Remembering Tom Landry at State Fair... w/pics

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  1. poke

    poke the older I get the better I was

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    at this years State Fair of Texas there is an exhibit called
    "Remembering Tom Landry, The Personal Collection"

    it is located in the Hall of State, which houses statues of Texas heroes like,
    Stephen F Austin, Sam Houston, and William Travis.

    The items on display are from Alicia Landry (Toms wife).

    Landry hasn't coached the Cowboys since 1988 and he died in 2000.
    I was amazed at the number of people waiting in line to view this exhibit.
    There are so many things to see and do at the Fair so to me it was very
    impressive to see how many people are still interested in Tom Landry.

    It was hard to get good pictures because everything is behind plexiglass
    and the crowd kind of hinders taking a lot of time to snap a photo.

    Here are some of items.

    First off, the building itself is impressive, built in 1936.

    The Official Sign, i just like the silhouette and thought some of the photoshop guys here could do something with it.


    Start with his high school football letter.

    Military service. His wings and air medal and a photo. Landry is 3rd from left on the top row.


    College Football. Plaque from 1949 Orange Bowl. Landry led all rushes with 117 yards on 17 carries in Texas' win over Georgia 41-28.

    New York Football Giants. This trophy was bought and given to Landry by the members of the defense he coached after his last season there. Pat Summerall ( Giants kicker) liked Landry so much he insisted on being included in buying and giving this to Landry.

    Game Ball, 1st career victory Sept 17, 1961

    1st Super Bowl win


    Coat and hat from the Ice Bowl game

    Duster worn for filming of Landrys American Express commercial. They had the commercial playing on a loop as you waited in line, people were loving it. Hostile the newspaper clipping in the case is from an Arizona newspaper.

    Blue Ultra Suede Sports Jacket. Given to Landry by Rev. Billy Graham. Alicia Landry wrote that it was one of Toms favorites and often wore for "games that had to be won".

    Boots given to Landry by fans.



    Hand carved door given to Landry.

    Hall of Fame jacket


    Golf clubs used by Landry at Byron Nelson Classic Pro-Am where Tom recorded a hole in one.

    The Hat of a Man

    They had a video showing a part of Landrys funeral service,with Amazing
    Grace playing lowly. It felt like a "lying in state" sort of moment.

    If you get a chance to go I promise you will enjoy this display. For those of
    you coming to town for the Titans game you might want to consider it.
    The State Fair runs through Oct. 17.
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  2. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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    Wow. Thanks for posting this.

    Very nice.
  3. FLCowboyFan

    FLCowboyFan Hoping to be half the man Tom Landry was.

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    Very cool! I grew up with the man in the funny hat on the sidelines. The world is worse off without him. RIP Coach Landry!
  4. Boyzmamacita

    Boyzmamacita CowBabe Up!!! Zone Supporter

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    Thanks so much, poke. That's a really nice display. The carved door is awesome.
  5. popcorn

    popcorn New Member

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    Goose bumbs, thanks I wish I could be there to see it.
  6. cowboyschmps3

    cowboyschmps3 Well-Known Member

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    Nice. Thanks for sharing
  7. Blast From The Past

    Blast From The Past Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing this great display.
  8. BlueStar3398

    BlueStar3398 Active Member

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    Thanks for sharing. When I saw the implosion of Texas Stadium, it brought tears to my eyes thinking about Landry standing on the sidelines. That was his home. :star:
  9. ilovejerry

    ilovejerry Well-Known Member

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    AWESOME thanks truly AWESOME
  10. Double Trouble

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  11. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    GREAT post, poke. Thanks. Especially loved the army stuff and the Orange Bowl plaque. I didn't know he led all rushers in that game -- good stuff.
  12. diehard2294

    diehard2294 America's Team

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    very cool...thanks for posting them
  13. LeonDixson

    LeonDixson Illegitimi non carborundum

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    Awesome display. Thanks so much for the pics and descriptions, Poke.
  14. percyhoward

    percyhoward Research Tool

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    Great exhibit by the Dallas Historical Society and fine post.

    In the 50th anniversary year of the Cowboys, there could have been something exactly like this set up at the stadium all season long. It could have rotated among past legends, living and gone, from week-to-week. The fans deserved something like it, as did the franchise.
  15. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I can't explain the tears welling up in my eyes. I loved Coach Landry. I honestly think I am a better man because of him. I never met him. But I studied the way he handled things and I admired him for his unflappable demeanor.
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  16. lcharles

    lcharles Negativity King

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    Thanks for posting this! wow! I would like to see it in person. I'm getting ready to be called Grandpa for the first time in febuary, my son and his wife are having a little boy. Guess what they are naming him? LANDRY!!!

    :D :bow:
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  17. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    That's great. Congratulations.

    I enjoyed the photos of the exhibit, as well.
  18. Duane

    Duane Well-Known Member

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    Simply awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.
  19. Coakleys Dad

    Coakleys Dad The Re-Birth has begun.

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    Those were awesome pics. Thanks for taking time to post.
  20. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    During the State Fair of Texas, the Dallas Historical Society is hosting a wonderful Tom Landry exhibit in the Hall of State with personal memorabilia provided by his wife Alicia.
    by Mickey Spagnola

    The lobby of the Hall of State at Fair Park in Dallas is lined with titans of Texas history, their statues appropriately mounted on pedestals in the front section known as Hall of Heroes.

    Texas giants, every one of them: Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, William Travis, Thomas J. Rusk, James W. Fannin, Mirabeau B. Lamar.

    Who knows, one day there might be another included. Thomas Wade Landry was so much more than just the legendary head coach of the Cowboys for 29 years. Born in Mission, Texas, educated at the University of Texas, he is now enshrined in every hall worth its fame.

    But for the 24-day run of this year's State Fair of Texas, thanks to Alicia Landry and the Dallas Historical Society, these pioneers in Texas history are sharing their adjacent space with, in the words of Roger Staubach, "the man in the funny hat," his memory on display for all fairgoers to enjoy from Sept. 24-Oct. 17.

    They are calling this exhibit, "Remembering Tom Landry: The Personal Collection," and nothing will ever be any more personal than this depiction of his 76-year life (1924-2000) through photos, memorabilia and personal possessions that Alicia, Tom's wife of 51 years, is graciously sharing with the public - most for the very first time.....
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