A Change Of Pace

Mullet Over
The beginning of the Dude Ranch era

By James K. White | October 22, 2008

?Were you around in 1962? That was a banner year for the launching of successful chain stores. Target, K-Mart and Wal-Mart all opened their first stores in that year. In 1968 Target chose its currently well known Bull’s-eye logo.

The job did not last long, but Dick Cheney was once a Deputy Press Secretary for Senator Ted Kennedy. Brook Shields was once an intern at the San Diego Zoo, but she decided to stick with acting and it was likely a good career move.

When Napoleon captured the Netherlands in 1810, he demanded that all citizens therein take last names. For centuries the Dutch had lived with first names only and resented being told to choose a last name. In subtle acts of defiance many of the people chose silly names such as Naaktgeboren (born naked) and Spring int Veld (jump in the field). These last names are still common amongst the Dutch.

The per capita gross national income in the United States in 2005 was $43,500. An oil executive or somebody must have kept part of mine.

George Wendt who played the character Norm on Cheers reportedly did not and does not like the taste of beer at all.

Corn was “discovered” by Europeans in the New World in the fifteenth century. The peculiar,
but possibly useful crop was only one of the new plants introduced to Europe and later Asia and Africa by some intrepid explorers. As of 2007, corn is the number one agriculture harvest in the entire world and is used in at least 3,000 products.

Last year almost exactly 50 percent of all electricity generated in the United States came from coal-fired electrical plants.

It was in 1882 that the managers of the Eatons’ Ranch (in what would become North Dakota) first sensed that there was more money to be made by hosting paying guests than by raising cattle. This was the beginning of the Dude Ranch era. The Eatons’ Ranch headquarters was later moved to Wyoming and the original Dude Ranch is still in business …

Yippy-tie-yay, little dogie!

Don’t you love the taste of Haagen-Daz ice cream? The name was invented in 1961 by Reuben and Rose Mattus of the Bronx, New York City. Haagen-Daz has absolutely no meaning – it’s totally made-up.

The Enterprise Rent-a-Car company has that particular name because the man who founded the business was at one time stationed on the USS Enterprise in our US Navy.

In 1884 someone on Coney Island wanted to build a hotel that was shaped like no other in the world. That is the reason that for decades one could see what appeared to be a giant elephant near the famous Cyclone Roller Coaster. An added note is that the island had a large rabbit population in the earlier years and “Coney” comes from a Middle English word for rabbit.

Well, if you visit the Eatons’ Ranch, please tell those folks that “Tex” Mullet said “Yo.” Have a great week.


Why did the chicken cross the road?

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!

JOHN MCCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road. I used to know that answer, but I’m too old to remember why he wants to cross the road? Did I say that?

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure – right from Day One! – that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me …

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s GUILTY! You can see it in his? eyes and the way he walks.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken!
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain. Alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never cra…#@&&^(C% …reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken.

DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?