LONE STARS RISING
11 Dallas icons star in new book of most influential Texans from last 50 years
May 29, 2023 | 9:30 am
To commemorate Texas Monthly's 50th anniversary, the publication has collected the stories and photographs of 50 iconic Texans who have shaped the state and the country over the past 50 years for a book called Lone Stars Rising. Eleven Dallas megastars have made the roster.
Among the book's 256 pages are not just the rich histories and commentaries about the most recognizable Texas legends, but a few "lesser-known individuals who have been toiling on the sidelines, quietly and intentionally shaping" our perception of the state, they say.
The 11 Dallas-area "stars" who made it into the book include state political figures, business magnates, spearheading chefs, and more - both alive and deceased. They are:
- Tom Landry, the first Dallas Cowboys head coach
- Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
- George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and former Texas governor
- Herb Kelleher, who developed the business plan for Southwest Airlines
- O’Neil Ford, architect who designed several University of Dallas buildings
- H. Ross Perot, founder of Plano's Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems
- T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman of BP Capital Management
- Dean Fearing, Anne Lindsay Greer, and Stephan Pyles, chefs and cookbook authors who pioneered the "Southwestern Cuisine" movement
- Larry McMurtry, novelist and owner of antiquarian bookshop Booked Up
Lone Stars Rising will be available for purchase on June 6. More information about the book can be found on texasmonthly.com.