Well I’ll be damned- Mason Crumpacker Texan of the Year?

I wasn’t aware that the Dallas Morning News had a Texan of the Year award. I’m not sure how I feel about my daughter being on a list with some of these people. Some noble. Some notorious.

I do find it ironic since the Dallas Morning News hasn’t responded to our request to include a secular columnist on the paper. Maybe a vote for Mason would get their attention? (This is not a win by popular vote prize, but it may make a nice subtle protest to send in an email).

From the Dallas Morning News (online):

Texan of the Year nominations update

Rodger Jones/Editorial Writer 

8:35 AM on Wed., Nov. 30, 2011 | Permalink

We are looking for nominees who made the greatest impact in Texas this year, from any field. Think public service, philanthropy, law, sports, arts, business, religion, music, academia, research, medicine, education, agriculture, activism, etc.

Send me your ideas: rmjones@dallasnews.com

The editorial board picks finalists, and daily editorials about them begin publishing on Dec. 13. The TOY is announced Dec. 25.

From mail and email, plus comments to other Texan of the Year posts, here is the list so far of nominees put forth by readers:

Al Armendariz , EPA regional director,
Mark Kelly , Shuttle commander and husband of Gabby Giffords
Donna Cranston, Welcome Home a Hero organizer
Innocence Project
Craig Watkins, Dallas County DA
Lance Cpl. Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt, KIA Marine who established TCU endowment with serviceman’s life insurance
Joe Chow, Taiwanese chamber and former Addison mayor
Bill Bentzen, citizen political activist
Ryan Clinton, Austin lawyer who fights to save sheltered dogs and cats
George P. Mitchell, gas-drilling innovator
Wendy Davis, state senator with inspirational story
Jaap van Zweden, DSO conductor and Musical America “conductor of the year”
Mason Crumpacker, child “freethinker”
Robert Caro, LBJ biographer with new volume finished
Stephen Harrigan, novelist (new book Remember Ben Clayton)
Eddie Canales, founder of Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation
Taryn Davis, founder of American Widow Project
Rick Halperin, SMU human rights activist
Everyone at Houston’s NASA Mission Control, for decades of service in guiding manned space flights
Texas Army/Air National Guardsman
Brandon Vance, Guard sergeant who did three tours in Iraq, returned home and donated a kidney to a woman he never met
Rodney Ellis, state senator who passed eyewitness ID reform
Pete Gallego, state rep who passed eyewitness ID reform
Eric Taylor, fictional football coach of Dillon High School
Bruce Beutler, UT-Southwestern Medical Center Nobel laureate
Michael Quinn Sullivan, head of Texas for Fiscal Responsibility
Firefighters who battle wildfires statewide
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Maverick
The entire Mavericks team
Tie — Rangers and Mavericks
Nolan Ryan, win or lose in the World Series
Ron Washington, Rangers manager
Nelson Cruz, Rangers outfielder
Shannon Stone, Rangers fan who fell to his death
The average Joe who works hard, pays taxes, and raises a normal family, without extra time for philanthropy, volunteering, or any other feel good, pink or green organizations, and without government support
Unemployed Texans
Jeb Hensarling, congressman
Texas ranchers and farmers, pushed to the brink by drought
Adm. William McRaven, led SEALS mission against bin Laden
R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M president
Ron Paul, congressman/presidential candidate
Rick Perry, governor/presidential candidate
Anybody but Rick Perry
Texas educators, who work hard doing their jobs in the face of budget cuts
Texas teachers
Teaching staff of Mendenhall Elementary in Plano
Prosecutors and Rangers who convicted FLDS leader Warren Jeffs
Texas lawmakers and tea partiers
Jeff Sandefer, entrepreneur and higher education reformer
Fransisco Cigarroa, UT System chancellor
Steve Ogden, state senator
Florence Shapiro, state senator
Ryan Crocker , ambassador to Afghanistan
Roger Unger, UT-Southwestern diabetes researcher
Jeremy Bernard, White House social secretary
Anna Maria Chavez, head of Girl Scouts of America
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas
Hilton Kelly, Port Arthur environmentalist/activist
Zoe Olavarri, student researcher at UT-Southwestern
Ron Anderson, Parkland hospital CEO
Lance Armstrong, cyclist
All those who labor in the searing heat
Mother Nature, for the punishing summer heat
George W. Bush
Laura Bush
Paul Woodruff, UT dean of undergrad studies
Amer Shakil and Khalida Yasmin, physicians who run the Islamic Association of North Texas Medical Clinic
John Wiley Price, Dallas County commissioner
Texans who pay for millions of people to be in the state illegally
H.W. Brands, biographer and UT professor with “Greenback Planet” newly published
Emerging Texas authors Sarah Bird, Amanda Ward, Dominic Smith, Bruce Machart, Ernie Cline, Tracy Daughtery, Jenny Wingfield, Sandra Brown and Jim Dent
Charn Uswachoke, Thai businessman and UNT benefactor
Naveen Jindal, Indian businessman and UTD benefactor
Paul Weatherby, water district manager, Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District
The millions of jobless Texans
Param Jaggi, Plano East senior, and Javier Fernandez-Han of Conroe, named to Popular Science list of top student inventors
Rob Dickerman, physician who does spinal fusions with controversial technique of using patient’s ownstem cells
Piper Perabo, actress who stars in Covert Affairs
Lisa Blue Baron, attorney, wealthy widow, philanthropist, Democratic kingmaker.
Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winning singer and bassist
Kelcy Warren, energy mogul and music promoter
Barnett Shale


About Anne Crumpacker

I like to read. I also like science, art and drama. I like really big numbers, but I don’t understand them. I like kids and being silly, but sometimes I feel serious and that’s when I like thinking BIG THOUGHTS. You can visit me @ SocraticMama.com
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6 Responses to Well I’ll be damned- Mason Crumpacker Texan of the Year?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hooray, “Mason.”

  2. awb says:

    Hooray, “Mason.”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go go mason

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