Rambling Boy Previous Episodes

The Rambling BoyStories About Texas is a weekly look at regional history, hosted by Lonn Taylor of Fort Davis. The show is broadcast Monday mornings after the 10 AM newscast, and Monday evenings after the 7 PM newscast.

The Marfa Airbnb Phenomena

One of the fastest-growing businesses in Marfa is Airbnb. On this episode of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the history of the short-term rental website, as well as some of the more interesting spacesand experiencesavailable here in West Texas.

 

 

Fourth of July

On the eve of this year’s Independence Day, Lonn talks about another thing that happened on this date: the deaths of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, on July 4, 1826. The former presidents, who were friends and had a long storied correspondence, passed away on the same day – exactly 50 years after they signed the Declaration of Independence.

Public Education

On this episode of the Rambling Boy, Lonn reacts to a letter written by Graydon Hicks, the Fort Davis Superintendent of Schools, and gives his hot take on public school funding. He also shares a story about one person to come out of Texas’s rural public schools: Luther Evans, who graduated in a class of nine from Bastrop High School, and went on to become the Librarian of Congress and the Director-General of UNESCO.

Agave Festival points to plant’s long history

On this episode of the Rambling Boy, Lonn reflects on Marfa’s recent Agave Festival. Inspired by the documentary film Agave is Life, the three-day event included lectures, music, and food all related to the agave plant. Lonn highlights a few speakers: Dr. Steve Black, an archaeologist from Texas State University; Dr. Carolyn Boyd, the founder of the Shumla Archeological Research and Education Center at Comstock, Texas; and Dr. Phil Dering, an ethnobotanist.

Indian Emily

Indian Emily – Real or made up for a good story?

Sure there’s a restaurant named after the hero whose final warning helped garrison of soldiers in Ft. Davis stave off an attack by nearby Apache, and during the Texas centennial in 1936, the state placed a granite marker at Emily’s supposed grave…

…But did the Fort Davis Legend actually exist? On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn takes a deeper look.