Les Thomas

Cheryl and Les Thomas are lifelong journalists and Austin fans. They were hooked the first time they saw it as students in 1966. After college, they were both reporters at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Cheryl taught English in public schools for more than 30 years and worked as a wire service reporter part-time. Les joined Southern Living magazine where he spent more than three decades traveling Texas and the South as a travel editor and senior writer. He and Cheryl still live in Austin, and when they aren’t traveling and writing, they operate an Angus cattle ranch near Bertram. Les is a longtime member of the Society of American Travel Writers. He has won a number of writing awards and has been honored with the Governor’s award from the Texas Department of Tourism for contributions to the state’s tourism industry.

Lifelong Austin journalists Cheryl and Les Thomas have done extensive research on their town and written an “encyclopedia” of Austin called Secret Austin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. The Thomas’s joined me this week to chat about

Cheryl and Les Thomas sit down with Leslie Rangel to talk about their book, Secret Austin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.


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