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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 Friday mornings after the 11 AM newscast, and Monday evenings after the 7 PM newscast.

An Ektachrome is Worth 1,000 Words

Lonn has recently been rambling through the past, with the help of some five-thousand 35mm ektachrome color slides his father took with a Leica III in Asia and Europe between 1947 and 1955.

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn shares some of his favorites.

When the Liberty Bell Waltzed Across Texas

All most Americans know about the Liberty Bell is that it’s in Philadelphia and has a crack on the side of it.

But did you know that at one time, after being displayed at the San Francisco World’s Fair, it passed through both Marfa and Alpine on it’s way back to the City of Brotherly Love?

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about the journey that’s been forgotten by most.

Opinion: Not a C3 Presents Marfa Festival Fan

Marfa is facing a David and Goliath battle of unprecedented importance to the Entire Big Bend.

Austin-based C3 Presents wants and is planning a music festival on a ranch a few miles north of Marfa, just across the highway from the airport with an estimated attendance of six-thousand people the first year.

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn expresses his opinions on the proposed festival, and shares how he thinks it’s not such a great idea.

**The opinions expressed in this segment are that of Lonn Taylor**

A Book About Texas Books

There’s a lot of books about Texas, but not a lot of books about books that come from the Lone Star State.

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn takes some time to talk about his latest book, Turning the Pages of Texas, out on the Texas Christian University Press.

*Note* If you’re looking for books about barbecue or how to act like a Texan, this isn’t the book for you!

The Navajo Code Talkers of World War II

The Navajo Code Talkers of WWII were bilingual Navajo speakers, specially recruited during World War II by the US Marine Corps to serve as radio men in the Pacific theater.

Lonn first heard of the Code Talkers in the early eighties when a friend of his in Santa Fe, who grew up on the Navajo Reservation, told him the stories that were passed down over the years.

Contrary to popular belief, The Navajo Code Talkers were not the first of their kind – During WWI, units of Cherokee and Choctaw were used during the Second Battle of the Somme and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

On this edition of The Rambling Boy. Lonn explores the histroy behind Native American radio men throughout the years.