Texas Highways, Volume 51 Number 10, October 2004 Page: 3
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Meet You at DQ
NANCY Rosenberg's article on Dairy
Queen brought back fond memories of
the Woodsboro DQ. Dad and his
cronies would meet there practically
every day. Dad would give the girl
behind the counter his coffee-stained
Dairy Queen cup [to fill], and you
couldn't pry them from that place.
I ESPECIALLY enjoyed the August
issue because of the article on our
local artist Dr. Joe Smith. But the story
about the Dairy Queen restaurants
prompted me to write. About six years
ago, we stopped to eat lunch at a
Dairy Queen in Herington, Kansas. The
building and decor were the same as
the typical Texas DQ, but when I asked
for a Dude, they had no idea what I
was talking about. My drawl had surely
already alerted them to the fact that I Small
was from Texas. I changed my order to that t
a Hungr-Buster, and the moment nor- thing
I was surprised that there was no mention of
the Mexia DQ, since it is the subject of an infa-
mous Aggie joke. Two Aggies were arguing
about how to pronounce "Mexia" as they drove
through the town. They decided to settle their
disagreement by asking a local, and stopped
at a restaurant. The young man at the counter
looked puzzled when asked to pronounce the
name of the place. Then he slowly and clearly
4owfi Cuais, 1iKu jue I- (c uLna (aUUve), KIUVn
he Dairy Queen is a great place to gather for every-
from hot coffee to hot-fudge sundaes.
In Good Taste
THANK YOU for bringing your readers' atten-
tion to the important topic of organic farming
through Melissa Gaskill's fine article, "Down on
the Organic Farm," in the June issue. As a
transplanted farm girl, careful stewardship of
our precious natural resources is very near and
dear to my heart. Thank you for spotlighting
Texans who are doing the right thing by shun-
ning the use of chemical pesticides and herbi-
cides to preserve the land and deliver a better
overall product to their customers.
"Hail to the Queen" in the August issue is a
delightful nostalgia trip. Sadly, the DQ in our
town was torn down a few years ago. However,
that will not stop my husband and me; we're
taking a detour to the next town today for a
Dilly Bar and dipped cone!
More About Our Cover
I APPRECIATED the cover of the August issue
[shown at left]. We live only a few miles from
that scene. However, the description in "About
Our Cover" [on the Table of Contents page]
was a bit misleading. That is not really a pic-
ture of Lake Texoma, but of the Red River just
east of the Denison Dam. The gates are open,
discharging a lot of water. Actually, the picture
is taken from Oklahoma, and all the land on
the lower left side of the picture is in
Oklahoma. Texas, a.k.a. "God's Country," really
begins with the land seen in the upper part of
the picture. Keep up the good work!
Encore to Symphonies
ED. NOTE: Our August story on Texas sym-
phonies, by Michael Barnes and Kip Keller, hit
a high note with some, and struck the wrong
chord with others, especially fans and mem-
bers of symphonies not included in the article.
(Unfortunately, when we do a round-up piece,
there's no way we can mention every per-
son/place associated with the topic.)
Following is a sampling of the responses we
received. We also heard from loyal listeners
of symphonies in Big Spring, Lewisville,
Longview, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Plainview,
Round Top, and Temple. For a more complete
list (including contact information), go to the
Texas Music Office Web site, www.governor.
THE SYMPHONY story was truly interesting.
Did you realize that Irving can boast at having
THREE symphony orchestras for the benefit of
the Metroplex? You list only the Irving Sym-
phony Orchestra, but there are also the New
Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving and the Las
Colinas Symphony Orchestra. Thank you for
your support of the arts in our fine state!
YOU LEFT out the best of the bunch! The Mid-
Texas Symphony (www.mtsymphony.org), under
the inspired baton of David Mairs, alternates
performances in New Braunfels and Seguin.
ROGER W. ELLIOTT
THE SAN ANGELO Symphony (www.san
angelosymphony.org) was left off the list.
In fact, Hector Guzman, director of the Plano
Symphony, which was mentioned, is also
director of our symphony.
Begun in 1949 with Dr. Eric Sorantin as its
first conductor, the symphony is beginning its
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