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Graduate of Austin High School
Ben Crenshaw remains after 27 years on tour one of the most popular and talented players on the PGA circuit. His charisma and grace under pressure have made him a gallery favorite from his days at The University of Texas to the 1984 Masters Tournament, where he ended a decade of frustration to capture his first major championship title. His second victory at Augusta in April 1995 secured his place in golf history.
In recent years, Crenshaw has spent considerable time away from the PGA Tour developing his golf course architecture business. Along with partner Bill Coore, the firm of Coore & Crenshaw has done restoration work on some of the finest courses in the country.
Barbara Jordan, the first African-American woman elected to the Texas Senate, graduated with honors from Houston ISD’s Phillis Wheatley High School.
Artist G. Harvey grew up in the rugged hills north of San Antonio, where herds of longhorn cattle were once driven up dusty trails to the Kansas railheads.
Annette Sykora, dealer-principal of Smith Ford Mercury in Slaton and Smith South Plains Ford Lincoln-Mercury Dodge Chrysler and Jeep in Levelland, is 2009 immediate past chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).
Michael Dell, who founded the Dell Computer Corporation in 1984 with nothing more than $1,000 and an idea, now serves as chairman and chief executive officer of one of the largest computer systems businesses in the world.
Lady Bird Johnson
Claudia Alta Taylor, born in Karnack, Texas, on December 22, 1912, was termed at an early age by a nursemaid to be as “pretty as a lady bird,” and thus began the name she would be known as thereafter.
Jack Terry’s paintings reflect a versatility found among few artists.
Former Austin City Council member Jennifer Kim was elected at-large in 2005 at the age of 32 and is the first Asian American to serve on the council.
Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories
, which won the Premio Aztlán and the Southwest Book Award.
Considered to be the greatest female rock singer of the 1960s, Janis Joplin was also a great blues singer, making her material her own with her wailing, raspy, supercharged emotional delivery.