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The Rambling BoyStories About Texas is a weekly look at regional history, hosted by Lonn Taylor of Fort Davis. The show is broadcast Monday evenings after the 7 PM newscast.

A New Englander and West Texas Rancher as Kindred Spirits

Laura Wilson’s book Watt Matthews of Lambshead has the best opening sentence of any Texas book Lonn Taylor knows of – That Sentence? “Watt Matthews is 90 years old and still in charge.”

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn talks of the unlikely friendship that came of photographer from New England and a West Texas rancher.



What Makes a Maverick?

What does Samuel Maverick, early San Antonio settler, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence,, and Republic of Texas congressman, have in common with Etienne de Silhouette, Rudolf Diesel, and the Fourth Earl of Sandwich?

In this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores what really makes a maverick, and how the eponym has transformed over the years – From big-wave surfing, to computer operating systems.

The Origins of Lonn’s Individualism

In this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn explains how the origins of his individualism came to be, mostly through a radio show he devotedly listened to upon returning to the lower forty-eight after spending most of his childhood in the Philippines.



What is Christmas Without a Tree?

What is Christmas without a Christmas tree? The U.S. did not celebrate with trees for the first 250 years of it’s history. On this episode of the Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about the history of Christmas trees in North America. He says that the first National Christmas Tree was the result of a lobbying effort by a special interest group. The Society for Electrical Development was trying to popularize the use of electric Christmas tree lights and their lobbyist, Frederick Feiker, persuaded President Calvin Coolidge that a National Christmas Tree, lit by 2,500 red, white, and green electric bulbs, would be a good idea. At dusk on Christmas Eve, 1923, President Coolidge pressed a button that lit the tree. A crowd of 9,000 people sang Christmas carols to the music of the Marine Band until midnight.

The Time La Virgen Appeared in Marfa

On this episode of the Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about the history of the Virgin of Guadalupe. It all started nearly 500 years ago, on December 9, 1531, when the Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian named Juan Diego on a hill called Tepeyac. The Virgin spoke to Juan Diego in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, telling him that she was the mother of God and asking that a church be built on the hill in her honor. But, as Lonn notes, the Virgin of Guadalupe has visited Marfa too. And people still visit a local shrine.