Big Tex Has Bad Day: It's Like 'Losing Santa'
State fair icon burns, but Texas officials vow he'll be back
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by saridout
Posted Oct 20, 2012 7:58 AM CDT
Fire begins to engulf the Big Tex statue displayed at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas Friday.   (AP Photo/John McKibben)
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(Newser) – Dallas' mayor vows Big Tex will be back "bigger and better" after the 52-foot statue that has towered over the Texas state fair for 60 years burned to a crisp yesterday, reports AP. It's not clear what happened, but officials suspect a mechanical glitch at the base started the blaze. "Got a rather tall cowboy with all his clothes burned off," said one dispatcher, and jokes have been flying on Twitter and elsewhere since. "Then there are those of us fuddy-duddies who find it hard to laugh," writes Lisa Falkenberg at the Houston Chronicle. No more "Howdee, folks!" It's "a little like losing Santa." Read her full piece here.

 

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