Bookish Frog – who lives at TCU Press – answers your questions about Texas and the Southwest. Write him at email@example.com, and he’ll add your name to his pad-to-pad e-mail list.
B-Frog: I understand there is a Texas Sports Hall of Fame. What can you tell me about it? – Former Athlete
The Hall began in 1951, and was founded by the Texas Sports Writers Association. Each year, they induct new honorees at a winter banquet.
It originally opened in Grand Prairie in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, but it closed in 1986. In 1991 it was reopened in Waco.
This beautiful museum contains both sports memorabilia and archive material.
Dear B-Frog: Way back some 30 years ago – when I was a kid – there were lots of drive-in movie theaters in Texas. Was Texas one of the first states to build these? – Memoir Writer
Actually, we were the third. Drive-ins had already been constructed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before one opened in Texas in 1934.
At one time, Texas had 475 drive-ins, which was the most in any state. You can read more about them in Braggin’ on Texas by TCU Press.
To B-Frog: Where did we get the term “jughead” from? I’ve heard it all my life in Texas, and I know it’s used elsewhere. I am guessing it is a term native to our region. – Trivia Collector
Yes, the term did come from the Southwest. Jughead refers to a horse that is just plain dumb, or cannot understand where its rider is leading.
My guess is: they are called jugheads because a horse has a large head, and one would expect it to house a brain large enough to comprehend where a rider wants to go.
Jughead has expanded from just horses to also include mules and humans. But never call a human a jughead!
To find more terms from the Southwest, read Dictionary of the American Southwest published by the TCU Press.
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