UTRGV Professor’s Book on Texas Tales Captures Hearts Around the World

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A local professor’s radio program on Texas history, culture and tall tales has been adapted into a book, that’s sold out twice on Amazon.

“It is essentially a love letter to Texas,” W.F. Strong, a University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor said. 

Stories from Texas, a collection of 75 stories ranging from the history of Whataburger to larger than life Texans, like Judge Roy Bean

“One of the things I like to do in my stories, is show how things that started in Texas, changed the world,” Strong said. 

Including William Gorgas, who inspired his next story.

“He arrived in the middle of a yellow fever epidemic that was killing lots of people in Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico.  He cut short that epidemic and what he learned [in Brownsville] he took with him to the Panama Canal, where he empowered the completion of that canal which had been stopped by malaria and yellow fever,” he said. 

And Strong’s reason for sharing his stories for nearly a decade on radio and now print, is to celebrate the Lone Star State.

“It’s designed to teach Texas to people who have never been here or have come for the first time, to understand why uniquely have extraordinary pride in our state that others don’t seem to have,” Strong said. 

The UTRGV professor will start his book tour, which includes presentations and signings, across Texas next month.

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