The Press: Old Tack

Far beyond the Texas panhandle, Gene Howe, publisher of the Amarillo Globe and News, was fondly known as "Old Tack." His folksy daily column, "The Tactless Texan," was the most popular newspaper column in the state, and across Texas he was known as "Mr. Panhandle, Amarillo's one-man Chamber of Commerce." Ranch hands named their pet horses Old Tack, and readers named their children after him. Texans seldom recalled that "Mr. Panhandle" had actually been born in Kansas.

Drunk & Fired. Gene Howe was the son of the moody, melancholy Ed Howe, the "Sage of Potato Hill," who made his Atchison (Kans.) Globe...

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