November|December Alumni Authors

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By Paula Anderson Dugger, BS ’77, MEd ’80, Life Member

Why wait to introduce your child to Bevo’s species? This eight-page picture book for beginning readers uses simple language to teach young children about Texas’ most famous breed. One of 60 titles in the Kaleidoscope Collection for early readers, the book features photographs of longhorns from the Dugger family’s Diamond D Longhorn Ranch in Red Oak.




DRT_FrontCover-1The Daughters: A Dozen Decades of DRT

By Gaylon Finklea Hecker, BJ ’72

History buffs will enjoy this tome on the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a statewide organization in which more than 7,000 women study their Texas roots. Presented in a timeline format, the book features key historical events and photos from the 1890s to the present. Leaf through and enjoy dozens of fascinating historical photos, which include the San Jacinto Monument under construction and the Alamo through the years.


backinsaddleBack in the Saddle to Fit: 10 Steps to Reclaiming Athletic Fitness for the Busy Professional

By Darryl Ewing, BJ ’88, Life Member

Communications professional and certified fitness trainer Ewing offers simple, intuitive tips for busy adults looking to get healthier. From the 60/40 rule (focus 60 percent on nutrition and 40 percent on exercise) to a plan for designing an exercise routine and sticking to it, readers of any age and fitness level will benefit from the clear advice in this book.





randomthoughtsRandom Thoughts: A Funny Look at Our Strange World

By Jack W. Smith, BS ’67, Life Member

Are mattresses ever not on sale? Why aren’t right-handed baseball pitchers called northpaws? In this collection of humorous essays, mostly culled from columns written for The Wacoan, Smith asks all the important questions—and some not-so-important ones. He has a fondness for clean humor and puns (“Why do we seem to always be short on math teachers? Can’t they multiply?”).





Cover_DeadlyNewsDeadly News

By Don Farmer, with Chris Curle, BS ’69

After a Hollywood star is thrown from a high-rise balcony and impaled on the antenna of a TV news truck just before Atlanta is set to host the Olympics for a second time, someone has to step in to solve the gruesome murder. In this tongue-in-cheek mystery, authors Farmer and Curle playfully lambast the local news world.





Wrinklefree jQuery and HTML5Wrinklefree JQuery and HTML5

By Matt Keas, BS ’12, Life Member

JQuery, JavaScript, and HTML5 are crucial skills for any programmer or designer, and Keas offers an extensive, clear guide for coders looking to up their game. Diagrams and illustrations, plus plenty of tutorials (often including lighthearted topics like dogs and beer), will help you get started. This e-book is available for iPad, Kindle, or simply as a PDF.




TipsyTexasTipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails From the Lone Star State

By David Alan, BA ’08, Life Member

What makes a drink truly Texan? According to Austin-based cocktail pro David “The Tipsy Texan” Alan, the mark of a Lone Star-style beverage is fresh, unpretentious ingredients and bold flavors. Many will appreciate how approachable the drinks are—most of these recipes have only three or four ingredients. And several of those ingredients are made by UT alumni, including Tito Beveridge, BS 84, Life Member, of Tito’s Vodka, and Paula Angerstein, BA, BJ 82, who became the first female distiller in Texas when she started Paula’s Texas Spirits.

Whether you’re feeling classic (a basic margarita) or adventurous (an Absinthe Yvette, anyone?), this is a great addition to any home bar. We’ll be eagerly awaiting whatever Alan mixes up next


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