Title: Secret Austin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
Author: Les and Cheryl Thomas
Size: 6 x 9
Where can you see a spider as big as a school bus? How did the world’s largest flying dinosaur land in Austin? Where is the college dorm room where a struggling student started Dell computers? And why are there thousands and thousands of bats in Austin? Find the answers to these questions and many more in Secret Austin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.
Learn about the lost-cause oil rig that became a gusher and funded higher education for generations. Follow in the footsteps of famous Austinites like Janis Joplin, Farrah Fawcett, and Matthew McConaughey. With life long journalists and Austin fans Cheryl and Les Thomas as your guides, you’re bound to find more than a few surprises about Austin—even if you’ve lived there forever. Whether you’re a slacker, an entrepreneur, a poet, or just a bluebonnet admirer, you’ll find Austin’s most fascinating hidden gems, strange history, and obscure trivia in this guide to the “City of the Violet Crown.”
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