The Creation of Big Tex

Anyone who regularly attends the State Fair of Texas thinks it’s a religious experience — they just couldn’t prove it. But now new photos lend credence to that religious theory. Big Tex, in his latest incarnation, actually talks and waves and uses a spittoon. His vocabulary is limited but like most Texans, he compensates for that with a loud delivery. But what were his humble beginnings? Was he crudely conceived as a gigantic Charlie McCarthy-ish hick, a slim-hipped Santa, or a barrel-chested, hook-nosed Jesus?

To answer that question, you have only to look at the fiberglass statue itself. Big Tex actually underwent a nose job and an eye-retooling back in the 1960s which would lend credence to the Jesus theory. Others purportedly saw the huge statue with a white beard and red hat but since this only occurred in East Texas, those sightings have been discounted. The most interesting theory is Adam’s Big Bang which shows Big Tex reaching out to some Higher Power for the spark of life.

You be the judge.

The Creation of Big Tex

Published in: on October 27, 2007 at 8:01 pm  Comments (5)  
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  1. You’re demented. You know that, don’t you? Certifiable. Nothing like a religious experience with Charlie McCarthy’s enormous spitting cousin at the Texas State Fair — are you sure the giant margaritas weren’t to blame? I’ve had many a tequila-induced revelation. The last one had to do with the divinity of Elvis and that dead twin he used to talk to, but after I’d barfed up the worm, things got better.

  2. I didn’t expect the Charlie McCarthy comparison to evoke such a strong response. Seeing as you appear to be a Southerner, I expected it to be the Jesus comment. And about the worm — a real lady doesn’t scarf and barf. As a Southerner you should already know this.

  3. A real lady doesn’t scarf and barf? You obviously don’t know any Southern beauty queens, Stackhat. They ALL scarf and barf! Keeps their figures from running riot!

  4. I didn’t have any beauty queen friends. My buddies all appreciated a 32 oz. milk shake and a bag of Oreos. To hell with the figure — you gotta live in the moment.

  5. You do have to live in the moment. The moment after that, you can barf. I will say that the milkshake and Oreos are better going down than coming up, but that’s just me.

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