D Magazine’s 40 Greatest Stories: Happy Birthday, Charley Pride

Today is Charley Pride’s 76th birthday. The legendary singer is still touring regularly. He’ll be making swing through Canada soon. He’s still working out each spring in Arizona with the Texas Rangers, a team he became a part owner of when the Nolan Ryan-led group purchased the club in 2010. And he still hasn’t gotten the same level of recognition as some of his country music contemporaries, nor as much love as he maybe deserves. He’s seen the film adaptation of his life story, originally announced in 2006 with Oscar-nominated actor Terence Howard attached, get stuck in years of “development,” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking over the role (if it ever gets made).

When Pride’s 70th birthday came and went without a reissue of one of his classic albums or a handsomely packaged anthology of his greatest hits, our own Zac Crain was incensed enough by the music industry’s lack of an observance of the milestone in Pride’s life that he decided to write what became the lovingly observed profile published in the June 2008 issue of D Magazine. It’s one of the 40 greatest stories we’ve ever published. You really need to read the whole thing.

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Inside the March Issue of D Magazine

There are things many of us typically don’t discuss. Let’s call them unmentionables. Or perhaps a desire to be polite. Nudity at a spa? It comes with the territory. The fake factor of “reality” television? Why waste your breath? Bathroom business? Goodness gracious, no. Well, in the March issue of D Magazine, we break all of these rules, all for the sake of good stories.

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One Man’s Appreciation of The Ticket

Early this morning, before the sun was up or the coffee was brewed, my 5-year-old son asked me if I knew what day it was. “Friday,” I said, not sure where he was going with this. “Noooo,” he replied, clearly disappointed that today’s significance was lost on his poor, dumb father. “It’s Ticketstock Day,” he […]

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The SAGA Pod 1.5, JFK 50th Edition: Jim Schutze and Gordon Keith

Season 1, Episode 5 of the SAGA Pod features all things “50th.” We discuss the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination with the Dallas Observer’s Jim Schutze, who says he’s trying to get behind the city’s ceremony planned for Friday, even though he admits there is something odd about it. Afterward, we call Ticket host and Dallas […]

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Leading Off (10/21/13)

Death Threats and Support in Texas. Lots of good Ted Cruz reading/watching here. Death threats. Texas support. Texas tour. And CNN’s interesting interview with the Republican Senator that aired Sunday. It discusses his “rock star” status in Texas, his reputation in Washington, his fascination with social media, and just who he believes is at fault […]

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How the State Fair Nearly Lost the Texas Star Ferris Wheel

All the talk over the last year was about the loss–and rebirth–of Big Tex. (Something we’ll all regret if/when he eventually comes to life and attacks.) But apparently the State Fair nearly lost another icon, the 212-foot-tall Texas Star. Central Track has the story here, and it includes some interesting information about the ride’s history […]

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The SAGA Pod 2.1: Matt Zoller Seitz and Jim Schutze

It’s Episode 2, Season 1 of the SAGA Pod. Okay, I fixed my biggest production problem with some sound foam, so that this week it doesn’t sound like I’m recording from my bathroom. (I still have sound-level fluctuation. One fix at time.) Which is good, because it allows you to concentrate on my two guests: First […]

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Is There a Bubble Hockey Table in Dallas?

Yes, that’s what it’s called. Bubble hockey. It’s also apparently called “rod hockey” and “table hockey.” All funny sounding, but that’s not the point. You know the type of game I mean. Not air hockey. The International Bubble Hockey Federation site says there is only one table in Texas, at Woody’s Tavern in Fort Worth. But […]

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A Look Inside Reunion Tower’s New GeO-Deck (Not a Geoduck), Which Opens Saturday

“Hi, welcome to the Reunion Tower,” a woman in a blazer said when I got out of my car. She pointed me to the main entrance, where another woman in a blazer greeted me. I received instructions from two more blazer-clad employees to find the check-in for this morning’s media preview of the observation deck at Reunion […]

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Leading Off (9/27/13)

The Rebirth of Big Tex. Because of windy conditions yesterday, State Fair organizers couldn’t keep in place the curtains that were meant to hide Big Tex 2.0 from public view before his scheduled unveiling this afternoon, during the first day of the fair. So we all got a look at him yesterday. Now the Morning […]

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