The Press: The Texan

There is no Texan like a Texan born some place else. Texans think this quip perfectly tailored for Amarillo Publisher Gene Howe, who has become the voice of the vast Texas Panhandle by outshouting the natives and trying to forget that he was born in Kansas. In both his Amarillo Globe and News, his garrulous daily column, "The Tactless Texan," is the fountainhead of authentic Panhandle lore.

"Old Tack's" reverence for Texas is fanatical and often funny. Panhandle women, he wrote, have the world's prettiest legs, made strong and muscular by leaning against the...

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