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Last Friday we were transported back in time as we celebrated the grand opening of Lonesome Dove: the Art of Story at the Sid Richardon Museum and kicked off the #lonesomedovetrail reunion, a multi-month celebration of Lonesome Dove through exhibitions, screenings and a reunion of the cast and crew. The 300 block of Main St. in Sundance Square was staged with a working cowboy campsite/campfire (guests enjoyed authentic campfire coffee and sausage biscuits), hay bales, 15 head of Mexican cattle and actors dressed in garments from the 1800's. Lonesome Dove stars Barry Corbin (right) and Barry Tubb (left) made an appearance and in lieu of a ribbon, helped Mayor Betsy Price cut a rope to officiate the ceremony.

See more photos from the event here and the full event schedule here.
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El Mayor mejor: There is an acronym for the young, hip, technology growth stocks. FANG stands for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. All have domiciles in Fort Worth except Netflix, and Mayor Price Is Right has been spoking about with economic development folks Robert Sturns (city) and David Brezina (Chamber) to fix that flat tire. They are letting Netflix CEO Reed Hastings know that he can stream ALL the content he wants along our burgeoning bike paths throughout the city. That was a loooong stream of consciousness to alert you that the Mayor is busy and hasn't had time to start writing her script for the Mayor's State of the City luncheon Feb. 16 at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel. So she pedaled off that responsibility to Mr. B. Four of you can be there if you roll in an entry. 

Bowled over by curiosity: A) Which of these signed bowls would go for the highest bid? B) Which would be worth the most? It's Empty Bowls time Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center, a benefit for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. In addition to soups and food from TAFB and area chefs, there are take-home, painted bowls and auctioned celebrity-signed bowls from luminaries such as TCU football coach Gary Patterson, actor Jason Alexander of Seinfeld and country-western stars Lyle Lovett, Sara Evans, Clint Black and Vince Gill. There's also a bowl signed by 11 PGA tour pros, including Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Paul Casey and emerging star Danny Lee. Andrea and Francie at TAFB skipped a meal or two so B2B Insider would have a VIP ticket for two readers.
Your guided tour: Some sort of bravery award should go to the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is awarding statues and recognizing five museums in the Cultural District at its Annual Breakfast Feb. 3 at the Fort Worth Hilton. Not guessing that statue is going to compare dollar wise with some of the other statues hanging around the Modern, Kimbell and Amon Carter museums. Also being recognized are the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum. The Cultural District is one of the top draws of visitors to Fort Worth; the CVB makes sure that there are visitors to Fort Worth. If you don't want to just sit around like a statue, then attend this breakfast with one of these seats.

Her stage name: Mr. B may have overstated and exaggerated a giveaway during December. He wrote that the package included all new furniture and $100,000 for decorating and set-up and painting. He must have thought he was Drew Carey on The Price Is Right. What he should have written was that Sue Duncan of Berkshire Hathaway/PenFed Realty Texas graciously will provide one hour of staging services at either your home or office using only the winner's furniture and accessories. Here's one hour of Sue being truly remarkable in your home or office.

Congratulations to Jan. 13 Prize Winners:
  • Christina Judge, All Saints Health Foundation
  • Sean Evans, Merrill Lynch
  • Melanie Wilson, Cancer Care Services
  • Kenneth Byrd, Synergy Bank

Name game: Kudos to whoever cleverly thought up the name for the west side ZBonz Dog Park, supported by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Foundation. ZBonz, formerly Z Boaz golf course, opens in February. To offer support, click here .

Checkered start: Stevie Dawn Blakely, owner of StevieDawnInspires, has a doctorate but is not too smart to read B2B Insider. Starting any minute now, her company will offer online SUCCESS-ful leadership training, mostly geared toward college students and recent grads. Included in her 2016 bucket list was to attend a 1 Million Cups meeting for entrepreneurs. Check. She was the emergency fill-in Cups presenter the first week of January.

Flushing your plumber: Brett Jeffreys of Handyman Matters is offering a talk/class on "Crafts your dad should have taught you." How wannabe do-it-yourselfers can fix things around the house.

King for many days: Tomorrow, Kerry Cornelius, Director of the TCU Ranch Management program, will receive the 2016 W.A. "Bill" King Award for Excellence in Agriculture from the Fort Worth Farm and Ranch Club. TCU, with more than 1,400 graduates, is unmatched in training ranch managers. Red Steagall will keynote the 2016 Livestock Appreciation Day luncheon sponsored by Lone Star Ag Credit

Hoops herownself: Leta Andrews, the Guru of Granbury basketball, leads ALL high school coaches in any sport, men or women, with 1,417 victories. She was a guest of the James L. West Alzheimer's Center for the Chamber/TCU basketball luncheon last week and talked about once meeting John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood and college basketball's greatest coach. "I was a Disney Teacher of the Year in 1992 and Mr. Wooden was a legacy-type honoree," she said. "He was very gracious. He sat and talked with me and I was a very good listener."

He offers a lift: PAVLOV has a half dozen or more transportation clients, including its work for The T, DART and DFW Airport.  So the ad agency was salivating with the opportunity to hire Richard Maxwell, former long-time assistant vice president of marketing & communications at The T, as its transit accounts director. Richard already has transited.

Sweet spot: Sandy Dennis of Aldridge says a sweets shop in Roanoke has "THE ... BEST ... ICE ... CREAM, especially the Jack Daniels flavor. Hello!"

Non-profit nuzzling: Years back, Eric met Vicki at MHMR. Today they are the Niedermayers. He is the CEO of Recovery Resource Council; she is CEO of a $22-million Arlington non-profit. "Yes," they talk non-profit issues at the dinner table, Eric said. "No" they don't try for buy one, get one deals from vendors. "Yes" they have a life outside the non-profit world. RRC is renovating a house across the street from its office that will be a veterans -- and family -- counseling center. Amon Carter Foundation, Williams-Trew and Community Foundation of North Texas are helping to make it happen.

"She's phenomenal, an unbelievable leader. [Interviewer: Are you just sucking up?] No! I wouldn't have followed her for the third time."

                                                -- Hanna Howard, assistant coach, TCU women's basketball  
on head coach Raegan Pebley

It's so hard to say goodbye: The good news is B2B Insider may have dozens and dozens of fresh eggs for future giveaways. The bad news is that Marilyn Sammons, after nearly 25 years as a board member then staff development superstar at Lena Pope, is retiring. She's off to her new ranch in Weatherford and going to be a goat and chicken farmer. Linda Gearheart officially replaces her Jan. 28.

A petting zoo:
Once, in a century long ago, Seminary South mall had a turkey bowling tournament. Competitors rolled turkeys along the mall floor toward bowling pins. It was a mess as the turkeys defrosted. Mr. B is thinking the bowling tournament Mary Margaret Davis Real Estate Team is co-hosting with Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank at Alley Cats Feb. 4 could use the small bags of Kibbles 'n Bits as the ball.  DF2FM distributed 648,395 meals to pets last year.

Dollars and sense: The University of Texas-Arlington College of Business is celebrating 50 years during 2016 and there are symposiums and summits this month and next and a celebrity highlight April. 4, according to Dean-o-mite Rachel Croson. That's the night of a panel discussion on the Future of Business with Matt Rose (Executive Chairman of Burlington Northern), Thomas Falk (CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kimberly-Clark) and Robert Kaplan (President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas).

Playing the role of ...: During November and December, maybe as far back as mid-October, Mr. B had minimum productivity and maximum stress. His simple New Year's resolution was to turn that around. So Mr. B went to the Chamber's YouTube channel to watch the Maximizing Productivity and Minimizing Stress video from a 2015 Impact Your Business luncheon. Rejuvenated, he's (still) on his way to his first career $1 million. You toob can watch Chamber videos and WIN!

Rich adventures: Mr. B was trying to figure if it would be better for the Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables to go to the uber-luxury The Kelton at Clearfork one day and then go to D&M Leasing the next and proclaim, "I live at the Kelton; please find me a Lexus." Or getting the Lexus one day and showing at the Kelton the next and saying, "Can we drive in my D&M Lexus to see the 3-bedroom 2,300-square foot apartment you have for me?"  Luxury is luxury, in either case, at either place. Adorables are ribbon cutting at The Kelton at Clearfork next Tuesday at 4 p.m. and next Wednesday at D&M Leasing.

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