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The Rambling BoyStories About Texas is a weekly look at regional history, hosted by Lonn Taylor of Fort Davis. The show is broadcast Monday evenings after the 7 PM newscast.

The Unluckiest Sculptor in Texas

Pompeo Coppini was unlucky even when he was lucky, and on this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn explains why.

Those Rambling Road Trip Days of Summer

April may be the month in which Geoffrey Chaucer said folks longed to go on pilgrimage, but Jun, July, and August are the months Lonn’s Family always chose for Road Trips.

On this extra-summery edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn discusses some of his past favorite road trips, and how travelling on the open road has changed, but also stayed the same.


J. Frank Dobie – When Texas Meets Cambridge

Not too long ago (last week to be exact), Lonn talked about a group of roughnecks that lent a helping hand to the Allied war effort of WWII by drastically pumping up Britain’s oil numbers.

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn tells the story of how a lifelong Texan ended up bringing a healthy dose of the Lone Star State to England, not too far away from Sherwood Forest, where those roughnecks were stationed.

J. Frank Dobie is probably best known for books depicting the richness and traditions of life in rural Texas during the days of the open range.

However it was during the early years of WWII, when Dobie spent a year teaching a course on American history at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, that he felt significantly cultured.



How a Group of Roughnecks Ended up in Sherwood Forest During WWII

Oil, especially during war time is a crucial ingredient for success – From lighting towns, houses, and business to running factories, getting troops to the front line, and planes in the air.

The British were using so much oil during WWII, they had to bring in expert roughnecks from Texas and Oklahoma to amplify the amount of crude they could pull out of the ground.

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn takes a look at these U.S. roughnecks and examines the impact they made for the Allied war effort.

A Tip o’ the Sombrero to the John B. Stetson Company

Everyone knows about Stetson hats, but a lot of people, including Lonn, didn’t know that the famous hat company made something besides, well Stetsons.

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the John B. Stetson Hat Company, and a few more of their less common styles.