This article appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of Texoma Living!.
If you call him “Lil’ Tex,” the lawyers for the Texas State Fair will come swooping down with a cease and desist order. That’s why the 22-foot cowboy who stands near the intersection of FM 1417 and Plainview Road goes by an alias even though his resemblance to his more famous cousin is striking. We’ll just call him Sandblasting Man, as his day job is to draw attention to Jay Goode’s Big Cowboy Custom Sandblasting in Sherman.
Sandblasting Man is not an only child. He has three brothers, Cowboy Muffler Man, the twins, John and John, and a sister named Uniroyal® Gal, who looks a lot like Jackie Kennedy-Onasis would have looked—if she had been 17-feet tall and made of fiberglass. The father of the clan is Jay’s dad, Glenn Goode of Gainesville.
Glenn started his unusual family in 1971 when he bought a big cowboy from a go-cart track in Garland. Well, it was near to a cowboy as a statue with no head, hands and feet can get. “I made the missing head and cowboy hat from a cast of a Muffler man in Canton,” he told an interviewer from the Web site roadsideamerica.com. The hands came from a mold taken from a statue at a Dallas muffler shop.
“The Uniroyal Gal was bought from a car dealer in Wichita Falls,” Goode said. “She was blown down in a storm, and I repaired her and put her up in about 1984.” John and John worked in the grocery business at one time, but they were down on their luck, just lying around when Goode found them behind a Kentucky bowling alley and brought them to Texas.
The Lone Star State is somewhat of a magnet for muffler men. There are more than a dozen of them standing tall from Amarillo to Beaumont. But if you are in the vicinity of 1651 FM 371 northeast of Gainesville any time soon, and you happen to see Glenn Goode and the family, tell them Cowboy Sandblasting Man in Sherman says “Howdy!” No. That’s Big Tex’s line. Got to watch those lawyers. Just say Sandblasting Man says, “Hi!”
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By Dan Acree
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was born in LeClaire, Iowa, in 1846. During his early life he herded cattle and worked as a driver on a wagon train, went on to fur trapping and gold mining, then joined the Pony Express in 1860. After the Civil War, Cody scouted for thearmy and gained the nickname “Buffalo Bill” as a hunter.
There are neighborhoods in Texoma’s towns where, if no modern automobiles intrude, a visitor could believe he was back in the the 1920s or 30s. In contrast, the growls of earthmovers drown out the birds around the new developments near US 75 and US 82. This dichotomy of old and new may be Texoma’s signature.
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By Special to TLM on March 1, 2009
The couple had a wish list for their perfect home. They wanted a master suite addition, an enlarged kitchen, a pantry and a laundry room, as well as a den with room for a television that Lawrence could call his own private space. Peggy drew plans to divide the existing large master bedroom into a pantry for the expanded kitchen, a guest bedroom, a utility room, and a hallway to access the new master bedroom suite that would be added onto the rear of the house. After several meetings they finalized the plans to start construction.
By Special to TLM on December 1, 2006
The Sherman Chamber of Commerce has been serving business in the Sherman area since 1915. Today, the Chamber strives to provide the best services to the Sherman community just as they have for over 90 years. So, what exactly does the Sherman Chamber of Commerce do?
By Edward Southerland on October 1, 2009
“There is a passage in the Talmud that I think about a lot,” said Marjorie Hass. “It says that you should have a piece of paper that on one side says ‘I am but dust and ashes,’ and on the other side it says, ‘The whole world was created for my sake.’ The trick in life is to know when to turn the piece of paper over and look at the other side. Anytime you have a position that has this much responsibility and this much privilege, you have to live like that.”