I was about 5 yrs. old the 1st time I saw & "met" Big Tex when living in Dallas. I enjoyed him the 1st time I met him & each time after that too. He was just so much a part of not only the State Fair, but of Texas period. I am SO SAD, that I won't be able to introduce him to my husband who is an Arkansan & never met Big Tex. We had JUST been talking about making a trip to Texas & of course, no trip to the fair will be a trip w/o seeing Big Tex there. RIP my friend.