Big Tex, RIP (1953-2012)


We took a few hours at the State Fair of Texas a few days ago.

Today comes the sad news that Big Tex, the symbol of the Fair, burned to his metal bones.

he two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

Big Tex at 60, earlier this week, catching sun on a good Fair day.

It was more of an unposed photo, as Kathryn and James read about the landscaping and the use of large, unsculpted Oklahoma stone in the garden at his feet.

Kathryn Knowles and James Darrell at the feet of Big Tex, 2012-10-17 State Fair 2012 024

Kathryn and James admiring the rockscaping at Big Tex’s garden, October 16, 2012

Big Tex looked fine — if we’d thought his 60 years showed at all, I’d have worked to get the focus just right, and get more of Tex in the photo.

Later that evening I thought the Dracula lighting might show a bit of his years.  Maybe it was just the lighting, though.  It had been a long day, and it was less than a week before the end of his 2012 run.

Big Tex at night 2012-10-16 State Fair 2012 243

Dracula lighting at night highlighted craggy old Tex’s age, perhaps.

Tex had always been a popular stop, one place everyone knew.  The family safety plan always included Big Tex.  “Where do I go if we get separated.”  “We’ll meet at Big Tex.”  Heck, even after the advent of cell phones, Big Tex was a popular meet-up-after-the-fair-day location.

They say your arteries, veins and nerves get worn after a good life.  Big Tex had some electronics in him, and electrical motors, to operate his jaw and to allow an announcer (in a booth on the ground) to play the Voice of Big Tex, offering a Texas “Howdy, Folks!” to people coming in to the Fair for the first, or 100th time.  One of those pieces of wire seems to have crossed another one this morning, some time after 8:00 a.m., just as the Fair opened for it’s last Friday of 2012 (the Fair closes Sunday).

There was a spark.  And then, he was gone.

Big Tex on fire, photo by John McKibbin via DallasNews.com

Big Tex on fire, photo by John McKibbin via DallasNews.com

More:

About these ads

8 Responses to Big Tex, RIP (1953-2012)

  1. [...] Big Tex goes home to Big Butter [...]

    Like

  2. LadyRhian says:

    Ed, I’ll take your word for it. I already want to scratch my eyes out…

    Like

  3. JamesK says:

    well Paul Bunyan is a bit better looking then Tex.

    Bigger too. So much for everything is bigger in Texas :P

    Like

  4. Eric says:

    Could be this is divine retribution for super-sizing things once too often? Just a thought; YMMV.

    Like

  5. Ed Darrell says:

    Heck, you should have seen it before they prettified him up about a decade ago.

    Like

  6. LadyRhian says:

    Man, that statue was downright hideous. Maybe God got tired of looking at it, just like he did with the “Butter Jesus”/ Drowning Jesus.

    Like

  7. JamesK says:

    Remind me of the talking Paul Bunyan statue they used to have in Brainerd Minnesota.

    http://www.thepieshops.com/2012/02/paul-bunyan-center-brainerd-minnesota_01.html

    Like

Play nice in the Bathtub -- splash no soap in anyone's eyes.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,333 other followers

%d bloggers like this: