermint children's show. Vern Dailey, County Line Magazine, Ben Wheeler, TX MAP 903-873-4141

Chow down on "Comeback Ribs," a barbecue secret hiding in Florida's Kitchen. Florida Harris, Florida's Kitchen, 796 FM 350 South, Livingston, TX MAP 936-967-4216

Plus, meet a charity that feeds the hungry with vegetables no one else wants. David Fish, Breedlove, 1818 N. Martin Luther King, Lubbock, TX 79403 MAP 800-687-3663

Show # 738, originally aired 10.20.01

Bill Sims is known as one of the top bush pilots in Alaska. His favorite place to land is on a secluded beach where he has tamed foxes, wolves and bears. Bill Sims, 3851 Chiniak Bay Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99515 907-522-3355 or 907-294-2233

By day, Frank Roberts is a park ranger at Garner State Park. By night, he becomes a singing cowboy, performing for campers with "Cowboy Sunset Serenades". Frank Roberts, Garner State Park, Route 70 Box 599, Concan, TX 78838 830-232-6131

Plus, we'll stop in for a delicious bite at the Monument Inn Restaurant near Houston, TX! Monument Inn Restaurant, 4406 Battleground, Houston, TX 77057 www.monumentinn.com


-Week of 3.21.11-

Show # 1129, originally aired 4.18.09

Meet a man bringing the sounds of the Appalachian Dulcimer to the Piney Woods. Jay Pepper, Union Grove, TX MAP 903-845-3189

Feast on fresh fish flung from a boiling pot. Dot Leadbetter, The Boiling Pot, 201 S. Fulton Beach Rd., Rockport, TX 78382 MAP 361-729-6972

Plus, tour an antique pottery collection with strong Texas roots. Gary Fleet, Byrd Pottery. Tyler, TX MAP gbfleet@suddenlink.net

Show # 737, originally aired 10.13.01

Paul Archinal is in the real estate business, but it was not too long ago that he was the star and host of a popular children's show in Abilene. Paul Archinal, 3271 East 27th Abilene, TX 79605 915-690-4005

Richard Turner is a professional card cheat. He can determine the outcome of card game by touch, because he is also blind! Richard Turner, 6318 Stable Downs San Antonio, TX 78249 210-699-1979

Irma's donut shop is not just known for her sweet treats, but for her HUGE hamburgers! We'll stop in and have a bite. Irma Loessler, The Sunshine Café, 1907 1/2 Main St. Junction, TX 76849-3523


-Week of 3.14.11-

Show # 1126, originally aired 3.28.09

Visit a used car lot that sells only one model - the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Leon Miller, Wagonmaster, 105 Camp Meeting Rd., Kerrville, TX 78028 MAP 830-896-6850

Meet a poet whose work is black and white and read all over. Austin Kleon, Newspaper Blackout Poems, Austin, TX MAP

Plus, set sail to see an endangered species off the Gulf Coast - the rare and majestic Whooping Crane. Captain Tommy Moore, Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures, Rockport, TX MAP 877-892-4737

Show # 736, originally aired 10.6.01

We'll visit a café that has been in business since 1933. They serve "coneys", which are chilidogs, as well as burgers and homemade pie. Linda and Brenda Donelson, 114 West Foster Ave. Pampa, TX 79065 806-669-9137

We'll meet a 68 year-old woman who was raised in a lonely mountain cabin and who has finally decided to move to a modern town. Ruby Geise, NC

Plus, we'll share some of your viewer comments in our special mailbox segment!


-Week of 3.7.11-

Show #1125, originally aired 3.21.09

Jam to the sound of vintage vinyl at 78 revolutions per minute. Bill McClung, Bulverde, TX MAP 214-505-1501

Tour a heavy-duty collection that's locked up tight. Bob Overbey, Sherman, TX MAP 903-893-5886 or oldsafes@verizon.net

Plus, meet a family exploring their heritage with every stroke of the paintbrush. Leon & Molly Bee Collins. Tejas Antiques, 207 E. Washington, Navasota, Texas 77868 MAP 936-829-3992 or tejasantiques@yahoo.com

Show # 735, originally aired 9.29.01

Texas salon owner has an eye for beauty and next best seller. She runs a bookstore/beauty salon and has a book club. Kathy Patrick, 690 FM 728, Jefferson, TX 75657 903-665-7520

Rock mason and stone sculptor Dean Mitchell restores a forgotten old pioneer grave way back in a West Texas canyon. Dean Mitchell, 1117 Temple, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-896-2252

Plus, we'll visit the home of the "mile-high pie"! Debbie and Gerald Wiles, 207 W. California St. Seymour, TX 76380 940-888-2322


-Week of 2.28.11-

Show # 1124, originally aired 3.14.09

Meet Coach Matt Brown, who holds national records for discus and shot-put despite only having one leg. Matt Brown, Idalou, TX MAP 806-892-2123

Meet a man reviving a long-lost woodcraft called Tramp Art. Steve Slaton, Dallas, TX MAP 214-770-5388 heauxbeauxart.com

Plus, see how a man with a love for animals safely removes wild donkeys from West Texas so land owners don't shoot them. Mark Meyers, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, Miles, TX MAP 866-366-5731

Show # 734, originally aired 9.22.01

Volunteer archaeologist Alvin Lynn helps in digs across the Panhandle, and he's learned the ancient Native American "coil method" of making pottery. Alvin Lynn,
7311 Cat Creek Lane Amarillo, TX 79108 806-381-8880

See how kids spend a summer at a camp learning and performing Shakespeare. Mr. and Mrs. Rolling, PO Box 801 Wimberly, TX 78676

Plus, visit a café in Crawford that offers something called the "Presidential Burger"! Kirk Baird, The Coffee Station, 6659 N. Lone Star Pkwy. Crawford, TX 76638 254-486-2561


-Week of 2.21.11-

Show # 1162, originally aired 12.5.09

Meet a director who can't go anywhere without making a scene. Dr. Ramon Carver, Living Room Theatre of Salado, Box 1023, Salado, TX 76571 TX MAP 254-947-3104

Spread the good news to the blind with hand-made braille Bibles. Mary Alice Ramm, Saint John Lutheran Church, 725 County Road Dd, Farwell, TX 79325-3431 MAP 806-825-2409

Plus, our old friend Doug Smith overcomes a terrible injury to play piano once again. www.dougsmith.com, Lubbock TX MAP 806-667-2200 or 432-586-5657

Show # 789, originally aired 10.12.02

Meet a man who collects junk, "good" or "bad"! Paul Nerrin, 4500 U.S. 59 North, Lufkin, TX 75901 936-632-2580

Gene Corrigan raises mules in South Texas, but every summer he leaves his mules and works as the conductor on the famous Durango Railroad. Gene Corrigan, La Pryor, TX 830-365-4250

Plus, you'll see an authentic 19th century log cabin village that's been completely restored to the way it was more than a 150 yrs ago. Baron Smith, P.O. Box 631, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 830-990-5734 or 830-997-0443


-Week of 2.14.11-

Show # 1160, originally aired 11.21.09

Get a Texas history lesson set to a bluegrass beat. Steve Hartz, Oldtime String Shop, 216 E Pillar St, Nacogdoches, TX 75961 MAP 936-564-8692

Try to find a blank space on the wall at a bait stand with an identity crisis. Eddie Fonseca, Frank's Bait & Taco, 20115 FM 306, Canyon Lake, TX 78133 MAP 830-935-4425

Plus, meet a man trying to turn his neighborhood around with pedal power. Veon McReynolds, Tour de Hood, Houston, TX MAP

Show # 788, originally aired 10.5.02

Meet the "Doll Doctor", a woman who repairs broken and mistreated dolls! Dorothy Meredith, 625 Greune River Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78132 830-608-0308

At over 300 square miles, it's the biggest state park in the Lone Star State! Tony Gallego, Big Bend Ranch State Park, P.O. Box 2319, Presidio, TX 79845 915-229-3416 or 915-229-3613

Plus, we'll drop by a 100 year-old pharmacy in Southeast Texas on its last day of business and see the folks that made it special. Kenneth Sheffield, Nederland, TX


-Week of 2.7.11-

Show #1159, originally aired 11.14.09

Hit the road, Jane, with some fun-loving sisters who live to get away. Sisters on the Fly, LaVerne Parnell, Grapevine, TX MAP

Peek through a pinhole to make a perfect picture out of almost anything. Ralph Howell, Saint Mary's Hall, 9401 Starcrest Drive, San Antonio, TX 78217 MAP rhowell@smhall.org or 210-483-9252

Plus, see why one woman makes it her mission to save Texas' only marsupial. Kathleen Shives, possum rescue, Austin, TX MAP 512-633-5870 or kat4possums@yahoo.com

Show # 787, originally aired 9.28.02

Meet a hill country woman who was told "go fly a kite" and took it seriously! Pat Hammond, 215 Argyle, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-3380

We'll visit one of Texas' best known antique towns and see an old historic hotel known as the Excelsior. Hazel Chastain, Excelsior Hotel, 211 W. Austin, Jefferson, TX 75657 903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270

Meet a 12 year-old prodigy painter who sells her paintings for thousands! Olivia Bennett, 1439 Main St., Southlake, TX 76092 817-416-8618


-Week of 1.31.11-

Show # 1158, originally aired 11.7.09

Meet an exterminator determined to stop a tiny terror from treading all over Texas - the Rasberry Crazy Ant. Tom Rasberry, Budget Pest Control, 2418 South Main, Pearland, TX 77581 MAP 281-DEAD-BUG

Pig out on the biggest pizza pie we've ever seen. Brian Lujan, Big Lou's Pizza, 2048 S WW White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78222 MAP 210-337-0707

Plus, cover thousands of miles in a covered wagon with the Mule Man. John McComsey, Mule Man, Shallowwater, TX MAP

Show # 768, originally aired 5.18.02

Built in the late 18th century, Mission San Jose's gristmill is the oldest working mill in Texas. It was recently restored with the help of Kevin Crisler. Mission San Jose, 2202 Roosevelt Ave. San Antonio, TX 78210 210-932-1001

Texas Tech University in Lubbock plays host to one of the most unique art exhibits in the world - all the way from Italy and the Vatican! Texas Tech University, Box 42022, Lubbock, TX 79409-2022

Robert Stone is doing researching and making furniture for the resurrected Fort Martin Scott. Robert Stone, 610 E. Creek St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624 830-997-9699


-Week of 1.24.11-

Show # 1157, originally aired 10.31.09

Rock out with some musical moms from Merry and the Mood Swings! Merry and The Mood Swings, Dallas, TX MAP 214-641-5751 or maryh@merryandthemoodswings.com

Give some Texas pride to our brand new ride with a Skinz vehicle wrap. SkinzWraps, 3401 Main Street, Suite B Dallas, TX 75226 MAP 214.741.4529

Plus, meet a living radio legend who's been taking life "Day by Day" since 1955. Clint Formby, KPAN, Box 1757, Hereford, TX 79045 MAP 806-364-1860

Show # 767, originally aired 5.11.02

Meet a man who has been repairing sewing machines since 1955! Helmuth and Doris Salge, Salge's Sewing Machine Repair's and Alterations, 630 West San Antonio St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 1-800-355-0422

Then we'll meet a Czech immigrant who is an amateur opera star and a custodian at Lincoln Junior High in San Angelo! Robert Vitez, Lincoln Junior High School, 255 E. 50th St., San Angelo, TX 76903

Plus, we'll have a review of the BBQ restaurants we've eaten at.


-Week of 1.17.11-

Show # 1156, originally aired 10.24.09

Meet a father-son Tejano band keeping their heritage alive. Jorge Vasquez, Hacendados. Houston, TX MAP 713-676-0174

See what happens when a cowboy imitates the art of Andy Warhol. Mike Tabor, 5534 N. Highway 144, Granbury, Texas 76048 MAP 817-578-1235

Plus, honor injured soldiers with quilts from patriotic seamstresses. Amelia Perry, Military Warriors Support Foundation, 8122 Datapoint Dr., Ste. 812, San Antonio, TX 78229 MAP 210-615-8973

Show # 766, originally aired 5.4.02

Our search for the best barbeque in Texas will lead us straight into the big city. Charles Menasana, The Brisket, Dallas, TX. (CLOSED).

We'll visit a baseball glove factory that ships all over the world, but is located in a small Texas town! Nokona Athletic Goods Co., P.O. Box 329, Nocona, TX 76255 940-825-3326

Meet a man whose primitive photography methods could reveal the secret behind some of the world's greatest art works. Valentene Rice, 7714 Renwick #35 Houston, TX 77081 713-661-1300


-Week of 1.10.11-

Show # 1151, originally aired 9.19.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Enjoy a south of the border sound with a Mariachi band that's all in the family. The Luevano Family, Mariachi 'L', Boerne, TX MAP 210-422-4204 E-mail: mmluevano@gvtc.com

Play cowboys and Indians all over again at a vintage, Western toy store. Bob Terry, Wild West Toys, 106 W. Main, Azle, TX 76020 MAP 817-444-4320 www.wildwesttoys.com

Plus, see how these veteran veterans honor their fellow soldiers. Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. Pastor "Buddy" Blake & Capt. Jerry Kelley. Beaumont, TX MAP 409-835-4838

Show # 764, originally aired 4.20.02

Papa Payne is the owner, cook, waiter, and cashier of his one-man restaurant! Papa Payne's BBQ, 2112 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834 915-625-1242

The First Protestant Church's tower clock in New Braunfels is one of the few manually wound clocks still operating, and its caretaker is the former mayor! Clinton Brandt, First Protestant Church, 172 West Coll St., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Plus, we'll witness the unfolding of springtime all over the Lone Star State.


-Week of 1.3.11-

Show # 1150, originally aired 9.12.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Go on a backroads junk gathering extravaganza with the Junk Gypsies. Junk Gypsies, Janie Sikes, Amie Sikes, Jolie Sikes-Smith. 4345 Alexis Court, College Station, TX 77845. 979-776-5151 or junkmail@gypsyville.com

Sink your teeth into a jaw-breaking banquet of delicious dishes made entirely from rocks. Bill and Lois Patillo, Corpus Christi, TX MAP www.rockfoodtable.com

Plus, experience life along the Red river with our old friend Wildwood Dean. Treasure River by Wildwood Dean. www.redriverscholar.com

Show # 763, originally aired 4.13.02

We'll visit an "old fashioned" full service gas station with a deli inside. Gary and Keri Cordell, 9802 State Hwy 171, Itasca, TX 76055 254-687-2832

Meet a man who paints portraits on a canvas no larger than a playing card! Ron Vaughn, 1302 West Third St., McGregor, TX 76657 254-840-4187

Plus, we'll see the restoration of the USS Cavalla, a World War II-era submarine. John McMichael, 2504 Church St. Galveston, TX 77550 409-744-7854


-Week of 12.27.10-

Show # 1112, originally aired 12.20.08

Get in the spirit of a small town Christmas with an all tuba holiday band. Douglas Clark, San Angelo, TX 76904 MAP 325-949-5834 dougnpeg@verizon.net

Plus, meet a substitute Santa who's bringing holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Garage Sale Queens, Shaela Wilson & Kate Murphy, Lockhart, TX MAP 512-376-6533

Show # 695, originally aired 12.23.00

Merry Christmas from Texas Country Reporter! Every year Gabby sets up his tin can Xmas decorations outside the county courthouse. People come from miles around just to see his tin can creations. Gabby Davis, Throckmorton, TX

Prof. Hartwell performs once a year-Xmas- and sings only 1 song-"Oh, Holy Night". By doing this, he risks the possibility of going blind-permanently! Professor William Hartwell (retired), TTU School of Music, Box 42033, Lubbock, TX 79409-2033. 806-799-2034 or 806-742-2270


-Week of 12.20.10-

Show # 1164, originally aired 12.19.09

This week, celebrate Christmas in true Texas Country Reporter fashion...

Listen to a group of Dallas finest who have sworn to sing and protect. The Dallas Police Choir, Detective Lucy Barnett, Dallas, TX MAP 214-432-4540 www.dallaspolicechoir.com

Deck the halls with Cypress Santas from the east Texas swamps. Cypress Santa Painters, LaVee Hargrove, LaVerne Bingham, and Nelda Shepherd. Buna, TX MAP

Plus, meet a cowboy preacher who helps Santa talk to the hearing-impaired. Buster Bramall, Cowboy Church of Ellis County, 2374 W Hwy 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75167 MAP 972-935-9801

Show # 747, originally aired 12.22.01

Eveline River's "Coats for Kids" Christmas project supplies coats for needy children throughout the Amarillo area. Chuck Alexander, Amarillo, TX Eveline Rivers Project: www.evelineriversproject.org 806-372-3985

We take a step back in time to Christmas as it was a hundred years ago on the Texas plains. National Ranching Heritage Center, PO Box 43201 Lubbock, TX 79409 806-742-0498 www.depts.ttu.edu/ranchhc/Candlelight.htm

Plus, we'll relive the Christmas of yesteryear with our old friend Santa Bob!


-Week of 12.13.10-

Show # 1149, originally aired 9.05.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Meet a man who's turning muddy, grimy, dirty cars into masterful works of art. Scott Wade, San Marcos, TX 78666 MAP 512-393-8823 info@dirtycarart.com or www.dirtycarart.com

Go on a night time swamp tour in search of the state's biggest lizards.Amos Cooper, 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640 MAP (409)736-2551 or amos.cooper@tpwd.state.tx

Plus, find out why one woman is all alone in what's left of her childhood home town...and what she's doing to keep her memories alive. Myna (Hicks) Potts, D.M.M.P.G./Medicine Mound Museum, 8450 South FM 91, Quanah, Texas 79252 MAP 940-839-4344 or medicinemound.com

Show # 756, originally aired 2.23.02

Meet a man who hosts a radio program where listeners call in with items to buy, sell, swap or trade. Lynn Farris, Tradio on the Radio, KNEL, P.O. Box 630, Brady, TX 76825 915-597-2119 Airs on 95.3 KNEL-FM Monday - Saturday at 9:00pm.

Milton Scott uses his grandfather's tools to make Windsor chairs like the ones popular during colonial America. Milton Scott, 29580 Red Top Road Richards, TX 77873 936-874-2802

Plus, we'll stop in Van Horn for some "Diesel Fried Chicken!" No information available.


-Week of 12.6.10-

Show # 1148, originally aired 8.29.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Get a shave and a haircut in an old-fashioned, one-chair barbershop, in a one-car garage. Blanche Harris, 800 Wren Street, Mineola, TX 75773 MAP 903-569-3574

Find out where you can get Free Greens from a philanthropic farmer who's giving away his harvest. Elbert Sowell, Chireno, TX MAP 936-362-2510

Plus, find out why they call them cow-BOYS instead of cow-MEN. Riggin Johnson, Paducah, TX MAP

Show # 755, originally aired 2.16.02

Visit a place where you can get a bite to eat while your car gets washed! Maynard & Kenny Haddad, H & H Café and Car Wash, 701 E. Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 915-533-1144

Ted Disko carves replicas of old courthouses across Texas in incredible detail! Ted Disko, 4406 White Ash Ln. San Angelo, TX 76904-4527 915-942-9050

Plus, we'll tap our toes to some good old-fashioned accordion music at the Club 21 dancehall. Bradley Williams, Uhland, TX


-Week of 11.29.10-

Show # 1147, originally aired 8.22.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Solve the mystery of a famous photo with help from one of the world's best police sketch artists. Artist: Lois Gibson, HPD. Sailor: Glenn McDuffie, Houston, TX MAP 281-931-7956

Find out why this East Texas artist loves making homes for gnomes...and birds. Joseph Hopps, Arbor Castle Birdhouses. Edom, TX MAP

Plus, meet a woman who puts the heart and soul in soul food. Lola Stephens, Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Restaurant, 1815 Rosewood, Austin, TX 78702 MAP 512-474-5652

Show # 754, originally aired 2.9.02

The Allen family's Koffee Kup Café is known far and wide for terrific pies and coffee. We'll stop in for a taste! Koffee Kup Café, 300 W. 2nd St., Hico, TX 76457 254.796.4839 www.koffeekupfamilyrestaurant.com

Tony has the largest colony of Purple Martins in Texas. Tony Frederickson, TX

Doug Keys makes "cowboy caskets" accented with symbols of the Western lifestyle. Doug Keys, Christoval, TX 325-642-3837 www.cowboyslastride.com


-Week of 11.22.10-

Show # 1146, originally aired 8.15.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

What's Guajillo honey, and why is it keeping these bees so busy? David Roy Park, Cold River Apiaries, 3002 County Rd. 1660, Moore, TX 78057 MAP 210-355-4231

See how a talented ceramics artist made a name for himself cooking eggs. George Holland, Buffalo Gap Pottery, Buffalo Gap, TX MAP 325-572-5056 buffalogappottery@hotmail.com

Plus, the winds of change are blowing in West Texas, and life will never be the same. Taylor County, TX MAP

Show # 753, originally aired 2.2.02

We'll check out the annual counting of eagles on Lake Fork. Mark Woodruff, 903-765-9033

State District Judge Bascom Bentley takes us on a tour of his "Smithsonian of Sports" memorabilia in the Anderson and Rusk Co. courthouses. Judge Bascom Bentley, P.O. Box 221, Palestine, TX 75802 903-723-7415

Then, we'll stop in Lubbock to eat tamales so good they come with a 100% guarantee! Mike Hale and Mark Hale, 8207 HWY 87, Lubbock, TX 79404 www.pedrostamales.com 1-800-522-9531


-Week of 11.15.10-

Show # 1145, originally aired 8.08.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Take a thousand-mile pilgrimage to the old north border of the Republic of Texas. 42nd parallel, 106° 25' West MAP Dan Kinnaman, 320 8th Street, Rawlins, WY 82301. 307-324-5460 akinnmn@tribcst.com

Meet the mayor of a teeny, tiny, totally hand-made dollhouse town. Betty Harper, Dallas, TX MAP 214-349-6982

Plus, remember simpler times with our favorite pair of twin sister poets.Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619. For book purchasing, please visit their website. Or contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627 MAP

Show # 746, originally aired 12.15.01

Sculptor Garland Weeks, famous for large western sculptures, has created a life-size bronze monument to dung beetles, or Texas Tumblebugs! Garland Weeks, 4101 N. Quaker Ave., Lubbock, TX 79415 806-749-6500 or 806-789-1719

We'll explore the contents of an old trunk that contains a hundred years of west Texas history. Roger Hartung, 711 VZ 3604, Edgewood, TX 75117 www.hartungphotography.com 903-896-4925

Plus, we'll stop at 'The City Café', the home of manhole-sized pancakes that can feed folks for weeks! Wesley Turner, City Cafe, P.O. Box 575, Sterling City, TX 76951 325-378-2029


-Week of 11.8.10-

Show #1144, originally aired 08.01.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Meet a Gulf Coast tour guide and her finned friends, a family of dolphins in the Laguna Madre. George and Scarlet Colley, PO Box 2611, S. Padre Island, TX 78597 MAP 956-761-7178 or fin2feather@aol.com

Pay your respects to Old Rip, the state's most famous horny toad. Kelly Armstrong, Eastland Chamber of Commerce, Eastland, TX MAP 1-877-2OLD-RIP

Plus, meet a painter who won't leave her family farm until she captures a full year of memories. Virginia Vaughan, Manor TX MAP

Show # 745, originally aired 12.8.01

Meet a retired Episcopal priest now repairs old family bibles. Rollin Polk, 207 Veda Mae Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216 210-342-7163

Then we'll visit a husband and wife team that is turning out custom boots made for real cowboys. J. R. and Lee Ann Cansler, Box 220, Perrin, TX 76486 940-798-2831

Plus, we'll check out a place that has one BIG burrito! El Lago Burrito Co., 1227 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058 281-461-0202


-Week of 11.1.10-

Show # 1143, originally aired 7.25.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

They can't see what they saw, but The Blind Handymen have a knack for home improvement. Phil Parr and the Blind Handyman Show. 936-634-9500, 1604 Southwood, Lufkin, TX 75904. phil@philparr.net , www.acbradio.org MAP

Indulge in some of the finest chicken-fried steak the backroads have to offer. Mary's Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX MAP (254) 672-5741

Plus, visit the most backward bank in America and meet the people who keep it in mint condition.Roddy Wiley Jr., Oakwood State Bank, 300 N Main St., Oakwood, TX 75855 MAP

Show # 744, originally aired 12.1.01

Our friend Opal Hunt is now in a retirement home at the age of 99. Her store was a museum to her family, but now they must sell everything. Opal Hunt, Winters, TX

Ken Landon travels to the world's most remote jungles to collect water lilies that he displays in San Angelo. International Water Lily Collection, Ken Landon, Civic League Park, San Angelo, TX 76904 915-657-4279

Plus, we'll check out the tasty barbecue at Rhythm and Blues in Dallas! Paul Hale, Rhythm & Blues BBQ, Dallas, TX


-Week of 10.25.10-

Show # 1142, originally aired 7.18.09

This week on The Best of Texas Country Reporter Vol. 2 (10 episode series, available on DVD)...

Go walking in Memphis with a soulful singer who's bringing the blues back to an old cotton town. Blues Boy Willie, Memphis, TX 806-433-8275

Fly through the trees with the greatest of ease at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. David Beilharz, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, 1223 Paleface RR, Spicewood TX, 78669 Phone: (512) 264-8880 www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com

Plus, visit a ranch with no phone, no lights, and no desire to change. Bonnie & Dick Cain, Alpine, TX

Show # 743, originally aired 11.24.01

Meet Sonny Ray Stolz, the voice of "Big Tex"! Sonny Ray Stolz, Houston, TX

Tony Navarro is a window cleaner who, one day a year, puts on a one-man show about country music. Tony Navarro, Kerrville, TX 830-896-8279

Great barbeque place in Huntsville run by a church. Holy Smoke BBQ, 2601 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX 77340 936-295-7394


-Week of 10.18.10-

Show # 1133, originally aired 5.16.09

See how a hard-hitting homemaker balances roller derby and raising kids. Dallas Derby Devils, Whitney Harding, North Richland Hills, TX

Scrape the rust off a classic car from the era of Detroit muscle. Bill Rucker, Rucker Performance, 5518 E. Belknap St., Haltom City, TX 76117 Phone: 817-838-3200

Plus, a World War II island-hopping campaign comes to life right here in Fredericksburg. Marvin Schroeder, Nimitz Museum, 340 East Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Phone: 830-456-7226

Show # 742, originally aired 11.17.01

Lee Roy Matocha had one of the last remaining Czech language radio programs in the country. His polka programs were on 7 radio stations in Central Texas. Lee Roy Matocha, Fayetteville, TX

We'll stop for a bite of pie at Royer's Round Top Café. Bud Royers, Box 207, Round Top, TX 78954 979-249-3611

Find out how woodworking and community service are coming together in Huffman. Joel McCarty & Will Beemer, Becket, MA


-Week of 10.11.10-

Show # 1132, originally aired 5.9.09

They're a pair of home bodies with no choice. They can't leave their humble abode by the side of the road. Barbara & Randy Hunt, Lometa, TX MAP 361-542-0597

Discover a new career in painting - dots on dominoes! Christine Londenberg, Puremco Dominoes, 5002 S Loop 340, Robinson, TX 76706 MAP 254-662-6084

Plus, meet a man having a hard time saying goodbye to an old flame - his precious, antique firetruck. Randy Davis, 1507 25th Street, Snyder, TX 79549 MAP 325-573-4011 rndavis16@hotmail.com

Show # 741, originally aired 11.10.01

Bobbye Hall is an expert on model trains. She opened her shop after WWII. Bobbye Hall, Dallas, TX

The Fredericksburg Butterfly Ranch teaches visitors how to attract butterflies to their gardens with the proper plants. Deborah Payne, 508 West Main St. Fredricksburg, TX 78624 830-990-0735

The Upper Crust Café serves its legendary Bread Pudding in an old orphanage that was once closed down during the Civil War. Rockwall, TX


-Week of 10.4.10-

Show #1131, originally aired 5.2.09

For one Waco entrepreneur gas from the city landfill smells like success. Steve Cromeens, Cromeco, Inc. Waco, TX MAP

Play tennis with a 93 year-old woman working on a new chapter in life. Betty X. Davis, Austin, TX MAP E-mail: bettyxd@austin.rr.com

Shore up the beach houses left after Hurricane Ike with an Amish timber framer. Danny Schwartz, Schwartz Post & Beam, Sparta, MO. Billy Flannigan, Sore Thumb Construction. Crystal Beach, TX MAP

Show # 740, originally aired 11.3.01

Meet an eleven year-old girl raises who wild Canada geese from the egg to the air each summer with her family. Jack Brittingham, Athens, TX

Archeologist Dr. Grant Hall is fighting to save an old Spanish presidio near Menard, TX. It is said to be as important to TX history as the Alamo! Dr. Grant Hall, Archeology Laboratory, Box 41012 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409

Take a big bite of a REALLY big steak at the Big Texan Restaurant in Amarillo! Big Texan, 7701 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79118


-Week of 9.27.10-

Show # 1130, originally aired 4.25.09

Visit your favorite characters from the Mister Peppermint children's show. Vern Dailey, County Line Magazine, Ben Wheeler, TX MAP 903-873-4141

Chow down on "Comeback Ribs," a barbecue secret hiding in Florida's Kitchen. Florida Harris, Florida's Kitchen, 796 FM 350 South, Livingston, TX MAP 936-967-4216

Plus, meet a charity that feeds the hungry with vegetables no one else wants. David Fish, Breedlove, 1818 N. Martin Luther King, Lubbock, TX 79403 MAP 800-687-3663

Show # 738, originally aired 10.20.01

Bill Sims is known as one of the top bush pilots in Alaska. His favorite place to land is on a secluded beach where he has tamed foxes, wolves and bears. Bill Sims, 3851 Chiniak Bay Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99515 907-522-3355 or 907-294-2233

By day, Frank Roberts is a park ranger at Garner State Park. By night, he becomes a singing cowboy, performing for campers with "Cowboy Sunset Serenades". Frank Roberts, Garner State Park, Route 70 Box 599, Concan, TX 78838 830-232-6131

Plus, we'll stop in for a delicious bite at the Monument Inn Restaurant near Houston, TX! Monument Inn Restaurant, 4406 Battleground, Houston, TX 77057 www.monumentinn.com


-Week of 9.20.10-

Show # 1129, originally aired 4.18.09

Meet a man bringing the sounds of the Appalachian Dulcimer to the Piney Woods. Jay Pepper, Union Grove, TX MAP 903-845-3189

Feast on fresh fish flung from a boiling pot. Dot Leadbetter, The Boiling Pot, 201 S. Fulton Beach Rd., Rockport, TX 78382 MAP 361-729-6972

Plus, tour an antique pottery collection with strong Texas roots. Gary Fleet, Byrd Pottery. Tyler, TX MAP gbfleet@suddenlink.net

Show # 737, originally aired 10.13.01

Paul Archinal is in the real estate business, but it was not too long ago that he was the star and host of a popular children's show in Abilene. Paul Archinal, 3271 East 27th Abilene, TX 79605 915-690-4005

Richard Turner is a professional card cheat. He can determine the outcome of card game by touch, because he is also blind! Richard Turner, 6318 Stable Downs San Antonio, TX 78249 210-699-1979

Irma's donut shop is not just known for her sweet treats, but for her HUGE hamburgers! We'll stop in and have a bite. Irma Loessler, The Sunshine Café, 1907 1/2 Main St. Junction, TX 76849-3523


-Week of 9.13.10-

Show # 1126, originally aired 3.28.09

Visit a used car lot that sells only one model - the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Leon Miller, Wagonmaster, 105 Camp Meeting Rd., Kerrville, TX 78028 MAP 830-896-6850

Meet a poet whose work is black and white and read all over. Austin Kleon, Newspaper Blackout Poems, Austin, TX MAP

Plus, set sail to see an endangered species off the Gulf Coast - the rare and majestic Whooping Crane. Captain Tommy Moore, Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures, Rockport, TX MAP 877-892-4737

Show # 736, originally aired 10.6.01

We'll visit a café that has been in business since 1933. They serve "coneys", which are chilidogs, as well as burgers and homemade pie. Linda and Brenda Donelson, 114 West Foster Ave. Pampa, TX 79065 806-669-9137

We'll meet a 68 year-old woman who was raised in a lonely mountain cabin and who has finally decided to move to a modern town. Ruby Geise, NC

Plus, we'll share some of your viewer comments in our special mailbox segment!


-Week of 9.6.10-

Show #1125, originally aired 3.21.09

Jam to the sound of vintage vinyl at 78 revolutions per minute. Bill McClung, Bulverde, TX MAP 214-505-1501

Tour a heavy-duty collection that's locked up tight. Bob Overbey, Sherman, TX MAP 903-893-5886 or oldsafes@verizon.net

Plus, meet a family exploring their heritage with every stroke of the paintbrush. Leon & Molly Bee Collins. Tejas Antiques, 207 E. Washington, Navasota, Texas 77868 MAP 936-829-3992 or tejasantiques@yahoo.com

Show # 735, originally aired 9.29.01

Texas salon owner has an eye for beauty and next best seller. She runs a bookstore/beauty salon and has a book club. Kathy Patrick, 690 FM 728, Jefferson, TX 75657 903-665-7520

Rock mason and stone sculptor Dean Mitchell restores a forgotten old pioneer grave way back in a West Texas canyon. Dean Mitchell, 1117 Temple, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-896-2252

Plus, we'll visit the home of the "mile-high pie"! Debbie and Gerald Wiles, 207 W. California St. Seymour, TX 76380 940-888-2322


-Week of 8.30.10-

Show # 1124, originally aired 3.14.09

Meet Coach Matt Brown, who holds national records for discus and shot-put despite only having one leg. Matt Brown, Idalou, TX MAP 806-892-2123

A Dallas artist is an expert at a Civil War-era woodcraft called "tramp art". Steve Slaton, Dallas, TX MAP 214-770-5388 heauxbeauxart.com

Plus, see how a man with a love for animals safely removes wild donkeys from west Texas so land owners don't shoot them. Mark Meyers, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, Miles, TX MAP 866-366-5731

Show # 734, originally aired 9.22.01

Volunteer archaeologist Alvin Lynn helps in digs across the Panhandle, and he's learned the ancient Native American "coil method" of making pottery. Alvin Lynn,
7311 Cat Creek Lane Amarillo, TX 79108 806-381-8880

See how kids spend a summer at a camp learning and performing Shakespeare. Mr. and Mrs. Rolling, PO Box 801 Wimberly, TX 78676

Plus, visit a café in Crawford that offers something called the "Presidential Burger"! Kirk Baird, The Coffee Station, 6659 N. Lone Star Pkwy. Crawford, TX 76638 254-486-2561


-Week of 8.23.10-

Show # 1108, originally aired 11.22.08

Join Bob Phillips on a thousand mile pilgrimage to the old border of the Republic of Texas. 42nd parallel, 106° 25' West MAP Dan Kinnaman, 320 8th Street, Rawlins, WY 82301. 307-324-5460 akinnmn@tribcst.com

Find out where you can get Free Greens from a philanthropic farmer who's giving away his harvest. Elbert Sowell, Chireno, TX MAP 936-362-2510

Plus, meet a woman who puts the heart and soul in soul food. Lola Stephens, Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Restaurant, 1815 Rosewood, Austin, TX 78702 MAP 512-474-5652

Show # 733, originally aired 9.15.01

Meet General Ponder, a man who makes chairs out of branches on a corner in Lubbock, Texas. General Ponder, Lubbock, TX

Visit an old Classic small town cafe that supposedly has a resident ghost! Larry Sykes, Texas Grill, 700 Hutchins, Ballinger, TX 76821 915-365-3314

Buster McLaury is a 3rd generation cowboy working on the 6666 Ranch. He writes poetry and stories about his life. Buster McLaury, 4-6s Ranch, Guthrie, Texas, 79236


-Week of 8.16.10-

Show # 1107, originally aired 11.15.08

Visit an East Texas kitchen baking pound after pound of pound cake. Janie's Cakes, Janie Clapp, 420 East 5th Street, Tyler, Texas 75701 MAP 903-592-6150

See how this talented ceramics artist made a name for himself cooking eggs. George Holland, Buffalo Gap Pottery, Buffalo Gap, TX MAP 325-572-5056 buffalogappottery@hotmail.com

Plus, hear the story of how two small towns pulled together to kick-off Friday nights right. Apple Springs Football Coach Cody Moree, Hudson High School Band Director Ronnie Ross, Apple Springs, TX MAP

Show # 716, originally aired 5.19.01

After spending a lot of time on the Trinity, John Gibson decided to compose a symphony about the misunderstood river. His orchestra was played by the Duncanville High School band! John Gibson, c/o SMU Development Box 750402 Dallas, TX 75257-0402


-Week of 8.9.10-

Show # 1106, originally aired 11.8.08

What's Guajillo honey, and why is it keeping thousands of South Texas bees so busy? David Roy Park, Cold River Apiaries, 3002 County Rd. 1660, Moore, TX 78057 MAP 210-355-4231

Meet the leading ladies of the Mclean City Council. Mayor Peggy Baer, McLean, TX MAP

Plus, find out the secret that makes Snow's BBQ sell out by 10am. Kerry Bexley & Tootsie Tomanetz, Snow's BBQ, 516 Main St., Lexington, TX 78947 MAP 979-773-4640

Show # 715, originally aired 5.12.01

William McKenzie is a bag pipe player who was a Scottish guard at Buckingham Palace in London. William McKenzie, (915)653-4714 dimondgs@earthlink.net

Texas says good-bye to a ranching legend, Charlie Schreiner III, known as Charlie III. He single-handedly saved the longhorn from extinction. Carol Schreiner, PO Box 278 Mountain Home, TX 78058 830-640-3362

Plus, we feature updates from past episodes!


-Week of 8.2.10-

Show # 1105, originally aired 11.1.08

Find out how you too can live in a piece of Texas history. Fort Clark Springs, Debbie Isaacs and Hattie Berleth, Brackettville, TX 78832 MAP 830-563-9911 tejas-properties.com

Meet a man who's turning steel into the surreal. Robert Bruno, Steel House, Ransom Canyon, TX MAP

Plus, start a new day the old fashioned way at the Owl Drug Store. The Fun Bunch, Owl Drugstore, 312 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834 MAP 325-625-2178

Show # 714, originally aired 5.5.01

10-year-old Jesse Huth has his own flock of 69 special breed chickens. He has his own business: selling eggs to neighbors and the local health store. Jesse Huth, 320 Ranch House RD. Wimberly, TX 78676 830-935-2608

Built in 1862, The H.O. Homestead was once the center Leon Valley. Although the stagecoach stop is damaged, the Hist. Soc. wants to make it a museum. Shirley A. Owen, Leon Valley Historical Society, PO Box 380644 San Antonio, TX 78268-7644 email: leonvalleyhistoricalsociety.org 210-684-7883 or 210-313-8158

Erik Atkinson is a descendent of the man who created "chick-o-sticks," a treat that's been a favorite of Texans since 1930. Erik Atkinson, Atkinson Candy Co. P.O. Box 150220. Lufkin, TX 75915-0220 1-936-639-2333


-Week of 7.26.10-

Show # 1104, originally aired 10.25.08

Close your eyes and don't look down! It's a day in the life of an iron worker. Julio Gonzales, Arlington, TX MAP 817-946-2947

Sip a spot of tea and munch on the best scone in San Antone. BAWDSEY MANOR IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO AN UNEXPECTED ILLNESS. Vicki Seder, Bawdsey Manor, 18771 FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Road), San Antonio, TX 78266 MAP (210) 651-7500

Plus, meet a group of young farmers determined to feed the world. World Hunger Relief, P.O. Box 639, Elm Mott, TX 76640 MAP 254-799-5611

Show # 712, originally aired 4.21.01

Elmer Gray is a Major League Baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. An old player he signed about 30yrs. ago joins Elmer for another scout trip. George McKenzie, 11843 Abbottswood Dr. San Antonio, TX 78249-3047 210-696-7292

Claudia Goldman is a stay-at-home wife and mother whose passion is welding. She creates unique metal sculptures and yard art from discarded junk. Claudia Goldman, 5624 Sedona Dr., Austin, Texas 78759 512-338-4626

Plus, experience the wonder and beauty of springtime in Texas!


-Week of 7.19.10-

Show # 1103, originally aired 10.18.08

Meet a visually impaired quilter who sees life through the eye of a needle. Diane Rose, Waco TX MAP 254-799-7990 E-mail: quiltrose@prodigy.net

Stock up on bait, tackle, and a lot of free advice near Lake Tawakoni. Betty Evans, Sabine Tackle Supply, 4089 State Hwy. 69 South, Greenville, TX 75402 903-454-2861

Plus, enjoy a south of the border sound with a Mariachi band that's all in the family. The Luevano Family, Mariachi 'L', Boerne, TX MAP 210-422-4204 E-mail: mmluevano@gvtc.com

Show # 705, originally aired 3.3.01

Meet an artist on an aircraft carrier who the Navy Boys call "Sketch." Carlton Eddy, 6002 Townhill Dr., San Antonio, TX 78238 210-681-3354 sketcheddy@yahoo.com

Susan Laws grew up idolizing Western heroes. Now she lives out her childhood fantasies with a sport called cowboy action shooting. Susan Laws and Tin Star Ranch, P.O. Box 1755, Wimberley, TX 78676 512-847-2525 or 830-997-9090 (TSR)

A group of Corpus Christi firemen make, bottle, and sell their own brand of salsa and other food products called "Firehouse Foods". J.C. Dykes, 1908 . S.P.I.D (South Padre Island Drive) Corpus Christi, TX 78416 361-852-3473 or 1-800-347-3431


-Week of 7.12.10-

Show # 1101, originally aired 10.4.08

See how one man is frying the fire ants that plague his yard. Sid Brooks, The Ant-Agonizer, Mills County General Store, 1108 Fisher St., Goldthwaite, TX 76844 MAP 325-648-2515 or 877-268-9277

Meet a woman who lives in a tiny, tiny world made of her own dollhouse furniture. Betty Harper, Dallas, TX MAP 214-349-6982

Plus, the winds of change are blowing in West Texas, and life will never be the same again thanks to the electic windmill. Taylor County, TX MAP

Show # 703, originally aired 2.17.01

Lupe has been a elevator operator at the Tower Life Buildings since 1953. Today all but one of the elevators are automated, and she is the only one left. Lupe Hernandez, Tower Life Insurance Building, 310 South St. Mary's, San Antonio, TX 210-554-4400

Meet a man who makes wooden tops, an old fashioned spinning toy from the days of the depression. Jack Clendenen, La Coste, TX

Preston's two grandsons are learning how to make saddles, by hand and one at a time, like their grandfather. Preston McDaniel, McDaniel Saddlery, 9528 East FM917, Alvarado, TX 76009 817-790-6446 mcdanielsaddles.com


-Week of 7.5.10-

Show # 1100, originally aired 9.27.08

Cut up with a steel artist whose old-fashioned knives are hand-forged. Lee Oates, Bearclaw Knives, La Porte, TX MAP 281-587-6080

Find out what happened to your grandfather's antique pocket watch. Charlotte Garrett, Pocket Watch Jewelry, Santa Anna, TX MAP 325-214-0758

Plus, visit a small town whose memories are forever preserved...in a movie. Judy Johnson (e-mail: jude747@cebridge.net) & Carter "Pepper" Reed, Kidnapper's Foil, Childress, TX MAP

Show # 702, originally aired 2.10.01

Shug Bowen makes cowboy spurs the old-fashioned way. He hammers them out blacksmith style. Shug Bowen, Bedias, TX

Tootie is known throughout the Hill Country region for her extraordinary pies. She claims it's her secret pie recipe. Tootie Feagan, Tootie Pie Company, 455 Stringtown Rd., Medina, TX 78055 830-589-2994


-Week of 6.28.10-

Show # 1099, originally aired 9.20.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet a spitfire saddle maker who claims she's the best there ever was. Wendy Allen, 201 N. Patrick St., Dublin, TX MAP 254-445-4766

Try the best cheesburger you've ever eaten...at a donut shop. Irma Loessler, Irma's Donuts. (CLOSED) 1907 1/2 Main St. Junction, TX 76849-3523 MAP 325-446-2497

Plus, find out how one Texas rap artist is taking his message from the church to the streets. Dooney Brown, 408 East Camp Wisdom, Duncanville, TX 75116 MAP 214-523-2742

Show # 694, originally aired 12.16.00

Shou Ping creates flower artworks out of paper and water colors, with a Far East flair. Shou Ping Newcomb, 7006 Flintview, San Antonio, TX 78244 210-666-5526

The Miles Library operates on the honor system, and has for many years. People check out and return books whenever they please. Jane Jeschke, Miles Library, Miles, TX 915-365-5745

Plus, experience the colorful beauty of autumn in Texas!


-Week of 6.21.10-

Show # 1098, originally aired 9.13.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Enjoy a formal presentation of fine classical music... performedon a kitchen utensil. Ray Sanders, Normangee, TX MAP www.turkeybaster.net E-mail: rsanders@normangeeisd.org

Take a trip to the "other" Oval Office in Longview, Texas.Ron Wade, Longview, TX MAP 903-236-9615 or www.ronwadebuttons.com

Plus, witness a long overdue tribute to an American war hero at the last graduation of Spade High School. Sherman Jones, 806-622-2258

Show # 693, originally aired 12.9.00

Considered the Dean of American Western sculptors and a working cowboy, in 1983 Clay almost lost his eyesight. It still haunts him to this very day. Clay Dahlberg, HC2 Box 226, Hunt, TX 78024 830-238-4846

Visit a place where you just might find a real American idol. Mo Humble, HumbleTime Radio, Freiheit Country Store, Freiheit, TX MAP 830-625-9400

The Yellow Rose Drugstore is a mirror image of the old-time soda fountain drugstores. You can even get a malt or shake - the old fashioned way. Richard Clare, The Yellow Rose Drugstore & Antique Mall, 210 E. Marshall, Van Alstyne, TX 75495 http://www.collinliving.com/yellowrose/ 903-482-6167


-Week of 6.14.10-

Show # 1097, originally aired 9.6.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet an unlikely visual artist whose work has inspired millions. John Bramblitt, Blind Painter, Denton, TX. MAP www.bramblitt.net

See a collection that really hits the nail on the head. Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX 830-634-7783 MAP

Plus, meet a man who takes whistling while you work to a whole new level. Robert Vitez, Janitor Opera Singer, 255 E.50th San Angelo, TX 79452 MAP 915-658-5968

Show # 692, originally aired 12.2.00

See what they think of French art in West Texas. The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St., Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-673-4587

Clayton makes functioning robots out of recycled coffee pots, car parts, vacuum cleaners etc. Clayton Bailey, 69 Carguinez Scenic Drive, P.O. Box 69, Port Costa, CA 94569 510-787-1168

By day, Stephen is a scientist a a refinery in Port Arthur. By night, he is an artist, creating magnificent stained glass windows. Stephen Briscoe, Custom Stained Glass & Etching, 5730 Waverly Circle, Port Arthur, TX 77640 409-736-3582


-Week of 6.7.10-

Show # 1096, originally aired 8.30.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet a mechanic turned mayor with some big ideas for his little town. Mayor Johnny Anders, Anders Paint & Body, 701 N. Swenson St., Stamford, TX 79553 MAP 325-773-3061

Enjoy convenient cuisine at the gourmet gas station.Franson Nwaeze, Chef Point Cafe. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, TX 76148 MAP 817-656-0080. E-mail: chefpoint@comcast.net

Plus, we'll take a look back at the life and times of the Amazing Skidboot. David Hartwig and Skidboot, Quinlan, TX 75474 MAP 903-356-4491

Show # 691, originally aired 11.25.00

Dooley has restored dozens of classic cars, stored throughout town. He also turns classic car truncks/back seats into usable living room furniture. Dooley Cameron, 1311 Houston St., Box 689, Leveland, TX 79336 806-894-3321

The town of Hunt has never had a bank, until now.. A full service bank has moved into town, right in the middle of the old Hunt general store. Harold Wilson, 1075 Junction Hwy., Kerrville, TX 78029 830-895-2265

Dan has a collection (or museum) of working pinball machines, made in the 30's up to the 80's. Dan Ferguson, 35222 Hempstead Hwy, PO Box 210, Hockley, TX 77447 or e-mail: www.LSPA@wantabe.com 936-372-2607


-Week of 5.31.10-

Show #1095, originally aired 8.23.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Visit a place where you just might find a real American idol. Mo Humble, HumbleTime Radio, Freiheit Country Store, Freiheit, TX MAP 830-625-9400

See what they think of French art in West Texas. The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress Street, Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-673-4587

Plus meet a woman who's reliving her childhood with oil painting on canvas. Jackie Haliburton, Houston, TX MAP

Show # 689, originally aired 11.11.00

Mr. and Mrs. Lang bought a house not knowing it harbors hundreds of horny toads! Experts are baffled. They end up turning home into B&B - toads included! Joe and Ann Lang, 409 S. 7th St., Kenedy, TX 78119

Lost Maples is full of beautiful fall foliage. Lost Maples State Park, HCO1 Box 156, Vanderpool, TX 78885 512-966-3413

The city of Dublin honors Bill Kloster with a bronzed statue, located in the front of the historical Dr Pepper bottling plant. www.drpepper.com Mike Adams (903-868-2843) sculptor, Hoka Hey, Inc. (254-445-2017) painted statue, Mark Kloster (254-445-3466) DP Museum


-Week of 5.24.10-

Show # 1094, originally aired 8.16.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Pick a part for any classic car at Antique Auto Supply. Stacy Brown, Antique Auto Supply, 1225 Colorado, Arlington, TX 76015 MAP 817-275-2381

Cross the border in style on the nation's last handpulled ferry. Los Ebanos, TX MAP

Plus, meet six sensational athlete's who will stop at nothing to play their favorite game. The Blackwell Hornets, Blackwell High School, TX MAP

Show # 688, originally aired 11.4.00

Violin instructor Lanny Fiel volunteers as leader of the Ranch Dance Fiddle Band -- a group of young musicians who perform old pioneer tunes. Lanny Fiel, 3716 27th St., Lubbock, TX 79410 806-791-3967

Mike uses old-fashioned blacksmithing techniques and machinery to create modern day one-of-a-kind iron creations. Mike Selinsky, Colorado Forge Inc., 2721 Brookfield Ave., Dallas, TX 75235 214-366-1990 www.coloradoforge.com

TTV class of 1970 never got to graduate because of the devastating tornado on May 11, 1970. Finally, in August of 2000, they get their graduation! Peggy Flores, TTV News and Information, Box 42022, Lubbock, TX 79409-2022 806-742-2136


-Week of 5.17.10-

Show # 1093, originally aired 8.9.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet a baseball-loving nun with a few tips for the Houston Astros. Sister Damian, Incarnate Word Academy/Catholic Church, Houston, TX MAP 713-668-0423

Spice up your life with a chili ristra. Refugio Garcia, San Elizario, TX 79849 MAP

Plus, find out how one panhandle piano player found inspiration in the West Texas wind. Doug Smith, www.dougsmith.com Lubbock, TX MAP 800-269-7552

Show # 687, originally aired 10.28.00

19 yr old expert fiddler keeps the old-time music and culture of the Appalachian mountains alive with his fiddle: true home-style fiddling! Josh Goforth, 740 Lonesome Mountain Rd., Marshall, N.C., 28753 423-439-4317

For as long as he can remember, Stinson has been making the types of musical instruments that you don't often see -- mandolins, dulcimers, mouth bows. Stinson Behlen, 1010 S. 14th, Slayton, TX 79364 806-828-5358

Big Lake, TX claims an incredible 121 sets of twins in its history. Currently, there are 32 sets represented by 1 or both siblings living in town. Regan County Economic Development, 1106 Ohio Ave., Big Lake, TX 76932. 915-884-2288


-Week of 5.10.10-

Show # 1092, originally aired 8.2.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Ride along with a couple that puts the "mow" in motorsports! Tim and Patty Robinson of the LSMRA. Email Patty: preciousmowments@boldwireless.net or Tim: mowron@boldwireless.net or visit www.mowerracing.com for more information.

Have a bona-fide New York hot dog without setting foot in the Big Apple. Thomas Tafuro, NY's Finest Hot Dogs, 6806 S. Service Road, Big Spring, TX 79721 (I-20 Exit #184, Moss Lake Road) MAP 432-393-5489 or www.nyfinesthotdogs.com P.O. Box 3152, Big Spring, TX 79721

And meet a man with a scientific mind and an artistic hand. Stephen Briscoe, Custom Stained Glass & Etching, 5730 Waverly Circle, Port Arthur, Texas 77640 MAP 409-736-3582

Show # 685, originally aired 10.14.00

Richard's been driving trucks for 27 yrs. He has also completed over 1000 model cars and trucks over the past 40 years. Richard Daniel, 3575 CR 226, Gatesville, Texas 76528-3217 254-494-3359

Betty Garza has worked at the Olmos Pharmacy soda fountain for over 30 years! Betty Garza, Olmos Pharmacy, 3902 McCullough, San Antonio, TX 210-822-3361 or 210-826-4466

Meet a man who lives in a hut and teaches others to live off the land. Mike Borowski c/o Wilderness School, 99 Woodside Rd., Brunswick, ME 04011 207-729-8616


-Week of 5.3.10-

Show # 1091, originally aired 7.26.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet a woman who's pretty much completely preoccuppied with...pigs! Roxanne Ward, Bainer Switch, TX. 806-385-4585

Try the newest fad in fatty foods - Chicken-fried Bacon! Frank Sodolak, Sodolak's Original Country Inn. Just off of Highway 60 West in Snook, TX. MAP 979-272-6002

Plus, discover the hidden healing powers of native plants in the South Texas scrub brush. Benito Treviño, P.O. Box 442, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 MAP 956-486-2576 or www.rancholomitas.com

Show # 684, originally aired 10.7.00

Visit the Sky Vue Dive-In in Lamesa, known for its famous "Chihuahua" sandwich. Sam Kirkland, 1001 N. 3rd Street, Lamesa, Texas 79331 806-872-7004

Martin Hill collects motion picture production equipment from the golden age of Hollywood. Martin Hill, Midland, NC. wmartinhill@yahoo.com 704-455-9345

Abby Abernathy helped rebuild the old Royal Theater featured in the motion picture "The Last Picture Show". Royal Theater-Abby Abernathy, P.O. Box 1070, Archer City, TX 76351 877-729-ROYA (L) www.archercity.org


-Week of 4.26.10-

Show # 1090, originally aired 7.19.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Browse among the bouffants at a beauty shop turned bookstore. Kathy Patrick, Beauty and the Book, 690 FM 728, Jefferson, TX 75657 MAP 903-665-7520

Eat a brisket that will have you saying Holy Smoke! Annie Ward, New Zion BBQ, 2601 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX 77340 MAP 936-295-7394

Plus, share a bittersweet memory of times past with our friend Opal Hunt. Winters, TX MAP

Show # 683, originally aired 9.30.00

Harvey is an illustrator, sketching his fellow soldiers that were killed in WWII. In 1963 he created the smiley face that we all recognize today. Harvey Ball, Worcester, MA

We follow John as he takes a trip down the Trinity River to get inspiration for the symphony he plans to write about the river. John Gibson, 8300 Skillman #212, Dallas, TX 75231 214-503-7754 or 214-768-3842

Ray started the Llano Estacado Driving Society 12 years ago. Members get together to show off their horse-drawn buggies and keep the art of driving alive. Ray Thomas, 4705 47th St. Lubbock, TX 79414 806-799-7851


-Week of 4.19.10-

Show # 1081, originally aired 5.17.08

Solve the mystery of a famous photo with help from one police sketch artist. Artist: Lois Gibson, HPD. Sailor: Glenn McDuffie, Houston, TX MAP 281-931-7956

Support our troops with a woman who has 'stayed the course.' Robbie Maxwell, Hwy 69, Huntington, TX 75949 MAP 936-422-4137

Plus, see how these veteran veterans honor their fellow soldiers. Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. Pastor "Buddy" Blake & Capt. Jerry Kelley. Beaumont, TX MAP 409-835-4838

Show # 682, originally aired 9.23.00

Nolan salvages old aluminum from grounded aircraft, melts it down and recycles it by making it into items people can enjoy. Nolan Salmon, 1117 W. Harrison St., Memphis, TX 79245 806-259-2318

Carolyn is the master behind the obituary writers' conference. This being their 2nd annual event, they get together and to discuss and learn obituary writing. Carolyn Gilbert, 8117 Preston Rd., Suite 680, Dallas, Texas 75225 214-696-9499

Expert fly fisher Raye Carrington is the author of several books related to the art of fly fishing, and she offers lessons to other anglers on the Llano. Raye Carrington, 8603 Lower Willow Creek Rd., Mason, TX 76856 http://www.llanoriver.com 325-347-FISH


-Week of 4.12.10-

Show # 1080, originally aired 5.10.08

See how one man saves space AND the environment by living in a Tiny Texas House. Brad Kittel, Tiny Texas Houses, 20501 E. I-10, Luling, TX 78648 MAP

Take shelter from a Texas snowstorm at the New York Hill Restaurant. New York Hill Restaurant, Thurber, TX MAP

Plus, meet a painter who won't leave her family farm until she captures a full year of memories. Virginia Vaughan, Manor TX MAP See her paintings

Show # 681, originally aired 9.16.00

Brenda takes treasured keepsakes and turns them into teddy bears for friends and family to enjoy. Brenda Kippa, 333 W. Front Street Hawkins, TX 75765 903-769-9043

The town of Plainview, TX is covered in cows! More than 40 ceramic cows have been painted and displayed around town to help tourism & town spirit. Amy Hatch, 710 W 5th St., Plainview, TX 79072 806-296-7431

He spends his days maintaining the Texas Giant at Six Flags but a night he's a singer entertaining his fans all around Denton. Brian Houser, Denton, TX.
www.brianhouser.com


-Week of 4.5.10-

Show # 1079, originally aired 5.3.08

Dig into a West Texas bed and breakfast for fine wine, dining, and...um...dinosaurs. Jennifer & Steve Wick, Ten Bits Ranch, 6000 North Country Road, Terlingua, TX 79852 MAP 866-371-3110

Meet a craftsperson whose work is featured in every state park in Texas. Martha Gonzales, Bastrop State Park, TX MAP

Plus, don't mess with Texas...or the trash-talking, litter-fighting, self-proclaimed padre of Padre Island. Billy Sandifer, Padre Island, TX MAP

Show # 665, originally aired 5.27.00

Lubbock's only overnight news photographer see's a lot of bad things on that shift. But one night he videotaped a puppy that was brought back to life. Carl Roach or Bill De Tournillon, KCBD 5600 Ave A, Lubbock, TX 79404 806-744-1414

This dairy is the home to Belle, Blue Bell's singing spokes-cow. It's also a 50 yr-old dairy where they make cheese and teach kids about farms. Ralph & Faith Frerichs, 3117 St. Hwy 159, La Grange, TX 78945 1-800-382-2880 or 409-249-3406

Plus, meet the caretaker of a West Texas windmill farm! Coy Harris, Lubbock, TX


-Week of 3.29.10-

Show # 1078, originally aired 4.26.08

Meet a pair of identical twins who cook up old-fashioned fried pies. Sandra Harvell & Nell Hoce, Mamaw's Fried Pies, 113 Highway 110, Whitehouse, TX MAP 903-871-8100

Shell out some wampum for a night's stay at the TeePee Motel. Bryon Woods, 4098 N. Highway 59, Wharton, TX MAP (979) 282-8474

Plus, see why a Southeast Texas man dedicated his life to telling the story of a WWI soldier he's never met. Leroy Perego, Buna, TX MAP

Show # 664, originally aired 5.20.00

Marvin invented the first "Mr. Bendo" in the 1950's. Mr. Bendo is the 22 ft tall muffler store mascot that stand out front and hold a muffler. Marvin Fillip, 9543 South U.S. 67, San Angelo, TX 76904 915-949-1111 or 915-949-2333

Fred has over 50 antique washing machines. He opened a museum that just so happens to be the only working laundromat museum. Fred Wilson, 700 W. Hubbard, Mineral Wells, TX 76067 940-328-1662

Bob is the manager of the Pitchfork Ranch where they work like the old days. He's been capturing the old ways and has a book called "Pitchfork Country". Bob Moorhouse, P.O. Box 120 Guthrie, TX 79236 806-284-2223 or 806-742-0497


-Week of 3.22.10-

Show # 1123, originally aired 3.7.09

Meet a man who uses sustainable, green technology to live off the grid in the most remote part of West Texas. John Wells, 2500 Mailbox Rd., Alpine, TX 79830 MAP 432-371-3272 Web: thefieldlab.org Email: lifeoffthegrid@yahoo.com

Visit Uncle Henry's Tamales, where they put a Creole twist on a classic Hispanic dish.Hal Guillory, Uncle Henry's Tamales, 4358 E. Lucas Dr., Beaumont, TX 77708 MAP 409-924-0302

Meet a duo of doppelgangers fixing cars in Brownwood since the 1940's. Odus & Orus Stokes, Stokes Bros. Garage, 103 Main St., Brownwood, TX 76801 MAP

Show # 663, originally aired 5.13.00

Bob grows crystals from his own formula, then he photographs them using colorful technology that he also invented. Bob (Robert) Alcott, 1213 Stone Corpus Christi, TX 78418 361-939-7946

Since 1960 Paul has netted herring and hauled them up a hill above a dam so the herring can spawn. He has saved the entire stretch of the 10 mile river. Paul Bettencourt, 110 Binefit St., Pawtucket, R.I. 401-726-4034

Back in 1950 Jimmy founded the 1st little league team in Texas. We catch up with him at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Austin Little league. Jimmy Farrell, P.O. Box 3001, Austin, TX 78764 512-442-1175 or 512-472-6844


-Week of 3.15.10-

Show # 1121, originally aired 2.21.09

Find out why they call this unbalanced baker the crazy kolache lady. Jody Powers, Zamykal Kolaches, 709 Main Street, Calvert, TX 77837 MAP 979-364-2386

Visit Eve's Garden, a bed and breakfast oasis in the far west Texas desert. Clyde Curry & Kate Thayer, Eve's Garden, Ave C and N 3rd St., Marathon, TX 79842 MAP info@evesgarden.org

Plus, meet a military history buff with a knack for restoring old war relics. Mark Witham, Royse City, TX MAP 972-636-7003 or fubarmotorpool.com

Show # 662, originally aired 5.6.00

K.R. has written a collection of songs about the history of the Texas Revolution. He performs them for kids all across the state. K.R. Wood, P.O. Box 40184, Austin,, TX 78704 512-383-0717

Plus, visit a radio deejay who drives a car that once belonged to Buddy Holly! Bill Clement, 1714 Buddy Holly Ave., Lubbock, TX, 79401 806-744-5859
www.kdav.com


-Week of 3.8.10-

Show # 1108, originally aired 11.22.08

Join Bob Phillips on a thousand mile pilgrimage to the old border of the Republic of Texas. 42nd parallel, 106° 25' West MAP Dan Kinnaman, 320 8th Street, Rawlins, WY 82301. 307-324-5460 akinnmn@tribcst.com

Find out where you can get Free Greens from a philanthropic farmer who's giving away his harvest. Elbert Sowell, Chireno, TX MAP 936-362-2510

Plus, meet a woman who puts the heart and soul in soul food. Lola Stephens, Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Restaurant, 1815 Rosewood, Austin, TX 78702 MAP 512-474-5652

Show # 733, originally aired 9.15.01

Meet General Ponder, a man who makes chairs out of branches on a corner in Lubbock, Texas. General Ponder, Lubbock, TX

Visit an old Classic small town cafe that supposedly has a resident ghost! Larry Sykes, Texas Grill, 700 Hutchins, Ballinger, TX 76821 915-365-3314

Buster McLaury is a 3rd generation cowboy working on the 6666 Ranch. He writes poetry and stories about his life. Buster McLaury, 4-6s Ranch, Guthrie, Texas, 79236


-Week of 3.1.10-

Show # 1107, originally aired 11.15.08

Visit an East Texas kitchen baking pound after pound of pound cake. Janie's Cakes, Janie Clapp, 420 East 5th Street, Tyler, Texas 75701 MAP 903-592-6150

See how this talented ceramics artist made a name for himself cooking eggs. George Holland, Buffalo Gap Pottery, Buffalo Gap, TX MAP 325-572-5056 buffalogappottery@hotmail.com

Plus, hear the story of how two small towns pulled together to kick-off Friday nights right. Apple Springs Football Coach Cody Moree, Hudson High School Band Director Ronnie Ross, Apple Springs, TX MAP

Show # 716, originally aired 5.19.01

After spending a lot of time on the Trinity, John Gibson decided to compose a symphony about the misunderstood river. His orchestra was Duncanville HS band! John Gibson, c/o SMU Development Box 750402 Dallas, TX 75257-0402


-Week of 2.22.10-

Show # 1106, originally aired 11.8.08

What's Guajillo honey, and why is it keeping thousands of South Texas bees so busy? David Roy Park, Cold River Apiaries, 3002 County Rd. 1660, Moore, TX 78057 MAP 210-355-4231

Meet the leading ladies of the Mclean City Council. Mayor Peggy Baer, McLean, TX MAP

Plus, find out the secret that makes Snow's BBQ sell out by 10am. Kerry Bexley & Tootsie Tomanetz, Snow's BBQ, 516 Main St., Lexington, TX 78947 MAP 979-773-4640

Show # 715, originally aired 5.12.01

William McKenzie is a bag pipe player who was a Scottish guard at Buckingham Palace in London. William McKenzie, (915)653-4714 dimondgs@earthlink.net

Texas says good-bye to a ranching legend, Charlie Schreiner III, known as Charlie III. He single-handedly saved the longhorn from extinction. Carol Schreiner, PO Box 278 Mountain Home, TX 78058 830-640-3362

Plus, we feature updates from past episodes!


-Week of 2.15.10-

Show # 1105, originally aired 11.1.08

Find out how you too can live in a piece of Texas history. Fort Clark Springs, Debbie Isaacs and Hattie Berleth, Brackettville, TX 78832 MAP 830-563-9911 tejas-properties.com

Meet a man who's turning steel into the surreal. Robert Bruno, Steel House, Ransom Canyon, TX MAP

Plus, start a new day the old fashioned way at the Owl Drug Store. The Fun Bunch, Owl Drugstore, 312 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834 MAP 325-625-2178

Show # 714, originally aired 5.5.01

10-year-old Jesse Huth has his own flock of 69 special breed chickens. He has his own business: selling eggs to neighbors and the local health store. Jesse Huth, 320 Ranch House RD. Wimberly, TX 78676 830-935-2608

Built in 1862, The H.O. Homestead was once the center Leon Valley. Although the stagecoach stop is damaged, the Hist. Soc. wants to make it a museum. Shirley A. Owen, Leon Valley Historical Society, PO Box 380644 San Antonio, TX 78268-7644 email: leonvalleyhistoricalsociety.org 210-684-7883 or 210-313-8158

Erik Atkinson is a descendent of the man who created "chick-o-sticks," a treat that's been a favorite of Texans since 1930. Erik Atkinson, Atkinson Candy Co. P.O. Box 150220. Lufkin, TX 75915-0220 1-936-639-2333


-Week of 2.8.10-

Show # 1104, originally aired 10.25.08

Close your eyes and don't look down! It's a day in the life of an iron worker. Julio Gonzales, Arlington, TX MAP 817-946-2947

Sip a spot of tea and munch on the best scone in San Antone. Vicki Seder, Bawdsey Manor [CLOSED], 18771 FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Road), San Antonio, TX 78266 MAP 210-651-7500

Plus, meet a group of young farmers determined to feed the world. World Hunger Relief, P.O. Box 639, Elm Mott, TX 76640 MAP 254-799-5611

Show # 712, originally aired 4.21.01

Elmer Gray is a Major League Baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. An old player he signed about 30yrs. ago joins Elmer for another scout trip. George McKenzie, 11843 Abbottswood Dr. San Antonio, TX 78249-3047 210-696-7292

Claudia Goldman is a stay-at-home wife and mother whose passion is welding. She creates unique metal sculptures and yard art from discarded junk. Claudia Goldman, 5624 Sedona Dr., Austin, Texas 78759 512-338-4626

Plus, experience the wonder and beauty of springtime in Texas!


-Week of 2.1.10-

Show # 1103, originally aired 10.18.08

Meet a visually impaired quilter who sees life through the eye of a needle. Diane Rose, Waco TX MAP 254-799-7990 E-mail: quiltrose@prodigy.net

Stock up on bait, tackle, and a lot of free advice near Lake Tawakoni. Betty Evans, Sabine Tackle Supply, 4089 State Hwy. 69 South, Greenville, TX 75402 903-454-2861

Plus, enjoy a south of the border sound with a Mariachi band that's all in the family. The Luevano Family, Mariachi 'L', Boerne, TX MAP 210-422-4204 E-mail: mmluevano@gvtc.com

Show # 705, originally aired 3.3.01

Meet an artist on an aircraft carrier who the Navy Boys call "Sketch." Carlton Eddy, 6002 Townhill Dr., San Antonio, TX 78238 210-681-3354 sketcheddy@yahoo.com

Susan Laws grew up idolizing Western heroes. Now she lives out her childhood fantasies with a sport called cowboy action shooting. Susan Laws and Tin Star Ranch, P.O. Box 1755, Wimberley, TX 78676 512-847-2525 or 830-997-9090 (TSR)

A group of Corpus Christi firemen make, bottle, and sell their own brand of salsa and other food products called "Firehouse Foods". J.C. Dykes, 1908 . S.P.I.D (South Padre Island Drive) Corpus Christi, TX 78416 361-852-3473 or 1-800-347-3431


-Week of 1.25.10-

Show # 1101, originally aired 10.4.08

See how one man is frying the fire ants that plague his yard. Sid Brooks, The Ant-Agonizer, Mills County General Store, 1108 Fisher St., Goldthwaite, TX 76844 MAP 325-648-2515 or 877-268-9277

Meet a woman who lives in a tiny, tiny world made of her own dollhouse furniture. Betty Harper, Dallas, TX MAP 214-349-6982

Plus, the winds of change are blowing in West Texas, and life will never be the same again thanks to the electic windmill. Taylor County, TX MAP

Read more in the magazine article by Senior Producer Jason Anderson

Show # 703, originally aired 2.17.01

Lupe has been a elevator operator at the Tower Life Buildings since 1953. Today all but one of the elevators are automated, and she is the only one left. Lupe Hernandez, Tower Life Insurance Building, 310 South St. Mary's, San Antonio, TX 210-554-4400

Meet a man who makes wooden tops, an old fashioned spinning toy from the days of the depression. Jack Clendenen, La Coste, TX

Preston's two grandsons are learning how to make saddles, by hand and one at a time, like their grandfather. Preston McDaniel, McDaniel Saddlery, 9528 East FM917, Alvarado, TX 76009 817-790-6446 http://www.mcdanielsaddles.com/index.html


-Week of 1.18.10-

Show # 1100, originally aired 9.27.08

Cut up with a steel artist whose old-fashioned knives are hand-forged. Lee Oates, Bearclaw Knives, La Porte, TX MAP 281-587-6080

Find out what happened to your grandfather's antique pocket watch. Charlotte Garrett, Pocket Watch Jewelry, Santa Anna, TX MAP 325-214-0758

Plus, visit a small town whose memories are forever preserved...in a movie. Judy Johnson (e-mail: jude747@cebridge.net) & Carter "Pepper" Reed, Kidnapper's Foil, Childress, TX MAP

Show # 702, originally aired 2.10.01

Shug Bowen makes cowboy spurs the old-fashioned way. He hammers them out blacksmith style. Shug Bowen, Bedias, TX

Tootie is known throughout the Hill Country region for her extraordinary pies. She claims it's her secret pie recipe. Tootie Feagan, Tootie Pie Company, 455 Stringtown Rd., Medina, TX 78055 830-589-2994


-Week of 1.11.10-

Show # 1099, originally aired 9.20.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet a spitfire saddle maker who claims she's the best there ever was. Wendy Allen, 201 N. Patrick St., Dublin, TX MAP 254-445-4766

Try the best cheeseburger you've ever eaten...at a donut shop. Irma Loessler, Irma's Donuts. (CLOSED) 1907 1/2 Main St. Junction, TX 76849-3523 MAP 325-446-2497

Plus, find out how one Texas rap artist is taking his message from the church to the streets. Dooney Brown, 408 East Camp Wisdom, Duncanville, TX 75116 MAP 214-523-2742

Show # 694, originally aired 12.16.00

Shou Ping creates flower artworks out of paper and water colors, with a Far East flair. Shou Ping Newcomb, 7006 Flintview, San Antonio, TX 78244 210-666-5526

The Miles Library operates on the honor system, and has for many years. People check out and return books whenever they please. Jane Jeschke, Miles Library, Miles, TX 915-365-5745

Plus, experience the colorful beauty of autumn in Texas!


-Week of 1.4.10-

Show # 1098, originally aired 9.13.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Enjoy a formal presentation of fine classical music... performedon a kitchen utensil. Ray Sanders, Normangee, TX MAP www.turkeybaster.net E-mail: rsanders@normangeeisd.org

Take a trip to the "other" Oval Office in Longview, Texas.Ron Wade, Longview, TX MAP 903-236-9615 or www.ronwadebuttons.com

Plus, witness a long overdue tribute to an American war hero at the last graduation of Spade High School. Sherman Jones, 806-622-2258

Show # 693, originally aired 12.9.00

Considered the Dean of American Western sculptors and a working cowboy, in 1983 Clay almost lost his eyesight. It still haunts him to this very day. Clay Dahlberg, HC2 Box 226, Hunt, TX 78024 830-238-4846

Visit a place where you just might find a real American idol. Mo Humble, HumbleTime Radio, Freiheit Country Store, Freiheit, TX MAP 830-625-9400

The Yellow Rose Drugstore is a mirror image of the old-time soda fountain drugstores. You can even get a malt or shake - the old fashioned way. Richard Clare, The Yellow Rose Drugstore & Antique Mall, 210 E. Marshall, Van Alstyne, TX 75495 http://www.collinliving.com/yellowrose/ 903-482-6167


-Week of 12.28.09-

Show # 1060, originally aired 12.22.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Visit a life-sized winter wonderland cut from huge blocks of ice. ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, Texas 76051 MAP

See how one hill country family keeps a red and green Christmas tradition alive. Texas Specialty Cut Flowers (Poinsettia Farm), Frank Arnosky,12550 FM 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676 MAP 830-833-5428

Dance with the sugar plum fairies in far West Texas for the last performance of the Nutcracker in El Paso. UTEP Ballet, Ingeborg Heuser, 500 W. University Ave, Union Bldg. West, Room 2009, El Paso, TX 79968 MAP Beverly Kerbs-Ward, 915-747-6060

Plus, every one loves fruitcake and we've got 'em by the thousands. Collin Street Bakery, Bob McNutt & Jerry Grimmett, Corsicana, TX MAP

Show # 642, originally aired 12.18.99

After 35 years this small-town Santa is retiring. He's also the town's Justice of the Peace and kids know him as the "sucker man" because he gives them out to all kids. Dick Cranford, Electra, TX. 940-495-4048

See how a group of Texas nurses spend Christmas!

Keith and the other members of Sun City's Woodworker's club make hundreds of toys to give to needy kids at Christmas. Keith Johnson, 103 Stetson Trail, Georgetown, TX 78628 512-864-0678


-Week of 12.21.09-

Show # 1112, originally aired 12.20.08

Merry Christmas from Texas Country Reporter! Get in the spirit of a small town Christmas with an all tuba holiday band. Douglas Clark, San Angelo, TX 76904 MAP 325-949-5834 dougnpeg@verizon.net

See how the holidays are celebrated in Jefferson, TX.

Plus, meet a substitute Santa who's bringing holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Garage Sale Queens, Shaela Wilson & Kate Murphy, Lockhart, TX MAP 512-376-6533

Show # 695, originally aired 12.23.00

Merry Christmas from Texas Country Reporter! Every year Gabby sets up his tin can Xmas decorations outside the county courthouse. People come from miles around just to see his tin can creations. Gabby Davis, Throckmorton, TX

Prof. Hartwell performs once a year-Xmas- and sings only 1 song-"Oh, Holy Night". By doing this, he risks the possibility of going blind-permanently! Professor William Hartwell (retired), TTU School of Music, Box 42033, Lubbock, TX 79409-2033. 806-799-2034 or 806-742-2270

Plus, get into the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa Bob!


-Week of 12.14.09-

Show # 1097, originally aired 9.6.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet an unlikely visual artist whose work has inspired millions. John Bramblitt, Blind Painter, Denton, TX. MAP www.bramblitt.net

See a collection that really hits the nail on the head. Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX 830-634-7783 MAP

Plus, meet a man who takes whistling while you work to a whole new level. Robert Vitez, Janitor Opera Singer, 255 E.50th San Angelo, TX 79452 MAP 915-658-5968

Show # 692, originally aired 12.2.00

See what they think of French art in West Texas. The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St., Abilene, TX 79601. 325-673-4587

Clayton makes functioning robots out of recycled coffee pots, car parts, vacuum cleaners etc. Clayton Bailey, 69 Carguinez Scenic Drive, P.O. Box 69, Port Costa, CA 94569 510-787-1168

By day, Stephen is a scientist a a refinery in Port Arthur. By night, he is an artist, creating magnificent stained glass windows. Stephen Briscoe, Custom Stained Glass & Etching, 5730 Waverly Circle, Port Arthur, TX 77640 409-736-3582


-Week of 12.7.09-

Show # 1096, originally aired 8.30.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet a mechanic turned mayor with some big ideas for his little town. Mayor Johnny Anders, Anders Paint & Body, 701 N. Swenson St., Stamford, TX 79553 MAP 325-773-3061

Enjoy convenient cuisine at the gourmet gas station.Franson Nwaeze, Chef Point Cafe. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, TX 76148 MAP 817-656-0080. E-mail: chefpoint@comcast.net

Plus, we'll take a look back at the life and times of the Amazing Skidboot. David Hartwig and Skidboot, Quinlan, TX 75474 MAP 903-356-4491

Show # 691, originally aired 11.25.00

Dooley has restored dozens of classic cars, stored throughout town. He also turns classic car truncks/back seats into usable living room furniture. Dooley Cameron, 1311 Houston St., Box 689, Leveland, TX 79336 806-894-3321

The town of Hunt has never had a bank, until now.. A full service bank has moved into town, right in the middle of the old Hunt general store. Harold Wilson, 1075 Junction Hwy., Kerrville, TX 78029 830-895-2265

Dan has a collection (or museum) of working pinball machines, made in the 30's up to the 80's. Dan Ferguson, 35222 Hempstead Hwy, PO Box 210, Hockley, TX 77447 or e-mail: www.LSPA@wantabe.com 936-372-2607


-Week of 11.30.09-

Show #1095, originally aired 8.23.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Visit a place where you just might find a real American idol. Mo Humble, HumbleTime Radio, Freiheit Country Store, Freiheit, TX MAP 830-625-9400

See what they think of French art in West Texas. The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress Street, Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-673-4587

Plus meet a woman who's reliving her childhood with oil painting on canvas. Jackie Haliburton, Houston, TX MAP

Show # 689, originally aired 11.11.00

Mr. and Mrs. Lang bought a house not knowing it harbors hundreds of horny toads! Experts are baffled. They end up turning home into B&B - toads included! Joe and Ann Lang, 409 S. 7th St., Kenedy, TX 78119

Lost Maples is full of beautiful fall foliage. Lost Maples State Park, HCO1 Box 156, Vanderpool, TX 78885 512-966-3413

The city of Dublin honors Bill Koster with a bronzed statue, located in the front of the historical Dr Pepper bottling plant. www.drpepper.com. Mike Adams (903-868-2843) sculptor, Hoka Hey, Inc. (254-445-2017) painted statue, Mark Kloster (254-445-3466) DP Museum


-Week of 11.23.09-

Show # 1094, originally aired 8.16.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Pick a part for any classic car at Antique Auto Supply. Stacy Brown, Antique Auto Supply, 1225 Colorado, Arlington, TX 76015 MAP 817-275-2381

Cross the border in style on the nation's last handpulled ferry. Los Ebanos, TX MAP

Plus, meet six sensational athlete's who will stop at nothing to play their favorite game. The Blackwell Hornets, Blackwell High School, TX MAP

Show # 688, originally aired 11.4.00

Violin instructor Lanny Fiel volunteers as leader of the Ranch Dance Fiddle Band -- a group of young musicians who perform old pioneer tunes. Lanny Fiel, 3716 27th St., Lubbock, TX 79410 806-791-3967

Mike uses old-fashioned blacksmithing techniques and machinery to create modern day one-of-a-kind iron creations. Mike Selinsky, Colorado Forge Inc., 2721 Brookfield Ave., Dallas, TX 75235 214-366-1990 www.coloradoforge.com

TTV class of 1970 never got to graduate because of the devistating tornado on May 11, 1970. Finally, in August of 2000, they get their graduation! Peggy Flores, TTV News and Information, Box 42022, Lubbock, TX 79409-2022 806-742-2136


-Week of 11.16.09-

Show # 1093, originally aired 8.9.08

This week it's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Meet a baseball-loving nun with a few tips for the Houston Astros. Sister Damian, Incarnate Word Academy/Catholic Church, Houston, TX MAP 713-668-0423

Spice up your life with a chili ristra. Refugio Garcia, San Elizario, TX 79849 MAP

Plus, find out how one panhandle piano player found inspiration in the West Texas wind. Doug Smith, www.dougsmith.com Lubbock, TX MAP 800-269-7552

Show # 687, originally aired 10.28.00

19 yr old expert fiddler keeps the old-time music and culture of the Appalachian mountains alive with his fiddle -true homestyle fiddling! Josh Goforth, 740 Lonesome Mountain Rd., Marshall, N.C., 28753 423-439-4317

For as long as he can remember, Stinson has been making the types of musical instruments that you don't often see -- mandolins, dulcimers, mouth bows. Stinson Behlen, 1010 S. 14th, Slayton, TX 79364 806-828-5358

Big Lake, TX claims an incredible 121 sets of twins in its history. Currently, there are 32 sets represented by 1 or both siblings living in town. Regan County Economic Development, 1106 Ohio Ave., Big Lake, TX 76932. 915-884-2288


-Week of 11.9.09-

Show # 1092, originally aired 8.2.08

Ride along with a couple that puts the "mow" in motorsports! Tim and Patty Robinson of the LSMRA. Email Patty: preciousmowments@boldwireless.net or Tim: mowron@boldwireless.net or visit www.mowerracing.com for more information.

Have a bona-fide New York hot dog without setting foot in the Big Apple. Thomas Tafuro, NY's Finest Hot Dogs, 6806 S. Service Road, Big Spring, TX 79721 (I-20 Exit #184, Moss Lake Road) MAP 432-393-5489 or P.O. Box 3152, Big Spring, TX 79721

And meet a man with a scientific mind and an artistic hand. Stephen Briscoe, Custom Stained Glass & Etching, 5730 Waverly Circle, Port Arthur, Texas 77640 MAP 409-736-3582

Show # 685, originally aired 10.14.00

Richard's been driving trucks for 27 yrs. He has also completed over 1000 model cars and trucks over the past 40 years. Richard Daniel, 3575 CR 226, Gatesville, Texas 76528-3217 254-494-3359

Betty Garza has worked at the Olmos Pharmacy soda fountain for over 30 years! Betty Garza, Olmos Pharmacy, 3902 McCullough, San Antonio, TX 210-822-3361 or 210-826-4466

Meet a man who lives in a hut and teaches others to live off the land. Mike Borowski c/o Wilderness School, 99 Woodside Rd., Brunswick, ME 04011 207-729-8616


-Week of 11.2.09-

Show # 1091, originally aired 7.26.08

Meet a woman who's pretty much completely preoccuppied with...pigs! Roxanne Ward, Bainer Switch, TX. 806-385-4585

Try the newest fad in fatty foods - Chicken-fried Bacon! Frank Sodolak, Sodolak's Original Country Inn. Just off of Highway 60 West in Snook, TX. MAP 979-272-6002

Plus, discover the hidden healing powers of native plants in the South Texas scrub brush. Benito Treviño, P.O. Box 442, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 MAP 956-486-2576 or www.rancholomitas.com

Show # 684, originally aired 10.7.00

Visit the Sky Vue Dive-In in Lamesa, known for its famous "Chihuahua" sandwich. Sam Kirkland, 1001 N. 3rd Street, Lamesa, Texas 79331 806-872-7004

Martin Hill collects motion picture production equipment from the golden age of Hollywood. Martin Hill, Midland, NC. wmartinhill@yahoo.com 704-455-9345

Abby Abernathy helped rebuild the old Royal Theater featured in the motion picture "The Last Picture Show". Royal Theater-Abby Abernathy, P.O. Box 1070, Archer City, TX 76351 877-729-ROYA (L) www.archercity.org


-Week of 10.26.09-

Show # 1090, originally aired 7.19.08

It's the Best of Texas Country Reporter! Browse among the bouffants at a beauty shop turned bookstore. Kathy Patrick, Beauty and the Book, 690 FM 728, Jefferson, TX 75657 MAP 903-665-7520

Eat a brisket that will have you saying Holy Smoke! Annie Ward, New Zion BBQ, 2601 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX 77340 MAP 936-295-7394

Plus, share a bittersweet memory of times past with our friend Opal Hunt. Winters, TX MAP

Show # 683, originally aired 9.30.00

Harvey is an illustrator, sketching his fellow soldiers that were killed in WWII. In 1963 he created the smiley face that we all recognize today. Harvey Ball, Worcester, MA

We follow John as he takes a trip down the Trinity River to get inspiration for the symphony he plans to write about the river. John Gibson, 8300 Skillman #212, Dallas, TX 75231 214-503-7754 or 214-768-3842

Ray started the Llano Estacado Driving Society 12 years ago. Members get together to show off their horse-drawn buggies and keep the art of driving alive. Ray Thomas, 4705 47th St. Lubbock, TX 79414 806-799-7851


-Week of 10.19.09-

Show # 1081, originally aired 5.17.08

Solve the mystery of a famous photo with help from one police sketch artist. Artist: Lois Gibson, HPD. Sailor: Glenn McDuffie, Houston, TX MAP 281-931-7956

Support our troops with a woman who has 'stayed the course.' Robbie Maxwell, Hwy 69, Huntington, TX 75949 MAP 936-422-4137

Plus, see how these veteran veterans honor their fellow soldiers. Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. Pastor "Buddy" Blake & Capt. Jerry Kelley. Beaumont, TX MAP 409-835-4838

Show # 682, originally aired 9.23.00

Nolan salvages old aluminum from grounded aircraft , melts it down and recycles it by making it into items people can enjoy. Nolan Salmon, 1117 W. Harrison St., Memphis, TX 79245 806-259-2318

Carolyn is the master behind the obituary writers' conference. This being their 2nd annual event, they get together and to discuss and learn obituary writing. Carolyn Gilbert, 8117 Preston Rd., Suite 680, Dallas, Texas 75225 214-696-9499


-Week of 10.12.09-

Show # 1080, originally aired 5.10.08

See how one man saves space AND the environment by living in a Tiny Texas House. Brad Kittel, Tiny Texas Houses, 20501 E. I-10, Luling, TX 78648 MAP

Take shelter from a Texas snowstorm at the New York Hill Restaurant. New York Hill Restaurant, Thurber, TX MAP

Plus, meet a painter who won't leave her family farm until she captures a full year of memories. Virginia Vaughan, Manor TX MAP See her paintings

Show # 681, originally aired 9.16.00

Brenda takes treasured keepsakes and turns them into teddy bears for friends and family to enjoy. Brenda Kippa, 333 W. Front Street Hawkins, TX 75765 903-769-9043

The town of Plainview, TX is covered in cows! More than 40 ceramic cows have been painted and displayed around town to help tourism & town spirit. Amy Hatch, 710 W 5th St., Plainview, TX 79072 806-296-7431

He spends his days maintaining the Texas Giant at Six Flags but a night he's a singer entertaining his fans all around Denton. Brian Houser, Denton, TX.
www.brianhouser.com


-Week of 10.5.09-

Show # 1079, originally aired 5.3.08

Dig into a West Texas bed and breakfast for fine wine, dining, and...um...dinosaurs. Jennifer & Steve Wick, Ten Bits Ranch, 6000 North Country Road, Terlingua, TX 79852 MAP 866-371-3110

Meet a craftsperson whose work is featured in every state park in Texas. Martha Gonzales, Bastrop State Park, TX MAP

Plus, don't mess with Texas...or the trash-talking, litter-fighting, self-proclaimed padre of Padre Island. Billy Sandifer, Padre Island, TX MAP

Show # 665, originally aired 5.27.00

Lubbock's only overnight news photographer see's a lot of bad things on that shift. But one night he videotaped a puppy that was brought back to life. Carl Roach or Bill De Tournillon, KCBD 5600 Ave A, Lubbock, TX 79404 806-744-1414

This dairy is the home to Belle, Blue Bell's singing spokes-cow. It's also a 50 yr-old dairy where they make cheese and teach kids about farms. Ralph & Faith Frerichs, 3117 St. Hwy 159, La Grange, TX 78945 1-800-382-2880 or 409-249-3406


-Week of 9.28.09-

Show # 1078, originally aired 4.26.08

Eat til you're seeing double with the Fried Pie Twins. Sandra Harvell & Nell Hoce, Mamaw's Fried Pies, 113 Highway 110, Whitehouse, TX MAP 903-871-8100

Shell out some wampum for a night's stay at the TeePee Motel. Bryon Woods, 4098 N. Highway 59, Wharton, TX MAP (979) 282-8474

Plus, see why a Southeast Texas man dedicated his life to telling the story of a WWI soldier he's never met. Leroy Perego, Buna, TX MAP

Show # 664, originally aired 5.20.00

Marvin invented the first "Mr. Bendo" in the 1950's. Mr. Bendo is the 22 ft tall muffler store mascot that stand out front and hold a muffler. Marvin Fillip, 9543 South U.S. 67, San Angelo, TX 76904 915-949-1111 or 915-949-2333

Fred has over 50 antique washing machines. He opened a museum that just so happens to be the only working laundromat museum. Fred Wilson, 700 W. Hubbard, Mineral Wells, TX 76067 940-328-1662

Bob is the manager of the Pitchfork Ranch where they work like the old days. Bob's been capturing the old ways and has a book called "Pitchfork Country". Bob Moorhouse, P.O. Box 120 Guthrie, TX 79236 806-284-2223 or 806-742-0497


-Week of 9.21.09-

Show # 1123, originally aired 3.7.09

Meet a man who uses sustainable, green technology to live off the grid in the most remote part of West Texas. John Wells, 2500 Mailbox Rd., Alpine, TX 79830. 432-371-3272 www.thefieldlab.org lifeoffthegrid@yahoo.com

Visit Uncle Henry's Tamales, where they put a Creole twist on a classic Hispanic dish. Hal Guillory, 4358 E Lucas Dr., Beaumont, TX 77708 409-924-0302

The Stokes Bros. have been fixing cars in Brownwood together since the 1940's. Odus & Orus Stokes, Brownwood, TX

Show # 663, originally aired 5.13.00

Bob grows crystals from his own formula, then he photographs them using colorful technology that he also invented. Bob (Robert) Alcott, 1213 Stone Corpus Christi, TX 78418 361-939-7946

Since 1960 Paul has netted herring and hauled them up a hill above a dam so the herring can spawn. He has saved the entire stretch of the 10 mile river. Paul Bettencourt, 110 Binefit St., Pawtucket, R.I. 401-726-4034

Back in 1950 Jimmy founded the 1st little league team in Texas. We catch up with him at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Austin Little league. Jimmy Farrell, P.O. Box 3001, Austin, TX 78764 512-442-1175 or 512-472-6844


-Week of 9.14.09-

Show # 1121, originally aired 2.21.09

Mark Witham has a collection of perfectly restored military vehicles, including a few tanks. Mark Witham, Royse City, TX

Find out why they call this unbalanced baker the crazy kolache lady! Jody Powers, Zamykal Kolaches, 709 Main Street, Calvert, TX 77837 979-364-2386
www.zamykalkolaches.com

Visit Eve's Garden, a green bed and breakfast oasis in the far west Texas desert. Clyde Curry & Kate Thayer, Eve's Garden, Ave C and N 3rd St., Marathon, TX 79842. 432-386-4165 www.evesgarden.org info@evesgarden.org

Show # 662, originally aired 5.6.00

K.R. has written a collection of songs about the history of the Texas Revolution. He performs them for kids all across the state. K.R. Wood, P.O. Box 40184, Austin,, TX 78704 512-383-0717

Plus, visit a radio deejay who drives a car that once belonged to Buddy Holly! Bill Clement, 1714 Buddy Holly Ave., Lubbock, TX, 79401 806-744-5859 www.kdav.com

75 year-old Mary Rugg has waited tables at a truckstop for 34 yrs. She started writing poetry a few years ago, one a tribute to truckers. Mary Rugg, 3220 Voss Dr., El Paso, TX 79936 915-778-9819


-Week of 9.7.09-

Show # 1069, originally aired 2.23.08

British mechanic Steve Wynne resurrected the DeLorean Motor Company and is building new cars by hand in Humble, TX. Steve Wynne, 15023 Eddie Dr., Humble, TX 77396. 1-800-USA-DMC1 www.delorean.com

Old Rip is a legendary horned toad, preserved and on display in the Eastland Courthouse. Kelly Armstrong, Eastland, TX 1-877-2OLD-RIP

Some of the best beef in the country comes from a West Texas ranch with a female trail boss. Minnie Lou Bradley, 15591 CR K, Memphis, TX 79245 806-888-1062. www.bradley3ranch.com

Show # 661, originally aired 4.29.00

Juanita takes pods from the Mascagnia Butterfly vine and paints them to look like real-life butterflies. Juanita Brookins, 311 Astoria Dr., San Antonio, TX 78220
210-337-5845

Glassblower Tim de Jong and steel sculptor Jimmy Harwell make unique desk and floor lamps. Tim de Jong & Jimmy Harwell, P.O. Box 1724 Wimberley, TX 78676. 512-847-9559 or 512-847-7056

75 year-old Mary Rugg has waited tables at a truckstop for 34 yrs. She started writing poetry a few years ago, one a tribute to truckers. Mary Rugg, 3220 Voss Dr., El Paso, TX 79936 915-778-9819


-Week of 8.31.09-

Show # 1068, originally aired 2.16.08

Rediscover art from your childhood...like you've never seen it before. National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar Street, Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-673-4586

Meet a man who was destined to become...a carpet cleaner. Nathan Thomas, vacuum collector, Wayside, TX MAP

Plus, go on a backroads junk gathering extravaganza with the Junk Gypsies. Junk Gypsies, Janie Sikes, Amie Sikes, Jolie Sikes-Smith. 4345 Alexis Court, College Station, TX 77845. 979-776-5151 or junkmail@gypsyville.com

Show # 655, originally aired 3.18.00

Carole has made and delivered chicken soup (for free) for the sick and infirm in Lubbock since the 1960s. Carole Curlee, 3806 68th St., Lubbock, TX 79413 806-795-0982

Three friends from grade school have opened the "Three Gentlemen School of Etiquette" in Houston. They teach young boys fine dining, grooming, and civility. Robert Hayes, Donnell Cooper, James Tennard. 7457 Harwin Drive #392 Houston, TX 77036 713-785-2490

Plus, hop in and travel with us as we explore the wonders of spring in Texas.


-Week of 8.24.09-

Show # 1067, originally aired 2.9.08

Meet a man who once stood shoulder to shoulder with "The King," Elvis Presley. Simon Vega, Little Graceland, Rt. 2, Box 94, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 MAP 956-551-2038

Keep score during a game of dominos beneath an old cedar tree in East Texas. The Domino Tree, Hemphill, TX MAP

Plus, find out why this saddle maker claims she's the best that's ever been. Wendy Allen, 201 N. Patrick St., Dublin, TX MAP 254-445-4766

Show # 654, originally aired 3.11.00

Cy has studied where creativity comes from for years. Now she teaches a class of finding the artist within all of us. Cy Brinson, P.O. Box 386, Pottsborro, TX 75076. 903-786-9038

Scott spends a week doing a job then writes about it for a chapter for his book. We follow him as he trains to be a firefighter. Scott Gross, P.O. Drawer 1515, Center Point, TX 78010-1515 1-800-635-7524 or 830-634-2122

The "bell man" fixes and finishes old English hand bells. Choirs from around the world send their bells to his little shop in Bellville. Mark Bond, P.O. Box 265, Bellville, TX 77418 1-800-375-BELL


-Week of 8.17.09-

Show # 1066, originally aired 2.2.08

Meet a fine art, forensic detective who won't be fooled by any fakes. Claire Barry, Kimbell Art Museum. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792 MAP 817-332-8451

Find big flavor in a small town at Royer's Round Top Cafe. Bud Royer a.k.a. "The Pie Man." Royer's Round Top Cafe, 105 Main St, Round Top, TX 78954 MAP 979-249-3611

Plus, rescue wild cats from the urban jungle before it's too late. Peggy Atkerson, Barn Cats. PO Box 293152 Lewisville, TX 75029. 972-315-2875 or e-mail:info@barncats.org Rhonda Cox, Feral Friends, 972-671-0429

Show # 653, originally aired 3.4.00

Stephen has a collection of over 2000 radios at his shop. People come in, pick out an old tube radio and he restores it for them. Stephen Kuhn, 107 N. Main St., Lockhart, TX 78644. 512-398-7777 www.neonradio.com

Cosette is carrying on the ancient tradition of "ebru" a Turkish method of floating paint on water, combing it & applying silk. Cosette Russell, 2502 Inwood Place Austin, TX 78703 512-472-4227

The El Paso table tennis club has been meeting for 50 years. It has several national title holders and an 88 yr-old 6 time champ who won't give up. Robert Compton, Tornillo, TX www.elpasotabletennisclub.com


-Week of 8.10.09-

Show #1058 originally aired 12.8.07

Leaf through the life of a longtime bookseller with a library in his living room. Robert Jones, Imported Books, 2025 W Clarendon Dr. Dallas, TX 75208 MAP 214-941-6497

Meet a man who can turn your functional firearm into a functional, frame-able, firearm. Gary Richards, San Antonio, TX MAP 210-382-7482 www.grengraving.com

Plus, discover the hot hot hot work of a painter who's inspired by fire. Drew Lawrence, Kerrville, TX MAP 830-896-8209 or drewrlawrence@yahoo.com

Show #652, originally aired 2.26.00

Ace started a barbershop and all of his equipment comes from the turn of the century. It is the only working barbershop museum we know of. Ace Polson, 8436 Denton Hwy #207, Watauga, TX 76148 817-428-8281 http://www.back-n-time.com/index.html

This company raises, picks, processes & sells pecans. Folks can bring their own pecans and sell them or the Papes' will crack them for a minimal fee. Kenneth Pape, P.O. Box 1281, Seguin, TX 78155 830-379-7442 http://www.papepecan.com/website1001.htm

Mike is in charge of the Monk seals at Sea World. They aren't for entertainment, but they are studied to try and find out why they are becoming extinct. Bob McCullough, 10500 Sea World Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251 210-523-3630 http://www.seaworld.com/sanantonio


-Week of 8.03.09-

Show # 1057, originally aired 12.1.07

Have a drawn-out lunch with a group of West Texas comic book artists. Will Terrell, Lubbock, TX 79411 MAP elsketchoclubo.com

Give the second hand on your second-hand watch a second chance in Paris, TX. Frank Poye, Master Jeweler, Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460 MAP 903-785-7661

Plus, go for the gold with an amazing athlete in his golden years. Jeff Harrell, Blanket, TX 76432 MAP E-mail: jeff@web-access.net

Show # 651, originally aired 2.19.00

Cathy is the staff photographer at the Dallas Zoo. She documents everything that goes on and takes some of the best photos of animals. Cathy Burkey, Dallas, TX. 214-942-3678 ext 15

Cary paints mascots in oils on gymnasium floors and walls in schools all across the state. Cary Clawson, Meridian, TX http://clawsonstudios.com/

We caught up with Hardin Tobin to watch as he received the highest Medal of Honor from the French government for his efforts during WWI.


-Week of 7.27.09-

Texas Country Reporter - Show # 1056, originally aired 11.24.07

Get your creative juices flowing in band class with a real turkey of a musician. Ray Sanders, Normangee, TX MAP www.turkeybaster.net E-mail: rsanders@normangeeisd.org

Meet a West Texas man who can turn back the clock on rusty license plates. Gerald Thiele, 1830 Marshall, Vernon, TX 76384 MAP 940-553-4000

Plus, experience life on Lake Of the Pines through the poetry and memories of an old friend. Milton Watts, Poet O' the Pines (order online), Jefferson, TX MAP E-mail: ATaylorWatts@hotmail.com

TCR Classics - Show # 650, originally aired 2.12.00

Bill started his art career with cartoons then turned his attention to preserving history with a book of courthouse drawings. Bill Morgan, 116 Sun View, Sunnyvale, TX 75182. 972-203-1752 or 1-800-886-0689

Visit a great barbeque place in Huntsville that's run by a church. Holy Smoke Barbecue, 2601 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX 77340.

Rex is a singer/songwritier and has several CD's. Today he's even more famous for his southwest jewelry designs made with fossilized bone. Rex Foster, P.O. Box 97, Comfort, TX 78013 www.rexfoster.com


-Week of 7.20.09-

Show # 641, originally aired 12.11.99

Fourteen of the finest, fittest, best looking men from Sun City Georgetown are in the new "Aged Beef" calendar. All its proceeds go to charity.

Louis and his wife Joyce run a store in Panna Maria. Inside their little store you can find groceries and grave sites for sale. Louis or Joyce Manka, Rt. 1, Box 130, Hobson, TX 78117 830-780-3175

In the 1800's Charles Goodnight revived the population of bison in the panhandle. Their descendants now captured live in Caprock Canyon State Park. Danny Sweptson, Texas Parks & Wildlife, P.O. Box 659, Canyon, TX 79015 806-455-1492

Show # 1055, originally aired 11.17.07

Take to the skies with some batty Austinites who are really making a splash. Red Bull Flugtag Competition, Austin, TX MAP Ellie Applen, E-mail: Ellen.Applen@us.redbull.com

Meet an international business student who's milking her degree for all it's worth. Chrissy Omo, Blanco, TX MAP E-mail: rockycreek246@aol.com

Plus, visit the smallest bank in America and meet the people who keep it in mint condition. Roddy Wiley Jr., Oakwood State Bank, 300 N Main St., Oakwood, TX 75855 MAP


-Week of 7.13.09-

Show #1054 originally aired 11.10.07

Meet a small town mayor with some big ideas on tourism and recycling. Mayor Johnny Anders, Anders Paint & Body, 701 N. Swenson St., Stamford, TX 79553 MAP 325-773-3061

Play cowboys and Indians all over again at a vintage, Western toy store. Bob Terry, Wild West Toys, 106 W. Main, Azle, TX 76020 MAP 817-444-4320 www.wildwesttoys.com

Plus, visit a Hill Country homeless shelter with a million mosquito-eating residents. J. David Bamberger, Bamberger Ranch Preserve, 2341 Blue Ridge Dr. Johnson City, TX 78636 MAP 830-868-2630 www.bambergerranch.org E-mail: brp@tstar.net

Show #640, originally aired 12.4.99

This store has been in business and owned by Robert's family since 1911. It is housed in the oldest building in downtown Dallas. Robert Hirsh, 911 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202-3164 214-742-8284

Doug travels the state with his Texas Camel Corps educating folks about camels in Texas history. Doug Baum, Rt. 2, Box 198, Valley Mills, TX 76689 http://www.texascamelcorps.com/ 254-675-HUMP

Plus, go behind the scenes with the Texas Country Reporter production crew to see how we film the show's signature helicopter shots!


-Week of 7.06.09-

Show # 639, originally aired 11.27.99

Beck Gipson's daddy Fred Gipson wrote "Old Yeller." We went to Mason where Fred, the book, and the legend it has created was honored with a statue. Beck Gipson, Kerrville, TX 830-896-4106

Danny uses an old Polaroid camera to make paintings of southwest landscapes using a mysterious process. Danny Phillips, 202 W. Morse Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 830-997-0078

Tina Parker hand makes some of the best candles with the most unique scents. They make them in an old lumber yard building the old fashioned way. Tina Parker, P.O. Box 1120 Frankston, TX 75763 903-876-3047 or 903-876-4893

Show # 1053, originally aired 11.3.07

Go for a high flying ride with a young man who's doing whatever it takes to save a historic airport. Jared Calvert, Ranger Airport, 1402 Oddie St., Ranger, TX 76470 MAP

Meet a woman who's turning her treasures of the sea into beautiful crustacean creations. Peggy Green, Navasota, TX MAP www.shellartist.com

Plus, discover how two west Texas radio personalities helped shape the sound a nation. Bud Andrews & Virgil Johnson, KDAV Radio, 1714 Buddy Holly Ave., Lubbock, TX 79401 MAP 806-744-5859 www.kdav.com


-Week of 06.29.09-

Show # 638, originally aired 11.20.99

We got a new ford Excursion and since it's as big as Texas we decided it need to look like Texas. So we took it in and had it painted like a Texas flag. Ted Karako, 10611 New Church Rd. Dallas, TX 75238 214-340-1200

The "ladies only" Seguin Shakespeare Club has been meeting in the same building since 1900, in the same room, with the same chairs on every other Wed. Nancy Ewald, 16 Baer Creek Trail, Seguin, TX 78155 830-303-3396

Instead of a traditional bedding plant business or nursery, the Arnoskys grow flowers for cutting arranged into the Texas Garden Bouquet. Frank & Pamela Arnosky, 12550 FM 2325 Wimberley, TX 78676 830-833-5428

Show # 1047, originally aired 9.22.07

Check the mail with a woman who's creating pins and pendants from pretty postcards. Stephanie Lindsey, Austin, TX MAP website: www.babyjane.us

Enjoy great food, fine dining, and even an overnight stay at Santos Taqueria. Manny Silerio, Santos Taqueria, 205 San Antonio St., Mason, TX 76856 MAP 325-347-6140 or santostaqueria.com and Sandstone Cellars

Plus, discover the incredible past of a former Yankee turned West Texas baseball coach. "Doc" Edwards, San Angelo Colts. Foster Field, 1600 University Ave., San Angelo, TX 76904 MAP 325-942-6587 or www.sanangelocolts.com


-Week of 6.22.09-

Show # 637, originally aired 11.13.99

Cool Crest has been in business for over 60 years. It was built by Ria's late husband, Harold in 1937. There are no gimmicks-just pretty plants. Ria Metzger, 1400 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 210-732-0222

Erv & Sonja take folks out into Corpus Christi Bay to interact with bottlenose dolphins. They believe it's a great alternative to the zoo. Erv & Sonja Strong, Rt. 1, Box 185, Ingleside on the Bay, TX 78362 361-776-2887

W.T. uses what he learned at a machine shop and in the jewelry business to make miniatures of just about anything he can think of and they all work. W.T. Ripley, 806 N.W. Highway 36, Comanche, TX 76442 915-356-5128

Show # 1046, originally aired 9.15.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Visit a museum filled with beautiful sculptures by an artist that no one has ever heard of. Artist: Tod Richardson. Museum Contact: Paula Horner, Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78029 MAP 830-896-2553

Meet a kid who's signing his life away...collecting hundreds of autographs. Heath Johnson, Paris, TX MAP 903-784-0509

Plus, take a trip to prairie dog town and meet a woman who's rescuing these adorable little range rodents. Lynda Watson, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-799-5806


-Week of 6.15.09-

Show # 636, originally aired 11.6.99

Kevin Fitzpatrick started practicing rope tricks on his ranch then finally took his rope tricks on the road. Now he performs just about anywhere. Kevin Fitzpatrick, HC - 3 Box 498 E, Bandera, TX 78003 830-796-7272

Show #1045, originally aired 9.08.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Go walking in Memphis with a soulful singer who's bringing the blues back to one Panhandle cotton community. Blues Boy Willie, Memphis, TX MAP 806-433-8275

Meet a man with a serious collection that's part of a balanced breakfast. Chuck Eissler, Kerrville, TX MAP 830-792-3008

Plus, find out how a group of visually impaired valley residents are beating the odds and going birdwatching. Mel Pineda, United for Sight, Weslaco, TX MAP 956-459-8591


-Week of 6.8.09-

Show # 635, originally aired 10.30.99

Evelyn is one of the best and most prolific quilters we know. She has made hundreds of quilts and has almost 50 at her house to show off. Evelyn Sorenson, Palestine, TX.

Jay runs a hardware/appliance/farm supply store but won't sell anything powered by electricity. It's a general store in the heart of Amish country. Jay Lehman, P.O. Box 41 Kidron, OH 44636 330-857-5757 http://www.lehmans.com

Callie Bunn has started a campaign to save the Bob White quail in Jones County. Callie Bunn, Stamford, TX. 915-823-3831

Show # 1044, originally aired 9.1.07

Allen Wilson restores and makes classic children's pedal cars. Allen Wilson, 1709 St. Cecilia, Kingsville, TX 78363 361-595-1015 http://www.kidillacs.com/ kidillac@swbell.net

The Camp Verde General Store has been open for more than 150 years, starting as an outpost for Jefferson Davis' failed Camel Corps experiment. Since then it's served the community as a general store. Camp Verde General Store, 285 Camp Verde Rd. East, Camp Verde, TX 78010 830-634-7722 www.campverdegeneralstore.com

Myna Potts opened a museum to preserve the ghost town of Medicine Mound, Texas. Myna (Hicks) Potts, Medicine Mound Museum, 8450 South FM 91, Quanah, TX 79252 940-839-4344


-Week of 6.1.09-

Show # 634, originally aired 10.23.99

This pest control specialist travels to schools spreading awareness about the benefits of bugs. Bill Schroeder, CorPest Service Co., P.O. Box 181314, Corpus Christi, TX 78480 361-949-9747

George lives in desert with no electricity, running water, or telephones. Here he makes handmade moccasins for folks everywhere. George Clair (Grey Wolf), P.O. Box 600, Snowflake, AZ 85937 831-429-2228

The Wodrich's have been planning and painting hundreds of giant murals on the sides of buildings all over the state for almost 15 years! Dayton & Sandra Wodrich, 10498 Kratz Road, Brenham, TX 77833 979-836-0834

Show # 1043, originally aired 8.25.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter, hear a very special song about a very special place - Big Bend National Park. Jack Kingston's "The Devil & Mr. Good Lord," sung by Spider Johnson, www.spiderjohnson.com Big Bend National Park - www.nps.gov/bibe

See how a worm on a hook inspired one skilled silversmith to create fishing jewelry. Jimmie Luckey, Round Top, TX MAP 979-249-3379 or visit Jimmie's Ebay Store

Plus, travel to the Gulf Coast and witness the magic and majesty of a baby sea turtle release. Dr. Donna Shaver, Padre Island National Seashore, PO Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300 MAP 361-949-8068 www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/stsr.htm


-Week of 05.25.09-

Show #633, originally aired 10.16.99

Josh has been using his voice professionally since he was 12. Now he's 16 and he has his own radio show and announces his school's football games. Josh Campbell, P.O. Box 561, Harper, TX 7861 830-864-4973

Joe has opened his home and its 32 acres as "Lookout Mountain." In addition to a restaurant and art gallery, he takes guests on nature tours. Joe Day, 5300 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX 78676 512-847-5010

Ben Forsyth's 15 years old and a little league baseball player. In his spare time he repairs old baseball gloves, learning in the shadows of Fran Fleet. Fran Fleet, 8201A Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA. 707-795-3895

Show #1042 originally aired 8.18.07

Jeff Scarbrough is turning heads in West Texas oil country with his all-electric car. Jeff Scarbrough, Odessa, TX. ALLELECTRICCARS@AOL.COM

Susie Fowler creates hand made clay pots using objects from nature to form patterns in the clay. Susie Fowler, 25001 Hwy 71 West, Spicewood, TX 78669. 512-264-9923 www.shadetreepotter.com Susie@shadetreepotter.com

See the stark beauty of the desert through the eyes of one wandering painter. Mimi Litschauer, PO Box 304, Marathon, TX 79842. 432-386-4453 www.mimilitschauer.com mimi@mimilitschauer.com


-Week of 05.18.09-

Show # 632, originally aired 10.9.99

Craig has always loved the pipe organ. He could never find one to play, so he turned his house into one! Craig Elders, 3825 Huntswick, Ft. Worth, TX 76123. 817-346-1062

The Corral Theater just might be the only outdoor walk-in theater in Texas. For 33 years folks have enjoyed watching movies in a renovated horse pen. Mary Anderson, Flite Acres Road, P.O. Box 109, Wimberley, TX 78676 512-847-2513

A man turned his cattle ranch into a hummingbird sanctuary. He even built an observatory for folks to watch the 4,000 hummingbirds that live there. Dan Brown, P.O. Box 556, Christoval, TX 76935 915-255-2254

Show # 1041, originally aired 11.8.07

Blanche Harris holds the distinction of "oldest practicing female barber in Texas." At 89 years old, she still runs a one-chair barbershop out of her garage in Mineola, TX. Blanche Harris, 800 Wren Street, Mineola, TX 75773. 903-569-3574

Robert & Laurie Williamson converted an 1800's farmhouse into an upscale restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Robert & Laurie Williamson, Valera, TX. 325-636-4556 www.rancholoma.com loma@web-access.net

Meet a Gulf Coast tour guide and her finned friends, a family of dolphins in the Laguna Madre. George & Scarlet Colley, PO Box 2611, S. Padre Island, TX 78597 956-761-7178 www.fin2feather.com fin2feather@aol.com


-Week of 05.11.09-

Show # 631, originally aired 10.2.99

Stewart's shop has turned into the local hang out for all the guys around Emory. At his shop he makes some of the best handmade fishing rods around. Stewart Mahanay, Rt. 1 Box 184-A2, Emory, TX 75440. 903-473-3426

Ed is a former park ranger for the Alibates National Monument-the only one in Texas. Today he's a flint knapper making arrowheads out of the Alibates. Ed Day, Trading Post/136 E. Broadway, Fritch, TX 79036. 806-857-9499

Hardin Tobin is one of the last living veterans of WWI. He and his brother signed up for the army & went to France to fight in 1918. Only he survived. Hardin Tobin, Central Texas.

Show # 1040, originally aired 8.4.07

If you think there's no "I" in team, then you've never met this lonesome Panhandle track star. Stryker Peña, Samnorwood, TX 79077

At Mary's Café, indulge yourself in some of the finest chicken-fried steak the backroads have to offer. Mary's Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX (254) 672-5741.

Visit a hundred year old house that came from a catalog. Betty Bundy, Port Aransas Preservation & Historical Association, P.O. Box 677, Port Aransas, TX 78373 Ph: (361)-853-4151


-Week of 05.04.09-

Show # 630, originally aired 9.25.99

Bill has been a pilot all his life but now makes spinning wheels. He also spins on them and his wife weaves what he spins. Bill Wyatt, Wyatt Wheels, 4315 Heather Wood, San Antonio, TX 78217 210-657-6177 wyattwh@megsinet.net

Ralph burns wood chips and makes an engine run off of wood smoke, a forgotten way desperate people in Europe kept there cars running during WWII. Ralph Wilhelms, P.O. Box 1473 Castroville, TX 78009 830-931-9356

This hospice nurse has taken in over 70 unwanted and neglected pigs--mostly pot bellies. She pays to feed them from her own pocket. Angharad Rees, 831 US Hwy 289 Boerne, TX 78006 830-537-4737

Show # 1030, originally aired 5.26.07

Bob is one of the organizers of the Vintage Baseball League, a league of teams across Texas playing baseball like it was played in the 1880's. Bob Wettemann, McM Station, Box 638, Abilene, TX 79697-0638 325-793-3864 www.mcm.edu

Meet a Texas musician who is making his own upright bass, from a good, old-fashioned washtub. Bob Flesher, 806-358-3214. www.amediasys.com\galvatone.html bob@amediasys.com

Judy Seaton and her makeshift East Texas family overcome hard times with hard work on a small, back-to-basics farm for people who have fallen on hard times. Judy Seaton, Murchison, TX


-Week of 04.27.09-

Show # 629, originally aired 9.18.99

Laura is the editor of a nostalgic Texas magazine called Remembering Texas. She pulls old Texas news stories and adds from turn of the century papers. Laura Kestner, P.O. Box 430 Dublin, TX 76446 (254) 445-3645

This amateur astronomer has an observatory in his backyard. It comes complete with retractable window and rotating dome. Don Callahan, Rimrock Observatory, 606 Rimrock Rd., Kerrville, TX 78028 (830) 896-4580

A retired U.S. deputy marshal now full-time artist, Don paints whitetail deer that live near his small ramshackle studio located in south Texas. Don Keller, South Texas.

Show # 1029, originally aired 5.19.07

Clarence Hutchison is the self-proclaimed "Popsicle Stick King", crafting models of famous Texas landmarks with nothing but popsicle sticks...and patience. Clarence Hutchison, 830 Thornton Carter St. Mexia, TX 76667 (254) 472-0740

Walter is a tree farmer from the Piney Woods with some odd ideas about interior design. His barn houses a collection of more than 23,000 license plates from around the world. Walter Mauritzen, Carthage, TX. (903) 693-5208

Michael Tewes is the world's leading expert on wild cats. He's trying to save the endangered ocelot, a very rare and secretive cat of south Texas. Michael Tewes, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, MSC 218, Kingsville, TX, 78363-8202 (361) 593-3972 www.ckwri.tamuk.edu/feline


-Week of 4.20.09-

Show #628, originally aired 9.11.99

Gerrold takes pictures of and collects things that inspire him to paint then puts them into his artwork. Gerrold Marshall, 1505 Arbor Ridge Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76112. (817) 496-1114

Charolette restores old trunks…leftovers from long ago. P.O. Box 536 Spearman, TX 79081. (806) 659-3027 or (800) 553-2649

Monroe is Quanah Parker's great-grandson. He and his Native American wife Sandra travel the state talking to folks about the American Indian culture. Monroe & Sandra Tahmahkera, Rt. 2 Box 24B Dublin, TX 76446. (254) 445-4350

Show #1028 originally aired 5.12.07

Thomas Anderson plays the carillon bells at the University of Texas clock tower in Austin. Every day thousands of UT students hear him play as they walk across campus. Thomas Anderson, Austin, TX. 512-232-3991 (Office)

Palo Duro Canyon State Park features cabins on the wall of the cliff face. Now you can spend a night in the desert, with all the creature comforts of home. Doug Huggins, 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015. (806) 488-2227 www.palodurocanyon.com

Meet an incarcerated artist who is passing hard time with hard work, crafting beautiful furniture behind bars that ends up in the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Charles Russell, Huntsville, TX.


-Week of 4.13.09-

Show # 612, originally aired 5.22.99

Paul hunts fossils and artifacts and finds historical items on McFadden Beach. The most clovis points (spear heads) are found on this 28 miles of beach. Paul Tanner, Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Procter St. Port Arthur, TX 77640. (409) 982-7000

Ed races homing pigeons. As a member of the Denton Pigeon Club he races with other pigeon owners in North Texas. Ed Holmes, Sanger, TX. (940) 458-3519

These brothers cut hair at the Marine recruit bootcamp in San Diego. They took over for their dad who did it before them. Mario & Joe Busalacchi, San Diego, CA. (619) 583-5090.

Show # 1027, originally aired 5.5.07

Visit a retirement home for aging athletes, where the track stars have four legs. Lynn Reardon, owner of LOPE Texas retrains race horses for a new life. Lynn Reardon. LOPE Texas, 1551 Highway 21 West, Cedar Creek, TX 78612. (512) 565-1824. www.lopetx.org

Discover how a pair of Bald Eagles beat the odds and survived Hurricane Rita. Vidor, TX

Meet a group of photographers determined to document Texas' most sacred places. David Brown, New Corn Hill, TX. www.texaschurchproj.com


-Week of 4.6.09-

Show # 611, originally aired 5.15.99

Vicki owns one of the best stocked fishing supply shops in Texas and she specializes in plastic worms. She is known to all as the Worm Lady. Vicki Anderson, 109 W. 3rd St. Eddy, TX 76524. (254) 859-5889 or (888) 877-9676

Mayhaws are wild berry-like plants that grow wild in the swamps. John has raised an orchard of hybrid mayhaws and sells them to people to make jelly. John Harrington, 4794 Scales, Orange, TX 77630. (409) 735-7355

Dan Robbins invented a national craze: the Paint By Numbers picture! Dan Robbins, Oakbrook, IL. (630) 963-3732

Show # 1026, originally aired 4.28.07

Pick a pocket or two during a rowdy game of eight-ball with the Rack Pack. Harlan James, San Antonio, TX. (830) 257-6338

Light up your life with the oldest lamp shop in Lufkin, Texas. Bud and Sammie Endersby, Custom Lamps and Shade, 108 S. 1st Street, Lufkin, TX 75902. (936) 699-2300

You can meet a small town dairy farmer who's creaming the competition by delivering fresh milk the old fashion way. Chris Hague, Crowell, TX.


-Week of 3.30.09-

Show # 610, originally aired 5.8.99

Jeffrey's been an artist all his life and he has stuck with crayons the whole time. He creates amazing works of realism using nothing more than crayons. Jeffrey Robert, P.O. Box 171074, Arlington, TX 76003-1074. www.jeffreyrobert.com

Anahuac's refuge encompasses 35,000 acres of coastal marsh and prairie bordering Galveston Bay. It is home to thousands of alligators & waterfowl. Kelly McDowell, Refuge Manager. P.O. Box 278, Anahuac, TX 77514. (409) 267-3337

Paul makes toy soldiers from his tiny shop in Galena, IL. It just so happens that he looks just like Gen. U.S. Grant and Galena was Grant's hometown. Paul LeGreco, 245 N. Main, Galena, IL 61036. (815) 777-0383

Show # 1025, originally aired 4.21.07

Visit the state's biggest, best, and only... RV Art Gallery? Paige Bridges, www.vintagetraveltrailerart.com RV Art Gallery & KOA Campground, 500 W. 53rd St, Texarkana, TX 75503 MAP (903) 793-7517

Have a blast with the cap gun collector. Charles Trois, 300 Trois Lane, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP (830) 685-3090

And glide through history with two genuine American heroes at the Silent Wings Museum. Doug Flynn & Allan Todd. 6202 N. I-27, Lubbock, TX 79403-9710 MAP (806) 775-2047 or www.silentwingsmuseum.com


-Week of 3.23.09-

Show # 661, originally aired 4.29.00

Juanita takes pods from the Mascagnia Butterfly vine and paints them to look like real-life butterflies. Juanita Brookins, 311 Astoria Dr., San Antonio, TX 78220. phone: 210-337-5845

Glassblower Tim de Jong and steel sculptor Jimmy Harwell make unique desk and floor lamps. Tim de Jong & Jimmy Harwell, P.O. Box 1724 Wimberley, TX 78676 phone: 512-847-9559 or 512-847-7056

75 year-old Mary Rugg has waited tables at a truck stop for 34 yrs. She started writing poetry a few years ago, one a tribute to truckers. Mary Rugg, El Paso, TX

Show # 1069, originally aired 2.16.08

Meet a car mechanic who gave his favorite blast from the past a new future. Steve Wynne, DeLorean Motor Company, 15023 Eddie Drive, Humble, TX 77396 MAP 281-441-2537

Pay respects to Old Rip, the state's most famous horny toad. Kelly Armstrong, Eastland Chamber of Commerce, Eastland, TX MAP 1-877-2OLD-RIP

Plus, visit a hard-working, female trail boss on a legendary, West Texas ranch. Mimmie Lou Bradley, Bradley 3 Ranch, 15591 CR K, Memphis, TX 79245-5003 MAP


-Week of 3.16.09-

Show # 655, originally aired 3.18.00

Carole has made and delivered chicken soup (for free) for the sick and infirm in Lubbock since the 1960s. Carole Curlee, 3806 68th St., Lubbock, TX 79413 806-795-0982

Three friends from grade school have opened the "Three Gentlemen School of Etiquette" in Houston. They teach young boys fine dining, grooming, and civility. Robert Hayes, Donnell Cooper, James Tennard. 7457 Harwin Drive #392 Houston, TX 77036 713-785-2490

Plus, hop in and travel with us as we explore the wonders of spring in Texas.

Show # 1068, originally aired 2.16.08

Rediscover art from your childhood...like you've never seen it before. National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar Street, Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-673-4586

Meet a man who was destined to become...a carpet cleaner. Nathan Thomas, vacuum collector, Wayside, TX MAP

Plus, go on a backroads junk gathering extravaganza with the Junk Gypsies. Junk Gypsies, Janie Sikes, Amie Sikes, Jolie Sikes-Smith. 4345 Alexis Court, College Station, TX 77845. 979-776-5151 or junkmail@gypsyville.com


-Week of 3.9.09-

Show # 654, originally aired 3.11.00

Cy has studied where creativity comes from for years. Now she teaches a class of finding the artist within all of us. Cy Brinson, P.O. Box 386, Pottsborro, TX 75076. 903-786-9038

Scott spends a week doing a job then writes about it for a chapter for his book. We follow him as he trains to be a firefighter. Scott Gross, P.O. Drawer 1515, Center Point, TX 78010-1515 1-800-635-7524 or 830-634-2122

The "bell man" fixes and finishes old English hand bells. Choirs from around the world send their bells to his little shop in Bellville. Mark Bond, P.O. Box 265, Bellville, TX 77418 1-800-375-BELL

Show # 1067, originally aired 2.9.08

Meet a man who once stood shoulder to shoulder with "The King," Elvis Presley. Simon Vega, Little Graceland, Rt. 2, Box 94, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 MAP 956-551-2038

Keep score during a game of dominos beneath an old cedar tree in East Texas. The Domino Tree, Hemphill, TX MAP

Plus, find out why this saddle maker claims she's the best that's ever been. Wendy Allen, 201 N. Patrick St., Dublin, TX MAP 254-445-4766


-Week of 3.2.09-

Show # 653, originally aired 3.4.00

Stephen has a collection of over 2000 radios at his shop. People come in, pick out an old tube radio and he restores it for them. Stephen Kuhn, 107 N. Main St., Lockhart, TX 78644. 512-398-7777 www.neonradio.com

Cosette is carrying on the ancient tradition of "ebru" a Turkish method of floating paint on water, combing it & applying silk. Cosette Russell, 2502 Inwood Place Austin, TX 78703 512-472-4227

The El Paso table tennis club has been meeting for 50 years. It has several national title holders and an 88 yr-old 6 time champ who won't give up. Robert Compton, Tornillo, TX www.elpasotabletennisclub.com

Show # 1066, originally aired 2.2.08

Meet a fine art, forensic detective who won't be fooled by any fakes. Claire Barry, Kimbell Art Museum. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792 MAP 817-332-8451

Find big flavor in a small town at Royer's Round Top Cafe. Bud Royer a.k.a. "The Pie Man." Royer's Round Top Cafe, 105 Main St, Round Top, TX 78954 MAP 979-249-3611

Plus, rescue wild cats from the urban jungle before it's too late. Peggy Atkerson, Barn Cats. PO Box 293152 Lewisville, TX 75029. 972-315-2875 or e-mail:info@barncats.org Rhonda Cox, Feral Friends, 972-671-0429


-Week of 2.23.09-

Show #652, originally aired 2.26.00

Ace started a barbershop and all of his equipment comes from the turn of the century. It is the only working barbershop museum we know of. Ace Polson, 8436 Denton Hwy #207, Watauga, TX 76148 817-428-8281 http://www.back-n-time.com/index.html

This company raises, picks, processes & sells pecans. Folks can bring their own pecans and sell them or the Papes' will crack them for a minimal fee. Kenneth Pape, P.O. Box 1281, Seguin, TX 78155 830-379-7442 http://www.papepecan.com/website1001.htm

Mike is in charge of the Monk seals at Sea World. They aren't for entertainment, but they are studied to try and find out why they are becoming extinct. Bob McCullough, 10500 Sea World Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251 210-523-3630 http://www.seaworld.com/sanantonio/

Show #1058 originally aired 12.8.07

Leaf through the life of a longtime bookseller with a library in his living room. Robert Jones, Imported Books, 2025 W Clarendon Dr. Dallas, TX 75208 MAP 214-941-6497

Meet a man who can turn your functional firearm into a functional, frame-able, firearm. Gary Richards, San Antonio, TX MAP 210-382-7482 www.grengraving.com

Plus, discover the hot hot hot work of a painter who's inspired by fire. Drew Lawrence, Kerrville, TX MAP 830-896-8209 or drewrlawrence@yahoo.com


-Week of 2.16.09-

Show # 651, originally aired 2.19.00

Cathy is the staff photographer at the Dallas Zoo. She documents everything that goes on and takes some of the best photos of animals. Cathy Burkey, Dallas, TX. 214-942-3678 ext 15

Cary paints mascots in oils on gymnasium floors and walls in schools all across the state. Cary Clawson, Meridian, TX http://clawsonstudios.com/

We caught up with Hardin Tobin to watch as he received the highest Medal of Honor from the French government for his efforts during WWI.

Show # 1057, originally aired 12.1.07

Have a drawn-out lunch with a group of West Texas comic book artists. Will Terrell, Lubbock, TX 79411 MAP elsketchoclubo.com

Give the second hand on your second-hand watch a second chance in Paris, TX. Frank Poye, Master Jeweler, Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460 MAP 903-785-7661

Plus, go for the gold with an amazing athlete in his golden years. Jeff Harrell, Blanket, TX 76432 MAP E-mail: jeff@web-access.net


-Week of 2.9.09-

Show # 650, originally aired 2.12.00

Bill started his art career with cartoons then turned his attention to preserving history with a book of courthouse drawings. Bill Morgan, 116 Sun View, Sunnyvale, TX 75182. 972-203-1752 or 1-800-886-0689

Visit a great barbeque place in Huntsville that's run by a church. Holy Smoke Barbecue, 2601 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX 77340.

Rex is a singer/songwritier and has several CD's. Today he's even more famous for his southwest jewelry designs made with fossilized bone. Rex Foster, P.O. Box 97, Comfort, TX 78013 www.rexfoster.com


Show # 1056, originally aired 11.24.07

Get your creative juices flowing in band class with a real turkey of a musician. Ray Sanders, Normangee, TX MAP www.turkeybaster.net E-mail: rsanders@normangeeisd.org

Meet a West Texas man who can turn back the clock on rusty license plates. Gerald Thiele, 1830 Marshall, Vernon, TX 76384 MAP 940-553-4000

Plus, experience life on Lake Of the Pines through the poetry and memories of an old friend. Milton Watts, Poet O' the Pines (order online), Jefferson, TX MAP E-mail: ATaylorWatts@hotmail.com


-Week of 2.2.09-

Show # 641, originally aired 12.11.99

Fourteen of the finest, fittest, best looking men from Sun City Georgetown are in the new "Aged Beef" calendar. All its proceeds go to charity.

Louis and his wife Joyce run a store in Panna Maria. Inside their little store you can find groceries and grave sites for sale. Louis or Joyce Manka, Rt. 1, Box 130, Hobson, TX 78117 830-780-3175

In the 1800's Charles Goodnight revived the population of bison in the panhandle. Their descendants now captured live in Caprock Canyon State Park. Danny Sweptson, Texas Parks & Wildlife, P.O. Box 659, Canyon, TX 79015 806-455-1492

Show # 1055, originally aired 11.17.07

Take to the skies with some batty Austinites who are really making a splash. Red Bull Flugtag Competition, Austin, TX MAP Ellie Applen, E-mail: Ellen.Applen@us.redbull.com

Meet an international business student who's milking her degree for all it's worth. Chrissy Omo, Blanco, TX MAP E-mail: rockycreek246@aol.com

Plus, visit the smallest bank in America and meet the people who keep it in mint condition. Roddy Wiley Jr., Oakwood State Bank, 300 N Main St., Oakwood, TX 75855 MAP


-Week of 1.26.09-

Show #640, originally aired 12.4.99

This store has been in business and owned by Robert's family since 1911. It is housed in the oldest building in downtown Dallas. Robert Hirsh, 911 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202-3164 214-742-8284

Doug travels the state with his Texas Camel Corps educating folks about camels in Texas history. Doug Baum, Rt. 2, Box 198, Valley Mills, TX 76689 http://www.texascamelcorps.com/ 254-675-HUMP

Plus, go behind the scenes with the Texas Country Reporter production crew to see how we film the show's signature helicopter shots!

Show #1054 originally aired 11.10.07

Meet a small town mayor with some big ideas on tourism and recycling. Mayor Johnny Anders, Anders Paint & Body, 701 N. Swenson St., Stamford, TX 79553 MAP 325-773-3061

Play cowboys and Indians all over again at a vintage, Western toy store. Bob Terry, Wild West Toys, 106 W. Main, Azle, TX 76020 MAP 817-444-4320 www.wildwesttoys.com

Plus, visit a Hill Country homeless shelter with a million mosquito-eating residents. J. David Bamberger, Bamberger Ranch Preserve, 2341 Blue Ridge Dr. Johnson City, TX 78636 MAP 830-868-2630 www.bambergerranch.org E-mail: brp@tstar.net


-Week of 1.19.09-

Show # 639, originally aired 11.27.99

Beck Gipson's daddy Fred Gipson wrote "Old Yeller." We went to Mason where Fred, the book, and the legend it has created was honored with a statue. Beck Gipson, Kerrville, TX 830-896-4106

Danny uses an old Polaroid camera to make paintings of southwest landscapes using a mysterious process. Danny Phillips, 202 W. Morse Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 830-997-0078

Tina Parker hand makes some of the best candles with the most unique scents. They make them in an old lumber yard building the old fashioned way. Tina Parker, P.O. Box 1120 Frankston, TX 75763 903-876-3047 or 903-876-4893

Show # 1053, originally aired 11.3.07

Go for a high flying ride with a young man who's doing whatever it takes to save a historic airport. Jared Calvert, Ranger Airport, 1402 Oddie St., Ranger, TX 76470 MAP

Meet a woman who's turning her treasures of the sea into beautiful crustacean creations. Peggy Green, Navasota, TX MAP www.shellartist.com

Plus, discover how two west Texas radio personalities helped shape the sound a nation. Bud Andrews & Virgil Johnson, KDAV Radio, 1714 Buddy Holly Ave., Lubbock, TX 79401 MAP 806-744-5859 www.kdav.com


-Week of 1.12.09-

Show # 638, originally aired 11.20.99

We got a new ford Excursion and since it's as big as Texas we decided it need to look like Texas. So we took it in and had it painted like a Texas flag. Ted Karako, 10611 New Church Rd. Dallas, TX 75238 214-340-1200

The "ladies only" Seguin Shakespeare Club has been meeting in the same building since 1900, in the same room, with the same chairs on every other Wed. Nancy Ewald, 16 Baer Creek Trail, Seguin, TX 78155 830-303-3396

Instead of a traditional bedding plant business or nursery, the Arnoskys grow flowers for cutting arranged into the Texas Garden Bouquet. Frank & Pamela Arnosky, 12550 FM 2325 Wimberley, TX 78676 830-833-5428

Show # 1047, originally aired 9.22.07

Check the mail with a woman who's creating pins and pendants from pretty postcards. Stephanie Lindsey, Austin, TX MAP website: www.babyjane.us

Enjoy great food, fine dining, and even an overnight stay at Santos Taqueria. Manny Silerio, Santos Taqueria, 205 San Antonio St., Mason, TX 76856 MAP 325-347-6140 or santostaqueria.com and Sandstone Cellars

Plus, discover the incredible past of a former Yankee turned West Texas baseball coach. "Doc" Edwards, San Angelo Colts. Foster Field, 1600 University Ave., San Angelo, TX 76904 MAP 325-942-6587 or www.sanangelocolts.com


-Week of 1.5.09-

Show # 637, originally aired 11.13.99

Cool Crest has been in business for over 60 years. It was built by Ria's late husband, Harold in 1937. There are no gimmicks-just pretty plants. Ria Metzger, 1400 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 210-732-0222

Erv & Sonja take folks out into Corpus Christi Bay to interact with bottlenose dolphins. They believe it's a great alternative to the zoo. Erv & Sonja Strong, Rt. 1, Box 185, Ingleside on the Bay, TX 78362 361-776-2887

W.T. uses what he learned at a machine shop and in the jewelry business to make miniatures of just about anything he can think of and they all work. W.T. Ripley, 806 N.W. Highway 36, Comanche, TX 76442 915-356-5128

Show # 1046, originally aired 9.15.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Visit a museum filled with beautiful sculptures by an artist that no one has ever heard of. Artist: Tod Richardson. Museum Contact: Paula Horner, Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78029 MAP 830-896-2553

Meet a kid who's signing his life away...collecting hundreds of autographs. Heath Johnson, Paris, TX MAP 903-784-0509

Plus, take a trip to prairie dog town and meet a woman who's rescuing these adorable little range rodents. Lynda Watson, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-799-5806


-Week of 12.29.08-

Show # 590, originally aired 12.19.98

Stephanie has made candy houses for 42 years. She uses all kinds of candy and trinkets to make her eye-pleasing creations. Stephanie May, Dallas, TX.

This couple spends each Christmas alone in their RV in a different place in the woods each year. Ernie & Randi Alfoldi, Denton, TX. 940-497-2161.

Carol Cohanky of Flower Mound remembers her childhood Christmases in Mystic, CT. We follow her Santa (a.k.a. Brady White) and also see what he does at night. Brady White, 46 Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-789-1074

Show # 1008, originally aired 12.23.06

Deck the halls in the middle of the West Texas desert. Gage Hotel, 101 Highway 90 West, Marathon, TX 79842 www.gagehotel.com

Discover a magical Old World tradition known as the Christmas Pickle. Linda Dietert, Curator of the Sophienburg Museum. 401 W. Coll St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 MAP (830)629-1572 Toll Free: 1- 866-629-7674 www.nbtx.com/sophienburg

Plus, meet a special young man who's overcoming incredible odds to celebrate Christmas...just like all the other kids. Colby Havard, Vidor, TX MAP


-Week of 12.22.08-

Show #642, originally aired 12.18.99

After 35 years this small-town Santa is retiring. He's also the town's Justice of the Peace and kids know him as the "sucker man" because he gives them out to all kids. Dick Cranford, Electra, TX. 940-495-4048

Keith and the other members of Sun City's Woodworker's club make hundreds of toys to give to needy kids at Christmas. Keith Johnson, 103 Stetson Trail, Georgetown, TX 78628 512-864-0678

Show #1060 originally aired 12.22.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Visit a life-sized winter wonderland cut from huge blocks of ice. ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, Texas 76051 MAP

See how one hill country family keeps a red and green Christmas tradition alive. Texas Specialty Cut Flowers (Poinsettia Farm), Frank Arnosky,12550 FM 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676 MAP 830-833-5428

Dance with the sugar plum fairies in far West Texas for the last performance of the Nutcracker in El Paso. UTEP Ballet, Ingeborg Heuser, 500 W. University Ave, Union Bldg. West, Room 2009, El Paso, TX 79968 MAP Beverly Kerbs-Ward, 915-747-6060

Plus, every one loves fruitcake and we've got 'em by the thousands.
Collin Street Bakery, Bob McNutt & Jerry Grimmett, Corsicana, TX MAP


-Week of 12.15.08-

Show # 636, originally aired 11.6.99

Kevin Fitzpatrick started practicing rope tricks on his ranch then finally took his rope tricks on the road. Now he performs just about anywhere. Kevin Fitzpatrick, HC - 3 Box 498 E, Bandera, TX 78003 830-796-7272

Show #1045, originally aired 9.08.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Go walking in Memphis with a soulful singer who's bringing the blues back to one Panhandle cotton community. Blues Boy Willie, Memphis, TX MAP 806-433-8275

Meet a man with a serious collection that's part of a balanced breakfast. Chuck Eissler, Kerrville, TX MAP 830-792-3008

Plus, find out how a group of visually impaired valley residents are beating the odds and going birdwatching. Mel Pineda, United for Sight, Weslaco, TX MAP 956-459-8591


-Week of 12.8.08-

Show # 635, originally aired 10.30.99

Evelyn is one of the best and most prolific quilters we know. She has made hundreds of quilts and has almost 50 at her house to show off. Evelyn Sorenson, Palestine, TX.

Jay runs a hardware/appliance/farm supply store but won't sell anything powered by electricity. It's a general store in the heart of Amish country. Jay Lehman, P.O. Box 41 Kidron, OH 44636 330-857-5757 http://www.lehmans.com

Callie Bunn has started a campaign to save the Bob White quail in Jones County. Callie Bunn, Stamford, TX. 915-823-3831

Show # 1044, originally aired 9.1.07

Allen Wilson restores and makes classic children's pedal cars. Allen Wilson, 1709 St. Cecilia, Kingsville, TX 78363 361-595-1015 http://www.kidillacs.com/ kidillac@swbell.net

The Camp Verde General Store has been open for more than 150 years, starting as an outpost for Jefferson Davis' failed Camel Corps experiment. Since then it's served the community as a general store. Camp Verde General Store, 285 Camp Verde Rd. East, Camp Verde, TX 78010 830-634-7722 www.campverdegeneralstore.com

Myna Potts opened a museum to preserve the ghost town of Medicine Mound, Texas. Myna (Hicks) Potts, Medicine Mound Museum, 8450 South FM 91, Quanah, TX 79252 940-839-4344


-Week of 12.1.08-

Show # 634, originally aired 10.23.99

This pest control specialist travels to schools spreading awareness about the benefits of bugs. Bill Schroeder, CorPest Service Co., P.O. Box 181314, Corpus Christi, TX 78480 361-949-9747

George lives in desert with no electricity, running water, or telephones. Here he makes handmade moccasins for folks everywhere. George Clair (Grey Wolf), P.O. Box 600, Snowflake, AZ 85937 831-429-2228

The Wodrich's have been planning and painting hundreds of giant murals on the sides of buildings all over the state for almost 15 years! Dayton & Sandra Wodrich, 10498 Kratz Road, Brenham, TX 77833 979-836-0834

Show # 1043, originally aired 8.25.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter, hear a very special song about a very special place - Big Bend National Park. Jack Kingston's "The Devil & Mr. Good Lord," sung by Spider Johnson, www.spiderjohnson.com Big Bend National Park - www.nps.gov/bibe

See how a worm on a hook inspired one skilled silversmith to create fishing jewelry. Jimmie Luckey, Round Top, TX MAP 979-249-3379 or visit Jimmie's Ebay Store

Plus, travel to the Gulf Coast and witness the magic and majesty of a baby sea turtle release. Dr. Donna Shaver, Padre Island National Seashore, PO Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300 MAP 361-949-8068 www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/stsr.htm


-Week of 11.24.08-

Show #633, originally aired 10.16.99

Josh has been using his voice professionally since he was 12. Now he's 16 and he has his own radio show and announces his school's football games. Josh Campbell, P.O. Box 561, Harper, TX 7861 830-864-4973

Joe has opened his home and its 32 acres as "Lookout Mountain." In addition to a restaurant and art gallery, he takes guests on nature tours. Joe Day, 5300 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX 78676 512-847-5010

Ben Forsyth's 15 years old and a little league baseball player. In his spare time he repairs old baseball gloves, learning in the shadows of Fran Fleet. Fran Fleet, 8201A Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA. 707-795-3895

Show #1042 originally aired 8.18.07

Jeff Scarbrough is turning heads in West Texas oil country with his all-electric car. Jeff Scarbrough, Odessa, TX. ALLELECTRICCARS@AOL.COM

Susie Fowler creates hand made clay pots using objects from nature to form patterns in the clay. Susie Fowler, 25001 Hwy 71 West, Spicewood, TX 78669. 512-264-9923 www.shadetreepotter.com Susie@shadetreepotter.com

See the stark beauty of the desert through the eyes of one wandering painter. Mimi Litschauer, PO Box 304, Marathon, TX 79842. 432-386-4453 www.mimilitschauer.com mimi@mimilitschauer.com


-Week of 11.17.08-

Show # 632, originally aired 10.9.99

Craig has always loved the pipe organ. He could never find one to play, so he turned his house into one! Craig Elders, 3825 Huntswick, Ft. Worth, TX 76123. 817-346-1062

The Corral Theater just might be the only outdoor walk-in theater in Texas. For 33 years folks have enjoyed watching movies in a renovated horse pen. Mary Anderson, Flite Acres Road, P.O. Box 109, Wimberley, TX 78676 512-847-2513

A man turned his cattle ranch into a hummingbird sanctuary. He even built an observatory for folks to watch the 4,000 hummingbirds that live there. Dan Brown, P.O. Box 556, Christoval, TX 76935 915-255-2254

Show # 1041, originally aired 11.8.07

Blanche Harris holds the distinction of "oldest practicing female barber in Texas." At 89 years old, she still runs a one-chair barbershop out of her garage in Mineola, TX. Blanche Harris, 800 Wren Street, Mineola, TX 75773. 903-569-3574

Robert & Laurie Williamson converted an 1800's farmhouse into an upscale restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Robert & Laurie Williamson, Valera, TX. 325-636-4556 www.rancholoma.com loma@web-access.net

Meet a Gulf Coast tour guide and her finned friends, a family of dolphins in the Laguna Madre. George & Scarlet Colley, PO Box 2611, S. Padre Island, TX 78597 956-761-7178 www.fin2feather.com fin2feather@aol.com


-Week of 11.10.08-

Show # 631, originally aired 10.2.99

Stewart's shop has turned into the local hang out for all the guys around Emory. At his shop he makes some of the best handmade fishing rods around. Stewart Mahanay, Rt. 1 Box 184-A2, Emory, TX 75440. 903-473-3426

Ed is a former park ranger for the Alibates National Monument-the only one in Texas. Today he's a flint knapper making arrowheads out of the Alibates. Ed Day, Trading Post/136 E. Broadway, Fritch, TX 79036. 806-857-9499

Hardin Tobin is one of the last living veterans of WWI. He and his brother signed up for the army & went to France to fight in 1918. Only he survived. Hardin Tobin, Central Texas.

Show # 1040, originally aired 8.4.07

If you think there's no "I" in team, then you've never met this lonesome Panhandle track star. Stryker Peña, Samnorwood, TX 79077

At Mary's Café, indulge yourself in some of the finest chicken-fried steak the backroads have to offer. Mary's Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX (254) 672-5741.

Visit a hundred year old house that came from a catalog. Betty Bundy, Port Aransas Preservation & Historical Association, P.O. Box 677, Port Aransas, TX 78373 Ph: (361)-853-4151


-Week of 11.3.08-

Show # 630, originally aired 9.25.99

Bill has been a pilot all his life but now makes spinning wheels. He also spins on them and his wife weaves what he spins. Bill Wyatt, Wyatt Wheels, 4315 Heather Wood, San Antonio, TX 78217 210-657-6177 wyattwh@megsinet.net

Ralph burns wood chips and makes an engine run off of wood smoke, a forgotten way desperate people in Europe kept there cars running during WWII. Ralph Wilhelms, P.O. Box 1473 Castroville, TX 78009 830-931-9356

This hospice nurse has taken in over 70 unwanted and neglected pigs--mostly pot bellies. She pays to feed them from her own pocket. Angharad Rees, 831 US Hwy 289 Boerne, TX 78006 830-537-4737

Show # 1030, originally aired 5.26.07

Bob is one of the organizers of the Vintage Baseball League, a league of teams across Texas playing baseball like it was played in the 1880's. Bob Wettemann, McM Station, Box 638, Abilene, TX 79697-0638 325-793-3864 www.mcm.edu

Meet a Texas musician who is making his own upright bass, from a good, old-fashioned washtub. Bob Flesher, 806-358-3214. www.amediasys.com\galvatone.html bob@amediasys.com

Judy Seaton and her makeshift East Texas family overcome hard times with hard work on a small, back-to-basics farm for people who have fallen on hard times. Judy Seaton, Murchison, TX


-Week of 10.27.08-

Show # 629, originally aired 9.18.99

Laura is the editor of a nostalgic Texas magazine called Remembering Texas. She pulls old Texas news stories and adds from turn of the century papers. Laura Kestner, P.O. Box 430 Dublin, TX 76446 (254) 445-3645

This amateur astronomer has an observatory in his backyard. It comes complete with retractable window and rotating dome. Don Callahan, Rimrock Observatory, 606 Rimrock Rd., Kerrville, TX 78028 (830) 896-4580

A retired U.S. deputy marshal now full-time artist, Don paints whitetail deer that live near his small ramshackle studio located in south Texas. Don Keller, South Texas.

Show # 1029, originally aired 5.19.07

Clarence Hutchison is the self-proclaimed "Popsicle Stick King", crafting models of famous Texas landmarks with nothing but popsicle sticks...and patience. Clarence Hutchison, 830 Thornton Carter St. Mexia, TX 76667 (254) 472-0740

Walter is a tree farmer from the Piney Woods with some odd ideas about interior design. His barn houses a collection of more than 23,000 license plates from around the world. Walter Mauritzen, Carthage, TX. (903) 693-5208

Michael Tewes is the world's leading expert on wild cats. He's trying to save the endangered ocelot, a very rare and secretive cat of south Texas. Michael Tewes, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, MSC 218, Kingsville, TX, 78363-8202 (361) 593-3972 www.ckwri.tamuk.edu/feline


-Week of 10.20.08-

Show #628, originally aired 9.11.99

Gerrold takes pictures of and collects things that inspire him to paint then puts them into his artwork. Gerrold Marshall, 1505 Arbor Ridge Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76112. (817) 496-1114

Charolette restores old trunks…leftovers from long ago. P.O. Box 536 Spearman, TX 79081. (806) 659-3027 or (800) 553-2649

Monroe is Quanah Parker's great-grandson. He and his Native American wife Sandra travel the state talking to folks about the American Indian culture. Monroe & Sandra Tahmahkera, Rt. 2 Box 24B Dublin, TX 76446. (254) 445-4350

Show #1028 originally aired 5.12.07

Thomas Anderson plays the carillon bells at the University of Texas clock tower in Austin. Every day thousands of UT students hear him play as they walk across campus. Thomas Anderson, Austin, TX. 512-232-3991 (Office)

Palo Duro Canyon State Park features cabins on the wall of the cliff face. Now you can spend a night in the desert, with all the creature comforts of home. Doug Huggins, 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015. (806) 488-2227 www.palodurocanyon.com

Meet an incarcerated artist who is passing hard time with hard work, crafting beautiful furniture behind bars that ends up in the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Charles Russell, Huntsville, TX.


-Week of 10.13.08-

Show # 612, originally aired 5.22.99

Paul hunts fossils and artifacts and finds historical items on McFadden Beach. The most clovis points (spear heads) are found on this 28 miles of beach. Paul Tanner, Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Procter St. Port Arthur, TX 77640. (409) 982-7000

Ed races homing pigeons. As a member of the Denton Pigeon Club he races with other pigeon owners in North Texas. Ed Holmes, Sanger, TX. (940) 458-3519

These brothers cut hair at the Marine recruit bootcamp in San Diego. They took over for their dad who did it before them. Mario & Joe Busalacchi, San Diego, CA. (619) 583-5090.

Show # 1027, originally aired 5.5.07

Visit a retirement home for aging athletes, where the track stars have four legs. Lynn Reardon, owner of LOPE Texas retrains race horses for a new life. Lynn Reardon. LOPE Texas, 1551 Highway 21 West, Cedar Creek, TX 78612. (512) 565-1824. www.lopetx.org

Discover how a pair of Bald Eagles beat the odds and survived Hurricane Rita. Vidor, TX

Meet a group of photographers determined to document Texas' most sacred places. David Brown, New Corn Hill, TX. www.texaschurchproj.com


-Week of 10.6.08-

Show # 611, originally aired 5.15.99

Vicki owns one of the best stocked fishing supply shops in Texas and she specializes in plastic worms. She is known to all as the Worm Lady. Vicki Anderson, 109 W. 3rd St. Eddy, TX 76524. (254) 859-5889 or (888) 877-9676

Mayhaws are wild berry-like plants that grow wild in the swamps. John has raised an orchard of hybrid mayhaws and sells them to people to make jelly. John Harrington, 4794 Scales, Orange, TX 77630. (409) 735-7355

Dan Robbins invented a national craze: the Paint By Numbers picture! Dan Robbins, Oakbrook, IL. (630) 963-3732

Show # 1026, originally aired 4.28.07

Pick a pocket or two during a rowdy game of eight-ball with the Rack Pack. Harlan James, San Antonio, TX. (830) 257-6338

Light up your life with the oldest lamp shop in Lufkin, Texas. Bud and Sammie Endersby, Custom Lamps and Shade, 108 S. 1st Street, Lufkin, TX 75902. (936) 699-2300

You can meet a small town dairy farmer who's creaming the competition by delivering fresh milk the old fashion way. Chris Hague, Crowell, TX.


-Week of 9.29.08-

Show # 610, originally aired 5.8.99

Jeffrey's been an artist all his life and he has stuck with crayons the whole time. He creates amazing works of realism using nothing more than crayons. Jeffrey Robert, P.O. Box 171074, Arlington, TX 76003-1074. www.jeffreyrobert.com

Anahuac's refuge encompasses 35,000 acres of coastal marsh and prairie bordering Galveston Bay. It is home to thousands of alligators & waterfowl. Kelly McDowell, Refuge Manager. P.O. Box 278, Anahuac, TX 77514. (409) 267-3337

Paul makes toy soldiers from his tiny shop in Galena, IL. It just so happens that he looks just like Gen. U.S. Grant and Galena was Grant's hometown. Paul LeGreco, 245 N. Main, Galena, IL 61036. (815) 777-0383

Show # 1025, originally aired 4.21.07

Paige Bridges captures RV camping from yesteryear on canvas. Her paints hand front and center in the state's biggest, best, and only... RV Art Gallery? Paige Bridges, Wills Point, TX. (903) 560-1672. www.vintagetraveltrailerart.com

You will have a blast when you see this cap gun collection of over 5000 square feet vintage pistols! Charles Trois, 300 Trois Lane, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. (830) 685-3090. www.troisestate.net

You'll glide through history with two genuine American heroes at the Silent Wings Museum. Doug Flynn, 6202 N. I-27, Lubbock, TX 79403-9710. (806) 775-2047. www.silentwingsmuseum.com


-Week of 9.22.08-

Show #558, originally aired 5.9.98

Merle is one of Dewitt County's "Pickers & Pluckers." They pick wildflowers to replenish the state's only month-long live exhibit. Dewitt Co. Wildflower Association, P.O. Box 995, Cuero, TX 77954. 512-275-9942

25 years ago Barbara Hutchinson started the Easter Hill Country Tour at the age of 40. Today, well over 1,000 participate each year. Barbara Hutchinson, 5409 86th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424. 806-794-3201

Oma Bell is the last surviving sister of a prominent Hill Country ranching family. She's donating the property to a home for needy children. Hill Country Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 67, Ingram, TX 78025. 830-367-2131.

Show #919, originally aired 4.9.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why this legendary law enforcement officer is responsible for the phrase...One riot, one Ranger. Joaquin Jackson and Liz Jackson, Box C101 - Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX. 79830. 432-837-8143. MAP

Is it art or is it junk? Meet an artist with a welder who says it's a little bit of both. Gary Russell, 5380 Creekside, Melissa, TX 75454. 972-837-2365 MAP

Plus, her distinctive voice has taken this yodeling cowgirl from Fort Worth all the way around the world. Devon Dawson, 817-521-4969, www.cowtownopry.org, dawson@ev1.net


-Week of 9.15.08-

Show #609, originally aired 5.1.99

Ray has played music all his life. He looked into his Scottish heritage and started playing the bag pipes. Now he builds them in his garage. Ray Hughes, 2607 77th St. Lubbock, TX 79423. 806-745-2600

Jim's family has been making clocks since the 1830's and in America since 1842. Jim Verdin, 444 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-241-4010 or 800-543-0488

Hugh restores wagons, carriages & buggies dating back to the Civil War. He uses the wagon to promote his home town. Hugh Shelton, RFD 3/Gonzales, TX 78629. 830-672-3609

Show #1018 originally aired 3.3.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Visit a shop in the hill country where strung out Steinways come back to life. Bernard Mollberg, 377 Paw Print Lane, Blanco, TX 78606 MAP (830) 833-2210 or www.mollbergpiano.com

Find out how to throw a truly festive fiesta with the "piñata lady." Jo Juarez, Suite 113, 8407 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78250 MAP (210) 688-9550

Plus, it could have been abandoned forever, but now one Texas chef is serving up good eats at the Eola School. Mark Cannon, Eola School Restaurant, Eola, TX MAP


-Week of 9.08.08-

Show # 608, originally aired 4.24.99

Leonard has amassed a collection of 12,000 license plates. He decided to find something to do with them so he started building birdhouses out of them. Leonard Dunnahoe, 2175 Collins Lane Aransas Pass, TX 78336 361-766-2249

For 49 years, the Men's Bible Class has presented the Easter Pageant, a play presented in pantomime at an outdoor amphitheater on a hillside. Chuck Gifford, Chamber of Commerce, 402 Main Street, Junction, TX 76849 915-446-3190

For 41 years only 2 men have made the Grammy Award. John learned from the first & now he is passing that knowledge & the Grammy Legacy on to his son. John Billings, 609 W. Clinton, P.O. Box 257, Ridgway, CO 81432 970-626-3860

Show # 1017, originally aired 2.24.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who travelled nearly 300,000 miles to create his own brand of Texas History. Robert Wanat, PO Box 547, Castroville, TX 78009 MAP (830) 538-3174

Sink your teeth into a jaw-breaking banquet of delicious dishes made entirely from rocks. Bill and Lois Patillo, Corpus Christi, TX MAP www.rockfoodtable.com New - Watch it now!

Plus, find out how one bright builder is bringing half-priced homes to Huntsville. Dan Phillips, Huntsville, TX MAP 936-291-1882 www.phoenixcommotion.com New - Watch it now!


-Week of 9.1.08-

Show # 602, originally aired 3.13.99

Bonnie raises Japanese Koi on her hill country ranch. Koi are an ornamental carp that do well in stock tanks by eating algae & mosquito larvae. Bonnie Grier-Lyons, P.O. Box 715, Boerne, TX 78006 830-537-4439

Rick's family has made wooden shoes since the 1700's. Klompmaker in Dutch means "shoemaker" and that's what he does in Holland, Michigan. Rick Klompmaker, Wooden Shoe Factory, 447 South U.S. 31, Holland, MI 49423 616-396-6513

Walt restored the bridge that our show made famous, the Regency Bridge. We had a big celebration and even Governor George Bush showed up. Walt Lambert, 6901 West Okmulgee Lane, Muskogee, OK 74402 918-687-1339

Show # 1016, originally aired 2.27.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Travel deep below the Texas soil to visit a bachelor pad built on a launch pad. Bruce Townsley, Clyde, TX 79510 MAP (325) 529-4949 or www.atlasmissiletours.com

Meet the Mozart of Mozzerella at Corpus Christi's favorite pizza parlor. Bubba Jacobs, Panjo's Pizza, 1320 Airline Rd. Corpus Christi, TX 78412 MAP (361)-991-1539

Plus, it's a family tradition that tricks the eye; discover the lost art of Faux Bois.
Carlos Cortes, 1101 South Saint Mary's St. San Antonio, TX 78210 MAP (210) 472-3966 or www.studiocortes.com


-Week of 8.25.08-

Show # 601, originally aired 3.6.99

Brian runs the Art Car Museum. It is the only one in the world and it houses a strange and unique collection of art cars. Brian Taylor, 140 Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX 77007. 713-861-5526

The Keltgens raise llamas. They allow neighborhood children to come visit the llamas and borrow them for shows. They also make crafts from the wool. John & Linda Keltgen, 250 Imerial, New Braunfels, TX 78132 830-964-3182

Michael was paralyzed 13 years ago in an auto accident, yet he still trains horses. 6 years ago he began riding them again, too. Michael Richardson, P.O. Box 1535, Boyd, TX 76023. 940-627-6927

Show # 1015, originally aired 2.10.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Discover the truth behind the finest gourmet dining experience in Lubbock, Texas. Leigh Kiselis, Skyviews Restaurant, 1901 University Ave, Ste 600, Lubbock, TX 79410 MAP 806-744-7462 www.hs.ttu.edu/skyviews

Meet a man who's high caliber metal art will blow you away. Terry Jones, Gun Sculptor. 721 North Main, Jewett, Texas 75846 MAP (903) 626-5707 or
www.tmjcreativesculptures.com


Plus, experience life along the Red river with our old friend Wildwood Dean. Treasure River by Wildwood Dean. www.redriverscholar.com


-Week of 8.18.08-

Show #600, originally aired 2.27.99

Lehman is the teacher who heads the solar car team at the Winston School. The students create these cars & race them internationally. Lehman Marks, 5707 Royal Lane, Dallas TX 75229. 214-691-6950

Refugio farms hot chili peppers then strings them up into chili ristras, a holiday tradition in El Paso. Refugio Garcia, P.O. Box 1640 San Elizario, TX 79849. 915-851-2288 or 800-690-9831

This former CPA & RN lost her sight due to vasculitis 5 yrs ago. Soon after she began painting and now has sold more than 300 of her colorful works. Lisa Fittipaldi, 4209 Malaga Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628. 512-863-4074

Show #1006, originally aired 12.9.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a man on a mission to walk across Texas. That's right, all of it! Jon "Bunky" McConal, A Walk Across Texas. Granbury, TX 76048 MAP 817-573-1573 or jonmccon@swbell.net

Find out why the North Texas town of Clark fell right off the map. Mayor Bill Merritt, DISH, TX 76247 MAP (note: most maps have not updated yet.)

Plus, discover all the fundamentals of flight in the palm of your hand. Bob Wilder, Rubberband Airplanes, Colleyville, TX 76034 MAP (817) 498-6316 or rjwmaw5@comcast.net


-Week of 08.11.08-

Show #599, originally aired 2.20.99

Monty is the J. P. in Rising Star. He also is the owner of the local flower shop and he whistles to entertain himself and others. He's really good! Monty Jones, P.O. Box 828, Rising Star, TX 76471. 254-643-2023

Carol practices the Japanese art of yuki-oi woodblock printing. Her works are based on sketches compiled from her Hill Country nature journal. Carol Brown, 107 Glenn Oaks Drive, Boerne, TX 78006. 830-249-8121

Meet a man who makes chairs out of discarded trees from work crews. He also makes memory chairs using old things from your past. Daniel Mack, 14 Welling Ave, Warwick, NY 10990. 914-986-7293

Show #1005, originally aired 12.2.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter, discover two Texas artists who are making a metal animal kingdom, filled with all creatures great and small.

One crafts miniature scenes of nature in bronze. Andrew Wilks, Hereford, TX 79045 MAP (877) 564-1981 or www.andrewwilks.com

The other forges life sized longhorns in chrome. Bettye Hamblen Turner, Miles, TX 76861 MAP (325) 468-5041 or www.BHTSculpture.com

Benini Sculpture Ranch, 377 Shiloh Rd, Johnson City, Texas 78636 MAP (830) 868-2247 or www.sculptureranch.com

Plus, meet a woman who's using her green thumb to grow her very own backyard orange grove. Helen Waller Thomas, Grand Prairie, TX MAP (972) 264-6320


-Week of 08.04.08-

Show # 598, originally aired 2.13.99

The Old Time Wooden Nickel Co. makes over 5 million nickels a year. They also have a museum to show off their collection of different nickels. Herb Horning, 345 Old Austin Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209. 1-877-4NICKEL (1-877-464-2535).

Sally is an expert & caretaker of jellyfish at the Texas State Aquarium. Jellyfish are the most fragile creatures on earth, but Sally is allergic. Sally Hoke/Monica de la Garza, Texas State Aquarium/P.O. Box 331307/Corpus Christi, TX 78463. 512/881-1216 or 800/477-GULF.

We re-visit J.B. as he retires his windmills to a "windmill farm" in Spearman. He has spent his life building them and now he is giving them away. Roger Buchanan/Burl Buchanan, Box 157/Spearman, TX 79081. 806/659-3888.

Show # 1004, originally aired 11.25.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's a salute to the folks who make the Friday night lights a little brighter.

He's been on the sideline in Decatur for more than half a century and he's never missed a down. Coy O'Neal and Coach Kyle Story, Decatur High School, 750 East Eagle Summit Drive, Decatur, Texas 76234 MAP 940-393-7200

We'll spend halftime in San Antonio with a drill team like no other in the state. Amanda Camellia, Thomas Jefferson High School Trick Roper Team. 723 Donaldson Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201 MAP 210-736-1981

Plus, he's the only radio announcer most Brownwood High fans have ever known, with a name you'll never forget. Dallas Huston, Brownwood High School, 2100 Slayden & 10th St., Brownwood, Texas 76801 MAP (325) 646-9549


-Week of 07.28.08-

Show # 597, originally aired 2.06.99

After being diagnosed with a polio related disease, this wood-turner began making canes from mesquite gathered on area ranches. Lynn Hargrove (Deceased)

Meet the Prairie Dogs: the oldest garage band in Texas. Mike Borger, P.O. Box 52100 Amarillo, TX 79159.

Show # 1003, originally aired 11.18.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who's turning muddy, grimy, dirty cars into masterful works of art. Scott Wade, San Marcos, TX 78666 MAP 512-393-8823 info@dirtycarart.com or www.dirtycarart.com

Take a trip to Fort Davis for a brand new old-fashioned broom that's sweeping up the competition. Ron Cox, Davis Mountain 1800 Working Broom Shop, 401 State St., Ft. Davis, 79734 MAP 432-426-3297 or broomsquires@hotmail.com

Plus, experience the majesty of Big Bend National Park through the eyes of two talented hikers bent on creating a book. Big Bend National Park by Laurence Parent and Joe Nick Patoski. MAP University of Texas Press, 512-471-7233.


-Week of 07.21.08-

Show #589, originally aired 12.12.98

Tom's dad started the garage in Sierra Blanca in 1911 and Tom still manages it. Over the years business has dropped off and now there's almost none. Tom Ellison, P.O. Box 9/Sierra Blanca, TX 79851. 915/369-2421.

Les makes drill team uniforms for most of the high schools and colleges in Texas. She's been doing it for 25 years now. Les Ray, P.O. Box 322 Hillsboro, Texas 76645. 254/582-2383.

Meet a melodeon builder who makes music deep in the heart of Cajun country. Larry Williams. Iota, LA.

Show #1002, originally aired 11.11.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who knows his way around a cattle pen and a number two pencil. Brian Asher, 8357 County Road 3105,
Snyder, TX 79549. MAP 1.888.277.9814 or asherbrian@hotmail.com www.brianasherart.com


Travel across the country on a railroad that's only two inches tall! Darrell Cowles, Texas Western Model Railroad Club, Forest Hill, TX MAP www.texaswesternmrc.org

Plus, dance all night to the toe-tapping tunes of East Texas Zydeco music. Ed Poullard, 951 Hillebrandt, Port Arthur, TX 77701. 409-835-7114. 409-656-3591. epoullard@nationwide.net or www.lesamiscreole.com

Larry's French Market, 3701 Atlantic Hwy, Groves, TX 77619 MAP 409-962-3381 www.larrysfrenchmarket.com


-Week of 07.14.08-

Show #588, originally aired 12.05.98

Dr. Bill has been a vet for 53 years. He still makes housecalls & his operating room is in the back of a feed store. Dr. Bill Griffin, 1000 Industrial Blvd. Borger, TX 79007. 806/274-5742.

In this Discovers America segment, Frank lives on Indian land where his grandfather and dad were drum makers. He makes them the way his elders did. Frank Mirabel, Taos Pueblo, NM.

Lady feeds truckers free Thanksgiving dinner out on the interstate in a rest area. Tara Hernandez, 111 Valley View Dr. Kerrville, TX 78028. 830/792-5198.

Show #1001, originally aired 11.04.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who's spicing up the cowboy life with a true taste of West Texas. Jerry Baird, 2363 Uvalde, Snyder, TX MAP 817-219-0766, www.jerrybairds.com or Bill Walsh, 956-495-8348

Find out how thousands of wriggling red worms are revitalizing Texas soils. Jay Mertz, Rabbit Hill Farm, 288 SW CR 20, Corsicana, TX 75110 MAP
903-872-4289 or www.aogc.org/pages/rhf/index.htm

Plus, they may be little, but these teeny steeds are out to help kids in need. Veronique Matthews, Hearts and Hooves, 608 West 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701 MAP 512-376-7667 or heartsandhooves.org


-Week of 07.07.08-

Show # 587, originally aired 11.28.98

13-year-old Charley collects antique fishing lures and sells them at his own booth during first Monday Trade Days. Charley Baugh, Rt. 4, Box 222-4 Wills Point, TX 75169. cbaugh@vzinet.com

Ann collects fragments of broken glass left over from the old Sandwich Glass Factory that closed in 1888. The glass is kept in a national museum. Ann Barber, 3 Freeman St./Sandwich, Mass 02563. 508-888-1434.

Jim and the Texas Historical Commission have been searching for the lost Rene LaSalle shipwreck, the Amable, for 20 years. Now he thinks he found it. Jim Bruseth, 512-463-4565.

Show # 1000, originally aired 10.28.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Travel to West Texas and discover a creature that exists nowhere else on Earth. Gary Garrett, 5103 Junction Hwy, Ingram, TX 78025 MAP (830) 866-3356 or garygarrett@tpwd.state.tx.us

Visit the Oval Office...without leaving the Lone Star State. Ron Wade, Longview, TX MAP (903) 236-9615 or www.ronwadebuttons.com

Plus, join a sewing circle that's three generations wide...a quilted tradition that goes all the way back to the Civil War. Laverne Brackens and Lillie Mayes, Fairfield, TX MAP (903) 389-3933


-Week of 6.30.08-

Show # 586, originally aired 11.21.98

Charley & his brother Guy put together crossword puzzle in the shape of Texas each week. The answers all have to do with Texas. Charley Orbison, P.O. Box 2882 Denton, TX 76202. 940-349-2730.

Hal started the Sierra Booster fifty years ago and he has always delivered it from his very own airplane. He is the oldest licensed pilot in the U.S. Hal Wright, P.O. Box 8/ Loyalton, CA 96118. 530-993-4379.

Cindy photographs and interviews common people in their 80's & 90's for a traveling exhibit called the "Gathering of the Wisdom People". Cindy Pickard, Box 226, Vanderpool, TX 78885. 830-966-6170.

Show # 993, originally aired 9.09.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...With season tickets, great seats, and plenty of popcorn, it's baseball heaven for one fun loving nun. Sister Damian, Incarnate Word Academy/Catholic Church, Houston, TX MAP 713-668-0423

Surf's up in Corpus Christi at the one and only Texas Surf Museum. Dan Parker, 312 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MAP (361) 888-7873 or www.texassurfmuseum.com

Plus, he's Texas' very own Geppetto, a man who found a way to bring his wooden creations to life. S. Gary Roberts, 8613 Honeysuckle Trail, Austin, TX 78759 MAP 512-345-1521 or sgricr71@cs.com Review of Gary's book, Masterful Woodturning


-Week of 6.23.08-

Show #585, originally aired 11.14.98

Roxanne is known as the pig lady. She collects pigs and is also the 2 time world champion hog caller. She has never lost a contest that she entered. Roxanne Ward, Rt 1 Box 55 Littlefield, TX 79339. 806-385-4585.

Trevor is a wildlife biology grad student studying & banding a colony of Mexican Freetail bats in the old Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad tunnel. Trevor Tanner, South of Fredericksburg and 12 miles east of Comfort. 830-644-2478.

Hugh owns the tallest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He photographs the animals and has opened it up for people to visit. Hugh Morton, P.O. Box 129/Linville, N.C. 28646. 828-963-4461.

Show #992, originally aired 9.02.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Learn all about a little instrument with a big sound as one of Texas' best harmonica players gives us a lesson on the blues. Rob Roy Parnell, 237 Swiftwater Cove, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 MAP 512-784-3699 or www.robroyparnell.com

Re-disover the world of wildflowers, as we check in with our old friends at Wildseed Farms. Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Dr. or PO Box 3000, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP 800-848-0078 or www.wildseedfarms.com

Plus, meet a man who acheives the impossible everyday...just by coming to work at 102 years of age. Leon Jenkins, Southeast Texas Regional Airport, Beaumont, TX
. (Leon passed away on January 27th, 2007.)


-Week of 06.16.08-

Show #584, originally aired 11.07.98

Guy and Jiu Ling Cole make violins. She grew up in China and he in America. Now they are one of the only violin making teams in the world. Guy Cole or Jiu Ling Cole, 1309 Andromeda Way, Arlington, Texas 76013-8315. 817-492-8350.

David collects and restores antique RV's & campers. The Smithsonian Institute has asked to display several of his RV's. David Woodworth, 19800 Descanso Dr./Tehachapi, CA 93561. 661-822-3352.

Bethany operates the biggest butterfly ranch in Texas & ships them for release at weddings, funerals & special occasions. Route 1, Box 447A Mathis, TX 78268.
830-537-3465.

Show #990, originally aired 8.19.06

Can a real-life Yankee ever become a true Texan? Thomas Tafuro & Christie Kitchens enroll in a school called Cowboy Eye for the City Guy to convert a Yankee into a Texan. Christie Kitchens, Kerrville, TX. www.cowboyeye.com

Meet a really good barber who's got a really bad case of the blues. Tracy Herron, Tracy's Barber Shop, 5971 Williams Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78412. 361-992-6092. www.bahdesign.com/tracyherron

Hit the backroads in search of the most remote grocery store in West Texas near Ruidosa. Celia Hill, State Highway 170 West, Ruidosa, TX. 432-229-4534. lajunta170@hotmail.com


-Week of 06.09.08-

Show # 583, originally aired 10.31.98

Three generations of the Marshall family are cutting hair at the same shop. James opened the shop 36 years & and hired his daughter and granddaughter. James Marshall, 607 North Greer Blvd/Pittsburg, TX 75686. (903) 856-5535

David repairs historical markers as part of the THC's Historical Markers 2000 project. He's traveled all over the state & cleaned up 4000 signs. David Danenfelzer, Texas Historical Commision/P.O. Box 12276/Austin, TX 78711-2276. (512)463-6100

Shank is the oldest cowboy on the Deep Hollow Ranch, birthplace of the American cowboy. It's the oldest cattle ranch in America, started in 1658. Shank Dickinson, Deep Hollow Ranch/P.O. Box 835/Ranch Road/Montauk, NY 11954. (516) 668-2744

Show # 989, originally aired 08.12.06

Meet the woman responsible for putting up half of the fence line in South East Texas. Betty Ann Seifert, 189 Nelson Rd, Yorktown, TX 78164 MAP (361) 564-3842

Find out if this North Texas preacher really has lost his marbles. Rev. Carroll G. Smith, Lakeside Church of God. 9396 Confederate Park Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135 MAP 817-237-5500 or www.lakesidechurchofgod.com

Plus, pack an easel and some oil paints, it’s time to travel Texas with the Outdoor Painters Society. Outdoor Painters Society, www.outdoorpainterssociety.com


-Week of 06.02.08-

Show # 582, originally aired 10.24.98

David is a scrap-iron salesman. He sells what he can but with the rest he creates beautiful junk sculptures. David Strickland, 508 Bond St.\Red Oak, TX 75154.
(972) 617-3037.

Kris has been an artist and sculptor all her life. Now she does portraits of people as marionettes, strings and all. Kris Smith, 1170 Hillsboro Mile #203/Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062. (956) 426-4957.

An outsider from Ohio moved to Lipscomb and has revived the town with an art gallery and a dance platform just like the pioneers used. Debby Opdyke, Dance Platform/107 Main Street\Lipscomb, TX 79056. (806) 862-2900.

Show # 988, originally aired 08.05.06

Fly through the trees with the greatest of ease at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. David Beilharz, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, 1223 Paleface RR, Spicewood TX, 78669 MAP (512) 264-8880 or www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com

Find out how one small town is keeping the Last Picture Show alive. Don Stribling, Movieland, 4 N. Austin Ave, Lamesa, TX MAP (806) 872-2750

Plus, walk and talk with a former Warden of the Texas Prison System, as we explore the history of Joe Byrd cemetery. Jim Willett, Byrd Cemetery and Texas Prison Museum, 491 Highway 75 N. Huntsville, TX 77230 MAP www.txprisonmuseum.org or 936-295-2155


-Week of 05.26.08-

Show # 581, originally aired 10.17.98

The Grahams are giving away their restaurant in Schertz by holding an essay contest. With $100 dollars and the right 250-word essay you can win it. Jim Graham & Nathalie Graham, Nathalie's Restaurant/Essay Contest/P.O. Drawer 820/Schertz, Texas 78154. (210) 945-0051

This inventor has come up with an automatic lawn mower that mows an acre an hour all by itself. Grady Jones, 225 W. Broad/Freeport, Texas 77541.
(409) 265-6191 or 239-2649

Larry is a third-generation artist who has carved a magnificent life-size wooden carousel. Larry Pefferly, 1823 Heart-Leonard Rd/Cornersville, TN 37047.
(931) 293-2674

Show # 925, originally aired 5.21.05

Meet a man who sees a thing of beauty in every wrecked car on his lot. Jerry Perry, Crashmasters. 7413 Andrews Highway, Odessa, TX 79765. 432-339-0265.

Discover an impressive petaled display of flowers that's downright wild. Sam Jones, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. 8545 South Staples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413. (361) 852-2100 www.ccbotanicalgardens.org

Plus, follow the majestic flight of a South Texas falcon up and down the western hemisphere. Alan Tennant, Wildlife Researcher. 432-386-4119.


-Week of 5.19.08-

Show # 580, originally aired 10.10.98

Meet Grace Berry, the 100 year-old reporter for the Thorndale Champion. Grace Berry, Thorndale, TX 76577.

Larita is a wildlife artist. She makes her studio/gallery in an old mattress factory her family has run for more than 60 years. Larita Billups and Cecil Cox, 242 Sycamore Abilene, TX 79602. 915-677-4451.

Visit the Bluebird Taxi Company in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Bill Deaver, 622 N. Main St./Hendersonville, N.C. 28739. 704-693-3544 or 704-693-9896.

Show # 924, originally aired 5.14.05

March with us to San Antonio, and meet a man who's keeping up the beat with his past. Fred Diaz-Alamo City Band, American Legion Hall, Post 2, 3518 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201. (210)-733-0120. www.alamocityband.org

Take a peek into an oh-so-silent South Texas House of Prayer. Father Kelly- Lebh Shomea House of Prayer- La Parra Ranch, P.O. Box 9, Sarita, TX 78385. (361)-294-5369. www.lebhshomea.org

Plus, when it comes to capturing Kodak moments in the wild, this photographer is a natural. Ruth Hoyt- Puerto Rico Ranch, PO Box 3, Linn, TX 78563. (956) 481-3700. www.ruthhoyt.com


-Week of 5.12.08-

Show # 579, originally aired 10.03.98

Rob's works as a pharmacist at Wal-Mart but he also makes trophy bats on his own lathe. He always tests them out with his kids in the back yard. Rob Sellers, 609 Lux, Waco, TX 76706. 254-662-5041

Maggie tends Monticello's vegetable garden where the same varieties planted during the time of Thomas Jefferson still grow. Maggie Thompson/Whitney Espich, Monticello, P.O. Box 217, Charlottesville, VA 22902. 804-984-9822.

The MC&SA Railroad has been keeping the little logging community of Camden alive for 100 years. Robert Moore, 936-398-2511 Ext 207.

Show #923, originally aired 5.7.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- Head southwest in search of some really big bluebonnets. Waynelle Strachan at the Old Alazan Ranch. 122281 N. Lood Rd. Clint, TX 79836. www.texasbluebonnet.com   MAP

Sally Jones lives in an RV and works at the Big Bend Ranch State Park visitors center, one and a half hours down a 26-mile dirt road behind a gate. Tony Galindo, P. O. Box 2319 Presidio, TX 79845. 432-229-3416.

Plus, She's been inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, but just wait till you see what this natural born roper calls her greatest pride of all. Sherri Mell & the R.O.P.E.R. Team. P.O. Box 201512, San Antonio, TX 78220. 210-633-2042, www.eisd.net, smell@eisd.net or roperapp@thebigjungle.net MAP


-Week of 5.5.08-

Show # 577, originally aired 09.19.98

Glenn has been collecting matchbooks for over 50 years. He has amassed a collection of over 250,000 matchbooks from all over the world. Glenn Reedholm, 511 Horseshoe Ln, Burkburnett, TX 76354. 940-569-9281.

Clyde makes primitive animal sculptures from cedar trees with his chainsaw. Clyde Jones, Box 44, Bynum, NC 27228.

Tex is the founder of almost 60 year-old Camp Longhorn, a summer camp for kids in Inks Lake. He is also a former Olympic swimmer. Tex Robertson, #1 Longhorn Rd. Burnet, TX 78611. 512-793-2811.

Show # 922 originally aired 4.30.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- Spend some time in the workshop with the blind handymen. Phil Parr and the Blind Handyman Show. 936-634-9500, 1604 Southwood, Lufkin, TX 75904. phil@philparr.net , www.acbradio.org MAP

Find out why this East Texas artist loves making homes for gnomes. Joseph Hopps of Arbor Castle Birdhouses. www.arborcastlebirdhouses.com MAP

Plus, meet four men from four walks of life who are making one incredible sound. Fraven Adams- 806-765-0050. Singing Plainsmen -806-795-9978 . Lubbock, TX. www.harmonize.com/singingplainsmen/ MAP


-Week of 4.28.08-

Show # 576, originally aired 9.12.98

Jack has been collecting Texas Movie Posters for over 50 years. He has so many now that he has to keep them in a separate house. Jack DeVere, 4737 View, San Antonio, TX 78228. 210-432-5365

Leola makes lye soap in her backyard kettle. She uses it to wash her laundry and as a home remedy. Leola Althaus, Burton TX.

In this Discovers America story, Duane Pasco is one of the best totem pole carvers in America. He lives on an island outside of Seattle. Duane Pasco, 19330 Widme Road, N.E./Poulsbo, WA 98370. 206-779-5584

Show # 921, originally aired 4.23.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- Find out how these East Texas cowpokes have found their way back to the farm via New York City. Guy and Pip Gillette at the Camp St. Cafe. 215 S. Third Street, Crockett, TX 75835. For more info dial (936) 544 8656 or toll free, (877) 544 8656. Visit the Camp Street Cafe on the web at www.campstreetcafe.com MAP

Meet a couple of cousins who have brought art and commerce back to downtown Golden, Texas. Karen Musgraves and Cathy Pegues. Belben Nest Gallery. FM 779 & 1799, Golden, Texas. 903-768-2335. Visit www.texaspaintedladies.com or www.belbennest.com . MAP

Plus, there hasn't been a movie theater in Marfa for as long as anybody can remember but a blind man on a bicycle is bringing the silver screen back to life. Gary Olliver. P.O. Box 1174, Marfa, TX 79843. 432-729-4280. Email Gary at golliver@sbcglobal.net MAP


-Week of 4.21.08-

Show # 559, originally aired 5.16.98

A husband and wife artist team create 'marquetry' - an ancient art form. Spider Johnson, P.O. Box 1247 or 105 Fulton St., Mason, Texas 76856. 915-347-6360

This school bus driver has been driving the same route for nearly 50 years! Lester Henry/Gonzales I.S.D. 830-672-9551

94 year-old man makes wooden airplane propellers. Back in the 20's he was a barnstormer flying from town to town taking folks on their first flight. Ray Hegy, P.O. Box 124 Marfa, TX 79843. 915-729-4249

Show # 920, originally aired 4.16.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter-find out how Decatur High School is getting more horse power with girl power. Rick Elmore, Decatur High School, 1201 W. Thompson Street Decatur, Texas 76234. 940-627-2155. www.decatur.esc11.net/Campuses/dhs/ MAP

Roll a few frames with a custom fit bowling ball. Pete and Mike Joseph. 8951 Dyer El Paso, TX 79904. 915-751-4551. MAP

Plus, meet an East Texas woman who’s threading the past to the present by restoring old quilts.Genell Dement. 903-639-4147. Hughes Springs, Texas.


-Week of 4.14.08-

Show #558, originally aired 5.9.98

Merle is one of Dewitt County's "Pickers & Pluckers." They pick wildflowers to replenish the state's only month-long live exhibit. Dewitt Co. Wildflower Association, P.O. Box 995, Cuero, TX 77954. 512-275-9942

25 years ago Barbara Hutchinson started the Easter Hill Country Tour at the age of 40. Today, well over 1,000 participate each year. Barbara Hutchinson, 5409 86th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424. 806-794-3201

Oma Bell is the last surviving sister of a prominent Hill Country ranching family. She's donating the property to a home for needy children. Hill Country Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 67, Ingram, TX 78025. 830-367-2131.

Show #919, originally aired 4.9.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why this legendary law enforcement officer is responsible for the phrase...One riot, one Ranger. Joaquin Jackson and Liz Jackson, Box C101 - Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX. 79830. 432-837-8143. MAP

Is it art or is it junk? Meet an artist with a welder who says it's a little bit of both. Gary Russell, 5380 Creekside, Melissa, TX 75454. 972-837-2365 MAP

Plus, her distinctive voice has taken this yodeling cowgirl from Fort Worth all the way around the world. Devon Dawson, 817-521-4969, www.cowtownopry.org, dawson@ev1.net


-Week of 4.7.08-

Show #609, originally aired 5.1.99

Ray has played music all his life. He looked into his Scottish heritage and started playing the bag pipes. Now he builds them in his garage. Ray Hughes, 2607 77th St. Lubbock, TX 79423. 806-745-2600

Jim's family has been making clocks since the 1830's and in America since 1842. Jim Verdin, 444 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-241-4010 or 800-543-0488

Hugh restores wagons, carriages & buggies dating back to the Civil War. He uses the wagon to promote his home town. Hugh Shelton, RFD 3/Gonzales, TX 78629. 830-672-3609

Show #1018 originally aired 3.3.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Visit a shop in the hill country where strung out Steinways come back to life. Bernard Mollberg, 377 Paw Print Lane, Blanco, TX 78606 MAP (830) 833-2210 or www.mollbergpiano.com

Find out how to throw a truly festive fiesta with the "piñata lady." Jo Juarez, Suite 113, 8407 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78250 MAP (210) 688-9550

Plus, it could have been abandoned forever, but now one Texas chef is serving up good eats at the Eola School. Mark Cannon, Eola School Restaurant, Eola, TX MAP


-Week of 3.31.08-

Show # 608, originally aired 4.24.99

Leonard has amassed a collection of 12,000 license plates. He decided to find something to do with them so he started building birdhouses out of them. Leonard Dunnahoe, 2175 Collins Lane Aransas Pass, TX 78336 361-766-2249

For 49 years, the Men's Bible Class has presented the Easter Pageant, a play presented in pantomime at an outdoor amphitheater on a hillside. Chuck Gifford, Chamber of Commerce, 402 Main Street, Junction, TX 76849 915-446-3190

For 41 years only 2 men have made the Grammy Award. John learned from the first & now he is passing that knowledge & the Grammy Legacy on to his son. John Billings, 609 W. Clinton, P.O. Box 257, Ridgway, CO 81432 970-626-3860

Show # 1017, originally aired 2.24.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who travelled nearly 300,000 miles to create his own brand of Texas History. Robert Wanat, PO Box 547, Castroville, TX 78009 MAP (830) 538-3174

Sink your teeth into a jaw-breaking banquet of delicious dishes made entirely from rocks. Bill and Lois Patillo, Corpus Christi, TX MAP www.rockfoodtable.com New - Watch it now!

Plus, find out how one bright builder is bringing half-priced homes to Huntsville. Dan Phillips, Huntsville, TX MAP 936-291-1882 www.phoenixcommotion.com New - Watch it now!


-Week of 3.24.08-

Show # 602, originally aired 3.13.99

Bonnie raises Japanese Koi on her hill country ranch. Koi are an ornamental carp that do well in stock tanks by eating algae & mosquito larvae. Bonnie Grier-Lyons, P.O. Box 715, Boerne, TX 78006 830-537-4439

Rick's family has made wooden shoes since the 1700's. Klompmaker in Dutch means "shoemaker" and that's what he does in Holland, Michigan. Rick Klompmaker, Wooden Shoe Factory, 447 South U.S. 31, Holland, MI 49423 616-396-6513

Walt restored the bridge that our show made famous, the Regency Bridge. We had a big celebration and even Governor George Bush showed up. Walt Lambert, 6901 West Okmulgee Lane, Muskogee, OK 74402 918-687-1339

Show # 1016, originally aired 2.27.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Travel deep below the Texas soil to visit a bachelor pad built on a launch pad. Bruce Townsley, Clyde, TX 79510 MAP (325) 529-4949 or www.atlasmissiletours.com

Meet the Mozart of Mozzerella at Corpus Christi's favorite pizza parlor. Bubba Jacobs, Panjo's Pizza, 1320 Airline Rd. Corpus Christi, TX 78412 MAP (361)-991-1539

Plus, it's a family tradition that tricks the eye; discover the lost art of Faux Bois.
Carlos Cortes, 1101 South Saint Mary's St. San Antonio, TX 78210 MAP (210) 472-3966 or www.studiocortes.com


-Week of 3.17.08-

Show # 601, originally aired 3.6.99

Brian runs the Art Car Museum. It is the only one in the world and it houses a strange and unique collection of art cars. Brian Taylor, 140 Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX 77007. 713-861-5526

The Keltgens raise llamas. They allow neighborhood children to come visit the llamas and borrow them for shows. They also make crafts from the wool. John & Linda Keltgen, 250 Imerial, New Braunfels, TX 78132 830-964-3182

Michael was paralyzed 13 years ago in an auto accident, yet he still trains horses. 6 years ago he began riding them again, too. Michael Richardson, P.O. Box 1535, Boyd, TX 76023. 940-627-6927

Show # 1015, originally aired 2.10.07

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Discover the truth behind the finest gourmet dining experience in Lubbock, Texas. Leigh Kiselis, Skyviews Restaurant, 1901 University Ave, Ste 600, Lubbock, TX 79410 MAP 806-744-7462 www.hs.ttu.edu/skyviews

Meet a man who's high caliber metal art will blow you away. Terry Jones, Gun Sculptor. 721 North Main, Jewett, Texas 75846 MAP (903) 626-5707 or
www.tmjcreativesculptures.com


Plus, experience life along the Red river with our old friend Wildwood Dean. Treasure River by Wildwood Dean. www.redriverscholar.com


-Week of 3.10.08-

Show #600, originally aired 2.27.99

Lehman is the teacher who heads the solar car team at the Winston School. The students create these cars & race them internationally. Lehman Marks, 5707 Royal Lane, Dallas TX 75229. 214-691-6950

Refugio farms hot chili peppers then strings them up into chili ristras, a holiday tradition in El Paso. Refugio Garcia, P.O. Box 1640 San Elizario, TX 79849. 915-851-2288 or 800-690-9831

This former CPA & RN lost her sight due to vasculitis 5 yrs ago. Soon after she began painting and now has sold more than 300 of her colorful works. Lisa Fittipaldi, 4209 Malaga Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628. 512-863-4074

Show #1006, originally aired 12.9.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a man on a mission to walk across Texas. That's right, all of it! Jon "Bunky" McConal, A Walk Across Texas. Granbury, TX 76048 MAP 817-573-1573 or jonmccon@swbell.net

Find out why the North Texas town of Clark fell right off the map. Mayor Bill Merritt, DISH, TX 76247 MAP (note: most maps have not updated yet.)

Plus, discover all the fundamentals of flight in the palm of your hand. Bob Wilder, Rubberband Airplanes, Colleyville, TX 76034 MAP (817) 498-6316 or rjwmaw5@comcast.net


-Week of 3.3.08-

Show #599, originally aired 2.20.99

Monty is the J. P. in Rising Star. He also is the owner of the local flower shop and he whistles to entertain himself and others. He's really good! Monty Jones, P.O. Box 828, Rising Star, TX 76471. 254-643-2023

Carol practices the Japanese art of yuki-oi woodblock printing. Her works are based on sketches compiled from her Hill Country nature journal. Carol Brown, 107 Glenn Oaks Drive, Boerne, TX 78006. 830-249-8121

Meet a man who makes chairs out of discarded trees from work crews. He also makes memory chairs using old things from your past. Daniel Mack, 14 Welling Ave, Warwick, NY 10990. 914-986-7293

Show #1005, originally aired 12.2.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter, discover two Texas artists who are making a metal animal kingdom, filled with all creatures great and small.

One crafts miniature scenes of nature in bronze. Andrew Wilks, Hereford, TX 79045 MAP (877) 564-1981 or www.andrewwilks.com

The other forges life sized longhorns in chrome. Bettye Hamblen Turner, Miles, TX 76861 MAP (325) 468-5041 or www.BHTSculpture.com

Benini Sculpture Ranch, 377 Shiloh Rd, Johnson City, Texas 78636 MAP (830) 868-2247 or www.sculptureranch.com

Plus, meet a woman who's using her green thumb to grow her very own backyard orange grove. Helen Waller Thomas, Grand Prairie, TX MAP (972) 264-6320


-Week of 2.25.08-

Show # 598, originally aired 2.13.99

The Old Time Wooden Nickel Co. makes over 5 million nickels a year. They also have a museum to show off their collection of different nickels. Herb Horning, 345 Old Austin Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209. 1-877-4NICKEL (1-877-464-2535).

Sally is an expert & caretaker of jellyfish at the Texas State Aquarium. Jellyfish are the most fragile creatures on earth, but Sally is allergic. Sally Hoke/Monica de la Garza, Texas State Aquarium/P.O. Box 331307/Corpus Christi, TX 78463. 512/881-1216 or 800/477-GULF.

We re-visit J.B. as he retires his windmills to a "windmill farm" in Spearman. He has spent his life building them and now he is giving them away. Roger Buchanan/Burl Buchanan, Box 157/Spearman, TX 79081. 806/659-3888.

Show # 1004, originally aired 11.25.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's a salute to the folks who make the Friday night lights a little brighter.

He's been on the sideline in Decatur for more than half a century and he's never missed a down. Coy O'Neal and Coach Kyle Story, Decatur High School, 750 East Eagle Summit Drive, Decatur, Texas 76234 MAP 940-393-7200

We'll spend halftime in San Antonio with a drill team like no other in the state. Amanda Camellia, Thomas Jefferson High School Trick Roper Team. 723 Donaldson Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201 MAP 210-736-1981

Plus, he's the only radio announcer most Brownwood High fans have ever known, with a name you'll never forget. Dallas Huston, Brownwood High School, 2100 Slayden & 10th St., Brownwood, Texas 76801 MAP (325) 646-9549


-Week of 2.18.08-

Show # 597, originally aired 2.06.99

After being diagnosed with a polio related disease, this wood-turner began making canes from mesquite gathered on area ranches. Lynn Hargrove (Deceased)

Meet the Prairie Dogs: the oldest garage band in Texas. Mike Borger, P.O. Box 52100 Amarillo, TX 79159.

Show # 1003, originally aired 11.18.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who's turning muddy, grimy, dirty cars into masterful works of art. Scott Wade, San Marcos, TX 78666 MAP 512-393-8823 info@dirtycarart.com or www.dirtycarart.com

Take a trip to Fort Davis for a brand new old-fashioned broom that's sweeping up the competition. Ron Cox, Davis Mountain 1800 Working Broom Shop, 401 State St., Ft. Davis, 79734 MAP 432-426-3297 or broomsquires@hotmail.com

Plus, experience the majesty of Big Bend National Park through the eyes of two talented hikers bent on creating a book. Big Bend National Park by Laurence Parent and Joe Nick Patoski. MAP University of Texas Press, 512-471-7233.


-Week of 2.11.08-

Show #589, originally aired 12.12.98

Tom's dad started the garage in Sierra Blanca in 1911 and Tom still manages it. Over the years business has dropped off and now there's almost none. Tom Ellison, P.O. Box 9/Sierra Blanca, TX 79851. 915/369-2421.

Les makes drill team uniforms for most of the high schools and colleges in Texas. She's been doing it for 25 years now. Les Ray, P.O. Box 322 Hillsboro, Texas 76645. 254/582-2383.

Meet a melodeon builder who makes music deep in the heart of Cajun country. Larry Williams. Iota, LA.

Show #1002, originally aired 11.11.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who knows his way around a cattle pen and a number two pencil. Brian Asher, 8357 County Road 3105,
Snyder, TX 79549. MAP 1.888.277.9814 or asherbrian@hotmail.com www.brianasherart.com


Travel across the country on a railroad that's only two inches tall! Darrell Cowles, Texas Western Model Railroad Club, Forest Hill, TX MAP www.texaswesternmrc.org

Plus, dance all night to the toe-tapping tunes of East Texas Zydeco music. Ed Poullard, 951 Hillebrandt, Port Arthur, TX 77701. 409-835-7114. 409-656-3591. epoullard@nationwide.net or www.lesamiscreole.com

Larry's French Market, 3701 Atlantic Hwy, Groves, TX 77619 MAP 409-962-3381 www.larrysfrenchmarket.com


-Week of 2.4.08-

Show #588, originally aired 12.05.98

Dr. Bill has been a vet for 53 years. He still makes housecalls & his operating room is in the back of a feed store. Dr. Bill Griffin, 1000 Industrial Blvd. Borger, TX 79007. 806/274-5742.

In this Discovers America segment, Frank lives on Indian land where his grandfather and dad were drum makers. He makes them the way his elders did. Frank Mirabel, Taos Pueblo, NM.

Lady feeds truckers free Thanksgiving dinner out on the interstate in a rest area. Tara Hernandez, 111 Valley View Dr. Kerrville, TX 78028. 830/792-5198.

Show #1001, originally aired 11.04.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man who's spicing up the cowboy life with a true taste of West Texas. Jerry Baird, 2363 Uvalde, Snyder, TX MAP 817-219-0766, www.jerrybairds.com or Bill Walsh, 956-495-8348

Find out how thousands of wriggling red worms are revitalizing Texas soils. Jay Mertz, Rabbit Hill Farm, 288 SW CR 20, Corsicana, TX 75110 MAP
903-872-4289 or www.aogc.org/pages/rhf/index.htm

Plus, they may be little, but these teeny steeds are out to help kids in need. Veronique Matthews, Hearts and Hooves, 608 West 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701 MAP 512-376-7667 or heartsandhooves.org


-Week of 1.28.08-

Show # 587, originally aired 11.28.98

13-year-old Charley collects antique fishing lures and sells them at his own booth during first Monday Trade Days. Charley Baugh, Rt. 4, Box 222-4 Wills Point, TX 75169. cbaugh@vzinet.com

Ann collects fragments of broken glass left over from the old Sandwich Glass Factory that closed in 1888. The glass is kept in a national museum. Ann Barber, 3 Freeman St./Sandwich, Mass 02563. 508-888-1434.

Jim and the Texas Historical Commission have been searching for the lost Rene LaSalle shipwreck, the Amable, for 20 years. Now he thinks he found it. Jim Bruseth, 512-463-4565.

Show # 1000, originally aired 10.28.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Travel to West Texas and discover a creature that exists nowhere else on Earth. Gary Garrett, 5103 Junction Hwy, Ingram, TX 78025 MAP (830) 866-3356 or garygarrett@tpwd.state.tx.us

Visit the Oval Office...without leaving the Lone Star State. Ron Wade, Longview, TX MAP (903) 236-9615 or www.ronwadebuttons.com

Plus, join a sewing circle that's three generations wide...a quilted tradition that goes all the way back to the Civil War. Laverne Brackens and Lillie Mayes, Fairfield, TX MAP (903) 389-3933


-Week of 1.21.08-

Show # 586, originally aired 11.21.98

Charley & his brother Guy put together crossword puzzle in the shape of Texas each week. The answers all have to do with Texas. Charley Orbison, P.O. Box 2882 Denton, TX 76202. 940-349-2730.

Hal started the Sierra Booster fifty years ago and he has always delivered it from his very own airplane. He is the oldest licensed pilot in the U.S. Hal Wright, P.O. Box 8/ Loyalton, CA 96118. 530-993-4379.

Cindy photographs and interviews common people in their 80's & 90's for a traveling exhibit called the "Gathering of the Wisdom People". Cindy Pickard, Box 226, Vanderpool, TX 78885. 830-966-6170.

Show # 993, originally aired 9.09.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...With season tickets, great seats, and plenty of popcorn, it's baseball heaven for one fun loving nun. Sister Damian, Incarnate Word Academy/Catholic Church, Houston, TX MAP 713-668-0423

Surf's up in Corpus Christi at the one and only Texas Surf Museum. Dan Parker, 312 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MAP (361) 888-7873 or www.texassurfmuseum.com

Plus, he's Texas' very own Geppetto, a man who found a way to bring his wooden creations to life. S. Gary Roberts, 8613 Honeysuckle Trail, Austin, TX 78759 MAP 512-345-1521 or sgricr71@cs.com Review of Gary's book, Masterful Woodturning


-Week of 1.14.08-

Show #585, originally aired 11.14.98

Roxanne is known as the pig lady. She collects pigs and is also the 2 time world champion hog caller. She has never lost a contest that she entered. Roxanne Ward, Rt 1 Box 55 Littlefield, TX 79339. 806-385-4585.

Trevor is a wildlife biology grad student studying & banding a colony of Mexican Freetail bats in the old Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad tunnel. Trevor Tanner, South of Fredericksburg and 12 miles east of Comfort. 830-644-2478.

Hugh owns the tallest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He photographs the animals and has opened it up for people to visit. Hugh Morton, P.O. Box 129/Linville, N.C. 28646. 828-963-4461.

Show #992, originally aired 9.02.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Learn all about a little instrument with a big sound as one of Texas' best harmonica players gives us a lesson on the blues. Rob Roy Parnell, 237 Swiftwater Cove, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 MAP 512-784-3699 or www.robroyparnell.com

Re-disover the world of wildflowers, as we check in with our old friends at Wildseed Farms. Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Dr. or PO Box 3000, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP 800-848-0078 or www.wildseedfarms.com

Plus, meet a man who acheives the impossible everyday...just by coming to work at 102 years of age. Leon Jenkins, Southeast Texas Regional Airport, Beaumont, TX
. (Leon passed away on January 27th, 2007.)


-Week of 1.7.08-

Show #584, originally aired 11.07.98

Guy and Jiu Ling Cole make violins. She grew up in China and he in America. Now they are one of the only violin making teams in the world. Guy Cole or Jiu Ling Cole, 1309 Andromeda Way, Arlington, Texas 76013-8315. 817-492-8350.

David collects and restores antique RV's & campers. The Smithsonian Institute has asked to display several of his RV's. David Woodworth, 19800 Descanso Dr./Tehachapi, CA 93561. 661-822-3352.

Bethany operates the biggest butterfly ranch in Texas & ships them for release at weddings, funerals & special occasions. Route 1, Box 447A Mathis, TX 78268.
830-537-3465.

Show #990, originally aired 8.19.06

Can a real-life Yankee ever become a true Texan? Thomas Tafuro & Christie Kitchens enroll in a school called Cowboy Eye for the City Guy to convert a Yankee into a Texan. Christie Kitchens, Kerrville, TX. www.cowboyeye.com

Meet a really good barber who's got a really bad case of the blues. Tracy Herron, Tracy's Barber Shop, 5971 Williams Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78412. 361-992-6092. www.bahdesign.com/tracyherron

Hit the backroads in search of the most remote grocery store in West Texas near Ruidosa. Celia Hill, State Highway 170 West, Ruidosa, TX. 432-229-4534. lajunta170@hotmail.com


-Week of 12.31.07-

Show # 583, originally aired 10.31.98

Three generations of the Marshall family are cutting hair at the same shop. James opened the shop 36 years & and hired his daughter and granddaughter. James Marshall, 607 North Greer Blvd/Pittsburg, TX 75686. (903) 856-5535

David repairs historical markers as part of the THC's Historical Markers 2000 project. He's traveled all over the state & cleaned up 4000 signs. David Danenfelzer, Texas Historical Commision/P.O. Box 12276/Austin, TX 78711-2276. (512)463-6100

Shank is the oldest cowboy on the Deep Hollow Ranch, birthplace of the American cowboy. It's the oldest cattle ranch in America, started in 1658. Shank Dickinson, Deep Hollow Ranch/P.O. Box 835/Ranch Road/Montauk, NY 11954. (516) 668-2744

Show # 989, originally aired 08.12.06

Meet the woman responsible for putting up half of the fence line in South East Texas. Betty Ann Seifert, 189 Nelson Rd, Yorktown, TX 78164 MAP (361) 564-3842

Find out if this North Texas preacher really has lost his marbles. Rev. Carroll G. Smith, Lakeside Church of God. 9396 Confederate Park Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135 MAP 817-237-5500 or www.lakesidechurchofgod.com

Plus, pack an easel and some oil paints, it’s time to travel Texas with the Outdoor Painters Society. Outdoor Painters Society, www.outdoorpainterssociety.com


-Week of 12.24.07-

Show # 486, originally aired 12.21.96

Lady feeds truckers free Thanksgiving dinner out on the interstate in a rest area. Tara Hernandez, 111 Valley View Dr. Kerrville, TX 78028.
(830) 792-5198

Ride along on the night before Christmas with the border patrol agents. George K. Cronin, 8935 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX 79925.
(915) 540-7880

In addition to the millions of lights & displays, Wonderland festivities include entertainment, parade, plays and skating. Wonderland of Lights, Marshall Chamber of Commerce 213 W. Austin Marshall, TX 75670. (903) 935-7868

Show # 955, originally aired 12.17.05

See a new twist on holiday lighting. Ed Mosley, Ed's Lighted Yard. 3479 Texas Hwy 29E. Llano, TX. Visit www.eds-lightedart.com or call 866-247-2162 for more information. (MAP)

Meet a man who designs jewelry...for Christmas trees. Jim Morris, 608 Earl Garrett St. Kerrville, TX 78028. Visit www.jmdesigner.com or call 830-896-8878 for more information. (MAP)

Plus, one viewer chosen at random shows us how she decks the halls. Harriet Rivers, New Braunfels, TX.

And just when we were feeling down, Santa Bob returns in the nick of time.


-Week of 12.17.07-

Show # 590, originally aired 12.19.98

Stephanie has made candy houses for 42 years. She uses all kinds of candy and trinkets to make her eye-pleasing creations. She is now stopping. Stephanie May, no information available.

This couple spends each Christmas alone in their RV in a different place in the woods each year. Ernie & Randi Alfoldi, 7100 S. Stemmons/Denton, TX 76205.
(940) 497-2161.

Carol Cohanky in Flower Mound, TX remebers her childhood xmas' in Mystic, CT. We follow her Santa a.k.a. Brady White and also see what he does at night. Brady White, 46 Armistice Blvd/Pawtucket, RI 02860. (401) 789-1074 or (401) 725-6481.

Show # 1008, originally aired 12.23.06

Deck the halls in the middle of the West Texas desert. Gage Hotel, 101 Highway 90 West, Marathon, TX 79842 www.gagehotel.com

Discover a magical Old World tradition known as the Christmas Pickle. Linda Dietert, Curator of the Sophienburg Museum. 401 W. Coll St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 MAP (830)629-1572 Toll Free: 1- 866-629-7674 www.nbtx.com/sophienburg

Plus, meet a special young man who's overcoming incredible odds to celebrate Christmas...just like all the other kids. Colby Havard, Vidor, TX MAP


-Week of 12.10.07-

Show # 582, originally aired 10.24.98

David is a scrap-iron salesman. He sells what he can but with the rest he creates beautiful junk sculptures. David Strickland, 508 Bond St.\Red Oak, TX 75154.
(972) 617-3037.

Kris has been an artist and sculptor all her life. Now she does portraits of people as marionettes, strings and all. Kris Smith, 1170 Hillsboro Mile #203/Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062. (956) 426-4957.

An outsider from Ohio moved to Lipscomb and has revived the town with an art gallery and a dance platform just like the pioneers used. Debby Opdyke, Dance Platform/107 Main Street\Lipscomb, TX 79056. (806) 862-2900.

Show # 988, originally aired 08.05.06

Fly through the trees with the greatest of ease at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. David Beilharz, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, 1223 Paleface RR, Spicewood TX, 78669 MAP (512) 264-8880 or www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com

Find out how one small town is keeping the Last Picture Show alive. Don Stribling, Movieland, 4 N. Austin Ave, Lamesa, TX MAP (806) 872-2750

Plus, walk and talk with a former Warden of the Texas Prison System, as we explore the history of Joe Byrd cemetery. Jim Willett, Byrd Cemetery and Texas Prison Museum, 491 Highway 75 N. Huntsville, TX 77230 MAP www.txprisonmuseum.org or 936-295-2155


-Week of 12.03.07-

Show # 581, originally aired 10.17.98

The Grahams are giving away their restaurant in Schertz by holding an essay contest. With $100 dollars and the right 250-word essay you can win it. Jim Graham & Nathalie Graham, Nathalie's Restaurant/Essay Contest/P.O. Drawer 820/Schertz, Texas 78154. (210) 945-0051

This inventor has come up with an automatic lawn mower that mows an acre an hour all by itself. Grady Jones, 225 W. Broad/Freeport, Texas 77541.
(409) 265-6191 or 239-2649

Larry is a third-generation artist who has carved a magnificent life-size wooden carousel. Larry Pefferly, 1823 Heart-Leonard Rd/Cornersville, TN 37047.
(931) 293-2674

Show #987, originally aired 07.29.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Escape the city noise and travel to a desert oasis surrounded by hot springs. David & Krissy Sines, Chinati Hot Springs, Box 67 Candelaria Route, Marfa, TX 79843. MAP (432) 229-4165 or www.chinatihotsprings.com

Meet a woman who's turning the twelve days of Christmas into the twelve years of Christmas. Gladys Green, 402 South Wells, Edna, TX 77957. MAP (361) 782-6265

Plus, uncover the bravery of female World War II pilots at the WASP museum. Nancy Parrish, WASP Museum, 210 Loop 170, Sweetwater, TX. MAP (325) 235-0099 or www.waspwwii.org/museum


-Week of 11.26.07-

Show # 580, originally aired 10.10.98

Meet Grace Berry, the 100 year-old reporter for the Thorndale Champion. Grace Berry, Box 237/Thorndale, TX 76577.

Larita is a wildlife artist. She makes her studio/gallery in an old mattress factory her family has run for more than 60 years. Larita Billups and Cecil Cox, 242 Sycamore Abilene, TX 79602. 915-677-4451.

Visit the Bluebird Taxi Company in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Bill Deaver, 622 N. Main St./Hendersonville, N.C. 28739. 704-693-3544 or 704-693-9896.

Show # 986, originally aired 07.22.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Get new parts for your old car from the Antique Auto Collector. Stacy Brown, Antique Auto Supply, 1225 Colorado, Arlington, TX 76015. (817) 275-2381 MAP

Find out how one Korean War veteran became the last person to ever graduate high school in Spade, Texas. Sherman Jones, 806-622-2258

Plus, check in with the winners of last summer's Texas Country Star competition. Now 10 City Run is taking to the airwaves with their first single and a brand new video! www.10cityrun.com


-Week of 11.19.07-

Show # 579, originally aired 10.03.98

Rob's works as a pharmacist at Wal-Mart but he also makes trophy bats on his own lathe. He always tests them out with his kids in the back yard. Rob Sellers, 609 Lux/Waco, TX 76706. 254-662-5041

Maggie tends Monticello's vegetable garden where the same varieties planted during the time of Thomas Jefferson still grow. Maggie Thompson/Whitney Espich, Monticello, P.O. Box 217/Charlottesville, VA 22902. 804-984-9822.

The MC&SA Railroad has been keeping the little logging community of Camden alive for 100 years. Robert Moore, 936-398-2511 Ext 207.

Show # 977, originally aired 05.20.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Learn how to make the ultimate handyman accessory, duct tape wallets! That's right, duct tape wallets! Louise Stevens, 960 Pecan St. Azle, TX 76020 MAP (214) 802-9175 or johnny.stevens2@gte.net

Enjoy classy cuisine made from farm fresh Texas foods in San Antonio. Brian & Elise Montgomery, Texas Farm to Table, 312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215 MAP (210) 444-1404

Plus, find out why they call them cow-BOYS instead of cow-MEN. Riggin Johnson, Paducah, TX MAP


-Week of 11.12.07-

show #577, originally aired 09.19.98

Glenn has been collecting matchbooks for over 50 years. He has amassed a collection of over 250,000 matchbooks from all over the world. Glenn Reedholm, 511 Horseshoe Ln/Burkburnett, TX 76354. 940-569-9281.

Clyde makes primitive animal sculptures from cedar trees with his chainsaw. Clyde Jones, Box 44/Bynum, NC 27228.

Tex is the founder of almost 60 year-old Camp Longhorn, a summer camp for kids in Inks Lake. He is also a former Olympic swimmer. Tex Robertson, #1 Longhorn Rd. Burnet, TX 78611. 512-793-2811.


Show #976, originally aired 05.13.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a painter whose innovative technique is a stroke of genius. John Bramblitt, Denton, TX. MAP www.bramblitt.net
John's artwork is featured on the Texas Governor's Committee 2006 poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Congratulations from Texas Country Reporter!

Find out why two thousand British Royal Air Force pilots came to Texas during World War Two. Henry Madgwick, No 1 BFTS Museum Inc. 119 Silent Wings Blvd. Terrell, TX 75160 MAP (972) 524-1714

Plus, visit a museum dedicated to life during the Great Depression. Robert Smith, 1013 South 7th, Lamesa, TX. MAP (806) 872-3413


-Week of 11.05.07-

Show #576, originally aired 09.12.98

Jack has been collecting Texas Movie Posters for over 50 years. He has so many now that he has to keep them in a separate house. Jack DeVere, 4737 View/San Antonio/78228. 210-432-5365.

Leola makes lye soap in her backyard kettle. She uses it to wash her laundry and as a home remedy. Leola Althaus.

In this Discovers America story, Duane Pasco is one of the best totem pole carvers in America. He lives on an island outside of Seattle. Duane Pasco, 19330 Widme Road, N.E./Poulsbo, WA 98370. 206-779-5584

Show #975, originally aired 05.06.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a man with a passion for the spinning windmills of West Texas. Kees Verheul, PO Box 5110, San Angelo, TX 76902. MAP (800) 854-1656, E-mail: aermotor@wcc.net or visit aermotorwindmill.com

Cross the Rio Grande aboard the last hand pulled ferry on the US border. Los Ebanos, TX MAP

Plus, meet a man named Ran Horn, from Van Horn, an artist who's obsessed with...none other than...Van Gogh. Ran Horn's Van Gogh Gallery, 202 East Broadway, Van Horn, TX. MAP www.vangoghtx.com


-Week of 10.29.07-

show #559, originally aired 05.16.98

A husband & wife artist team create 'marquetry' - an ancient art form. Spider Johnson and Lora Hunt, 915-347-6360. P.O. Box 1247 or 105 Fulton St., Mason, Texas 76856.

This Silver Star has been driving the same school bus route for 48 years, the longest we know of. His goal is 50 years. Lester Henry, 830-672-9551. (830/540-4605 Private).

94 year-old man makes wooden airplane propellers. Back in the 20's he was a barnstormer flying from town to town taking folks on their first flight. Ray Hegy, 915-729-4249. P.O. Box 124 Marfa, TX 79843.

show #974, originally aired 04.28.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Find out if a bird in the hand is really worth two in the bush. Ron Smith, 100 W. Moore Rd. #24, Pharr, TX 78577. MAP (956) 781-4542 or www.northbirding.com/carver

Meet a man who's busy as a bee making all natural wax candles. Jon Peavy, 132 Fort McKavitt St., Mason, TX 76856. MAP 888-574-2445 or beeswaxco.com

Plus, he calls them hurricane Rita's forgotten victims; fallen oaks, pines, and magnolia trees. Now this East Texas artist is putting wasted wood to good use. Keith Allison, 3865 N. Tram, Vidor, TX. MAP (409)783-9882 or www.allisonartgallery.com


-Week of 10.22.07-

show #558, originally aired 05.09.98

Merle is one of Dewitt County's "Pickers & Pluckers." They pick wildflowers to replenish the state's only month-long live exhibit. Merle Bramlette, 512-275-9942. P.O. Box 995, Cuero, TX 77954.

25 years ago this Silver Star started the Easter Hill Country Tour at the age of 40. Today, well over 1,000 participate each year. Barbara Hutchinson, 806-794-3201. 5409 86th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424.

Oma Bell is the last surviving sister of a prominent Hill Country ranching family. She's donating the property to a home for needy children. Oma Bell Perry, 830-367-2131. P.O. Box 67, Ingram, TX 78025.

show #973, originally aired 04.21.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet up with our old friend from West Texas at the Hotel Limpia. Joe Duncan, Hotel Limpia, P.O. Box 1838 Ft. Davis, TX 79734. 1-800-662-5517 or www.hotellimpia.com MAP

Discover the hidden healing powers of native plants in the South Texas scrub brush. Benito Treviño, P.O. Box 442, Rio Grande City, TX 78582. (956) 486-2576 or www.rancholomitas.com MAP

Plus, find out why one artist is making myths out of metal. The answer...is blowin' in the wind. David Smith, 16818 Red Gully Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478 MAP (281)277-2974. dsmith192001@yahoo.com or www.davidsmithart.com


-Week of 10.15.07-

show #557, originally aired 05.02.98

A woman shoed horses in New York for 17 years, but now sculpts life-sized "line sculptures" of horses from straight steel rods. Esther Benedict, 830-460-8176. HC 3, Box 978 Bandera, TX 78003.

This Silver Star founded a home 35 years ago. He's now retiring so that he can spend less time on administrative duties and concentrate on the kids! Buddy Owens, 956-585-4847. Rio Grande Children's Home, Rt., 11, Box 535, Mission, TX 78572.

This first mill in Texas almost closed, but a beginner has taken over. It's producing blankets on all original equipment dating to 1886. Mary Leggett, 915/853-2541. 409 S.W. Main St., Eldorado, TX 76936.

show #972, originally aired 04.14.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a fisherman who picked up a plasma cutter, headed for the junkyard and reeled in some art. Michael Gilbert, Michael's Metals. (281) 996-0779. Friendswood, TX. MAP

Travel to South Texas to watch the birdwatchers at the World Birding Center. Jennifer Owen, World Birding Center, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive. Mission, TX 78572. (956) 584-9156 Ext. 234 www.worldbirdingcenter.org MAP

Plus, visit the renovation of a historic West Texas home that once housed two presidents. Bill Scott, PO Box 8586 Midland, TX 79708. (866) 684-4380. Home located at: 1412 West Ohio Ave. Midland, TX 79701. MAP www.bushchildhoodhome.org


-Week of 10.08.07-

show #556, originally aired 04.25.98

While members of the Texas Baptist Men Camp Building Ministry travel all over the state, their wives go along to sew blankets and clothes for the poor. Neva Baxter, 806-983-3954. Rt. 4, Box 76, Floydada, TX 79235.

This Silver Star saw that border history was disappearing, so she started taking pictures to preserve it. She now has numerous awards. Rose Trevinio, 956-724-7924. 102 Mize Drive, Laredo, TX 78045-1986.

This suburban dweller practices the ancient craft of tinning, creating housewares from tools that date back 200 years or more. C.D. Preston, 830-257-4539. 1309 Carol Ann, Kerrville, TX 78028.

show #965, originally aired 2.24.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...It's a little bit shuffleboard and a little bit bowling. Find out why curling fever is sliding into Texas. Mark Davis, E-mail: mdavis@wbap.com website: www.dfwcurling.com Duncanville, TX MAP

Meet a woman who's making an impression on the art world with her unique printing techniques. Deda Garlitz, Photo gallery: DedaGarlitzArt.Shutterfly.com E-mail: dgarlitz@ktc.com Kerrville, TX MAP

Plus, visit the only drugstore/soda shop in the world where you can sit and sip a secret concoction called The Grapefruit Highball. Therman Bridges, 104 E. Columbia, San Augustine, TX 75972. (936) 275-3401 MAP


-Week of 10.01.07-

show #536, originally aired 12.06.97

Two sisters have been playing the accordion as a duet for more than 50 years in local parades and rest homes. Ruby Schwartz & Allene Presley, Ruby: 915-465-4309 Allene: 915-658-5914

'Faye's Texas Naturals' sells homemade jellies and sauces made with the very hot petin pepper. Faye Irby, Faye's Texas Naturals. 800-231-3293. P.O. Box 116, Goliad, TX 77963

Man creates humorous and bizarre face sculptures with paper-mache. Alan Gerson, 409-836-4935, 307 W. Alamo, Brenham, TX 77833

show #964, originally aired 2.18.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Travel to Coleman, Texas where bootmaking is a family tradition. Tex Robin, 115 W. 8th Street Box 35, Coleman, TX 76834. (325) 625-5556. www.texrobinboots.com MAP

Sidle up to the soda fountain for a real root beer float at The Old Store. Don Frei, 712 Hwy. 320 Westphaila, TX 76656. (254) 584-4994. www.theoldstorewestphalia.com MAP

Plus, find out why one West Texas town is going to pieces. John & Bette Hope, 211 Ninth Street, Levelland, TX 79336. (806) 894-4062. E-mail: jdhope@llano.net MAP


-Week of 9.24.07-

show #535, originally aired 11.29.97

Maynard & Kenny Haddad own and operate the H & H Car Wash and Coffee Shop. It opened in 1958 and it hasn't changed a bit. Maynard & Kenny Haddad 701 E. Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 ph# 915-533-1144

George is carrying on a Luling tradition by painting cute moving characters on oil pumps. George Kalisek, Luling Chamber of Commerce, 421 E. Davis, Luling, TX 78648 ph# 830-875-3214 www.lulingcc.org

Imogene has been teaching Second Grade for 55 years. She's even taught 4 generations of the same family. Imogene Glenn Rt. 1, Box 374-A1, Yantis, TX 75497 ph# 903-878-2697

show #963, originally aired 2.11.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...The fuel is unleaded and the food is premium. Find out where you can get gasoline and gourmet grub all under one roof. Franson Nwaeze, Chef Point Cafe. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, TX 76148. (817) 656-0080. www.chefpointcafe.org E-mail: chefpoint@comcast.net

And for dessert, dig into the valley's newest taste sensation - grapefruit pie! Will & Julie Klement, 4508 N. Taylor Rd. McAllen, TX 78504. (800) 580-1002. Grapefruit Pie Recipe E-mail: mrscitrus@aol.com

Plus, he's painting the town in reds, greens and blues, but he'll be spending the night in the county jail. Harry Hamlin c/o County Attorney Steve Payson, 2201 South 5th Street, Lamesa, TX 79331. (806) 872-5610


-Week of 9.17.07-

Show # 534, originally aired 11.22.97

Nick Nichol makes vases, bowls, and tables from huge tree trunks hoisted and attached to a large wood lathe. Sadly Nick has passed away.

Betty plays music on the saw with her blind granddaughter, Janet, accompanying her on the piano. Betty Rector HCR 1, Box 16, Friona, TX 79035 ph# 806-265-3420 blr@wtrt.net

This artist rescues antique hardware and fixtures from abandoned homesteads and recycles it on his ornate birdhouses. Randy Martin "Out on a Limb" P.O. Box 1144, Van, TX 75790 ph# 903-963-7686

show # 962, originally aired 2.4.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Folks are flocking to this Gulf Coast souvenir shop to meet the biggest celebrity in Port Aransas. Cassandra Clark and Chester. P.O. Box 2608 Port Aransas, TX 78373. (361) 749-7602

He takes beat up basses and makes them new again. Meet a restorer who won't let the music die. David Graham. Graham's String Shop, 1936 East Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010. (817) 861-2518. www.grahamsstringshop.com

Plus, see what happens when a potter throws new light into an ancient art form. Bill and Maggie Finley. Finley Pottery, 6914 CR 271 Mico, TX 78056. (830) 612-2030. www.finepots.com


-Week of 09.10.07-

Show # 533, originally aired11.15.97

Reed collects driftwood from the Brazos River and enhances it with sculpture. Reed Hubbell 20316 County Road, Brazoria, Texas 77422-8381 ph# 409-798-7914

Cornelia Cope is an 89-year-old tennis coach. She gives free tennis lessons to area children. Sadly Cornelia has passed away.

Linda is the 87-year-old mayor and rural mail carrier for Channing, TX. She does the mayor's duties and drives a 105 mile long mail route every day. Linda Underwood (Ethel's granddaughter) P.O. Box 23, Channing, TX 79018 Ph# 806-659-3983

Show # 954, originally aired 12.10.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, visit a tiny Texas town that is the inspiration for many a musical masterpiece. Doug Smith: Visit www.dougsmith.com or call 1-800-269-7552.

We remember our friend Opal Hunt and her touching story. Opal Hunt passed away earlier this year.

Plus, pies so high they touch the sky! Debbie and Gerald Wiles, Rock Inn Cafe. Located at 207 West California Street, Seymour, TX 76380. 940-888-2322.


-Week of 09.03.07-

Show # 532, originally aired 11.8.97

Patrons at this farm pay for produce by leaving money in an old cash register on the porch. Jan Balekian at the Double Oak Ranch ph# 817-430-4536

John restores antique radios with original parts. John Campbell HC 70, Box 302, Sabinal, TX 78881 ph# 830-988-7150

A video scrapbook of our favorite moments and memories from the 2nd Annual Texas Country Reporter Reunion.

Show# 953, originally aired 12.3.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's a big crime in a small town and it's got the whole community wondering who pulled off the "camper caper". Don Hemby, 2908 Nicholson Drive, Tyler, TX 75707. Call 903-581-2604 or 903-549-2130.

Visit a Texas bed-and-breakfast that's way out west. The Gage Hotel: 102 W. Hwy 90 Marathon, Texas 79842. Call 1-800-884-GAGE or visit www.gagehotel.com

Plus, he was just looking to gather antique wood from a forgotten farmhouse, but he found so much more. Doug Ricketts, 15951 Hwy. 213 Higgins, TX 79046. Call 806-862-2205 or write to doug@ricketts.com


-Week of 08.27.07-

Show # 531, originally aired 11.1.97

The University of Texas at El Paso band director teams up with several scientists to study the science of the steel drum. Larry White Fox Fine Arts Center, Room M301 500 West University Avenue El Paso TX 79968-0552 ph# 915-747-7802 www.utep.edu

This Silver Star has been repairing watches at the same store for 50 years. James Reeh Staudt's Jewelry, 1705 16th St. Orange, TX 77630 ph# 409-883-2107

Paula creates large brick murals for companies across the country then she flies her own plane to check on her projects. Paula Collins, 1223 Highland Park Rd. Denton, TX 76205 ph# 940-383-3384 www.sculpturelady.com

Show #952, originally aired 11.26.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a farmer who's turning bad breath into big business. Bob Anderson, Gourmet Garlic Gardens. 12300 FM 1176 Bangs, TX 76823. www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com (866) 348-3049

Go on a night time swamp tour in search of the state's biggest lizards. Amos Cooper, 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640. (409)736-2551 or amos.cooper@tpwd.state.tx

Plus, find out how one south Texas grocery man is bringing a big sound to little towns. Jim Helmke, La Vernia, TX. E-mail: paradesound@yahoo.com


-Week of 8.20.07-

show #530, originally aired 10.25.97

They still play nine pin bowling at the old Fischer Bowling Alley. There's no machines here. Children set the pins and return the balls. Jo Schwab or Doris Rust (the Club Manager) ph# 830-935-4800

This 76-year-old Silver Star shoes horses from the back of his pick-up, covering a five county area. Wayne Williams, No information available.

Two friends share their passion for restoring old Ford Model T and Model A's. Julius Neunhoffer 2505 Lower Turtle Creek Rd., Kerrville, TX 78028 ph# 830-257-8168

show # 951, originally aired 11.19.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a couple determined to revive Vaudeville. Granger and Penny Esch, Salado Silver Spur. www.saladosilverspur.com

Visit a hotel where everyday is a blessing. Helen Feldhousen, Hotel Blessing.

And find out how one woman is hot on the trail of Texas history. Lisa Lee. 3615 Valley Haven Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339. (281) 359-6607


-Week of 08.13.07-

Show # 529, originally aired 10.18.97

Day or night, Joni chainsaws fallen trees into huge bear sculptures in front of her small town gallery. Joni Hamari Hamari Gallery, Highway 39, Ingram, TX 78025 ph# 830-367-4476

Gerald makes recordings of animal calls for use by nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Gerald Stewart, Johnny Stewart Wildlife Calls, P.O. Box 7594, Waco 76714 ph# 800-537-0652 or 254-772-3261 www.johnnystewart.com

At 90 years old this spirited senior still competes in seniors' track meets and wins! No information available.

Show # 950, originally aired 11.12.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Discover who's behind the classical murals of Fredericksburg, TX. Lee and Matt Casbeer, LMC Murals. Call 866-493-4863 or visit www.lmcmurals.com for more information.

Meet a man who's a real model citizen. Edgar Seay Sr., MAL Hobby Shop. 108 S. Lee St. Irving, Texas 75060. 972-438-9233
or toll free in the USA at 877 602 2366. www.malhobby.com

And see why everyday's a piece of cake for one East Texas baker. Margie Begley. 409-584-1447. Broaddus, TX.


-Week of 8.06.07-

Show # 528, originally aired 10.11.97

Real Musgrave is the creator of the Pocket Dragon collectibles, very popular in Europe with clubs and even a cartoon show. RETIRED. Real & Muff Musgrave 800-355-2582

This Silver Star has been building Spanish flamenco guitars for 40 years. Tom Blackshear, No Information Available

Survivor of WWII's Bataan Death March travels to White Sands, NM to witness a soldiers' memorial march. Menandro Parazo, 6705 Morningside, El Paso TX 79905 ph# 915-565-7607

Show # 949, originally aired 11.5.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Discover how many mesquite trees it takes to make a forest. Carrie Atchison: 806-746-5801, or mail to Rt. 3 Box 216 Lubbock, TX 7940

Hit the nail on the head...at the hammer museum! Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX 830-634-7783

Plus, twin sisters take us back to simpler times through the art of poetry. Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619 and Dorothy Roberts: 409-722-5515, Mail to- 215 Hardy Ave., Nederland, TX 77627. For book purchasing information contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627


-Week of 7.30.07-

Show # 528, originally aired 10.11.97

Real Musgrave is the creator of the Pocket Dragon collectibles, very popular in Europe with clubs and even a cartoon show. RETIRED. Real & Muff Musgrave 800-355-2582

This Silver Star has been building Spanish flamenco guitars for 40 years. Tom Blackshear, No Information Available

Survivor of WWII's Bataan Death March travels to White Sands, NM to witness a soldiers' memorial march. Menandro Parazo, 6705 Morningside, El Paso TX 79905 ph# 915-565-7607

Show # 949, originally aired 11.5.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Discover how many mesquite trees it takes to make a forest. Carrie Atchison: 806-746-5801, or mail to Rt. 3 Box 216 Lubbock, TX 7940

Hit the nail on the head...at the hammer museum! Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX 830-634-7783

Plus, twin sisters take us back to simpler times through the art of poetry. Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619 and Dorothy Roberts: 409-722-5515, Mail to- 215 Hardy Ave., Nederland, TX 77627. For book purchasing information contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627


-Week of 7.23.07-

Show # 527, originally aired 10.4.97

Rose is one of the last accordion repair persons, yet can't play a note. Rosie Ridgeway 329 Piper Blvd., Port Aransas, TX 78373 ph# 800-654-1402 Accordion.Rose@centuryinter.net.

This 81-year-old Silver Star has been a volunteer fireman for more than 50 years. No information available.

The Concho River is one of the last fresh water pearl producers. Our pearl hunter uses these unique purple stones in Texas style jewelry. Mark Priest, Owner of Legend Jewelers 16 East Concho Avenue, San Angelo, Texas 76903 ph# 915-653-0112 www.legendjewelers.com

Show # 948, originally aired 10.29.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...They're a husband and wife team that really mows down the competition. Tim and Patty Robinson of the LSMRA. Email Patty: preciousmowments@boldwireless.net or Tim: mowron@boldwireless.net or visit www.mowerracing.com for more information.

Meet an artist who is really making waves in Seadrift, TX. Dieter Erhard, the Art=Center Seadrift. Call 361-785 5050 or write to 601-609 Broadway, Seadrift TX 79833. Visit www.artcenter-seadrift.com for more information.

And find out why birdwatchers are flocking to one South Texas backyard. Allen Williams: 956-460-9864, or mail to 750 W. Sam Houston, Pharr, TX 78577.


-Week of 07.16.07-

Show # 509, originally aired 5.31.97

The Lajitas Trading Post is one of the only places you can get tinajas, a stone vessel hand carved by Mexican craftsmen. Roger Gibson, owner Lajitas Trading Post. Lajitas Trading Post Star Route 70, Box 436 Lajitas, TX 79852 ph# 915-424-3234

Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of the Nation" we visit their rose garden of 30,000 rose bushes. Tyler Rose Garden 420 South Rose Park Tyler, TX 75702 ph# Museum 903-597-3130, Garden .903-531-1212 www.texasrosefestival.com

Three cowboys patrol Fort Bliss' most remote areas. They call themselves Range Riders. Dean Wood or Capt. Collins Public Affairs U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center Fort Bliss, TX 79916-0058 Ph# 915-569-9211 or 915-568-4623

Show # 947, originally aired 10.22.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...He's a former Texas Master Plumber who gave up wrench wrangling for finger picking. Chuck Lee, Lee Banjo Company, 112 Silverwood Ovilla, Texas 75154. Call (972) 617-5576 or visit www.leebanjos.com for more information.

He's a hard workin' cop that's really hoofin' it. Officer Maurice Floyd of the Fort Worth Police Department Mounted Patrol. Visit www.fortworthpd.com/mounted.htm for more information.

Meet a man who holds a special seat at the Capitol. Richard Eisenhour, Collections Coordinator. 201 E. 14th St. Austin, TX 512-463-5495


-Week of 7.09.07-

Show # 508, originally aired 5.24.97

The Cascarone Ladies meet once a week to make 1000s of confetti-filled eggs or "cicerones." The money they raise helps to restore local historic buildings. Peggy Anderson Night in old San Antonio 511 Paseo De La Villita San Antonio, TX 7820 ph# 210-226-5188.

The McDonald Observatory is a world-class facility where visitors can take a peak at the heavens. McDonald Observatory Visitor Center P.O. Box 133 Fort Davis, TX 79734-1337 ph# 915-426-3640 mcdonaldobservatory.org

Local high school students are restoring La Purisima Mission's pews. It's an effort to keep historic mission open. Arturo Morales, Restoration Chairman LaPurisima Mission 328 Nevarez Rd. El Paso, TX 79927 ph# 915-859-7718

Show # 925, originally aired 5.21.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- Meet a man who sees a thing of beauty in every wrecked car on his lot. Jerry Perry, Crashmasters. 7413 Andrews Highway, Odessa, TX 79765. 432-339-0265.

Discover an impressive petaled display of flowers that's downright wild. Sam Jones, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. 8545 South Staples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413. (361) 852-2100 www.ccbotanicalgardens.org

Plus, follow the majestic flight of a South Texas falcon up and down the western hemisphere. Alan Tennant, Wildlife Researcher. 432-386-4119.


-Week of 7.02.07-

Show # 507, originally aired 5.17.06

Walter investigates UFO sightings & abductions. Walter Andrus, 103 Old Towne Road Sequin, TX 78155-4099 ph# 210-379-9216

The Confederate Air Force rescues and refurbishes WWII planes then they send them soaring in the air again. Confederate Air Force Midland International Airport 9600 Wright Dr. Midland, 79711 ph# 915-563-1000

Show # 924, originally aired 5.14.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- March with us to San Antonio, and meet a man who's keeping up the beat with his past. Fred Diaz-Alamo City Band, American Legion Hall, Post 2, 3518 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201. (210)-733-0120. www.alamocityband.org

Take a peek into an oh-so-silent South Texas House of Prayer. Father Kelly- Lebh Shomea House of Prayer- La Parra Ranch, P.O. Box 9, Sarita, TX 78385. (361)-294-5369. www.lebhshomea.org

Plus, when it comes to capturing Kodak moments in the wild, this photographer is a natural. Ruth Hoyt- Puerto Rico Ranch, PO Box 3, Linn, TX 78563. (956) 481-3700. www.ruthhoyt.com


-Week of 6.25.07-

Show #506, originally aired 5.10.97

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center exhibits TX fish found in Ponds, Lakes & Streams. It has two million gallons of 'underwater' exhibits. 5550 Flat Creek Rd. Athens, TX 75751 ph# 903-676-2277 www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc

The Licon Family has been making asadero cheese for 70 years using milk from their dairy. Maria Licon and Gene Licon Jr. ph# 915-851-2705

The entire congregation at St. Mary Church has moved on, all but the Rev. George Anderson and his wife Hazle. They still have weekly services just for the two of them. No information available.

Show # 923, originally aired 5.7.05

Sally Jones lives in an RV and works at the Big Bend Ranch State Park visitors center, one and a half hours down a 26-mile dirt road behind a gate. Tony Galindo, P. O. Box 2319 Presidio, TX 79845 ph# 432-229-3416

World Champion Rodeo Competitor Sherri Mell teaches disabled children to ride through the ROPER program. Sherri Mell, P. O. Box 201512, San Antonio, TX 78220-8512 ph# 210-633-2042

The biggest Bluebonnets in Texas grow naturally in the Big Bend area. Waynelle Strachan raises them in greenhouses for cut flowers. Waynelle Strachan, Alazan Bluebonnets, 12281 N. Loop Rd. Clint, TX 79836 ph# 915-851-1238


-Week of 6.18.07-

Show # 505, originally aired 5.3.97

Chuck creates intricate tables that resemble fancy lace, out of iron he likes to call his creations ironwood lace. Chuck McCarthy, 68 Sundown Parkway, Austin, TX 78746-5258 ph# 512-926-9633 or 512-327-2863

At 84, Stubby Baldwin is the world's oldest rock-n-roll weatherman. Sadly Stubby passed away in 2002.

We visited the new Wildflower Center to celebrate spring and wildflowers and it's open year round. National Wildflower Research Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. Austin, TX 78739 ph# 512-292-4100 www.wildflower.org

Show # 922, originally aired 4.30.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- Spend some time in the workshop with the blind handymen. Phil Parr and the Blind Handyman Show. 936-634-9500, 1604 Southwood, Lufkin, TX 75904. phil@philparr.net , www.acbradio.org

Find out why this East Texas artist loves making homes for gnomes. Joseph Hopps of Arbor Castle Birdhouses. www.arborcastlebirdhouses.com

Plus, meet four men from four walks of life who are making one incredible sound. Fraven Adams- 806-765-0050. Singing Plainsmen -806-795-9978 . Lubbock, TX. www.harmonize.com/singingplainsmen/


-Week of 6.11.07-

Show # 497, originally aired 3.8.97

At 26, Chris owns a thriving furniture co. that provides unique pieces made of stone & steel. Chris Wynn 'Furniture by Design' 1131 Slocum Dallas, TX 75207 ph# 214-760-2450

Not much has changed in pottery over the last 2,000 years. Sonny is a potter and is passing the art along to two young kids. Sonny Moss, Mud Creek Pottery, 501 Main St. Calvert, TX 77837 ph# 409-364-3730

Hallie is known as a legend around Big Bend country. Her daughter has opened a museum to honor her mother's life. Hallie Stillwell, Stillwell Ranch HC-65 Box 430, Alpine, TX 79830 ph# 915-376-2244 www.freeranger.com/stillwell


Show # 921, originally aired 4.23.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out how these East Texas cowpokes have found their way back to the farm via New York City. Guy and Pip Gillette at the Camp St. Cafe. 215 S. Third Street, Crockett, TX 75835. (936) 54- 8656 or toll free (877) 544-8656. www.campstreetcafe.com

Meet a couple of cousins who have brought art and commerce back to downtown Golden, Texas. Karen Musgraves and Cathy Pegues. Belben Nest Gallery. FM 779 & 1799, Golden, Texas. 903-768-2335. Visit www.texaspaintedladies.com or www.belbennest.com

Plus, there hasn't been a movie theater in Marfa for as long as anybody can remember but a blind man on a bicycle is bringing the silver screen back to life. Gary Olliver. P.O. Box 1174, Marfa, TX 79843. 432-729-4280. Email Gary at golliver@sbcglobal.net


-Week of 6.4.07-

show # 496, originally aired 3.1.97

The past 44 years, domino players from all over gather in Halletsville in hopes of winning the title of best in dominoes. Bob Pesek, TX State Champion Domino Tourney, Knights of Columbus Hwy77 S. Hallettsville TX 77964 ph# 512-798-2267

In commemoration of Sam Houston's 200th Birthday, the city of Houston and artist David Adickes created a 67ft statue of Big Sam. Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center P.O. Box 1230 Huntsville, TX 77342-1230 ph# 409-291-9723 www.samhoustonstatue.org

Topaz, the state gemstone of Texas, is only found in the creek beds of Mason, TX. Wilburn can spot one from a mile away. Wilburn Shearer P.O. Box 641 Mason, TX 76856 ph# 915-347-5783

show #920, originally aired 04.16.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter-find out how Decatur High School is getting more horse power with girl power. Rick Elmore, Decatur High School, 1201 W. Thompson Street Decatur, Texas 76234. 940-627-2155. www.decatur.esc11.net/Campuses/dhs/

Roll a few frames with a custom fit bowling ball. Pete and Mike Joseph. 8951 Dyer, El Paso, TX 79904. 915-751-4551.

Plus, meet an East Texas woman who's threading the past to the present by restoring old quilts. Genell Dement. 903-639-4147. Hughes Springs, Texas.


-Week of 5.28.07-

Show # 495, originally aired 2.22.97

Duane Simpson makes furniture from old telephone poles, telegraph poles, oil field sucker rods, etc. Duane Simpson, Lone Star Iron Works, 229 Earl Garrett Street, Kerrville, Texas 78028-5304 ph# 830-896-3323

Galveston is a lot more than a beach resort. She's one of the most colorful cities in the state. Galveston Convention & Visitor Bureau, 2106 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77550 ph# 800-351-4236 www.galveston.com

Flocks of wild Red Crown Parrots are living free in the Rio Grande valley. Father Tom helped get them named a resident species. 956-421-3936

Show # 919, originally aired 4.9.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why this legendary law enforcement officer is responsible for the phrase...One riot, one Ranger. Joaquin Jackson and Liz Jackson, Box C101 - Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX. 79830. 432-837-8143.

Is it art or is it junk? Meet an artist with a welder who says it's a little bit of both. Gary Russell, 5380 Creekside, Melissa, TX 75454. 972-837-2365

Plus, her distinctive voice has taken this yodeling cowgirl from Fort Worth all the way around the world. Devon Dawson, 817-521-4969, www.cowtownopry.org, dawson@ev1.net


-Week of 5.21.07-

Show # 494, originally aired 2.15.97

Back in the 1800s a faith healer named Don Pedrito healed thousands. Even today people still use his folk remedies for healing. For directions to the shrine please contact the Falfurrias Chamber of Commerce ph# 361-325-333 or www.falfurrias-tx.com

Space Center Houston is the official visitor center for Johnson Space Center. Exhibits include interactive activities as well as neat artifacts from US space missions. Space Center Houston 1601 NASA Road 1 Houston, TX 77058 ph# 800-972-0369 www.spacecenter.org

In his spare time, yardman Ridge Floyd tours the world as a classical concert pianist. Ridge Floyd P.O. Box 650 Hunt, TX 78024 ph# 830-238-4754

Show # 914, originally aired 3.5.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, try the newest fad in fatty foods from the big city of Snook, TX.: Frank Sodolak, Sodolak's Original Country Inn. Just off of Highway 60 West in Snook, TX. PH#-979.272.6002

Give a warm welcome to blooming flowers and chirping birds…springtime is almost here!

Plus, find out how this former track star is overcoming the odds and proving what it means to be a soldier. Scott Palomino, El Paso, TX. PH#- 915-240-3082. spizz2413@yahoo.com


-Week of 5.14.07-

Show # 493, originally aired 2.8.97

Jeff Synder takes his 1974 Cadillac to do battle at the Demolition Derby. No Information Available.

Evers Hardware opened in 1885 and it is still owned and operated by same family. A step inside is like a step back in time. Evers Hardware, 109 W. Hickory, Denton, TX 76201 ph# 817-382-5513

Don Belcik came home to care for his sick father and picked-up his profession of welding and now Don is a sought after sculptor. Don Belcik, P.O. Box 1696, San Antonio, TX 78296 ph# 800-232-5580

Show # 913, originally aired 2.26.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, explore the final frontier with a handmade telescope. Tom Noe, Teleport Telescopes, 4030 North Highway 78, Wylie, TX, 75098. PH#-972-442-5232. www.teleporttelescopes.com or tomnoe@teleporttelescopes.com

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of an Old West oasis. Dieter Gerzymisch, Cattleman's Steakhouse, near Fabens, TX (30 Miles east of El Paso) PH# (915) 544-3200. www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com

Plus, find out why this Texas author is singing the blues. Kathleen Hudson, PhD. P.O. Box 291945 Kerrville, TX. 78029. PH# 830-792-1945. www.texasheritagemusic.org


-Week of 5.7.07-

Show # 492, originally aired, 2.19.97

Hot mineral water flows from natural springs underneath Marlin some people believe that the water has healing powers. Dr. David Fedro, Hwy Business 6 West, Marlin, TX 76661 ph# Marlin Chamber of Commerce 254-883-2171. Dr. David Fedro, 254-883-3578 www.marlintexas.com

In commemoration of the TX Centennial, the Hall of State was constructed to honor the heroes of the TX Revolution. Hall of State, 3939 Grand Ave. Fair Park Dallas, TX 75315 ph# 214-421-4500 www.hallofstate.com

Ed Montana plays music at the Big Texan steakhouse, works cattle and tours Europe as a country music sensation. Ed Montana, 3333 East 3rd Street, Amarillo, TX 79104 ph# 806-376-5674

Show # 912, originally aired 2.19.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a fire fighter who never gets tired of the daily grind. Jonathan Flynn, Fireman's Coffee, 1802 Winding Hollow, Katy, TX. 77450. PH#- 281-398-6747 or 281-808-3766.

Plus, re-visit the red earth of Tara right here in Texas. Bobbie Hardy, Gone With The Wind Museum, 408 Taylor Street, Jefferson, TX 75657. PH#- 903-665-1939. www.scarlettohardy.com

Find out why the war in Iraq is hitting a close to home for this close-knit family of shoe cobblers. Jaret and Walter Tatar, Wayne's Shoe Repair, 407 West Main, Denison, TX 75020. PH#- 903-465-9301.


-Week of 4.30.07-

Show # 485, originally aired 12.14.96

Bobby Rodriguez found families of craftsmen in Mexico who make furniture from old wood. Bobby Rodriquez, 1155 Larry Mahan, Suite K El Paso, TX 79925 ph# 915-566-2025

Muleshoe is home to the state's oldest national wildlife refuge. It is a wintering area for waterfowl & sand hill cranes. Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, Don Clapp, Manager, P.O. Box 549, Muleshoe, TX 79347 ph# 806-946-3341 www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/muleshoe/index.html

Johnny Holick makes the famous Texas A&M Corps of Cadet Sr. Boots. At the age of 89, Johnny is retiring. Sadly Johnny has passed away, but Holick's Boot Shop is still in operation. Holick's Boot Shop 106 College Main College Station, TX 77840 ph# 979.846.6721 www.holicks.com/

Show # 911, originally aired 2.12.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a man who's coming out of retirement to perform a real class act. M.G. Vasquez, Lounge Singer, 109 Bowling Green Drive, Victoria, TX. 77904. PH# 361-578-4763. Mvasquez@cox-internet.com

Find out why El Paso locals are going loco for "The old place by the graveyard." Leo Duran, L & J Cafe. 3622 East Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903. 915-566-8418

Plus, discover how a historic and nearly forgotten hotel found it's salvation...in the sweet strains of a melody. John Defoore, Beckham Hotel. 115 E Commerce St. Mineola, TX 75773. 903-569-8037. www.pineywoodspicknparlor.com


-Week of 4.23.07-

Show # 484, originally aired 12.7.96

Tina & her sidekick Birka are members of the search & rescue team -- they spend hours training to save people's lives. Children Education Search & Rescue, P.O. Box 612441, DFW Airport, TX 75261-2441 ph# 817-679-0988

Sims Spur Co. is the largest spur manufacturer in the country. Sims Spur Company, Pax Irvine, 1108 Main Street Bandera, TX 78003 ph# 210-796-3803

Allan Carr carves rocking horses. He has restored an old horse statue that stood out in front of Donaho Saddle shop since the Civil War.

Show # 902, originally aired 2.11.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's a little bit of Hollywood right here in Texas, find out how this pint-sized production team is making movies. Linda Seto, Young Actors Studio, 11496 Luna Rd Suite G Dallas, TX 75234. 972-401-2090. www.youngactors.org or contact@youngactors.org

Learn where to get tamales by the truckload. Mike and Mark Hale, Pedro's Tamales, 800-522-9531. www.pedrostamales.com or pedro@tamale.com

Plus, it's the final chapter in the history of a beloved Gulf Coast Landmark. Matagorda Island State Park, PO Box 117, Port O'Connor TX 77982. 361.983.2215 or www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/matagisl/


-Week of 4.16.07-

show #535, originally aired 11.29.97

Maynard & Kenny Haddad own and operate the H & H Car Wash and Coffee Shop. It opened in 1958 and it hasn't changed a bit. Maynard & Kenny Haddad 701 E. Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 ph# 915-533-1144

George is carrying on a Luling tradition by painting cute moving characters on oil pumps. George Kalisek, Luling Chamber of Commerce, 421 E. Davis, Luling, TX 78648 ph# 830-875-3214 www.lulingcc.org

Imogene has been teaching Second Grade for 55 years. She's even taught 4 generations of the same family. Imogene Glenn Rt. 1, Box 374-A1, Yantis, TX 75497 ph# 903-878-2697

show #963, originally aired 2.11.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...The fuel is unleaded and the food is premium. Find out where you can get gasoline and gourmet grub all under one roof. Franson Nwaeze, Chef Point Cafe. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, TX 76148. (817) 656-0080. www.chefpointcafe.org E-mail: chefpoint@comcast.net

And for dessert, dig into the valley's newest taste sensation - grapefruit pie! Will & Julie Klement, 4508 N. Taylor Rd. McAllen, TX 78504. (800) 580-1002. Grapefruit Pie Recipe E-mail: mrscitrus@aol.com

Plus, he's painting the town in reds, greens and blues, but he'll be spending the night in the county jail. Harry Hamlin c/o County Attorney Steve Payson, 2201 South 5th Street, Lamesa, TX 79331. (806) 872-5610


-Week of 4.9.07-

Show # 534, originally aired 11.22.97

Nick Nichol makes vases, bowls, and tables from huge tree trunks hoisted and attached to a large wood lathe. Sadly Nick has passed away.

Betty plays music on the saw with her blind granddaughter, Janet, accompanying her on the piano. Betty Rector HCR 1, Box 16, Friona, TX 79035 ph# 806-265-3420 blr@wtrt.net

This artist rescues antique hardware and fixtures from abandoned homesteads and recycles it on his ornate birdhouses. Randy Martin "Out on a Limb" P.O. Box 1144, Van, TX 75790 ph# 903-963-7686

show # 962, originally aired 2.4.06

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Folks are flocking to this Gulf Coast souvenir shop to meet the biggest celebrity in Port Aransas. Cassandra Clark and Chester. P.O. Box 2608 Port Aransas, TX 78373. (361) 749-7602

He takes beat up basses and makes them new again. Meet a restorer who won't let the music die. David Graham. Graham's String Shop, 1936 East Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010. (817) 861-2518. www.grahamsstringshop.com

Plus, see what happens when a potter throws new light into an ancient art form. Bill and Maggie Finley. Finley Pottery, 6914 CR 271 Mico, TX 78056. (830) 612-2030. www.finepots.com


-Week of 4.02.07-

Show # 533, originally aired11.15.97

Reed collects driftwood from the Brazos River and enhances it with sculpture. Reed Hubbell 20316 County Road, Brazoria, Texas 77422-8381 ph# 409-798-7914

Cornelia Cope is an 89-year-old tennis coach. She gives free tennis lessons to area children. Sadly Cornelia has passed away.

Linda is the 87-year-old mayor and rural mail carrier for Channing, TX. She does the mayor's duties and drives a 105 mile long mail route every day. Linda Underwood (Ethel's granddaughter) P.O. Box 23, Channing, TX 79018 Ph# 806-659-3983

Show # 954, originally aired 12.10.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, visit a tiny Texas town that is the inspiration for many a musical masterpiece. Doug Smith: Visit www.dougsmith.com or call 1-800-269-7552.

We remember our friend Opal Hunt and her touching story. Opal Hunt passed away earlier this year.

Plus, pies so high they touch the sky! Debbie and Gerald Wiles, Rock Inn Cafe. Located at 207 West California Street, Seymour, TX 76380. 940-888-2322.


-Week of 3.26.07-

Show # 532, originally aired 11.8.97

Patrons at this farm pay for produce by leaving money in an old cash register on the porch. Jan Balekian at the Double Oak Ranch ph# 817-430-4536

John restores antique radios with original parts. John Campbell HC 70, Box 302, Sabinal, TX 78881 ph# 830-988-7150

A video scrapbook of our favorite moments and memories from the 2nd Annual Texas Country Reporter Reunion.

Show# 953, originally aired 12.3.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's a big crime in a small town and it's got the whole community wondering who pulled off the "camper caper". Don Hemby, 2908 Nicholson Drive, Tyler, TX 75707. Call 903-581-2604 or 903-549-2130.

Visit a Texas bed-and-breakfast that's way out west. The Gage Hotel: 102 W. Hwy 90 Marathon, Texas 79842. Call 1-800-884-GAGE or visit www.gagehotel.com

Plus, he was just looking to gather antique wood from a forgotten farmhouse, but he found so much more. Doug Ricketts, 15951 Hwy. 213 Higgins, TX 79046. Call 806-862-2205 or write to doug@ricketts.com


-Week of 3.19.07-

Show # 531, originally aired 11.1.97

The University of Texas at El Paso band director teams up with several scientists to study the science of the steel drum. Larry White Fox Fine Arts Center, Room M301 500 West University Avenue El Paso TX 79968-0552 ph# 915-747-7802 www.utep.edu

This Silver Star has been repairing watches at the same store for 50 years. James Reeh Staudt's Jewelry, 1705 16th St. Orange, TX 77630 ph# 409-883-2107

Paula creates large brick murals for companies across the country then she flies her own plane to check on her projects. Paula Collins, 1223 Highland Park Rd. Denton, TX 76205 ph# 940-383-3384 www.sculpturelady.com

Show #952, originally aired 11.26.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a farmer who's turning bad breath into big business. Bob Anderson, Gourmet Garlic Gardens. 12300 FM 1176 Bangs, TX 76823. www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com (866) 348-3049

Go on a night time swamp tour in search of the state's biggest lizards. Amos Cooper, 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640. (409)736-2551 or amos.cooper@tpwd.state.tx

Plus, find out how one south Texas grocery man is bringing a big sound to little towns. Jim Helmke, La Vernia, TX. E-mail: paradesound@yahoo.com


-Week of 3.12.07-

show #530, originally aired 10.25.97

They still play nine pin bowling at the old Fischer Bowling Alley. There's no machines here. Children set the pins and return the balls. Jo Schwab or Doris Rust (the Club Manager) ph# 830-935-4800

This 76-year-old Silver Star shoes horses from the back of his pick-up, covering a five county area. Wayne Williams, No information available.

Two friends share their passion for restoring old Ford Model T and Model A's. Julius Neunhoffer 2505 Lower Turtle Creek Rd., Kerrville, TX 78028 ph# 830-257-8168

show # 951, originally aired 11.19.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Meet a couple determined to revive Vaudeville. Granger and Penny Esch, Salado Silver Spur. www.saladosilverspur.com

Visit a hotel where everyday is a blessing. Helen Feldhousen, Hotel Blessing.

And find out how one woman is hot on the trail of Texas history. Lisa Lee. 3615 Valley Haven Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339. (281) 359-6607


-Week of 03.05.07-

Show # 529, originally aired 10.18.97

Day or night, Joni chainsaws fallen trees into huge bear sculptures in front of her small town gallery. Joni Hamari Hamari Gallery, Highway 39, Ingram, TX 78025 ph# 830-367-4476

Gerald makes recordings of animal calls for use by nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Gerald Stewart, Johnny Stewart Wildlife Calls, P.O. Box 7594, Waco 76714 ph# 800-537-0652 or 254-772-3261 www.johnnystewart.com

At 90 years old this spirited senior still competes in seniors' track meets and wins! No information available.

Show # 950, originally aired 11.12.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Discover who's behind the classical murals of Fredericksburg, TX. Lee and Matt Casbeer, LMC Murals. Call 866-493-4863 or visit www.lmcmurals.com for more information.

Meet a man who's a real model citizen. Edgar Seay Sr., MAL Hobby Shop. 108 S. Lee St. Irving, Texas 75060. 972-438-9233
or toll free in the USA at 877 602 2366. www.malhobby.com

And see why everyday's a piece of cake for one East Texas baker. Margie Begley. 409-584-1447. Broaddus, TX.


-Week of 02.26.07-

Show # 528, originally aired 10.11.97

Real Musgrave is the creator of the Pocket Dragon collectibles, very popular in Europe with clubs and even a cartoon show. RETIRED. Real & Muff Musgrave 800-355-2582

This Silver Star has been building Spanish flamenco guitars for 40 years. Tom Blackshear, No Information Available

Survivor of WWII's Bataan Death March travels to White Sands, NM to witness a soldiers' memorial march. Menandro Parazo, 6705 Morningside, El Paso TX 79905 ph# 915-565-7607

Show # 949, originally aired 11.5.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...Discover how many mesquite trees it takes to make a forest. Carrie Atchison: 806-746-5801, or mail to Rt. 3 Box 216 Lubbock, TX 7940

Hit the nail on the head...at the hammer museum! Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX 830-634-7783

Plus, twin sisters take us back to simpler times through the art of poetry. Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619 and Dorothy Roberts: 409-722-5515, Mail to- 215 Hardy Ave., Nederland, TX 77627. For book purchasing information contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627


-Week of 2.19.07-

Show # 527, originally aired 10.4.97

Rose is one of the last accordion repair persons, yet can't play a note. Rosie Ridgeway 329 Piper Blvd., Port Aransas, TX 78373 ph# 800-654-1402 Accordion.Rose@centuryinter.net.

This 81-year-old Silver Star has been a volunteer fireman for more than 50 years. No information available.

The Concho River is one of the last fresh water pearl producers. Our pearl hunter uses these unique purple stones in Texas style jewelry. Mark Priest, Owner of Legend Jewelers 16 East Concho Avenue, San Angelo, Texas 76903 ph# 915-653-0112 www.legendjewelers.com

Show # 948, originally aired 10.29.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...They're a husband and wife team that really mows down the competition. Tim and Patty Robinson of the LSMRA. Email Patty: preciousmowments@boldwireless.net or Tim: mowron@boldwireless.net or visit www.mowerracing.com for more information.

Meet an artist who is really making waves in Seadrift, TX. Dieter Erhard, the Art=Center Seadrift. Call 361-785 5050 or write to 601-609 Broadway, Seadrift TX 79833. Visit www.artcenter-seadrift.com for more information.

And find out why birdwatchers are flocking to one South Texas backyard. Allen Williams: 956-460-9864, or mail to 750 W. Sam Houston, Pharr, TX 78577.


-Week of 2.12.07-

Show # 509, originally aired 5.31.97

The Lajitas Trading Post is one of the only places you can get tinajas, a stone vessel hand carved by Mexican craftsmen. Roger Gibson, owner Lajitas Trading Post. Lajitas Trading Post Star Route 70, Box 436 Lajitas, TX 79852 ph# 915-424-3234

Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of the Nation" we visit their rose garden of 30,000 rose bushes. Tyler Rose Garden 420 South Rose Park Tyler, TX 75702 ph# Museum 903-597-3130, Garden .903-531-1212 www.texasrosefestival.com

Three cowboys patrol Fort Bliss' most remote areas. They call themselves Range Riders. Dean Wood or Capt. Collins Public Affairs U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center Fort Bliss, TX 79916-0058 Ph# 915-569-9211 or 915-568-4623

Show # 947, originally aired 10.22.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter...He's a former Texas Master Plumber who gave up wrench wrangling for finger picking. Chuck Lee, Lee Banjo Company, 112 Silverwood Ovilla, Texas 75154. Call (972) 617-5576 or visit www.leebanjos.com for more information.

He's a hard workin' cop that's really hoofin' it. Officer Maurice Floyd of the Fort Worth Police Department Mounted Patrol. Visit www.fortworthpd.com/mounted.htm for more information.

Meet a man who holds a special seat at the Capitol. Richard Eisenhour, Collections Coordinator. 201 E. 14th St. Austin, TX 512-463-5495


-Week of 2.5.07-

Show # 508, originally aired 5.24.97

The Cascarone Ladies meet once a week to make 1000s of confetti-filled eggs or "cicerones." The money they raise helps to restore local historic buildings. Peggy Anderson Night in old San Antonio 511 Paseo De La Villita San Antonio, TX 7820 ph# 210-226-5188.

The McDonald Observatory is a world-class facility where visitors can take a peak at the heavens. McDonald Observatory Visitor Center P.O. Box 133 Fort Davis, TX 79734-1337 ph# 915-426-3640 mcdonaldobservatory.org

Local high school students are restoring La Purisima Mission's pews. It's an effort to keep historic mission open. Arturo Morales, Restoration Chairman LaPurisima Mission 328 Nevarez Rd. El Paso, TX 79927 ph# 915-859-7718

Show # 925, originally aired 5.21.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- Meet a man who sees a thing of beauty in every wrecked car on his lot. Jerry Perry, Crashmasters. 7413 Andrews Highway, Odessa, TX 79765. 432-339-0265.

Discover an impressive petaled display of flowers that's downright wild. Sam Jones, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. 8545 South Staples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413. (361) 852-2100 www.ccbotanicalgardens.org

Plus, follow the majestic flight of a South Texas falcon up and down the western hemisphere. Alan Tennant, Wildlife Researcher. 432-386-4119.


-Week of 1.29.07-

Show # 507, originally aired 5.17.06

Walter investigates UFO sightings & abductions. Walter Andrus, 103 Old Towne Road Sequin, TX 78155-4099 ph# 210-379-9216

The Confederate Air Force rescues and refurbishes WWII planes then they send them soaring in the air again. Confederate Air Force Midland International Airport 9600 Wright Dr. Midland, 79711 ph# 915-563-1000

Show # 924, originally aired 5.14.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- March with us to San Antonio, and meet a man who's keeping up the beat with his past. Fred Diaz-Alamo City Band, American Legion Hall, Post 2, 3518 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201. (210)-733-0120. www.alamocityband.org

Take a peek into an oh-so-silent South Texas House of Prayer. Father Kelly- Lebh Shomea House of Prayer- La Parra Ranch, P.O. Box 9, Sarita, TX 78385. (361)-294-5369. www.lebhshomea.org

Plus, when it comes to capturing Kodak moments in the wild, this photographer is a natural. Ruth Hoyt- Puerto Rico Ranch, PO Box 3, Linn, TX 78563. (956) 481-3700. www.ruthhoyt.com


-Week of 1.22.07-

Show #506, originally aired 5.10.97

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center exhibits TX fish found in Ponds, Lakes & Streams. It has two million gallons of 'underwater' exhibits. 5550 Flat Creek Rd Athens, TX 75751 ph# 903-676-2277 www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc

The Licon Family has been making asadero cheese for 70 years using milk from their dairy. Maria Licon and Gene Licon Jr., ph# 915-851-2705

The entire congregation at St. Mary Church has moved on, all but the Rev. George Anderson and his wife Hazle. They still have weekly services just for the two of them. No information available.

Show # 923, originally aired 5.7.05

Sally Jones lives in an RV and works at the Big Bend Ranch State Park visitors center, one and a half hours down a 26-mile dirt road behind a gate. Tony Galindo P. O. Box 2319 Presidio, TX 79845 ph# 432-229-3416

World Champion Rodeo Competitor Sherri Mell teaches disabled children to ride through the ROPER program. Sherri Mell P. O. Box 201512 San Antonio, TX 78220-8512 ph# 210-633-2042

The biggest Bluebonnets in Texas grow naturally in the Big Bend area. Waynelle Strachan raises them in greenhouses for cut flowers. Waynelle Strachan, Alazan Bluebonnets 12281 N. Loop Rd. Clint, TX 79836 ph# 915-851-1238


-Week of 1.15.07-

Show # 505, originally aired 5.3.97

Chuck creates intricate tables that resemble fancy lace, out of iron he likes to call his creations ironwood lace. Chuck McCarthy, 68 Sundown Parkway, Austin, TX 78746-5258 ph# 512-926-9633 or 512-327-2863

At 84, Stubby Baldwin is the world's oldest rock-n-roll weatherman. Sadly Stubby passed away in 2002.

We visited the new Wildflower Center to celebrate spring and wildflowers and it's open year round. National Wildflower Research Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. Austin, TX 78739 ph# 512-292-4100 www.wildflower.org

Show # 922, originally aired 4.30.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter- Spend some time in the workshop with the blind handymen. Phil Parr and the Blind Handyman Show. 936-634-9500, 1604 Southwood, Lufkin, TX 75904. phil@philparr.net , www.acbradio.org

Find out why this East Texas artist loves making homes for gnomes. Joseph Hopps of Arbor Castle Birdhouses. www.arborcastlebirdhouses.com

Plus, meet four men from four walks of life who are making one incredible sound. Fraven Adams- 806-765-0050. Singing Plainsmen -806-795-9978 . Lubbock, TX. www.harmonize.com/singingplainsmen/


-Week of 1.08.07-

Show # 497, originally aired 3.8.97

At 26, Chris owns a thriving furniture co. that provides unique pieces made of stone & steel. Chris Wynn 'Furniture by Design' 1131 Slocum Dallas, TX 75207 ph# 214-760-2450

Not much has changed in pottery over the last 2,000 years. Sonny is a potter and is passing the art along to two young kids. Sonny Moss Mud Creek Pottery 501 Main St. Calvert, TX 77837 ph# 409-364-3730

Hallie is known as a legend around Big Bend country. Her daughter has opened a museum to honor her mother's life. Hallie Stillwell, Stillwell Ranch HC-65 Box 430, Alpine, TX 79830 ph# 915-376-2244 www.freeranger.com/stillwell

show # 921, originally aired 4.23.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out how these East Texas cowpokes have found their way back to the farm via New York City. Guy and Pip Gillette at the Camp St. Cafe. 215 S. Third Street, Crockett, TX 75835. For more info dial (936) 544 8656 or toll free, (877) 544 8656. Visit the Camp Street Cafe on the web at www.campstreetcafe.com

Meet a couple of cousins who have brought art and commerce back to downtown Golden, Texas. Karen Musgraves and Cathy Pegues. Belben Nest Gallery. FM 779 & 1799, Golden, Texas. 903-768-2335. Visit www.texaspaintedladies.com or www.belbennest.com .

Plus, there hasn't been a movie theater in Marfa for as long as anybody can remember but a blind man on a bicycle is bringing the silver screen back to life. Gary Olliver. P.O. Box 1174, Marfa, TX 79843. 432-729-4280. Email Gary at golliver@sbcglobal.net


-Week of 1.01.07-

show # 496, originally aired 3.1.97

The past 44 years, domino players from all over gather in Halletsville in hopes of winning the title of best in dominoes. Bob Pesek, TX State Champion Domino Tourney, Knights of Columbus Hwy77 S. Hallettsville TX 77964 ph# 512-798-2267

In commemoration of Sam Houston's 200th Birthday, the city of Houston and artist David Adickes created a 67ft statue of Big Sam. Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center P.O. Box 1230 Huntsville, TX 77342-1230 ph# 409-291-9723 www.samhoustonstatue.org

Topaz, the state gemstone of Texas, is only found in the creek beds of Mason, TX. Wilburn can spot one from a mile away. Wilburn Shearer P.O. Box 641 Mason, TX 76856 ph# 915-347-5783

show #920, originally aired 04.16.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter-find out how Decatur High School is getting more horse power with girl power. Rick Elmore, Decatur High School, 1201 W. Thompson Street Decatur, Texas 76234. 940-627-2155. www.decatur.esc11.net/Campuses/dhs/

Roll a few frames with a custom fit bowling ball. Pete and Mike Joseph. 8951 Dyer, El Paso, TX 79904. 915-751-4551.

Plus, meet an East Texas woman who's threading the past to the present by restoring old quilts. Genell Dement. 903-639-4147. Hughes Springs, Texas.


-Week of 12.25.06-

Show # 495, originally aired 2.22.97

Duane Simpson makes furniture from old telephone poles, telegraph poles, oil field sucker rods, etc. Duane Simpson, Lone Star Iron Works, 229 Earl Garrett Street, Kerrville, Texas 78028-5304 ph# 830-896-3323

Galveston is a lot more than a beach resort. She's one of the most colorful cities in the state. Galveston Convention & Visitor Bureau 2106 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77550 ph# 800-351-4236 www.galveston.com

Flocks of wild Red Crown Parrots are living free in the Rio Grande valley. Father Tom helped get them named a resident species. 956-421-3936

Show # 919, originally aired 4.9.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why this legendary law enforcement officer is responsible for the phrase...One riot, one Ranger. Joaquin Jackson and Liz Jackson, Box C101 - Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX. 79830. 432-837-8143.

Is it art or is it junk? Meet an artist with a welder who says it's a little bit of both. Gary Russell, 5380 Creekside, Melissa, TX 75454. 972-837-2365

Plus, her distinctive voice has taken this yodeling cowgirl from Fort Worth all the way around the world. Devon Dawson, 817-521-4969, www.cowtownopry.org, dawson@ev1.net


-Week of 12.18.06-

Show # 590, originally aired 12.19.98

Stephanie uses all kinds of candy and trinkets to make her eye-pleasing gingerbread houses. After 42 years she is retiring. No information available.

Each year the Alfoldis spend Christmas alone in their RV in a different place in the woods. Ernie & Randi Alfoldi 7100 S. Stemmons/Denton, TX 76205 ph# 940-497-2161

Carol Cohanky in Flower Mound, TX remembers her childhood Christmas in Mystic, CT. We follow her Santa a.k.a. Brady White to see what a day in the life of Santa is like. Brady White 46 Armistice Blvd Pawtucket, RI 02860 ph# 401-789-1074 or 401-725-6481

Show # 903, originally aired 12.18.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out where Santa spends his summer vacation. Lynn Haney collection (wholesale) 3515 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410 Hollyhocks Gifts (retail) 3521 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410 ph#806.780.8787 www.lynnhaney.com

Meet a man who's trading in his Christmas lights for barbed wire and rusted metal. Carl Loeffler, 21791 N US Highway 377, London, TX 76854, ph#325.475.3253

Plus, get in the spirit of giving as we introduce you to a very little boy… with a great big heart! Louise Elliott, PO Box 39295, San Antonio, TX 78218, ph#210.224.1843


-Week of 12.11.06-

Show # 486, originally aired 12.21.96

In addition tot he millions of lights & displays, in Marshall the Wonderland festivities include entertainment, parades, plays and skating. Marshall Chamber of Commerce 213 W. Austin Marshall, TX 75670 ph# 903-935-7868 www.marshall-chamber.com

Every thanksgiving Tara feeds truckers w free Thanksgiving dinner right off of the interstate in a rest area. Tara Hernandez 111 Valley View Dr. Kerrville, TX 78028 ph# 830-792-5198

Ride along on the night before Christmas with the border patrol agents. George K. Cronin 8935 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX 79925 ph# 915-540-7880

Show # 955, originally aired 12.17.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, see a new twist on holiday lighting. Ed Mosley, Ed's Lighted Yard. 3479 Texas Hwy 29E. Llano, TX. Call 866-247-2162 for more information.

Meet a man who designs jewelry...for Christmas trees. Jim Morris, 608 Earl Garrett St. Kerrville, TX 78028. Visit www.jmdesigner.com or call 830-896-8878 for more information.

Plus, one viewer chosen at random shows us how she decks the halls. Harriet Rivers, New Braunfels, TX.

And just when we were feeling down, Santa Bob returns in the nick of time.


-Week of 12.04.06-

Show # 435, originally aired 12.24.95

Sonya & Sasha Perez were accepted at the age of 14 into the Sweet Adelines, a women's singing group. Rhonda Perez 7120 FM 482 New Braunfels, TX 78132-4824 ph# 210-606-0481

Easter Hothan decorates a cedar tree out on Highway 83 each year for Christmas. In recent years people have joined her decorating efforts. Easter Hothan 1810 Jeanette st. Abilene, TX 79602 ph# 915-672-2582

We spent Christmas with the men who work on oil rig #152 in the Gulf of Mexico. No Information Avalible.

Show # 851, originally aired 12.20.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, get into the spirit of the season with a man a who finds Santa Claus in every person he meets. Bill Keen, 121 Will Rogers, Schertz, TX 78154, ph # 210.632.6867 www.billykeenart.com or e-mail: peachykeen@stic.net

Find out why folks from all over south Texas flock to the home of three sisters. Janie Esther and Dorothy Minten 1188 East Jim Wells Co. Rd., 401 Rt. 1, Box 82A, Falfurrias, TX 78355, ph# 361.325.2068 or 800.276.4339
(Visits to the Christmas House by reservation only, Sept. 21st through March 31st.)

Plus, it could be the worst Christmas song ever written.


-Week of 11.27.06-

Show # 382, originally aired 12.24.94

For 44 years, Arch McNeil has been chief elf of a Santa's workshop that makes toys for the needy year-round. Arch McNeil 7814 Forney Rd., Dallas, Texas 75227 ph# 214-381-7360

Louise Elliott has been delivering toys during Christmas for 26 years. Each year 65,000 gifts go to over 35,000 needy children. The Elf Louise Christmas Project P.O. Box 39295, San Antonio, TX 78218 ph# 210-224-1843 www.elflouise.com

Show # 799, originally aired 12.21.02

A Texas Country Reporter Christmas retrospective. We visit some of our favorite Christmas stories from the past thirty years.


-Week of 11.20.06-

Show # 494, originally aired 2.15.97

Back in the 1800s a faith healer named Don Pedrito healed thousands. Even today people still use his folk remedies for healing. For directions to the shrine please contact the Falfurrias Chamber of Commerce ph# 361-325-333 or www.falfurrias-tx.com

Space Center Houston is the official visitor center for Johnson Space Center. Exhibits include interactive activities as well as neat artifacts from US space missions. Space Center Houston 1601 NASA Road 1 Houston, TX 77058 ph# 800-972-0369 www.spacecenter.org

In his spare time, yardman Ridge Floyd tours the world as a classical concert pianist. Ridge Floyd P.O. Box 650 Hunt, TX 78024 ph# 830-238-4754

Show # 914, originally aired 3.05.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, try the newest fad in fatty foods from the big city of Snook, TX.: Frank Sodolak, Sodolak's Original Country Inn. Just off of Highway 60 West in Snook, TX. PH#-979.272.6002

Give a warm welcome to blooming flowers and chirping birds…springtime is almost here!

Plus, find out how this former track star is overcoming the odds and proving what it means to be a soldier. Scott Palomino, El Paso, TX. PH#- 915-240-3082. spizz2413@yahoo.com


-Week of 11.13.06-

Show # 493, originally aired 2.8.97

Jeff Synder takes his 1974 Cadillac to do battle at the Demolition Derby. No Information Available.

Evers Hardware opened in 1885 and it is still owned and operated by same family. A step inside is like a step back in time. Evers Hardware 109 W. Hickory Denton, TX 76201 ph# 817-382-5513

Don Belcik came home to care for his sick father and picked-up his profession of welding and now Don is a sought after sculptor. Don Belcik P.O. Box 1696 San Antonio, TX 78296 ph# 800-232-5580

Show # 913, originally aired 2.26.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, explore the final frontier with a handmade telescope. Tom Noe, Teleport Telescopes, 4030 North Highway 78, Wylie, TX, 75098. PH#-972-442-5232. www.teleporttelescopes.com tomnoe@teleporttelescopes.com

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of an Old West oasis. Dieter Gerzymisch, Cattleman's Steakhouse, near Fabens, TX (30 Miles east of El Paso) PH# (915) 544-3200. www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com

Plus, find out why this Texas author is singing the blues. Kathleen Hudson, PhD. P.O. Box 291945 Kerrville, TX. 78029. PH# 830-792-1945.www.texasheritagemusic.org


-Week of 11.06.06-

Show #492, originally aired 2.1.97

Hot mineral water flows from natural springs underneath Marlin some people believe that the water has healing powers. Dr. David Fedro Hwy Business 6 West, Marlin, TX 76661 ph# Marlin Chamber of Commerce 254-883-2171 Dr. David Fedro 254-883-3578 http://www.marlintexas.com/

In commemoration of the TX Centennial, the Hall of State was constructed to honor the heroes of the TX Revolution. Hall of State 3939 Grand Ave. Fair Park Dallas, TX 75315 ph# 214-421-4500 http://www.hallofstate.com/

Ed Montana plays music at the Big Texan steakhouse, works cattle and tours Europe as a country music sensation. Ed Montana 3333 East 3rd Street Amarillo, TX 79104 ph# 806-376-5674 www.edmontana.com

Show #912, originally aired 2.19.05

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a fire fighter who never gets tired of the daily grind. Jonathan Flynn, Fireman's Coffee, 1802 Winding Hollow, Katy, TX. 77450. PH#- 281-398-6747 or 281-808-3766. www.lonestarcoffees.com

Plus, re-visit the red earth of Tara right here in Texas. Bobbie Hardy, Gone With The Wind Museum, 408 Taylor Street, Jefferson, TX 75657. PH#- 903-665-1939. www.scarlettohardy.com

Find out why the war in Iraq is hitting a close to home for this close-knit family of shoe cobblers. Jaret and Walter Tatar, Wayne's Shoe Repair, 407 West Main, Denison, TX 75020. PH#- 903-465-9301.


-Week of 10.30.06-

Show # 485, originally aired 12.14.96

A man found families of craftsmen in Mexico who make furniture from old wood. Bobby Rodriquez, 1155 Larry Mahan, Suite K El Paso, TX 79925. 915/566-2025

Muleshoe is home to the state's oldest national wildlife refuge. It is a wintering area for waterfowl & sandhill cranes. Don Clapp, Manager of Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 549 Muleshoe, TX 79347. 806/946-3341

Johnny Holick makes the famous Texas A&M Corps of Cadet Sr. Boots. Dad started the Aggie Band. At 89, Johnny's retiring. Holick's Boot Shop, 106 College Main College Station, TX 77840. 409/846-6721

Show # 911, originally aired 02.12.05

Meet a man who's coming out of retirement to perform a real class act. M.G. Vasquez, Lounge Singer, 109 Bowling Green Drive, Victoria, TX. 77904. PH# 361-578-4763.Mvasquez@cox-internet.com www.entertainmentbymg.com

Find out why El Paso locals are going loco for "The old place by the graveyard." Leo Duran, L & J Cafe. 3622 East Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903. 915-566-8418

Plus, discover how a historic and nearly forgotten hotel found it's salvation...in the sweet strains of a melody. John Defoore, Beckham Hotel. 115 E Commerce St. Mineola, TX 75773. 903-569-8037. www.pineywoodspicknparlor.com


-Week of 10.23.06-

Show # 484, originally aired 12.07.96

Tina & her sidekick Birka are members of the search & rescue team -- they spend hours training to save people's lives. Children Education Search & Rescue, P.O. Box 612441 DFW Airport, TX 75261-2441 ph#817-679-0988

Sims Spur Co. is the largest spur manufacturer in the country. Pax bought it 7 yrs ago after sustaining a rodeo injury. Pax Irvine, Owner. 1108 Main Street Bandera, TX 78003. ph#210-796-3803

A man who carves rocking horses restored an old horse statue that stood out in front of Donaho Saddle shop in San Angelo. Allan Carr, HC 12, Box 49 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 ph#210-997-7344

Show # 902, originally aired 12.11.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's a little bit of Hollywood right here in Texas. Find out how this pint-sized production team is making movies. Linda Seto, Young Actors Studio, 11496 Luna Rd Suite G Dallas, TX 75234. 972-401-2090. www.youngactors.org or contact@youngactors.org

Learn where to get tamales by the truckload. Mike and Mark Hale, Pedro's Tamales, 800-522-9531. www.pedrostamales.com
pedro@tamale.com

Plus, it's the final chapter in the history of a beloved Gulf Coast Landmark. Matagorda Island State Park, PO Box 117, Port O'Connor TX 77982 361.983.2215 www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/matagisl/


-Week of 10.16.06-

Show # 483, originally aired 11.30.96

We know one eccentric blacksmith who is making a bed of nails. Roy Bellows 507 E. Schubert Fredericksburg, TX 78624 ph # 830-997-7806.

Victor Cornelius is one of the largest menu designers, printers and manufacturers in the country. Cary Meeks, President Victor Cornelius Menu Company 400 West Main Eastland, TX 76448 ph # 800-654-9946 or www.victorcornelius.com

M.D. Davis travels to pictograph sites in Texas, she then recreates the images using her unique rock art. M.D. Davis, Davis Restorations, 9800 Brockbank Bdlg. A Dallas, TX 75220 ph # 214-351-6683

Show # 901, originally aired 12.4.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a man who's hammered a living out of bright sheets of copper. Gerald Tobola, 10933 Birch, LaPorte, TX 77571 ph#281.470.2616 www.coppershadetree.com or gerald@coppershadetree.com

See what's cookin' off the old town square. Jerry Ebensberger, The Rosebud, 102 S. Main St. Victoria, TX 77901 ph# 361.573.5111 www.rosebudfountain.com

And find out why one woman's on a personal mission to support our troops. Robbie Maxwell, Hwy 69, Huntington, TX 75949 ph# 936.422.4137


-Week of 10.09.06-

Show # 482 originally aired 11.23.96

We travel to Big Bend Ranch to meet David Sissom is one of the world's leading experts on scorpions. David Sissom 28 Canyon Rim Canyon, TX 79015 ph # 806-655-7673 or dsissom@mail.wtamu.edu

Foster Jolley has sold hot dogs for the past 60 years at the famous XIT rodeo, this living legend is retiring this year. XIT Rodeo and Reunion XIT Board of Directors P.O. Box 966 Dalhart, TX 79022 or www.dalhart.org/index.html

In 1950 when the drive-in theatre opened, Gene got a job there and now more than fifty years later he owns it. Gene Palmer State Highway 36 in Gatesville, one mile south of U.S. Hwy 84. Ph # 817-865-8445 or gcpalmer1@aol.com

Show # 900 originally aired 11.27.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, He's taking junk science to another level in his very own museum. Robert Little, 2501 Blue Jay Dr, Temple, TX 76502 ph# 254.778.1592

Plus, spin your wheels at the Windmill Farm Bed and Breakfast. Chuck Rickgauer, 6625 Colony, Tolar, TX 76476, ph# 254.835.4168 www.thewindmillfarm.com

And they're known as the Sensational Six…find out why these boys are the heart and soul of Blackwell, TX. Doug Cook, Principal, Blackwell High School ph# 325.282.2311


-Week of 10.02.06-

Show # 481 originally aired 11.16.96

Jerry is chief engineer of the lunar laser ranging project at McDonald Observatory, but he's most famous for being a washtub bassist. "Washtub Jerry" Wiant, McDonald Observatory HC 75 Box 1337 MCD Fort Davis, Texas 79734-5020 ph # 915-426-3659 or www.as.utexas.edu and www.washtubjerry.com

McDonald's Trading Post has everything from soup to nuts. It's spread over 15 acres and has 60,000 square ft of space. Pete McDonald 1401 S. Columbia Plainview, TX 79072 ph # 806-296-9239 (Sadly Pete has passed away, but McDonald's Trading Post is still going strong)

Donnell is the night security guard for a shipwreck! The ship is one of LaSalle's ships that ran aground in shallow waters 300 years ago. Donnell Oker, Texas Historical Commission P.O. Box 12276 Austin 78711-2276 ph # 512-463-6096

Show # 899 originally aired 11.20.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, keeping the beat means a lot more than patrolling the street. Lt. Greg Denman, 300 East Shepherd, Lufkin, TX 75902 ph#: (936) 633-0321 gdenman@lufkinpolice.com or www.lufkinpolice.com/bandnew.htm

Where can you find country cookin' in the Big City? Vern's Place, Vern Simmons, 3600 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226, ph# 214.823.0435

Plus, find out what made J. Adams pick up his guitar again after so many years. Jay Boy Adams, jayboy@musicoffice.com or www.jayboyadams.com


-Week of 09.25.06-

Show # 480 originally aired 11.9.96

Donna is creating the world's largest brick sculpture all the way up in Cleveland, OH. Donna and Ned Dobberfuhl 632 West Sunset Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 ph # 210-659-7250 or www.sculpturaldesigns.com

Every year the folks of Albany put on the Fandangle, a musical cavalcade of local history. Ph # 915-762-3642 or www.albanytexas.com

Phillip Everett has created an oasis, a tropical rain forest, in his own backyard where he also raises exotic Birds. Phillip Everett Holly Street Aviaries 400 Holly St. Bridge City, TX 77611 ph # 409-735-9578

Show # 898 originally aired 11.13.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet an artist who really is burning the candle at both ends. Lynda Wilson, 4955 County 429, Van Alstyne, TX 75495, ph#972.924.4991 www.batiksbylynda.com

Find out the secret behind the most unique house in Temple TX. Brenda White, 1714 S. 61st. St. Temple, TX 76504, ph#254.207.2806

Plus, go for a spin on one engineer's backyard obsession. Tim and Keith Ann Gearn, 3532 CR7, Hereford, TX 79045, ph#806.364.5655 timgearn@amaonline.com


-Week of 09.18.06-

Show # 479 originally aired 11.2.96

Bob & Karen plant and harvest their crops using old time farm implements pulled by huge draft horses. Bob & Karen Lewis Karoussell Farm Rt. 1 Box 67K Tolar, TX 76476 ph # 817-835-4270

In 1960, college students discovered a cavern system beneath a natural bridge. Now it's the state's largest show cave. Clara Heidemann & Weldon Preiss 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd. Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 ph # 210-651-6101 or www.naturalbridgecaverns.com

Tornadoes have ripped apart a tiny town three times since 1938. Wynn Hamilton has survived all three in this jinxed town. Wynn Hamilton 1722 S. Park Pecos, TX 79772 ph # 915-447-3601

Show # 897 originally aired 11.6.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out one man's secret to making beautiful Mexican tile. Michael Olguin, 1022 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78201 ph#210.736.2634 www.reesotiles.com

See what it takes to keep a small town alive. Hotel Garza, Jim and Janice Plummer, 302 East Main, Post, TX 79356 ph#806.495.3962 www.hotelgarza.com

Plus, it's out with the old and in with the new for one Texas hospital. Randall Young, 1500 South Sunset, Littlefield, TX 79339 ph#806.385.6411


-Week of 09.11.06-

Show # 478 originally aired 10.26.96

Su Sun Wong is a famous singer in Singapore. She is unknown in U.S. and teaches opera in Pflugerville. Su Sun Wong 2502 Nueces St. Apt. 205 Austin, TX 78705 ph# 512-477-8867.

Cherry Springs is the 2nd oldest dance hall in Texas. During the 30s, 40s and 50s it was a touring stop for the Grand Old Opry. D.C. Owens 16 miles north of Fredericksburg on U.S. Hwy 87 Cherry Springs pH# 210-669-2580.

Show # 896 originally aired 10.30.04

Find out how a pen can preserve the past, without ever writing a word. Kenn Hill, 2 Hialeah, Odessa, TX 79761, pH# 432.550.4955 kenn@kennspenns.com, www.kennspenns.com

Take a trip to TV land with one woman's tribute to her favorite show. www.munstermansion.com

Plus, he's the most reluctant artist we've ever met and also one of the most talented. Dusty Tower, 2101 Murray Road, Springtown, TX 76082, pH# 817.613.0588, www.vulcan-forge.com


-Week of 09.04.06-

Show # 477 originally aired 10.19.96

Cathy Shaw loves nature so much that she captures it permanently in glass. Cathy Shaw, Arrowhead Trading Co. P.O. Box 1036 Kyle, TX 78640 ph# 512-268-1151.

Thistle Hill, built in 1903 by a prominent Texas cattle baron, has breathtaking architecture. Ruth Karbach, Thistle Hill 1509 Pennsylvania Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104 ph# 817-336-1212 www.thistlehill.org

J.D. Brown runs a little gas station out in the middle-of-nowhere. Recently converted a bus into a garage on wheels. J.D. Brown P.O. Box 426, Dell City, TX 79837 ph# 915-964-2552.

Show # 895 originally aired 10.23.04

A highfalutin 19th century pastime gets countrified. Rob McLaughlin, 136 Philly Court Fischer, TX 78623, ph#830 935 3272 texasrsm@aol.com

Find out why this baker has the donut business cornered. Roger Phillips, 613 West 24th St, Plainview, TX 79072. ph#806.296.9632

Plus, we'll meet a woman who found the cure for an empty nest in a baseball dugout. Wendy Gordon, C/O Roundrock Express, 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd, Roundrock, TX 78664 ph# 512.255.2255


-Week of 08.28.06-

Show # 476 originally aired 10.12.96

Garrett Wilkinson is a retired welder. He creates kooky yard art out of mufflers, gas tanks and rusty rebarb. Sadly Garrett Wilkinson has passed away.

Locomotive 786 was retired to an Austin Park in 1956. Today, it is restored and carries people through the Hill Country. Arden Brands and Ness Meredith Austin & TX Central Railroad Box 1632 Austin, TX 78767 ph# 512-

-8468 www.austinsteamtrain.org

People join together to try to make it rain after one of the worst droughts in Texas history. Bungy Hartshorn P.O. Box 171 Bandera, TX 78003 ph# 210-796-3045.

Show # 894 originally aired 10.16.04

Find out why this west Texas man has filled his home with some of the deadliest creatures on earth. Earl Turner, 2291 San Pedro Drive, HCR3 Box 1914 Del Rio, TX 78840 ph# 830.774.2909 or 830.774.3020

We'll visit the pumpkin capital of Texas. Tim Assiter, Floydada Pumkins, PO Box 70, Floydada, TX 79235 ph# 806.983.3322

Plus, they're preserving the past by rebuilding the airplanes they built decades before. Dick Atkins, Director of Public Relations, Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation 1601 West Marshal Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051


-Week of 08.21.06-

Show # 475 originally aired 10.05.96

Maria Minaar grew up a missionary's child in Africa. Moved to east Texas where pine is replacing African wood in Marimbas. 5416 Adams Drive, The Colony, Texas 75056-1819 ph# 469-384-2353

Just out of reach of traffic and urban sprawl, a museum of nature and art rests on an undisturbed piece of the north Texas environment. Kenneth Steigman Heard Wildlife Sanctuary One Nature Place, McKinney 75069 ph# 972-562-5566 www.heardmuseum.org

Bill Marquis uncovered the log cabin belonging to the original family of Denton County. Now he's restoring it for future generations. Bill Marquis Rt. 1 Box 43 Ponder, TX 76259 ph# 817-479-2348

Show # 893 originally aired 10.09.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Find out how this West Texas couple turned an overgrown cow pasture into one of the biggest attractions in the county. Charles and Nina Harris, P.O. Box 102 Llano, TX 78643. The story takes place in San Saba.

Meet a father and son team who built a business right on cue. Alton and Paul Sumrall, 12610 County Road. 3100, Posey, TX. ph# 806.778.1957, www.sscues.com

Plus, once it was an overnight stop for movie stars...and now you can find out why Hotel Paisano is the new jewel of the desert. Joe Duncan, Hotel Paisano, 207 North Highland Street, Marfa, TX ph# 866.729.3669 www.hotelpaisano.com


-Week of 08.14.06-

Show # 474 originally aired 9.28.96

Old City Park has added a Chautauqua Pavilion. Chautauqua was a popular entertainment and education circuit. Dallas Heritage Village 1717 Gano Street, Dallas 75215 ph# 214-421-5141 www.oldcitypark.org

Baxter Adams moved to Medina and planted orchards of dwarf apple trees. He sells all kinds of homemade products from family recipes. Baxter Adams, Love Creek Orchards P.O. Box 1401 Medina, TX 78055 ph# 800-449-0882 or 830-589-2588 www.lovecreekorchards.com

Aubrey saved an 800 year old oak tree that for 70 years shaded a concrete slab where cowboys gathered on Saturday nights. Aubrey Henderson HC 7 Box 32 A Ingram, TX 78025 ph# 210-367-5084.

Show # 892 originally aired 10.02.04

He's a guitar pluckin' cowboy who really is at home on the range. We'll help ourselves to some homemade cobbler. Glenn Moreland, Cowboy Outfitters, P.O. Box 594, Fort Davis, TX 79734, ph# 800.915.3793 www.texcowboy.com

The soothing sounds of Sistercreek will relax your mind, as you sample the fruit of the hill country. Danny Hernandez, Sistercreek Vineyards, 1142 Sisterdale Road (FM 1376) Sisterdale, TX 78006. ph# (830)324.6704 (Business hours) (830)324.6682 (Evenings) www.sistercreekvineyards.com

Plus, we're staying up late with a woman who's discovered a mysterious talent...Just wait till you see what else she's found. Marjorie Lee Burnett, 15138 FM 1116 P.O. Box 61, Smiley, TX 78159-0061, ph#830.587.6445


-Week of 08.07.06-

Show # 473 originally aired 9.21.96

Barney Smith is a retired plumber and has decorated 345 toilet seats and started a toilet seat art museum. Barney Smith 239 Abiso Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 Ph # 210-824-7791.

An entire town assembles at the courthouse steps to re-create a photograph taken in 1929. Carol Taylor #10 Timberside Greenville, TX 75402 ph# 903-454-2947

The historic Czech and German churches of Praha, Dubina and High Hill are famous for their colorful murals and statues. Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce 618 N. Main Street - Schulenburg, Texas 78956 ph #979-743-4514 www.schulenburgchamber.org

Show #891 originally aired 2.25.04

Find out why folks are just dying to see the museum of funeral history. Chris Layton, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090, ph# 281.876.3063 www.nmfh.org Trivia answer: Coffins are tapered at the head and foot and are wide at the shoulders to mimic the human form. Caskets are rectangular in shape.

Meet a man who's carved out a market in goof-ball golf balls. Bill Williams, 1970 North Leslie Street #542, Pahrump NV, 89060, ph# 830.426.1627

Plus the country swing band sound from three sisters who aren't just fiddling around. Mckenzies' Music, 315 South Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063, ph# 817.473.6022, wefiddle@yahoo.com


-Week of 07.31.06-

Show # 472 originally aired 9.14.96

Lineaus Lorette makes medicine balls for exercising out of a small leather shop in Ft. Davis, Texas. Lineaus Lorette P.O. Box 2021 Fort Davis, TX 79734 ph # 800-626-6456.

Mike Shoup is a horticulturist who researches, grows and sells antique roses. Mike Shoup The Antique Rose Emporium 10,000 Hwy 50, Brenham, TX 77833 ph # 800-441-0002 www.antiqueroseemporium.com

Tyler and Kyle Simpson (father & son)team up and race a steam engine locomotive as part of The Great Texas train race. Tyler Simpson 14204 Highway 110 South Whitehouse, TX 75791-9801 ph # 903-561-4810 www.simpsonsports.com

Show #890 originally aired 9.18.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why this East Texas swampthing is a welcome sight if your looking to skim across the east Texas cypress bogs. Stan Floyd 108 East Lutcher Drive, Orange, TX 77632 www.pnx.com/gator/airboats.htm ph# 800.241.6390

Take a spin through a red-hot art studio. Jim Bowman, 1419 East Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75215, www.bowmanglass.com ph# 214.426.4777

Plus, found out how this World War II war veteran is being honored with kind words, a camera, and a caring son. No Information Available


-Week of 07.24.06-

Show # 456 originally aired 05.25.96

European Chef from Switzerland prepares gourmet meals for campers along the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. Francois Maeder Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery 3920 Harry Wurzbach San Antonio, TX 78209 ph # 210-821-5600 www.crumpetsa.com

17 year old Andy is a professional associate auctioneer. He also owns a herd of registered Brangus cattle. Horn Auction Co. P.O. Box 162Nome, Texas 77629 ph # 409-253-2323 www.hornauction.com

Wayne helped to restore the Chapel Hill Cemetery by building birdhouses. The cemetery contains the final resting place of the W. Travis Family. Wayne Hesterly P. O. Box 129 Chapel Hill, TX 77426 ph # 979-836-2315.

Show #889 originally aired 09.11.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, travel deep down into the heart of Texas to a hideaway that could be one of the most unusual music venues in the state. Longhorn Caverns, Kaye Barlow, P.O. Box 732 Burnet, TX 78611 ph# 877.441.CAVE, www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/longhorn/longhorn.htm

He's done a half day's work before sunrise and he's just getting started. Find out why this dairy farmer could be the hardest working man in Texas. Chuck Reiter, 4055 FM 51 Gainesville, TX 76240-0211 ph# 940.665.8982

Plus, see how Lajitas, Texas, is being transformed from desert oasis to desert resort. Lajitas, HC 70, Box 400 Lajitas, TX 79852, www.lajitas.com ph# 432.424.5000


-Week of 07.17.06-

Show #455, originally aired 5.19.96

Ron Craw has turned his backyard into a wildlife habitat with the help of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Wildscapes program. Texas Wildscapes Texas Parks and Wildlife 4200 Smith School Rd Austin, TX 78744 ph# 800-792-1112 www.tpwd.state.tx.us

18 year old Robin Lange is a volunteer for her hometown chapter of the Red Cross. She teaches a Basic Aid training course to kids. Tina Gascamp Washington Co. Red Cross 809 S. Market ST. Brenham, TX 77833 ph# 409-836-0737

Corrine Trimble opened 'Corrine's Style Shop' in 1942. She's retiring, selling the business at the age of 96. Lynn Johnson, Corrine's Style Shop. Box 83 McLean, TX 79057 ph# 806-779-2341

Show #873, originally aired 5.22.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter it's the largest collection of Vietnam War documents and artifacts in existence, and it's right here in the lone star state. Vietnam Center, Dr. James Reckner, Math building, room 4, Lubbock, TX 79409-1045 ph# 806.742.3742

Visit a museum dedicated to the War Between the States. Julie Holcomb, 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110 ph# 903.875.7438

Plus find out how one woman is using a computer to quilt salutes to the armed services. Margaret Bucklew, Portrait Quilts www.chiseledincloth.com


-Week of 07.10.06-

Show #454, originally aired 5.11.96

Dean Woodard is legendary along the TX coast for her shell collection. Her club helped recognize an official shell of Texas. Dean Woodard 509 Evans Angleton, TX 77515 ph # 409-849-6390

18 year old Aspen Paschall is a member of the Compunet Support System Race Team. Valerie Gabriel Swenson VGS Marketing Group 2027 Sancerre Lane Carrollton, TX 75007 ph# 214-395-9034.

Beto was the El Paso Tram operator for many years. It closed down but Beto still returns to his post everyday. Beto Quinonez KTSM TV 801 North Oregon El Paso, TX 79902 ph# 915-566-6622

Show #872, originally aired 5.15.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, visit a tiny Texas town that is the inspiration for many a musical masterpiece. Doug Smith, www.dougsmith.com ph# 800-269-7552

Find out why some of the best sausage in the state is green. Marvin and Charles Green, 16493 Highway 53, Zabcikville, TX ph# 254.985.2585

Plus, it's blueberry picking time on the family farm. Blue Berry Hill Farm, 10268 FM 314, Edom, TX Ph# 903.852.6175, www.blueberryhillfarms.com


-Week of 07.03.06-

Show #453, originally aired 5.4.96

Kay & Jesse Patterson took an early retirement, bought a place in the country and started a mini donkey farm. Kay & Jesse Patterson 5502 FM 914, Stephenville, Texas 76401 ph# 254-965-7224 users.htcomp.net/allcreaturessmall

11 year old David Watson and his 8 year old cousin Vanessa are the youngest members of 'Thunderbird' American Indian Dancers. Ruth Smith -- American Indian Heritage Center 1450 Preston Square, Suite 294 Dallas, TX 75230 ph# 214-701-0074

George Flores-Ozuna is a video/film teacher at a inner-city school in San Antonio. He took his students to New Mexico to make a film. George Flores-Ozuna, Brackenridge High School South St. Mary San Antonio, TX 78229 ph# 210-533-8144

Show #871, originally aired 5.8.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a man who is rebuilding two wheeled memories of childhood. Juan Deleon 202 Wickhamford Way, Houston, TX 77015 ph# 713.502.5137 www.bikevato.com or bikevato@bikevato.com

Find out the history behind a smokestack that is a West Texas icon. T. Lindsay Baker (Gordon Center) ph# 254.968.1866 www.tarleton.edu/~gordoncenter Andrea Bennett (Smokestack) ph# 254.672.5560 www.smokestack.net

Plus, we're in the studio with a Texas recording artist that's "born and bound for the road". Brian Houser, www.brianhouser.com


-Week of 06.26.06-

Show #446, originally aired 3.16.96

Jim Mecklin has owned a plating shop in Lubbock for more than 40 years. Jim Mecklin 2228 Avenue H Lubbock, TX 2228 Avenue H (Buddy Holly Ave.) Lubbock, TX 79404 ph# 806-744-0383

Thad Maples helps keep the family farm going while dad works at the family business in town. Thad Maples, Lampasas Independent School District 207 W 8th St. Lampasas, TX 76550 ph # 512-556-3614

For the past 20 years, Louis Jacobs has hunted dinosaurs, he's written the 1st book on Texas Dinosaurs. Dr. Louis Jacobs Shuler Museum of Paleontology -- SMU Dallas, 6425 Boaz Lane Dallas, TX 75275 ph# 214-768-2773 jacobs@smu.edu.

Show #870, originally aired 5.1.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a photographer who's making new images with an ancient technique. Robb Kendrick, 1672 Mckinney Loop, Blanco, TX 78608, ph# 830.833.2202 www.renaissance-alliance.org (click on National Geographic fundraiser)

Come along on a weekend getaway to the gulf coast.
Lighthouse Inn 200 South Fulton Beach Road, Rockport, TX 78382, ph# 866.790.8439, Rocky Reese (Owner) www.lighthousetexas.com

Plus, she was born before radio, television or automobiles…but this centenarian is right at home on the Internet.
Esther Hearne 503 E. Hodges, Palestine, TX 75801, ph# 903.729.6195. Timothy Triplett 1002 E. Angelina St. Palestine, TX 75801


-Week of 06.19.06-

Show #444, originally aired 3.2.96

For the past 17 years, Arthur Allison has captured beautiful images in his glass works. Arthur Allison Allison Glassworks 13865 N. Fm 120 At Lazy Acres Pottsboro, TX 75076 ph# 903-786-3718, www.allisonglassworks.com

After Greenville lost its swim coach, then 15 year old swimmer Tim took over. Tim Morrison YMCA Greenville 1915 Stanford Greenville, TX 75401 ph # 903-455-5405.

Larry is 1 of 4 classical harmonisists in the world. He lives with his horses & antique carriages in the hill country. Sadly, Larry Logan has passed away. www.larrylogan.net

Show #869, originally aired 4.24.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, stop by a roadside south Texas café and find out why folks call this chef "the king". Trine's Super Tacos, Trinidad Bermea, Highway 57 Box 383, LaPryor, TX 78872, ph# 830.365.4597

He says he’s the master of making something from nothing…and what he’s making from Texas mesquite will amaze you. Everett Fulton, 2535 River Oaks Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78132, ph# 830.629.3102

Plus, you may think your boots are worn out, but there’s a man in Mineola who’s resoling and reselling footwear found in the garbage. Clark Broadhurst, 3255 FM 779, Mineola, TX 75773. Call 903-258-0534 or e-mail clark@brokeinboots.net


-Week of 06.12.06-

Show # 443, originally aired 2.24.96

Bill Richardson is an old cowboy who makes elaborate beds out of steel left over from old farm implements. Bill Richardson, Texas Iron Works 5208 Green Tree Blvd., Midland, and TX 79707 ph # 915-522-2559

Bonnie and Nick Norris are professional musicians. Bonnie plays fiddle and Nick plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle, & bass. Bonnie and Nick Norris P.O. Box 425173 Denton, TX 76204 ph# (940) 483-0059 www.bonnieandnick.com

Eddie is a sculptor and a very poignant philosopher. Eddie Dixon 2421 East 28th Street Lubbock, TX 79404 ph# 806-762-2299 www.eddiedixonartist.com

Show # 868, originally aired 4.17.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why the entire south Texas town of Panna Maria is rejoicing at the sounds of church bells.
Adrian Niestroy, 513 PR 5290 Hobson, TX 78117, ph. 830.780.2650

Stop by for a hot meal and a cold drink at a place in the middle of nowhere. Frank's Cafe, Frank Gutierrez (Father, deceased) and Bobby "Big Bob" Gutierrez (Son) 502 East Galbraith, Hebbronville, TX 78361, ph. 361.527.9081

Plus, he's a very special firedog who makes house calls on kids in need. Captain Barbie Boubel, Converse Fire Department, 107 Station St. Converse, TX 78109, 210.658.8900


-Week of 06.05.06-

Show # 442, originally aired 2.17.96

Hilliard Stone started making harps in his garage when his wife asked for one. Hillard handcrafts folk harps and his wife plays them. Hilliard Stone 410 Nottingham Irving, TX 75061 ph# 214-790-3419

Matthew Quon has made the National finals in both pairs and singles figure skating, and he's only 13 years old. He is training to compete in the 2002 Olympics. www.hypernix.net

J.D. Neff is a horseshoer/blacksmith & is running out of his last load of coal. When it is gone he will close his shop after 85 years of business. J.D. Neff 604 W. Harrison Electra, TX 76360 ph # 817-495-3819

Show # 861, originally aired 2.28.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's an East Texas landmark that almost ended up on the bottom of a lake. Mark and Johnnie Thomas Jr. ph# 903.447.3114 Cado Fishin Barge

Visit an Abilene factory that's shipping suckers all over the United States. Mike O'Neal, Lollypops and Candies Company, 741 North 3rd. Abilene, TX 79604 ph# 325.673.6483 or visit them on the internet: www.lollipopsusa.com or www.chefpoppies.com

Plus, find out why this former fashion model is keeping the family farm alive. Deborah Rogers, 300 McNaughton Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76114 ph# 817.737.9776


-Week of 05.29.06-

Show # 441, originally aired 2.10.96

Thirty years ago Bill started designing and making custom cues with beautiful inlays of fine materials. Bill Stroud: 1310 Ranch Road 620, South Austin, TX 78734. Call 512-263-3133 or visit www.cues.com for more information.

Twelve year old Brian is VP of Bernie's Cheeseballs, his grandfather’s company. They make them together and he sells door to door. Bernie Rust, Owner: 403 Masthead, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147. 903-887-4692.

Kenneth used to be a circuit preacher but after 32 years he retired and started painting. Kenneth Wyatt: 310 Comanche Tulia, TX 79088. Call 806-995-2239 or visit www.kennethwyatt.com for more information.

Show # 860, originally aired 2.21.04

It's a big crime in a small town and it's got the whole community wondering who pulled off the "camper caper." Don Hemby, Camper Shell Theft Victim: 2908 Nicholson Drive, Tyler, TX 75707. 903-581-2604 or 903.549.2130.

We'll fly in to a hotel where the runway is right out the front door. Rich Estenson, Hangar Hotel: 155 Airport Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, Call 830-997-4999 or visit www.hangarhotel.com for more information.

Plus, meet skidboot...he's the most amazing cow dog you've ever seen. David Hartwig, Skidboot's Pop: 1989 Sally Goodin, Quinlan, TX 75474. Call 903-356-4491 or visit www.skidboot.com.


-Week of 05.22.06-

Show # 440, originally aired 2.3.96

We know three men who make intricately designed toy soldiers from pewter. Jimmy Mann, LeMan's Collections: 810 S. Bryan Amarillo, TX. 806-372-4050.

Willie, Cliff and Shaun represent Sweetwater MS with a jump rope team. Coach Liz Lambeth, Sweetwater I.S.D.: 207 Musgrove Sweetwater, TX 79556. 915-235-3491.

Billie Wolfe is the founder of the National Windmill Project, a working museum of windmills. Coy Harris or Billie Wolfe, National Windmill Project, Tech Station: P.O. Box 4666, Lubbock, TX 79409. 806-788-1499.

Show # 859, originally aired 2.14.04

Find out why one Texas Town has taken its entire history and stored it on a computer. Neal Murphy, San Augustine County Historical Foundation: 108 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, TX 75972. 936-288-3111.

Visit a small town feed store where the feed has been replaced by fine wine. March Compton, Menard Wine: P.O. Box 786 Menard, TX 76859. Call 325-396-4601 or visit www.drinkseesaw.com for more information.

Plus, why is this New York City police officer selling hot dogs on the side of the road near Big Spring? Thomas Tafuro, New York's Finest Hot Dogs, newyorksfinesthotdogs.com


-Week of 05.15.06-

Show # 433, originally aired 12.16.95

Hiroshi Rodriquez is disturbed by the graffiti in Austin, so he does spray can art to encourage other uses for spray paint. No information available.

Twelve year old Vance Smith is a muleskinner -- he trains his mule to do just about anything. Stan & Deana Smith, Vance’s parents: P.O. Box 186 Ackerly, TX 79713. 915-353-4510.

Ernie Veiloff rescues old cabins from across the country and brings them to Texas to restore them. Ernie Veiloff: HC-12 Box 68-B, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 210-997-0774.

Show # 858, originally aired 2.7.04

Find out why this north Texas barber turned a storage room into a recording studio -- and made himself a star. Dooney Brown: 408 East Camp Wisdom, Duncanville, TX 75116. Call 214-523-2742 or visit www.peculiarrecords.com for more information.

Stop by a hill country factory that’s choc full of sweets for your sweetie. Lecia Duke, Chocolat: 330 West Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 800-842-3382.

Plus, it’s a unique art that takes a steady hand and a red hot "brush". Kathleen Marie Wilson, 491 Wildwood Lane, Johnson City, TX 78636. 830-868-0335 or visit www.kathleenmariestudio.com/artist/ for more information.


-Week of 05.08.06-

Show # 432, originally aired 12.9.95

Buckshot Fuguay makes homemade hot carrots in his kitchen. Sadly, Buckshot Fuguay has pased away.

Sixteen year old Daniel Palmer is a professional sports artist. Daniel Palmer, Sports Legacy: 1000 Ballpark Way, Ste. 122 Arlington, TX 76011. 800-659-9631.

Monique Jackson has devoted her life to protecting orphaned and neglected big cats. Monique Jackson, Exotic Cat Refuge: Route 3, Box 96-A, Kirbyville, TX 75956. 409-423-4847.

Show # 850, originally aired 12.13.03

It could be called the original settler of Texas…find out how the majestic Elk is making a comeback on the south plains. Todd Franks: 7012 68th St. Lubbock, TX 79424. Call 806-798-0033 or visit www.texaselkcompany.com for more information.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to a south Texas praline factory. Aunt Aggie De's Pralines: 311 W. Sinton Street, Sinton, TX. Call 512-467-2464 or visit www.auntaggiede.com for more information.

Plus, it was a project that the congregation of one tiny Texas church thought was to tough to tackle…but now their sanctuary shines with new light. Rev. Marie Helm: P.O. Box 187 New Castle, TX 76372. 940-846-3352.


-Week of 05.01.06-

Show # 483, originally aired 11.30.96

We know one eccentric blacksmith who is making a bed of nails. Roy Bellows 507 E. Schubert Fredericksburg, TX 78624 ph # 830-997-7806.

Victor Cornelius is one of the largest menu designers, printers and manufacturers in the country. Cary Meeks, President Victor Cornelius Menu Company 400 West Main Eastland, TX 76448 ph # 800-654-9946 or www.victorcornelius.com

M.D. Davis travels to pictograph sites in Texas, she then recreates the images using her unique rock art. M.D. Davis, Davis Restorations, 9800 Brockbank Bdlg. A Dallas, TX 75220 ph # 214-351-6683

Show # 901, originally aired 12.4.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a man who's hammered a living out of bright sheets of copper. Gerald Tobola, 10933 Birch, LaPorte, TX 77571 ph#281.470.2616 www.coppershadetree.com or gerald@coppershadetree.com

See what's cookin' off the old town square. Jerry Ebensberger, The Rosebud, 102 S. Main St. Victoria, TX 77901 ph# 361.573.5111 www.rosebudfountain.com

And find out why one woman's on a personal mission to support our troops. Robbie Maxwell, Hwy 69, Huntington, TX 75949 ph# 936.422.4137


-Week of 04.24.06-

Show # 482 originally aired 11.23.96

We travel to Big Bend Ranch to meet David Sissom is one of the world's leading experts on scorpions. David Sissom 28 Canyon Rim Canyon, TX 79015 ph # 806-655-7673 or dsissom@mail.wtamu.edu

Foster Jolley has sold hot dogs for the past 60 years at the famous XIT rodeo, this living legend is retiring this year. XIT Rodeo and Reunion XIT Board of Directors P.O. Box 966 Dalhart, TX 79022 or www.dalhart.org/index.html

In 1950 when the drive-in theatre opened, Gene got a job there and now more than fifty years later he owns it. Gene Palmer State Highway 36 in Gatesville, one mile south of U.S. Hwy 84. Ph # 817-865-8445 or gcpalmer1@aol.com

Show # 900 originally aired 11.27.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, He's taking junk science to another level in his very own museum. Robert Little, 2501 Blue Jay Dr, Temple, TX 76502 ph# 254.778.1592

Plus, spin your wheels at the Windmill Farm Bed and Breakfast. Chuck Rickgauer, 6625 Colony, Tolar, TX 76476, ph# 254.835.4168 www.thewindmillfarm.com

And they're known as the Sensational Six…find out why these boys are the heart and soul of Blackwell, TX. Doug Cook, Principal, Blackwell High School ph# 325.282.2311


-Week of 04.17.06-

Show # 481 originally aired 11.16.96

Jerry is chief engineer of the lunar laser ranging project at McDonald Observatory, but he's most famous for being a washtub bassist. "Washtub Jerry" Wiant, McDonald Observatory HC 75 Box 1337 MCD Fort Davis, Texas 79734-5020 ph # 915-426-3659 or www.as.utexas.edu and www.washtubjerry.com

McDonald's Trading Post has everything from soup to nuts. It's spread over 15 acres and has 60,000 square ft of space. Pete McDonald 1401 S. Columbia Plainview, TX 79072 ph # 806-296-9239 (Sadly Pete has passed away, but McDonald's Trading Post is still going strong)

Donnell is the night security guard for a shipwreck! The ship is one of LaSalle's ships that ran aground in shallow waters 300 years ago. Donnell Oker, Texas Historical Commission P.O. Box 12276 Austin 78711-2276 ph # 512-463-6096

Show # 899 originally aired 11.20.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, keeping the beat means a lot more than patrolling the street. Lt. Greg Denman, 300 East Shepherd, Lufkin, TX 75902 ph#: (936) 633-0321 gdenman@lufkinpolice.com or www.lufkinpolice.com/bandnew.htm

Where can you find country cookin' in the Big City? Vern's Place, Vern Simmons, 3600 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226, ph# 214.823.0435

Plus, find out what made J. Adams pick up his guitar again after so many years. Jay Boy Adams, jayboy@musicoffice.com or www.jayboyadams.com


-Week of 04.10.06-

Show # 480 originally aired 11.9.96

Donna is creating the world's largest brick sculpture all the way up in Cleveland, OH. Donna and Ned Dobberfuhl 632 West Sunset Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 ph # 210-659-7250 or www.sculpturaldesigns.com

Every year the folks of Albany put on the Fandangle, a musical cavalcade of local history. Ph # 915-762-3642 or www.albanytexas.com

Phillip Everett has created an oasis, a tropical rain forest, in his own backyard where he also raises exotic Birds. Phillip Everett Holly Street Aviaries 400 Holly St. Bridge City, TX 77611 ph # 409-735-9578

Show # 898 originally aired 11.13.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet an artist who really is burning the candle at both ends. Lynda Wilson, 4955 County 429, Van Alstyne, TX 75495, ph#972.924.4991 www.batiksbylynda.com

Find out the secret behind the most unique house in Temple TX. Brenda White, 1714 S. 61st. St. Temple, TX 76504, ph#254.207.2806

Plus, go for a spin on one engineer's backyard obsession. Tim and Keith Ann Gearn, 3532 CR7, Hereford, TX 79045, ph#806.364.5655 timgearn@amaonline.com


-Week of 04.03.06-

Show # 479 originally aired 11.2.96

Bob & Karen plant and harvest their crops using old time farm implements pulled by huge draft horses. Bob & Karen Lewis Karoussell Farm Rt. 1 Box 67K Tolar, TX 76476 ph # 817-835-4270

In 1960, college students discovered a cavern system beneath a natural bridge. Now it's the state's largest show cave. Clara Heidemann & Weldon Preiss 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd. Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 ph # 210-651-6101 or www.naturalbridgecaverns.com

Tornadoes have ripped apart a tiny town three times since 1938. Wynn Hamilton has survived all three in this jinxed town. Wynn Hamilton 1722 S. Park Pecos, TX 79772 ph # 915-447-3601

Show # 897 originally aired 11.6.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out one man's secret to making beautiful Mexican tile. Michael Olguin, 1022 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78201 ph#210.736.2634 www.reesotiles.com

See what it takes to keep a small town alive. Hotel Garza, Jim and Janice Plummer, 302 East Main, Post, TX 79356 ph#806.495.3962 www.hotelgarza.com

Plus, it's out with the old and in with the new for one Texas hospital. Randall Young, 1500 South Sunset, Littlefield, TX 79339 ph#806.385.6411


-Week of 03.27.06-

Show # 478 originally aired 10.26.96

Su Sun Wong is a famous singer in Singapore. She is unknown in U.S. and teaches opera in Pflugerville. Su Sun Wong 2502 Nueces St. Apt. 205 Austin, TX 78705 ph# 512-477-8867.

Cherry Springs is the 2nd oldest dance hall in Texas. During the 30s, 40s and 50s it was a touring stop for the Grand Old Opry. D.C. Owens 16 miles north of Fredericksburg on U.S. Hwy 87 Cherry Springs pH# 210-669-2580.

Show # 896 originally aired 10.30.04

Find out how a pen can preserve the past, without ever writing a word. Kenn Hill, 2 Hialeah, Odessa, TX 79761, pH# 432.550.4955 kenn@kennspenns.com, www.kennspenns.com

Take a trip to TV land with one woman's tribute to her favorite show. www.munstermansion.com

Plus, he's the most reluctant artist we've ever met and also one of the most talented. Dusty Tower, 2101 Murray Road, Springtown, TX 76082, pH# 817.613.0588, www.vulcan-forge.com


-Week of 03.20.06-

Show # 477 originally aired 10.19.96

Cathy Shaw loves nature so much that she captures it permanently in glass. Cathy Shaw, Arrowhead Trading Co. P.O. Box 1036 Kyle, TX 78640 ph# 512-268-1151.

Thistle Hill, built in 1903 by a prominent Texas cattle baron, has breathtaking architecture. Ruth Karbach, Thistle Hill 1509 Pennsylvania Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104 ph# 817-336-1212 www.thistlehill.org

J.D. Brown runs a little gas station out in the middle-of-nowhere. Recently converted a bus into a garage on wheels. J.D. Brown P.O. Box 426, Dell City, TX 79837 ph# 915-964-2552.

Show # 895 originally aired 10.23.04

A highfalutin 19th century pastime gets countrified. Rob McLaughlin, 136 Philly Court Fischer, TX 78623, ph#830 935 3272 texasrsm@aol.com

Find out why this baker has the donut business cornered. Roger Phillips, 613 West 24th St, Plainview, TX 79072. ph#806.296.9632

Plus, we'll meet a woman who found the cure for an empty nest in a baseball dugout. Wendy Gordon, C/O Roundrock Express, 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd, Roundrock, TX 78664 ph# 512.255.2255


-Week of 03.13.06-

Show # 476 originally aired 10.12.96

Garrett Wilkinson is a retired welder. He creates kooky yard art out of mufflers, gas tanks and rusty rebarb. Sadly Garrett Wilkinson has passed away.

Locomotive 786 was retired to an Austin Park in 1956. Today, it is restored and carries people through the Hill Country. Arden Brands and Ness Meredith Austin & TX Central Railroad Box 1632 Austin, TX 78767 ph# 512-477-8468 www.austinsteamtrain.org

People join together to try to make it rain after one of the worst droughts in Texas history. Bungy Hartshorn P.O. Box 171 Bandera, TX 78003 ph# 210-796-3045.

Show # 894 originally aired 10.16.04

Find out why this west Texas man has filled his home with some of the deadliest creatures on earth. Earl Turner, 2291 San Pedro Drive, HCR3 Box 1914 Del Rio, TX 78840 ph# 830.774.2909 or 830.774.3020

We'll visit the pumpkin capital of Texas. Tim Assiter, Floydada Pumkins, PO Box 70, Floydada, TX 79235 ph# 806.983.3322 www.pumpkinranch.com

Plus, they're preserving the past by rebuilding the airplanes they built decades before. Dick Atkins, Director of Public Relations, Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation 1601 West Marshal Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051


-Week of 03.06.06-

Show # 475 originally aired 10.05.96

Maria Minaar grew up a missionary's child in Africa. Moved to east Texas where pine is replacing African wood in Marimbas. 5416 Adams Drive, The Colony, Texas 75056-1819 ph# 469-384-2353

Just out of reach of traffic and urban sprawl, a museum of nature and art rests on an undisturbed piece of the north Texas environment. Kenneth Steigman Heard Wildlife Sanctuary One Nature Place, McKinney 75069 ph# 972-562-5566 www.heardmuseum.org

Bill Marquis uncovered the log cabin belonging to the original family of Denton County. Now he's restoring it for future generations. Bill Marquis Rt. 1 Box 43 Ponder, TX 76259 ph# 817-479-2348

Show # 893 originally aired 10.09.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, Find out how this West Texas couple turned an overgrown cow pasture into one of the biggest attractions in the county. Charles and Nina Harris, P.O. Box 102 Llano, TX 78643. The story takes place in San Saba.

Meet a father and son team who built a business right on cue. Alton and Paul Sumrall, 12610 County Road. 3100, Posey, TX. ph# 806.778.1957, www.sscues.com

Plus, once it was an overnight stop for movie stars...and now you can find out why Hotel Paisano is the new jewel of the desert. Joe Duncan, Hotel Paisano, 207 North Highland Street, Marfa, TX ph# 866.729.3669 www.hotelpaisano.com


-Week of 02.27.06-

Show # 474 originally aired 9.28.96

Old City Park has added a Chautauqua Pavilion. Chautauqua was a popular entertainment and education circuit. Dallas Heritage Village 1717 Gano Street, Dallas 75215 ph# 214-421-5141 www.oldcitypark.org

Baxter Adams moved to Medina and planted orchards of dwarf apple trees. He sells all kinds of homemade products from family recipes. Baxter Adams, Love Creek Orchards P.O. Box 1401 Medina, TX 78055 ph# 800-449-0882 or 830-589-2588 www.lovecreekorchards.com

Aubrey saved an 800 year old oak tree that for 70 years shaded a concrete slab where cowboys gathered on Saturday nights. Aubrey Henderson HC 7 Box 32 A Ingram, TX 78025 ph# 210-367-5084.

Show # 892 originally aired 10.02.04

He's a guitar pluckin' cowboy who really is at home on the range. We'll help ourselves to some homemade cobbler. Glenn Moreland, Cowboy Outfitters, P.O. Box 594, Fort Davis, TX 79734, ph# 800.915.3793 www.texcowboy.com

The soothing sounds of Sistercreek will relax your mind, as you sample the fruit of the hill country. Danny Hernandez, Sistercreek Vineyards, 1142 Sisterdale Road (FM 1376) Sisterdale, TX 78006. ph# (830)324.6704 (Business hours) (830)324.6682 (Evenings) www.sistercreekvineyards.com

Plus, we're staying up late with a woman who's discovered a mysterious talent...Just wait till you see what else she's found. Marjorie Lee Burnett, 15138 FM 1116 P.O. Box 61, Smiley, TX 78159-0061, ph#830.587.6445


-Week of 02.20.06-

Show # 473 originally aired 9.21.96

Barney Smith is a retired plumber and has decorated 345 toilet seats and started a toilet seat art museum. Barney Smith 239 Abiso Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 Ph # 210-824-7791.

An entire town assembles at the courthouse steps to re-create a photograph taken in 1929. Carol Taylor #10 Timberside Greenville, TX 75402 ph# 903-454-2947

The historic Czech and German churches of Praha, Dubina and High Hill are famous for their colorful murals and statues. Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce 618 N. Main Street - Schulenburg, Texas 78956 ph #979-743-4514 www.schulenburgchamber.org

Show #891 originally aired 2.25.04

Find out why folks are just dying to see the museum of funeral history. Chris Layton, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090, ph# 281.876.3063 www.nmfh.org

Meet a man who's carved out a market in goof-ball golf balls. Bill Williams, 1970 North Leslie Street #542, Pahrump NV, 89060, ph# 830.426.1627

Plus the country swing band sound from three sisters who aren't just fiddling around. Mckenzies' Music, 315 South Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063, ph# 817.473.6022, wefiddle@yahoo.com


-Week of 02.13.06-

Show # 472 originally aired 9.14.96

Lineaus Lorette makes medicine balls for exercising out of a small leather shop in Ft. Davis, Texas. Lineaus Lorette P.O. Box 2021 Fort Davis, TX 79734 ph # 800-626-6456.

Mike Shoup is a horticulturist who researches, grows and sells antique roses. Mike Shoup The Antique Rose Emporium 10,000 Hwy 50, Brenham, TX 77833 ph # 800-441-0002 www.antiqueroseemporium.com

Tyler and Kyle Simpson (father & son)team up and race a steam engine locomotive as part of The Great Texas train race. Tyler Simpson 14204 Highway 110 South Whitehouse, TX 75791-9801 ph # 903-561-4810 www.simpsonsports.com

Show #890 originally aired 9.18.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why this East Texas swampthing is a welcome sight if your looking to skim across the east Texas cypress bogs. Stan Floyd 108 East Lutcher Drive, Orange, TX 77632 www.pnx.com/gator/airboats.htm ph# 800.241.6390

Take a spin through a red-hot art studio. Jim Bowman, 1419 East Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75215, www.bowmanglass.com ph# 214.426.4777

Plus, found out how this World War II war veteran is being honored with kind words, a camera, and a caring son. No Information Available


-Week of 02.06.06-

Show # 456 originally aired 05.25.96

European Chef from Switzerland prepares gourmet meals for campers along the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. Francois Maeder Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery 3920 Harry Wurzbach San Antonio, TX 78209 ph # 210-821-5600 www.crumpetsa.com

17 year old Andy is a professional associate auctioneer. He also owns a herd of registered Brangus cattle. Horn Auction Co. P.O. Box 162Nome, Texas 77629 ph # 409-253-2323 www.hornauction.com

Wayne helped to restore the Chapel Hill Cemetery by building birdhouses. The cemetery contains the final resting place of the W. Travis Family. Wayne Hesterly P. O. Box 129 Chapel Hill, TX 77426 ph # 979-836-2315.

Show #889 originally aired 09.11.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, travel deep down into the heart of Texas to a hideaway that could be one of the most unusual music venues in the state. Longhorn Caverns, Kaye Barlow, P.O. Box 732 Burnet, TX 78611 ph# 877.441.CAVE, www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/longhorn/longhorn.htm

He's done a half day's work before sunrise and he's just getting started. Find out why this dairy farmer could be the hardest working man in Texas. Chuck Reiter, 4055 FM 51 Gainesville, TX 76240-0211 ph# 940.665.8982

Plus, see how Lajitas, Texas, is being transformed from desert oasis to desert resort. Lajitas, HC 70, Box 400 Lajitas, TX 79852, www.lajitas.com ph# 432.424.5000


-Week of 01.30.06-

Show #455, originally aired 5.19.96

Ron Craw has turned his backyard into a wildlife habitat with the help of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Wildscapes program. Texas Wildscapes Texas Parks and Wildlife 4200 Smith School Rd Austin, TX 78744 ph# 800-792-1112 www.tpwd.state.tx.us


18 year old Robin Lange is a volunteer for her hometown chapter of the Red Cross. She teaches a Basic Aid training course to kids. Tina Gascamp Washington Co. Red Cross 809 S. Market ST. Brenham, TX 77833 ph# 409-836-0737

Corrine Trimble opened 'Corrine's Style Shop' in 1942. She's retiring, selling the business at the age of 96. Lynn Johnson, Corrine's Style Shop. Box 83 McLean, TX 79057 ph# 806-779-2341

Show #873, originally aired 5.22.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter it's the largest collection of Vietnam War documents and artifacts in existence, and it's right here in the lone star state. Vietnam Center, Dr. James Reckner, Math building, room 4, Lubbock, TX 79409-1045 ph# 806.742.3742

Visit a museum dedicated to the War Between the States. Julie Holcomb, 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110 ph# 903.875.7438

Plus find out how one woman is using a computer to quilt salutes to the armed services. Margaret Bucklew, Portrait Quilts www.chiseledincloth.com


-Week of 01.23.06-

Show #454, originally aired 5.11.96

Dean Woodard is legendary along the TX coast for her shell collection. Her club helped recognize an official shell of Texas. Dean Woodard 509 Evans Angleton, TX 77515 ph # 409-849-6390

18 year old Aspen Paschall is a member of the Compunet Support System Race Team. Valerie Gabriel Swenson VGS Marketing Group 2027 Sancerre Lane Carrollton, TX 75007 ph# 214-395-9034.

Beto was the El Paso Tram operator for many years. It closed down but Beto still returns to his post everyday. Beto Quinonez KTSM TV 801 North Oregon El Paso, TX 79902 ph# 915-566-6622

Show #872, originally aired 5.15.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, visit a tiny Texas town that is the inspiration for many a musical masterpiece. Doug Smith, www.dougsmith.com ph# 800-269-7552

Find out why some of the best sausage in the state is green. Marvin and Charles Green, 16493 Highway 53, Zabcikville, TX ph# 254.985.2585

Plus, it's blueberry picking time on the family farm. Blue Berry Hill Farm, 10268 FM 314, Edom, TX Ph# 903.852.6175, www.blueberryhillfarms.com


-Week of 01.16.06-

Show #453, originally aired 5.4.96

Kay & Jesse Patterson took an early retirement, bought a place in the country and started a mini donkey farm. Kay & Jesse Patterson 5502 FM 914, Stephenville, Texas 76401 ph# 254-965-7224 users.htcomp.net/allcreaturessmall

11 year old David Watson and his 8 year old cousin Vanessa are the youngest members of 'Thunderbird' American Indian Dancers. Ruth Smith -- American Indian Heritage Center 1450 Preston Square, Suite 294 Dallas, TX 75230 ph# 214-701-0074

George Flores-Ozuna is a video/film teacher at a inner-city school in San Antonio. He took his students to New Mexico to make a film. George Flores-Ozuna, Brackenridge High School South St. Mary San Antonio, TX 78229 ph# 210-533-8144

Show #871, originally aired 5.8.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a man who is rebuilding two wheeled memories of childhood. Juan Deleon 202 Wickhamford Way, Houston, TX 77015 ph# 713.502.5137 www.bikevato.com or bikevato@bikevato.com

Find out the history behind a smokestack that is a West Texas icon. T. Lindsay Baker (Gordon Center) ph# 254.968.1866 www.tarleton.edu/~gordoncenter Andrea Bennett (Smokestack) ph# 254.672.5560 www.smokestack.net

Plus, we're in the studio with a Texas recording artist that's "born and bound for the road". Brian Houser, www.brianhouser.com


-Week of 01.09.06-

Show #446, originally aired 3.16.96

Jim Mecklin has owned a plating shop in Lubbock for more than 40 years. Jim Mecklin 2228 Avenue H Lubbock, TX 2228 Avenue H (Buddy Holly Ave.) Lubbock, TX 79404 ph# 806-744-0383

Thad Maples helps keep the family farm going while dad works at the family business in town. Thad Maples, Lampasas Independent School District 207 W 8th St. Lampasas, TX 76550 ph # 512-556-3614

For the past 20 years, Louis Jacobs has hunted dinosaurs, he's written the 1st book on Texas Dinosaurs. Dr. Louis Jacobs Shuler Museum of Paleontology -- SMU Dallas, 6425 Boaz Lane Dallas, TX 75275 ph# 214-768-2773 jacobs@smu.edu.

Show #870, originally aired 5.1.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, meet a photographer who's making new images with an ancient technique. Robb Kendrick, 1672 Mckinney Loop, Blanco, TX 78608, ph# 830.833.2202 www.renaissance-alliance.org (click on National Geographic fundraiser)

Come along on a weekend getaway to the gulf coast.
Lighthouse Inn 200 South Fulton Beach Road, Rockport, TX 78382, ph# 866.790.8439, Rocky Reese (Owner) www.lighthousetexas.com

Plus, she was born before radio, television or automobiles…but this centenarian is right at home on the Internet.
Esther Hearne 503 E. Hodges, Palestine, TX 75801, ph# 903.729.6195. Timothy Triplett 1002 E. Angelina St. Palestine, TX 75801


-Week of 01.02.06-

Show #444, originally aired 3.2.96

For the past 17 years, Arthur Allison has captured beautiful images in his glass works. Arthur Allison Allison Glassworks 13865 N. Fm 120 At Lazy Acres Pottsboro, TX 75076 ph# 903-786-3718, www.allisonglassworks.com

After Greenville lost its swim coach, then 15 year old swimmer Tim took over. Tim Morrison YMCA Greenville 1915 Stanford Greenville, TX 75401 ph # 903-455-5405.

Larry is 1 of 4 classical harmonisists in the world. He lives with his horses & antique carriages in the hill country. Sadly, Larry Logan has passed away. www.larrylogan.net

Show #869, originally aired 4.24.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, stop by a roadside south Texas café and find out why folks call this chef "the king". Trine's Super Tacos, Trinidad Bermea, Highway 57 Box 383, LaPryor, TX 78872, ph# 830.365.4597

He says he’s the master of making something from nothing…and what he’s making from Texas mesquite will amaze you. Everett Fulton, 2535 River Oaks Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78132, ph# 830.629.3102

Plus, you may think your boots are worn out, but there’s a man in Mineola who’s resoling and reselling footwear found in the garbage. Clark Broadhurst, 3255 FM 779, Mineola, TX 75773. Call 903-258-0534 or e-mail clark@brokeinboots.net


-Week of 12.26.05-

Show # 443, originally aired 2.24.96

Bill Richardson is an old cowboy who makes elaborate beds out of steel left over from old farm implements. Bill Richardson, Texas Iron Works 5208 Green Tree Blvd., Midland, and TX 79707 ph # 915-522-2559

Bonnie and Nick Norris are professional musicians. Bonnie plays fiddle and Nick plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle, & bass. Bonnie and Nick Norris P.O. Box 425173 Denton, TX 76204 ph# (940) 483-0059 www.bonnieandnick.com

Eddie is a sculptor and a very poignant philosopher. Eddie Dixon 2421 East 28th Street Lubbock, TX 79404 ph# 806-762-2299 www.eddiedixonartist.com

Show # 868, originally aired 4.17.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out why the entire south Texas town of Panna Maria is rejoicing at the sounds of church bells.
Adrian Niestroy, 513 PR 5290 Hobson, TX 78117, ph. 830.780.2650

Stop by for a hot meal and a cold drink at a place in the middle of nowhere. Frank's Cafe, Frank Gutierrez (Father, deceased) and Bobby "Big Bob" Gutierrez (Son) 502 East Galbraith, Hebbronville, TX 78361, ph. 361.527.9081

Plus, he's a very special firedog who makes house calls on kids in need. Captain Barbie Boubel, Converse Fire Department, 107 Station St. Converse, TX 78109, 210.658.8900


-Week of 12.19.05-

Show # 434, originally aired 12.23.95

We spent Christmas with the men who work on oilrig #152.

Easter Hothan decorates a cedar tree out on Highway 83 each year for Christmas. Easter Hothan 1810 Jeanette St. Abilene, TX 79602 ph# 915-672-2582

Sonya & Sasha Perez were accepted at the age of 14 into the Sweet Adelines, an older women's singing group. Rhonda Perez - Mom 7120 FM 482 New Braunfels, TX 78132-4824 ph# 210-606-0481

Show # 851, originally aired 12.20.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, get into the spirit of the season with a man who finds Santa Claus in every person he meets. Bill Keen, 121 Will Rogers, Schertz, TX 78154, ph # 210.632.6867 www.billykeenart.com or e-mail: peachykeen@stic.net

Find out why folks from all over south Texas flock to the home of three sisters. Janie Esther and Dorothy Minten 1188 East Jim Wells Co. Rd., 401 Rt. 1, Box 82A, Falfurrias, TX 78355, ph# 361.325.2068 or 800.276.4339
(Visits to the Christmas House by reservation only, Sept. 21st through March 31st.)

Plus, it could be the worst Christmas song ever written.


-Week of 12.12.05-

Show # 382, originally aired 12.24.94

For 44 years, Arch McNeil has been chief elf of a Santa's workshop that makes toys for the needy year-round. Arch McNeil 7814 Forney Rd., Dallas, Texas 75227 ph# 214-381-7360

Louise Elliott has been delivering toys during Christmas for 26 years. Each year 65,000 gifts go to over 35,000 needy children. The Elf Louise Christmas Project P.O. Box 39295, San Antonio, TX 78218 ph# 210-224-1843 www.elflouise.com

Show # 852, originally aired 12.27.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, re-live 30 years of the best moments and memories in a look back at Christmas past


-Week of 12.05.05-

Show # 442, originally aired 2.17.96

Hilliard Stone started making harps in his garage when his wife asked for one. Hillard handcrafts folk harps and his wife plays them. Hilliard Stone 410 Nottingham Irving, TX 75061 ph# 214-790-3419

Matthew Quon has made the National finals in both pairs and singles figure skating, and he's only 13 years old. He is training to compete in the 2002 Olympics. www.hypernix.net

J.D. Neff is a horseshoer/blacksmith & is running out of his last load of coal. When it is gone he will close his shop after 85 years of business. J.D. Neff 604 W. Harrison Electra, TX 76360 ph # 817-495-3819

Show # 861, originally aired 2.28.04

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's an East Texas landmark that almost ended up on the bottom of a lake. Mark and Johnnie Thomas Jr. ph# 903.447.3114 Cado Fishin Barge

Visit an Abilene factory that's shipping suckers all over the United States. Mike O'Neal, Lollypops and Candies Company, 741 North 3rd. Abilene, TX 79604 ph# 325.673.6483 or visit them on the internet: www.lollipopsusa.com or www.chefpoppies.com

Plus, find out why this former fashion model is keeping the family farm alive. Deborah Rogers, 300 McNaughton Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76114 ph# 817.737.9776


-Week of 11.28.05-

Show # 441, originally aired 2.10.96

Thirty years ago Bill started designing and making custom cues with beautiful inlays of fine materials. Bill Stroud: 1310 Ranch Road 620, South Austin, TX 78734. Call 512-263-3133 or visit www.cues.com for more information.

Twelve year old Brian is VP of Bernie's Cheeseballs, his grandfather’s company. They make them together and he sells door to door. Bernie Rust, Owner: 403 Masthead, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147. 903-887-4692.

Kenneth used to be a circuit preacher but after 32 years he retired and started painting. Kenneth Wyatt: 310 Comanche Tulia, TX 79088. Call 806-995-2239 or visit www.kennethwyatt.com for more information.

Show # 860, originally aired 2.21.04

It's a big crime in a small town and it's got the whole community wondering who pulled off the "camper caper." Don Hemby, Camper Shell Theft Victim: 2908 Nicholson Drive, Tyler, TX 75707. 903-581-2604 or 903.549.2130.

We'll fly in to a hotel where the runway is right out the front door. Rich Estenson, Hangar Hotel: 155 Airport Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, Call 830-997-4999 or visit www.hangarhotel.com for more information.

Plus, meet skidboot...he's the most amazing cow dog you've ever seen. David Hartwig, Skidboot's Pop: 1989 Sally Goodin, Quinlan, TX 75474. Call 903-356-4491 or visit www.skidboot.com.


-Week of 11.21.05-

Show # 440, originally aired 2.3.96

We know three men who make intricately designed toy soldiers from pewter. Jimmy Mann, LeMan's Collections: 810 S. Bryan Amarillo, TX. 806-372-4050.

Willie, Cliff and Shaun represent Sweetwater MS with a jump rope team. Coach Liz Lambeth, Sweetwater I.S.D.: 207 Musgrove Sweetwater, TX 79556. 915-235-3491.

Billie Wolfe is the founder of the National Windmill Project, a working museum of windmills. Coy Harris or Billie Wolfe, National Windmill Project, Tech Station: P.O. Box 4666, Lubbock, TX 79409. 806-788-1499.

Show # 859, originally aired 2.14.04

Find out why one Texas Town has taken its entire history and stored it on a computer. Neal Murphy, San Augustine County Historical Foundation: 108 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, TX 75972. 936-288-3111.

Visit a small town feed store where the feed has been replaced by fine wine. March Compton, Menard Wine: P.O. Box 786 Menard, TX 76859. Call 325-396-4601 or visit www.drinkseesaw.com for more information.

Plus, why is this New York City police officer selling hot dogs on the side of the road near Big Spring? Thomas Tafuro, New York's Finest Hot Dogs, newyorksfinesthotdogs.com


-Week of 11.14.05-

Show # 433, originally aired 12.16.95

Hiroshi Rodriquez is disturbed by the graffiti in Austin, so he does spray can art to encourage other uses for spray paint. No information available.

Twelve year old Vance Smith is a muleskinner -- he trains his mule to do just about anything. Stan & Deana Smith, Vance’s parents: P.O. Box 186 Ackerly, TX 79713. 915-353-4510.

Ernie Veiloff rescues old cabins from across the country and brings them to Texas to restore them. Ernie Veiloff: HC-12 Box 68-B, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 210-997-0774.

Show # 858, originally aired 2.7.04

Find out why this north Texas barber turned a storage room into a recording studio -- and made himself a star. Dooney Brown: 408 East Camp Wisdom, Duncanville, TX 75116. Call 214-523-2742 or visit www.peculiarrecords.com for more information.

Stop by a hill country factory that’s choc full of sweets for your sweetie. Lecia Duke, Chocolat: 330 West Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. 800-842-3382.

Plus, it’s a unique art that takes a steady hand and a red hot "brush". Kathleen Marie Wilson, 491 Wildwood Lane, Johnson City, TX 78636. 830-868-0335 or visit www.kathleenmariestudio.com/artist/ for more information.


-Week of 11.7.05-

Show # 432, originally aired 12.9.95

Buckshot Fuguay makes homemade hot carrots in his kitchen. Buckshot Fuguay, (Deceased)

Sixteen year old Daniel Palmer is a professional sports artist. Daniel Palmer, Sports Legacy: 1000 Ballpark Way, Ste. 122 Arlington, TX 76011. 800-659-9631.

Monique Jackson has devoted her life to protecting orphaned and neglected big cats. Monique Jackson, Exotic Cat Refuge: Route 3, Box 96-A, Kirbyville, TX 75956. 409-423-4847.

Show # 850, originally aired 12.13.03

It could be called the original settler of Texas…find out how the majestic Elk is making a comeback on the south plains. Todd Franks: 7012 68th St. Lubbock, TX 79424. Call 806-798-0033 or visit www.texaselkcompany.com for more information.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to a south Texas praline factory. Aunt Aggie De's Pralines: 311 W. Sinton Street, Sinton, TX. Call 512-467-2464 or visit www.auntaggiede.com for more information.

Plus, it was a project that the congregation of one tiny Texas church thought was to tough to tackle…but now their sanctuary shines with new light. Rev. Marie Helm: P.O. Box 187 New Castle, TX 76372. 940-846-3352.


-Week of 10.31.05-

Show #423, originally aired 10.05.95

The Kerrville folk festival has achieved legendary status among music lovers and owners of VW buses...they're everywhere! Larry Creech/Joe Fuente, 235 E. Spicer Kerrville, TX 78028. 210-896-2768

9 yr. old Andy Holmes is an amazing artist who draws, sculpts and paints. No information available.

Brad Bailey custom makes baseball mitts in his dining room. Brad Bailey, 200 Loma Linda Lane, Borger, TX 79007. 806-247-9772.


Show # 857, originally aired 1.31.04

It's a plane called the Weightless Wonder. Find out why one team of physics students from Lamar University are floating high over the Gulf of Mexico. Lamar University Physics Department, Dr. George Irwin.

Visit a Texas town that almost fell off the map. Barbara Barton-Director of the Gaston Museum: P.O. Box 301 Joinerville, TX 75658. 903-847-2205. www.gastonmuseum.org.

He's the pride of Wink, Texas and they've opened a museum in his name. Call before visiting. Dorothy Roberts, Roy Orbison Museum: Hwy 115 & FM 1232. 915-527-3622.


-Week of 10.24.05-

Show # 422, originally aired 9.30.95

Ron Bonge sketches incredible western scenes and rodeo events with a no. 2 pencil. Ron Bonge: 866 County Rd. #344, Clifton, TX 76634. 254-675-6876 www.centraltexasart.com/Artists/RBonge/RBonge.htm

17 year old Sarah Watson plays the harp and wants to someday join the symphony over in Lubbock. Sandy Watson, (Mother): Route 2 Box 1363, Muleshoe, TX 79347. 806-272-5085.

Fred Collins makes furniture out of ancient cypress trees ripped apart by the great flood of 1978. Fred Collins, P.O. Box 1869, Bandera, TX 78003. 210-796-3553.

Show # 856, originally aired 1.24.04

It's a roadside spring that’s been flowing for as long as anybody can remember and some say this water will heal what ails you.Old Spring: Located on Highway 175 near Cuney, TX between Frankston and Jacksonville, Texas.

Find out why one national news network comes to Streetman, Texas, to take the pulse of the people. Streetman Domino Hall, Streetman, TX.

It’s Texas Country Cookin’ at a drive-in called Buddy’s. Bonnie Duncan, 106 East Broadway, Andrews, TX. 915-523-2840.


-Week of 10.17.05-

Show # 421, originally aired 9.23.95

Highlights from our Texas Country Tour to South Texas to visit the King Ranch and Corpus Christi.

Jason Cunningham and his classmates are raising money to renovate the Battleship Texas. Jason Cunningham – no information available.

The domino hall in Spur used to be a popular spot in this old West Texas town, now both the city and the domino hall hold on through tough times. Vernon Wright 318 Burlington, Spur, Texas 79370.

 

Show # 839, originally aired 9.27.03

She taught more than 30,000 kids to ride and now she’s gone. Find out why this hill country horse trainer meant so much to so many. Contact Marsha Emore at Camp Waldemar: FM 1340, Hunt, TX. 830-238-4821.

It’s a modern twist on an ancient art form born from necessity. Mildred Cuffaro, Texas Creations: 12 The Wilderness, Kerville, TX 78028. 830-257-2321.

Plus… it could be the best kept secret in west Texas, check into the hotel called Indian Lodge. Betty Baker, Front Desk: P.O. Box 1707, Ft. Davis, TX 79734. Call 915-426-3254 or write to indian.lodge@tpwd.state.tx.us.


-Week of 10.10.05-

Show # 420, originally aired 9.16.95

Danny Pollard moved from Ft. Worth to the country to make custom spurs. He can put anything you want on them. Danny Pollard: 4622 Country Road 481 Anson, TX 79501. 915-823-2429.

Grant Walsh is a 17-year-old illusionist. He uses his magic to entertain sick children.Grant Walsh:214-526-4936

Kathy Duryea won the state championship in off-road mountain biking, she won the race with a broken arm. Kathy Duryea: 1208 Bryn Mawr Denton, TX 76201. 817-382-2240.

Show # 838, originally aired 9.20.03

It's a hock shop with a higher purpose. At Kipperman's Pawn you can buy a ring and get married all under one roof. Kipperman's Pawn, 6120 Belfort, Houston, TX. 713-734-2525.

We'll stop by a tiny Texas church that's slowly becoming a memory of the days when times were good and membership was strong. Blue Ridge Church: 254-587-2206. Thelma Chamberlain has passed away.


Plus, find out why this steel artist has hung up his metal cowboy boots and has taken to hammering out butterflies. Bill Richardson, Texas Iron Works: 1600 East New Jersey, Midland, TX 79701. 432-570-0535.


-Week of 10.3.05-

Show # 404, originally aired 5.27.95

Beverly Brown Preiss is a flight attendant for SWA and her hobby is raising buffalo. Beverly Brown Preiss: 4713 St. Andrews, College Station, TX 77854.

We celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the largest manufacturer of red clay pots in the country. Kay Isles Rhodes, Marshall Pottery: 4901 Elysian Fields Road, Marshall, TX 75672. Call 903-938-9201 or visit www.marshallpottery.net for more information.

Mary-Hardin Baylor University conducts its first real homecoming event, with a football team, drill team and band. Nan Dickson, Public Relations UMHB: Box 8431, Belton, TX 76513. Call 817-939-4601 or visit www.umhb.edu for more information.

 

Show # 837, originally aired 9.13.03


From father-to-son-to-grandson…find out why three generations of Chapman’s have been binding books in Abilene for half a century. Stan Chapman, Chapman & Son Bookbinders: 802 North 3rd Street, Abilene, TX 79604. Call 325-672-1036 or visit www.hvcbooks.com for more information.

Visit a family farm where you’re encouraged to pitch in on the picking. Blue Berry Hill Farm: 10268 FM 314, Edom, TX. Call 903-852-6175 or visit www.blueberryhillfarms.com for more information.

Plus, it’s a little bit of China…right here in Texas. Forbidden Gardens: 23500 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493. Call 281-347-8000 or visit www.forbidden-gardens.com for more information.


-Week of 9.26.05-

Show # 403, originally aired 5.20.95

Mike Moreland has a marble collection numbering 5,000. He is also an officer of the Texas Marble Collectors Club. Mike Moreland 1202 Fawn Ridge, Duncanville, TX 75137, 214-296-6419

'LoLo' is a 4th generation cowboy on the King Ranch. Retirement has relegated him to guiding tourists at the ranch. Cathy Henry PO Box 1090, Kingsville, TX 78364-1090, 512-592-8055 www.king-ranch.com

The Cowgirl Hall of Fame was founded to honor and preserve the American Cowgirl. Margaret Formby 515 Avenue B, Box 1742 Hereford, TX 79045, 806-364-5252 www.cowgirl.net

Show # 836, originally aired 9.06.03

It's called "Ebru" and it is one of the most unusual arts you've ever seen. Cosette Russell, 2502 Inwood Place, Austin TX 78703 ph#512.472.4227 www.cosetteoriginals.com/contactframe.htm

Plus, it's a toe-tapping good time with Amarillo's Prairie Dogs...and the music they call "Cow Jazz". Mike Borger P.O. Box 9978 Amarillo, TX 79105, ph#806.372.1200 www.cowjazz.com


-Week of 9.19.05-

Show # 402, originally aired 5.13.95

Wayland makes confusing metal brain teasers from horseshoes, bailing wire and chains. Wayland Dobbs PO Box 183 102 Hwy 16 N. Cherokee TX 76832, 800-441-1796 ppuzzles@centexnet

Jose led the 3 ships of Discovery to America and Corpus Christi. He now runs a sailing school on the replicas. Corpus Christi Museum 1900 N. Chaparral Street Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 512-883-2862 or Museum 361-826-4650

The Panhandle Plains Museum preserves the heritage of the area, over 2 million items. Exhibits the life span of Texas. Linda Moreland West Texas State Univ. Box 967, Canyon, TX 79016, 806-656-2244 www.panhandleplains.org

Show # 822, originally aired 5.31.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out how this clock maker came out of his shell to carve world-class egg sculptures. Jerry Brazil, 26766 Fawn Mountain Road, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015, ph#210.698.6665

Enroll in a school where with a heavy hammer and a fiery forge you can learn to hammer out hot metal just like the blacksmiths of the past. John Fredrick, 118 North Pecan, Hico, TX ph#254.796.4269

Plus, you only thought the horny toad disappeared...visit a guesthouse where the tiny Texas treasure is crawling with Texas horned lizards. Annie's Cottage 409 South 7th, Kenedy, TX 78119, ph#210.583.3054, e-mail anniescottage@yahoo.com


-Week of 9.12.05-

Show # 401, originally aired 5.06.95

Gene Lasater is a retired school teacher who plays the bell tower carillon twice a day every day. Gene Lasater 713-682-5533

This tiny church in Umbarger was the site in 1945 where Italian POWs were brought to paint. Father Jim Hutzler St. Mary's Church, Box 105, Umbarger, TX 79091, 806-499-3531

Texas Country Tours takes a trip to Round Top, Texas.

Show # 821, originally aired 5.24.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, find out how patriotism led one woman to cut, sew and sell the stars and stripes. Custom quilts by Stacey, Stacey Cope 100 MelodyWay (In Peachtree Plaza) Wimberley, TX 78676, ph# 512.847.9256

Find out how two veterans are keeping their spirits high by flying restored warbirds. Warbird Restorers, Willie Walker & Charles Screws 3341 South 21st Abilene, TX 79605, ph# 915.672.2270, or 915.692.5395

Plus, he'll go anywhere, anytime to play Taps for a fallen soldier, and he's done it for more than 60 years. Bugle Man, Bob Fuller, Waco, TX ph# 254.799.1253, or 254.749.1459


-Week of 9.5.05-

Show # 397, originally aired 4.01.95

Charles is an artist who paints landscapes on paper he makes himself..from plants he finds in the desert. Charles Bell 308 N. 13th, Alpine, TX 79830, 915-837-5666

The Cockrell Butterfly Center in south Houston houses thousands of live butterflies. Nancy Grieg Cockrell Butterfly Center Information Houston Museum of Natural Science One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030 Information/Tickets: (713) 639-4629

Farmer Robert Landers practiced hitting golf balls in his cow pasture for 22 years. Now he plays on the PGA tour. Jerry Hamilton, Manager 817-325-7582

Show # 820, originally aired 5.07.03

This week on Texas Country Reporter, it's out in the middle of nowhere, but if you've go a beat up, messed up or mangled band instrument, we found a place that's worth the drive. Delbert Lloyd, 501 S.E. 4th. Knox City TX 79529 ph# 940.658.3071

We'll get dressed up for a small town prom where things are done a little differently. Hamilton TX John & Dorothy Schoedel, 1745 Farm Rd. 1241, Hamilton TX 76531, ph#254.386.5774

Plus, visit a small town Texas bed and breakfast where when it comes to food, breakfast is only the beginning. Woodbine Hotel 209 N. Madison, Madisonville TX 77864, ph#866.348.3336


-Week of 8.29.05-

Show # 396, originally aired 4.01.95

Brenda spins and weaves raw mohair from angora goats after she has dyed the fleece with natural dyes from plants. Brenda Pape: HC 66, Box 11, Rocksprings, TX 78880. 210-683-3185.

The Brackettville General Store is one of the oldest general stores in Texas. Mary Gonzalez: Box 207, Brackettville, TX 78832. 210-563-2217.

An artist from Spain now spends his entire winter living and painting in the Terlingua cemetery. Miguel Arguello c/o Bill Ivy: PO Box 362, Terlingua, TX 79852. 915-371-2234.

Show # 819, originally aired 5.10.03

Learn about five south Texas artists who traveled around the world...and why their forty-year journey has brought them back to Big Bend National Park. Kuo Yen Ng (Koo-Yen-Ing), The WaterColor Gang: 4514 Hollyridge Drive, San Antonio, TX 78228. 210-433-7226.

Visit a ranch where the cattle trails have given way to bike trails. Jimmy Dreiss: P.O. Box 1055, Comfort, TX 78013. 830-995-2858.

Plus, it's a Texas getaway where the sand, surf, and sunshine are right at your front door. Hoopes House: 417 North Broadway, Rockport, TX 78382. 800.924.1008 or visit www.hoopeshouse.com


-Week of 8.22.05-

Show # 395, originally aired 3.25.95

Pat Chancey's mother introduced Rug Hooking to the Dallas area years ago. Pat Chancey: 3613 Hanover, Dallas, TX 75225. 214-692-6277.

John Milkovisch covered his entire house in beer cans. His wife now maintains the beer can covered house. Sadly both John and Mary Milkovisch have passed away, but the house is still on display at 222 Malone, Houston, TX 77007. 713-862-3238.

One of the most remote pay telephones in the United States is also one of the busiest. Big Bend.

Show # 818, originally aired 5.03.03

Call it odds and ends, antiques or just plain junk...but it's all for sale every week at an Odessa auction house. Ike Eicher: 4701 Andrews Highway, Odessa, TX 79764. 915-362-7785


Find out what has kept this hill country sewing club together for more than 50 years. Maxine Sill, Waring Thimble Club: P.O. Box 174, Waring, TX 78074, Care of: Odis Hohmann. 830-249-8801.


Plus, visit historic Hotel Turkey and re-live the days of the Old West. Jim and Mona Boles: P.O. Box 37, Turkey, TX 79621. 806-423-1151 or visit www.turkeybb.com


-Week of 8.15.05-

Show # 394, originally aired 3.18.95

In the middle of the West Texas desert, in an old abandoned army fort, there is a huge collection of modern art. Marianne Stockbrand, Chinati Foundation: P.O. Box 1135, Marfa, TX 79843. 915-729-4362 or visit www.chinati.org

Jim is a game warden who hand makes custom saddles. Jim Kitchens, Texas Parks and Wildlife: 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744 or P.O. Box 476 Marfa, TX 79843. 915-729-3275.

Norma is 71 years old and plays power volleyball. She's won 14 gold medals in the senior Olymipcs and the World Masters Games. Norma Baginski: 10818 York Spring Drive, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-341-7689.

Show # 817, originally aired 4.26.03

Meet the man who's been lighting up the night in Abilene for half a century with the art, craft, and science of neon. Raymond Hall: 1027 Walnut, Abilene, TX 79601. 915-675-5005 or visit www.neonbyray.com


Find out about one Texas town's fight to save a landmark and a legacy left by the railroad. Terry "Tex" Toler, Sanderson Depot: 6836 Austin Center Boulevard, Suite 190, Austin, TX 78731. h# 512.794.4705, or 512-658-8839.

Plus, visit the deep east Texas woods and take in the sights and sounds of nature at a place called Chain of Lakes. Jimmy Smith: 235 COL Resort ,Cleveland, TX 77327. 832-397-4000 or visit www.colresort.com


-Week of 8.8.05-

Show # 393, originally aired 3.15.95

The Railroad closed in Sanderson. We were there for the last two days to witness the loss. Jim Christman: P.O. Box 130, Sanderson, TX 79848. 915-345-2481.

We travel to George West Storyfest and feature James Ford, a liar. George West Chamber of Commerce: P.O. Box 359, George West, Texas 78022. 361-449-2033 or toll-free 888-909-3514.

The Jeff Davis County jail has been turned into a library. Rosario Ramos, Librarian: Box 1054, Fort Davis, TX 79734. 915-426-3802.

Show # 816, originally aired 4.19.03

Be courtside at the final game for the 50 year voice of Texas Tech Raiders basketball. (Jack Dale) Contact Randy Farley or Joe Hornaday at TTU Athletics: 506-742-3355


Find out why this house is a recycler's paradise. Tom Curry: 901 West Sul Ross, Alpine, TX 79830. 915-837-0735.


Plus, take in historic Gruene, Texas at the Gruene Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ki Klepas: 1235 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130. 830-643-1234 or visit www.grueneapple.com


 

-Week of 8.1.05-

Show # 392, originally aired 3.4.95

David and Donna Reyckert operate the largest statuary in the state, they are famous for their concrete gorillas. David and Donna Retckert: Route 1, Box 156, Odem, TX 78370. 512-364-2115.

Hallie is known as a legend around Big Bend country. Her daughter has opened a museum to honor her mother's life. Stillwell Ranch: HC-65, Box 430, Alpine, TX 79830. 915-376-2244.

Jack Harrison is trying to save the town of Calvert and the presbyterian church. Jack Harrison, First Presbterian Church: 1414 Magnolia, College Station, TX 77840. 409-693-5437.

Show # 815, originally aired 4.12.03

Find out how this surveyor stumbled across an historic find...and now he's dedicated his life to preserving an important piece of Texas history. Wilson Pottery: 114 North Austin Street, Seguin, TX. 830-372-1001


Most folks consider it a pasture hazard, but for one hill country entrepreneur, this sticky, prickly plant is soon to be...soap. Maggie Hannus: 512-272-4058 or visit www.awildtexassoapbar.com


Plus, it's a Bed and Breakfast that's home in Galveston Bay after sailing through history. Stacia Leigh: Pat and Bonnie Hicks, Pier 22 Fisherman's Warf, Galveston, TX. 409-750-8858 or visit www.stacia-leigh.com Note: The Stacia Leigh was damaged and sunk some time ago, please make contact with the owners before planning a visit.

 


-Week of 7.25.05-

Show # 391, originally aired 2.25.95

Fred Rogers is a a trash sculptor and owns the Cosmic Shed, an art museum for the common folk artists. Sadly, Fred Rogers passed away.

Clarence Spain has repaired shoes for 69 years in Deep Ellum. Sadly, Clarence Spain passed away.

Michael Gregory is a blind sculptor. He sculpts what he sees in his mind's eye. Sadly, Michael Gregory passed away.

Show # 808, originally aired 2.22.03

Find out why one man has taken on the task of caring for a very special cemetery. Dennis Cryer: 2320 John Road, Killeen, TX 76543. 254-534-2289.


The Stanzel Model Airplane Company has been flying high in Shulenburg for 80 years - find out why the business is on final approach. Victor Stanzel and Ted Stanzel, Stanzel Model Airplane Company: 311 Baumgarten Street, Schuelenburg, TX 78956. To order planes call 1-800-422-6823 or 979-743-4121. For the museum line call 979-743-6559.


It's a historic hotel in a historic downtown. Ron Maddox and Robert Moseley, The Nutt House Hotel: 119 Easy Bridge Street, Granbury, TX 76048. 1-888-678-0813. www.nutt-hotel.com


-Week of 7.18.05-

Show # 390, originally aired 2.18.95

David Herold repairs pioneer monuments that have been vandalized or beaten down by time. David Herold: 5345 Forney Road, Dallas, TX 75227. 214-388-5045.

Festival Hill is a huge music hall that's been under construction for 25 years and brings world famous musicians to play. James Dick and Richard Royal: P.O. Drawer 89, Round Top, TX 78954. 409-249-3129. www.festivalhill.org

Retired telephone pole climbers are helping to save the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Gary Woods: no information available.

Show # 807, originally aired 2.15.03

Eddie is a sculptor and a very poignant philosopher. Eddie Dixon: 2421 East 28th Street, Lubbock, TX 79404. 806-762-2299. www.eddiedixonartist.com

It was a bridge that spanned a river and the lifetime of folks in Coleman County. Now... it’s closed. Find out why this link meant so much to so many. The Waldrip Bridge, Coleman County, TX.

Plus check in to an East Texas bed and breakfast that’s straight from the Victorian era of elegance. Norma Wilkinson, Oaklea Mansion: 407 South Main Street, Winnsboro, TX 75494. 903-342-6051. www.oakleamansion.com


-Week of 7.11.05-

Show # 389, originally aired 2.11.95

Joe Ed is the county judge, paperboy, barber and entertainer for Throckmorton. Sadly, Joe Ed passed away in 1995.

McKittrick Canyon is part of the Guadalupe Mtns, it's an oasis of foliage in the desert. Guadalupe Mountains National Park: HC 60, Box 400, Salt Flat, TX 79847-9400. 915-828-3381. www.nps.gov/gumo/gumo/mckittrick.htm

Waggoner Carr is trying to prove that Jesse James faked his death and actually lived until 1951. Sadly, Waggoner Carr passed away on 2/25/04.

Show # 806 originally aired 2.08.03

Come along for a hands-on adventure with the creepy, crawly daddy-long-legs spider. Robert & Linda Mitchell: 430 Windmill Drive, Bandera, TX 78003. 830-796-3240. robert@critterpix.net and linda@critterpix.net


Find out why survival is the name of the game for students in this west Texas desert classroom. Sadly, David Alloway died in 2003. The following is a link more information and a brief memorial: www.survival.com/alloway.htm


Plus, it's a place where the fishing is good and the sound of the ocean is right out your door.
Tarpon Inn: P.O. Box 8, Port Aransas, TX 78373. 1-800-365-6784. www.thetarponinn.com


-Week of 7.4.05-

Show # 388, originally aired 2.04.95

Mark makes some of the finest kaleidosocpes in the world. Mark Reynolds: 10731 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748. 512-280-0120. www.kaleidovisions.com

Bob visits with Cowboy Sage A. Kelly Pruitt:www.akellypruitt.com

 

Show # 805, originally aired 2.02.03

It’s called the Burnt Biscuit Bakery, a place where the coffee and conversation is a warm welcome in the middle of nowhere.
Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit: 506 East 1st Street/Hwy 90, Marathon, TX 79842. 915-386-9020

Visit a grand old Galveston hotel that stood watch over the coast for nearly a century.
The Hotel Galvez: 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77550. 888-939-8680.

Get a behind the scenes look at the making of our new Texas flag Expedition..
Gary Defratus, Defratus Collision Center: 1432 North Beltline Road, Irving, TX 75061. 972-513-0537.


-Week of 6.27.05-


Show #431, originally aired 12.2.65


Mark Bing runs a railroad in his backyard -- tiny trains circle his place on his railroad. Mark Bing: P.O. Box 49, Katy, TX 77492. 713-392-0181.

11-yr old Megan Healy is concerned about the destruction of the world's rainforests. Megan Healy, Moody Gardens: One Hope Blvd. Galveston, TX 77554. 1-800-582-4673. www.moodygardens.com

Bob Jones lives on his old, family farm making primitive furniture with primitive tools leftover from 1800's.


Show # 849, originally aired 12.6.03


He says it’s something nobody needs, but a lot of folks want. Cast-off with some of the fanciest fishing rods you’ll ever find. Capt. Pete Smith, Heirloom Custom Rods & Guide Service: 628 Summit Drive East, Wimberley, TX 78676. 512-847-5000. www.heirloomcustomrods.com

Stop by for some home cookin’ that comes complete with a hug from grannie.
June Thomas and Gloria Whitley, 109 W. Barnard St. Glen Rose, TX. 254-897-9773

Plus, when your windmill breaks, who you gonna call? Butch Gilliland: 306 W. Jackson, Floydada, TX 79235. 806-983-5141.


-Week of 6.20.05-

Show # 430, originally aired 11.25.95


Glen Lee repairs violins in his tiny east Texas shop and he's been at it for over 30 years. Glen Lee: 903-984-5273

Petey Salaiz plays on six-man football team. They say he averages 300 yards as a running back and is expected to break the national record. Leonard Buffe- coach/guardian: Mullin ISD - Box 128, Mullin, TX 76864, 915-985-33743.

Rod Moag is a UT professor of Asian language, has a rockabilly radio show, and plays music in nightclubs and is totally blind. Rod Moag: 512-467-6825, http://rodmoag.home.texas.net/


Show # 848, originally aired 11.29.05


Find out why this spot in Texas could be the oldest tourist attraction in the state. 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266. 210-651-6101. www.tourtexas.com/caverns

Visit a school in the center of the smallest…and largest school district in the state. Bill Bacon, Divide ISD: Rt. 34-A, Mountain Home, TX 78058. 830-640-3322 or 830-739-3322.

Bite into a homemade fried pie that’s a staple in every West Texas convenience store. Tim Moeller, August Pie Company: 4820 Ave. Q, Lubbock, TX 79412. 806-744-1918.


-Week of 6.13.05-

Show # 429, originally aired 11.18.05


Donna Howell-Sickles charcoal cowgirl creations are a wonderful new look into the western lifestyle. Donna Howell-Sickles: P.O. Box H, Saint Jo, TX 76265. www.donnahowellsickles.com

At 8 yrs. old, Ayane Kozasa is the youngest member of her Dallas Youth Orchestra. Nancy Mahan - Dallas Youth Orchestra: 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219. 214-528-7747.

Each year thousands of hawks gather in a small park outside of San Antonio. Harold Fetter c/o Hawk Migration Association: 6100 Bandera, Suite #508, San Antonio, TX 78238. 210-521-7843. www.hmana.org

Show # 847, originally aired 11.22.03

Find out why folks are flocking to this south plains farm to get lost in a corn field.
James and Patti Simpson, Cornfield Maze: Box 6323, FM 1294, Lubbock, TX 79415. 806.787.4222. atldofarms@aol.com

It looks like nothing but a deep hole in the ground, but when darkness begins to fall, nature puts on an aerial show. , Ben Banahan: PO Box 115, Rocksprings, TX 78880. 830-683-2406-------Devil's Sinkhole Society: 101 Sweeten Street, Rocksprings, TX 78880. 830-683-BATS.

It really, really is…the biggest burger in Texas. Arnold's Burger: 1611 S. Washington Street, Amarillo, TX 79102. 806-372-1741.


-Week of 6.6.05-


Show #428, originally aired 11.11.95

Vince Hanneman is building a cathedral from junk! Vince Hanneman: 4422 Lareina Drive, Austin, TX 78745. 512-442-6312.

Tex Chatwell has a really small collection of very obscure things in his house. No information available.

They say a ghost haunts the decks of the U.S.S. Lexington and volunteers share their scary stories. David Deal: U.S.S. Lexington, 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX 78402. 512-888-4873, www.usslexington.com


Show # 846 Original Air Date 11/15/03

Find out why this Odessa man has made his entire backyard a shrine of Texas movie memorabilia. Dewitt Bobbitt: 8820 Heather Lane, Odessa, TX 79764. 915-366-3827.

Stop by a farm where the crop is as fragrant as it is plentiful. Robb Kendrick and Jeannie Ralston, 1672 Mckinney Loop, Blanco, TX 78606. 830-833-5008. www.hillcountrylavender.com

He was just looking to gather antique wood from a forgotten farmhouse, but he found so much more. Doug Ricketts, 15951 Hwy. 213 Higgins, TX 79046. 806-862-2205. doug@ricketts.com


-Week of 5.30.05-

Show # 427, originally aired 11.4.95

Billy Roy Switzer is a totally live-one -man-band. Plays 12 instruments at once. Billy Roy Switzer: 609 Greenwood, Denton, TX 76201. 817-566-3756.

Jill Jones is the national champion yodeller. Jill Jones: 501 Yorks Creek, Driftwood, TX 78619

J. Ross Bryant is a former state champion bullrider. He also plays quarterback for Gustine High's 6 Man. Info not available

 

Show # 845, originally aired 11.8.03

He say's he's just a craftsman, but take a look at his work and see this metal worker is a true artist in steel. Steve Watkins, Simply Stainless: 15587 CR. 436, Alvin, TX 77511. 281-585-8742. www.simplystainless.net

Find out why they line up at lunchtime in one southeast Texas courthouse. Esther Rollins: 2955 Houston St. Beaumont, TX 77701. 409-838-3500.

Visit an El Paso bootshop where they're making a Texas fashion statement with bright colors and fancy designs. Nevena Christi, Rocketbuster Boots: 115 South Anthony Street, El Paso, TX 79901. 915-541-1300. www.rocketbuster.com


-Week of 5.23.05-

Show # 425, originally aired 10.28.95

Fred & Robert Seal work all year farming to sell their watermelons during one month on Main St. in Dilley, TX. Fred Seal: P.O. Box 336, Dilley, TX 78017. 210-965-2010.

Will Jarrett owns 43 small town newspapers -- keeps towns thriving through their local papers. Will Jarrett, Westward Communications : 5005 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75244. 214-450-1717.

Carol Monteverde has been modeling professionally for past year and a 1/2. Won 17 Magazine's cover model contest. Valerie Gabriel-Swenson, VGS Marketing: 214-395-9034. www.smgmodels.com

 

Show # 844, originally aired 11.1.03

Pack up the station wagon and pull into a brand new, old-fashion drive-in theater. Ryan Smith: 5101 Highway 84, Lubbock, TX 79416. 806-744-STAR. rsmith@driveinusa.com


Visit a museum that's dedicated to saying "hello!" Don Capehart, Capehart Communications Museum: 409 South 9th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110. 903-872-0440.

Find out why this southeast Texas wildlife expert has spent a lifetime spreading the message of conservation. Susan Bailey, Bailey's Fish Camp: Bridge City, TX. 409-735-4298.


-Week of 5.16.05-

Show # 425, originally aired 10.21.95

J.C. Reel has retired -- used to own a bait/tackle shop at Lake Mexia. Now he does what he wants, when he wants. J.C. Reel: 817-562-3975

Chris Krueger is a 12 yr. old newspaper columnist at his family owned newspaper. Sam Keach - Chris' Grandfather, Nueces Co. Record Star: P.O. Box 1192, Robstown, TX 78380. 512-387-4511.

Aaron Barker works in the pits for racers and has written several no. 1 hits for George Strait. Aaron Barker, Muy Bueno Music: 1000 Eighteen Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212. 615-329-2402. www.aaronbarker.com

 

Show # 843, originally aired 10.25.03

It’s a west Texas oasis and it’s the only thing but blacktop and desert for a hundred-and-fifty miles. May Carson, Cornudas Cafe: HC 60 Salt Flats, TX 79847. 915-964-2409.

Find out why you don’t need a water heater in one Texas town. Peppers Grill: 8501 N. Main and Medina Rd. Cotulla, TX. Open Friday and Saturday, 5PM-10PM. 830-879-2904 or 830-879-3433.

It’s a museum dedicated to telling the story of life behind bars. Jim Willett, Texas Prison Museum: 491 HS 75 N. Huntsville, TX. 77230. 936-295-2155.


-Week of 5.9.05-

Show # 424, originally aired 10.14.95

Christi Klema has covered every inch of her fixer-up with paint -- she's an artist living inside her painting. Christi Klema:
201 Adolphus St. Lake Dallas, TX 75065. 817-497-2482

Julia Aguilar is a blind HS Flutist -- learned to play the bells so she could march w/band..very determined youngster. Cannot give out address or phone number.

Melisa Montemayor is studying why horny toads are declining. Melisa Montemayor: P.O. Box 115, Artesia Wells, TX 78001. 512-676-3413.

 

Show # 841, originally aired 10.18.03

Meet a southeast Texas mechanic who can tune you up and change your oil, but he’s not yet old enough to drive. Billee Bush, 3005 Calder, Beaumont, TX 77702. 409-838-3333 or 409-838-5444.

Find out why this couple has been returning to the same place in the same State Park for more than half a century. George and Diane Fushee: P.O. Box 433, Leakey, TX 78873. Garner State Park: HCR 70, Box 599, Concan, TX 78838.
830-232-5789 (Foshee's) 830.232.6132 (Garner State Park.)

It’s a bakery cooking up some of the most elaborate cakes you’ve ever seen. Kay Randorff: Rose Cottage Creations, 8269 Grassbur Road, Bryan, TX 77808. 979-589-3007.


-Week of 5.01.05-

Show #423, originally aired 10.05.95

The Kerrville folk festival has achieved legendary status among music lovers and owners of VW buses...they're everywhere! Larry Creech/Joe Fuente, 235 E. Spicer Kerrville, TX 78028. 210-896-2768

9 yr. old Andy Holmes is an amazing artist who draws, sculpts and paints. Cannot give out address or phone number.

Brad Bailey custom makes baseball mitts in his dining room. Brad Bailey, 200 Loma Linda Lane, Borger, TX 79007. 806-247-9772


Show #857, originally aired 1.31.04

It's a plane called the Weightless Wonder. Find out why one team of physics students from Lamar University are floating high over the Gulf of Mexico. Lamar University Physics Department, Dr. George Irwin.

Visit a Texas town that almost fell off the map. Barbara Barton-Director of the Gaston Museum, P.O. Box 301 Joinerville, TX 75658. 903-847-2205. www.gastonmuseum.org gastonmuseum@hotmail.com

He's the pride of Wink, Texas and they've opened a museum in his name. Roy Orbison Museum, Hwy 115 & FM 1232. 915-527-3622.


-Week of 4.24.05-

Show #422, originally aired 9.30.95

Ron Bonge sketches incredible western scenes and rodeo events with a no. 2 pencil. Ron Bonge, 866 County Rd. #344, Clifton, TX 76634. 254-675-6876 www.centraltexasart.com/Artists/RBonge/RBonge.htm

17 year old Sarah Watson plays the harp and wants to someday join the symphony over in Lubbock. Sandy Watson (Mother) Rt. 2 Box 1363, Muleshoe, TX 79347. 806-272-5085.

Fred Collins makes furniture out of ancient cypress trees ripped apart by the great flood of 1978. Fred Collins, P.O. Box 1869, Bandera, TX 78003. 210-796-3553

Show #856, originally aired 1.24.04

It's a roadside spring that’s been flowing for as long as anybody can remember and some say this water will heal what ails you.-Located on Highway 175 near Cuney, TX between Frankston and Jacksonville.

Find out why one national news network comes to Streetman, Texas, to take the pulse of the people.

It’s Texas Country Cookin’ at a drive-in called Buddy’s.Bonnie Duncan, 106 East Broadway, Andrews, TX. 915-523-2840.

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