I love Texas, but I grew up in Michigan. One of the things I miss most–beyond the crystal-clear natural lakes–is University of Michigan football, live. So the news that the Wolverines may be coming to Dallas to play Alabama in 2012 has me absolutely giddy.
Sure, the $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium, where the two teams would meet, only seats 80,000–UM’s home opener against Connecticut drew 113,090 to the Big House in Ann Arbor. And it would make 2012 a killer road season for Michigan. But the chance to see my beloved Wolverines play, without having to travel 1,200 miles to do so? To me, that’d be better than the Super Bowl.
The Dallas Morning News‘ Robert Miller has seen it all. From city editor to business columnist, Bob has been a mainstay at Dallas’ daily newspaper. When he started in 1951, manual typewriters and smoking in the newsroom were the rule of the day. It was a time before Woodward-Bernstein glamorized journalism and when reporters made less than dogcatchers.
Today marks Bob’s 59th anniversary with The News.
Tip of the hat, Bob.
Besides a functioning ice machine and a Keurig with 14 different flavors of coffee–and the chance to work with editor Glenn Hunter again–one of the things I love most about my new gig here at D CEO is the opportunity to write car reviews. I used to not care much about cars and made fun of guys who got all gaga over them, but that was before I spent a week with a Jaguar XKR–and went just slightly over the speed limit in both a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari F430 coupe.
One review possibility I’m now drooling over is the new McLaren MP4-12C. The exotic will become available next summer and sold in Texas only at McLaren Dallas, a new dealership from Ken Schnitzer, founder of Park Place Motorcars. He gave me and several others a sneak peek of the car this morning at a press conference in the design district. All I have to say is: “Wow.”
James K. Glassman, head of the new George W. Bush Institute at SMU, admits he’s got a lot to learn about the folkways of Dallas, Texas. The former Washingtonian executive editor and state department official is spending only about a third of his time here (the institute’s grand opening isn’t til 2013). But he’s learning his lessons quickly.
A big one came today, Glassman recalled during a noon talk with staffers at D Magazine, when he showed up dressed in a blue blazer, grey slacks–and purple tie–for a morning dedication event at SMU. Not realizing that purple’s the team color for TCU’s top-ranked Horned Frogs footballers–they take on the Mustangs tonight–Glassman said that SMU President R. Gerald Turner asked him, “Why have you got that tie on?”
Recounted Glassman, laughing: “I didn’t have the slightest idea. So I do make these sorts of mistakes.”
Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow is now a grandfather. A co-worker of Blow’s whose name I won’t divulge sent an e-mail to his colleagues telling them the good news. The subject line read: “Blow a grandfather!”
The last float of the State Fair of Texas opening day parade: the Hella Shrine Directors Staff, blasting this rousing tune. Gentlemen, you just made my day.
Have you memorized my State Fair of Texas guide yet? Great! Then you know that this weeks-long celebration begins today. I hope to see you soon at the lunchtime parade in downtown Dallas.
Maybe I was inspired by Sarah Reiss’ piece in the October issue of D Magazine, or maybe I’m just going through a phase, but beer has sounded exceptionally good to me this week. What luck, then, that two of Dallas’ upscale grocers are hosting beer-riffic events this weekend. Tonight is Oyster Bar Night at Whole Foods’ Lakewood store. What it entails: oyster shucking and eating, live music, and beer (Shiner and Pabst will be on hand, but I’m eager to try the Fireman’s #4, a blond ale from the Hill Country). You’ll also be able to sample and buy clams, and prepare them at home. Carla at Whole Foods passed along this simple but drool-worthy recipe.
If you time it right, you can probably hit both spots before heading south to Oak Cliff for jazz by Jeff Golub and Eric Darius’ at the Bishop Arts Theater Center. True, this isn’t thrashy, head-bangy music–for that you might need to skip the beer and go hear Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax–but these guys are talented musicians, and the venue is perfect for a jazz concert.
Why was I going all the way to the Shops at Legacy, you ask? Because I was invited to the red carpet premier of a TV show called Inside Sports: News You Can ALMOST Trust. It’s produced by Mark McClure and Paula Wallem, and hosted by Survivor: Guatemala winner Danni Boatright.
Sigh. The location, Fox Sports Grill, was nice enough. The food was good. But lordy, the execution, and then the show itself? Well, I kept a diary. Â And whimpered. (more…)
A perfect storm of sorts took place this morning at KRLD-AM (1080). It started with morning talk show host Jay McFarland’s telling his audience that he was leaving Dallas to take a gig in Utah. Without a second’s pause, it was revealed that KRLD will once again be an all-news station weekdays.
Jay’s former partner/KRLD afternoon talk show host Ernie Brown will be chatting it up with Mike Rogers from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays in the future.
A football-loving FrontBurnervian passes along a link to a great WSJ story about how Liverpool fans are making life even more difficult for Tom Hicks. A sample:
On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Hicks learned firsthand what it’s like to be the prey in a digital hunt.
Around 3:40 p.m., as Mr. Hicks sat on a sidewalk bench in midtown Manhattan, he was spotted by Liverpool native Paul Wilson. It occurred to Mr. Wilson, a 35-year-old financial consultant, that the offices of Deutsche Bank AG and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. were on the same street. He guessed that Mr. Hicks and his son, Tom Hicks Jr., might be visiting the banks to plead for funds.
So Mr. Wilson whipped out his BlackBerry, snapped some photos, and zapped the images to his wife, Erin McCloskey. Then he trailed Mr. Hicks walking into the lobby of the building that houses Deutsche.
And then guess what happened. It almost makes me feel sorry for the guy.
Clint Carlson runs a hedge fund here in town called Carlson Capital. A money-minded FrontBurnervian points us to news that Carlson has agreed to pay nearly $2.7 million to settle S.E.C. charges of improper trading practices. Let this be a lesson to everyone. Watch out for that pesky Rule 105. And buy Clint Carlson a drink if you see him at the bar this evening. It’s the right thing to do.
Remember when poster board and Marks-A-Lots powered up Mustang spirit? Looks like the Heights at Park Lane has taken boosterism to a whole new level for this weekend’s football game between SMU and TCU.
1. So DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has been in Vegas, interviewing for the same job there. Tonight, the DISD board said, “But we love you. Stay. I’ll bring you waffles in bed and I’ll brush your hair while you go to sleep at night.”
2. So yesterday afternoon, Dallas County DA Craig Watkins and his GOP opponent, Danny Clancy, faced off in a debate. It got heated. At one point, Watkins said, “I have a backbone and a brain,” implying Mr. Clancy had neither. But when I first read the story, my tired eyes thought he said he had a backhoe and a brain, which is entirely different but still kind of awesome.
3. I have to stand and clap for the Herald-Democrat, the newspaper of record for the Sherman-Denison area. See, there was a marijuana farm found in Grayson County. So which reporter do they send to cover it? Mary Jane Farmer. (H/T Frontburnervian mm)
4. Â Rick Perry won’t meet with the editorial boards of Texas newspapers. Maybe because they’re small potatoes.