During my annual Back to School Tour this year we have polled the participants to identify four worthy candidates for a Regional Mt. Rushmore. People were eligible if they were born in, or achieved fame, within the region.
This has been fun, but has revealed a widespread lack of historical perspective. Consider: in San Antonio there was no mention of Colonel Travis. In Houston, Whitney Houston got almost as many votes as Sam. Perhaps we need to remind the folks that the city was named for Sam, not Whitney. In Kilgore a country singer I have never heard of (Neil McCoy?) finished second in the balloting.
Here are the results:
SAN ANTONIO—REGION 20
Comment: They do love the Spurs….
Comment: As you can see, people in the Austin area are more serious minded.
Comment: Two musicians and a football star. But I’m not going to criticize the selection of the Tyler Rose. Hook ‘Em.
HOUSTON—HARRIS COUNTY DOE AND REGION 4
George H.W. Bush
Comment: Jose Altuve about to be the A.L. MVP and you go with a football player?
George W. Bush
Comment: Chris Kyle is the American Sniper guy. I’m sure you know the rest.
Buddy Holly (overall highest vote getter!)
Comment: Two musicians, which is appropriate given Lubbock’s strong heritage in music.
George W. Bush
Comment: No musicians! This is the only Region where that happened.
FORT WORTH—REGION 11
The Bass Brothers
Comment: And two votes for Keller ISD inhouse counsel, Amanda Bigbee!
Thanks to all who participated! If you have ideas for what the survey question should be at next year’s BTS, let me know!
DAWG BONE: IF WE DID THIS WITH 8TH GRADERS, WHO WOULD THEY VOTE FOR?
Tomorrow: St. Tammany Parish gives us a good cell phone case.