One of my very first memories was of my father, a Dallas police officer, taking me to see the brand new Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas and I will never forget that big booming voice from Big Tex! I thought he was real and it is one of the most treasured memories of my rather long life.
Now bot Big Tex and my Dad are gone and,yes, it DOES make tears come into my eyes.
I was born in Texas so this means a lot to me.
"Big Tex welcomed fairgoers with his friendly drawl of "Hoooowwwdeee, fooolllllks!" and makes regular announcements throughout the duration of the State Fair of Texas. His booming voice has been played by only a few men over six decades, who perform every day of the fair from a booth known as the 'doghouse.'
Former disc jockey Al Jones was the first voice of Big Tex, filling the role for only one season in 1953. Radio announcer Jim Lowe, the most well-known voice of Big Tex, performed for 39 continuous years until 1998. Dan Alexander stepped up for the next two years. In 2001 a statewide competition and contest, held live at the Cotton Bowl, announced Sonny Ray Stolz as the next voice of Big Tex. But after only one season he was replaced with runner-up Bill Bragg in 2002."
Hope I will be around to welcome the next Big Tex.
60 years is a good,long run.
Goodby, friend. Loved by so many!