TCP Talk


March 2021

Girth Glorified

Katmai National Park and Preserve holds a contest every year to name the fattest bear at Brooks Falls [Captured!, January 2021].

 

Julia Frankenfield, MidSouth EC | Montgomery

 

No Fan of the Span

My wife drove across it with our teenage son in 1985 and could not drive back [The Scariest Bridge in Texas, January 2021]. It was so traumatizing for her that she has not been able to drive over any multilevel highway overpass, interstate or other even moderately high bridge since.

It should have a warning sign.

William Hamlin, Tri-County EC | Keller

 

Thank you for the article about the fear of crossing bridges and high overpasses. I am that person. I will go out of my way to avoid the flyovers in Houston and any other high or narrow bridge.

I no doubt annoy drivers behind me when I have no choice but to use one of these structures, and I crawl across it, white-knuckled, at 40 mph.

Linda Secrist, San Bernard EC | Magnolia

 

Crossed it pulling a six-horse trailer with a truck full of squealing little girls. Not something I care to repeat.

Kay Motley | Via Facebook

 

A World Opens

The Carnegie library of my hometown of Terrell did indeed fill a real need [Literary Fortunes, January 2021]. As a boy I was able to jump on my bike and spend time looking through the stacks and especially enjoying the reference room. The whole world opened for me.

Dan Wood Jr., Trinity Valley EC | Terrell

 

Dialect in Danger

The Texas German dialect and culture are slowly dying out as they are not passed on to younger generations [Burgs in a New Land, December 2020]. Within the next 20 years, the Texas German dialect will become extinct after being spoken for close to 200 years.

In 2001, I founded the Texas German Dialect Project at the University of Texas to record this unique dialect.

Hans Boas, Pedernales EC | Austin

 

Fact-Checking

The article [The Scariest Bridge in Texas, January 2021] stated that this bridge connects Port Arthur and Orange. While this may have been the case when it was built, it is no longer true. This bridge connects Port Arthur and Bridge City.

Glenn Mathis, Trinity Valley EC | Frankston

 

The article [Upscale Lodging, January 2021] states Port Aransas was once nicknamed “Tarpon, Texas.” Having been called Ropesville in the 1890s, the name was actually changed to Tarpon until April 1, 1911, when it was changed to Port Aransas.

Frank Morgan, NEC Co-op Energy | Port Aransas

 


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