of the year
After graduating from Fort Worth's Paschal High School in 1965, Joseph
Henry "T-Bone" Burnett followed some of his friends to TCU
where he joined the ROTC. When he wasn't marching, he was perfecting his
guitar skills at local blues clubs.
started playing guitar when he was 12 years old," recalls his mother,
Hazel Vernon of Fort Worth. "One year I went to Mexico and bought him
an $8 guitar. He never put it down."
stint as a Horned Frog was short-lived. His passion for music and his
flare as a record producer helped him march straight from campus to the
music industry. Now, he's on top.
won three Grammy Awards in 2002 -- Producer of the Year, producer of the
best compilation soundtrack album O Brother, Where Art Thou? and
producer of the best tradition folk album. He also picked up a 2002 Country
Burnett recorded his first solo album in 1972, shortly after opening his
own recording studio in Fort Worth. He later toured with the B-52 Band
and the Skylarks and was invited to play guitar for Bob Dylan on his Rock
'n' Roll Revue tour. Commercial acclaim eluded him as a performer and
solo artist, but Burnett is known as one of the music industry's top producers.
He has collaborated with artists from Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello and
the Counting Crows to Christian pop singer and wife Sam Phillips.
Ellen Young Swain '70 (MLA '79, MA '85), an English and drama teacher
at Cimarron High School in New Mexico, understands that teaching is about
making connections. This spring her creative ways to connect students
to their studies earned her TCU's School of Education Excellence in Education
For example, when her junior-level British Lit class seemed too far away
from the moors of England, she hosted Sunday afternoon tea in her backyard.
Music and theater students learned a Bach fugue on her organ to better
understand the German composer.
Cimarron, she developed pre-advanced placement and advanced placement
curricula and organized the school's English Expo. She established learning
expeditions to theaters and museums in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and has
been a sponsor of the school's drama team and the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes for years. During her 30-year career, she's been awarded New
Mexico's Teacher of Tomorrow, Golden Apple and Quality in Education awards.
A field of dreams
Horn '98 has had some great sports jobs in his young career, but his
latest move was a hall of fame opportunity.
In February, Horn became the director of public relations for the National
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he manages the institution's
promotional events and writes for the quarterly magazine and annual yearbook.
"It's great to be at the place where baseball was started and be surrounded
by all the history of the game," said Horn, who got his own start in professional
sports as an intern with the now-defunct minor league hockey team Fort
Worth Fire while still a student at TCU. Later, he handled media relations
and promotions for the Texas Rangers and Indianapolis Raceway Park.
elbows with living legends is all in a day's work. He's now gearing up
for the annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in late July, which will
honor St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith. In his first month he
joked around with all-time home run king Hank Aaron and St. Louis slugger
Stan Musial at the opening of the Baseball as America National Museum
Tour, a 500-item showcase of the national pastime's most cherished memorabilia
art of coordinating art
Tkac-Sager '63 likes knowing that 86 percent of everything we encounter
in a day -- from the wallpaper in our kitchens to the sculptures and paintings
we buy to decorate the office -- is created either by, or in collaboration
with an artist.
years as the administrator for cultural projects for the University of
North Texas Health Science Center has taught Sager, an educator and working
artist, never to underestimate the power of art. Sager coordinates the
art shows that rotate through UNT's gallery as well as the hallways and
offices of the campus.
also heads the 12-County High School Art Competition each year, an event
that offers North Texas juniors and seniors a showcase in the UNT Health
Science Center's three-story Atrium Gallery. The competition features
more than 1,500 entries from some 120 school districts.
had quite a 2001-02 season for the New York Knicks. The 6-9 power forward
had career high averages in points (13.9) and rebounds (9.1) and maintained
his reputation as one of the NBA's meanest muscle men.
Off the court, underneath that nasty disposition, Thomas is a pretty charitable
guy it turns out. In December he received the World Sports Humanitarian
Hall of Fame's "2001 Beyond the Game Award," which salutes a professional
sports player's compassion in the community.
the past two years, Thomas has published two coloring books titled "Playing
With Heart" for New York City children and has made numerous visits to
"color within the lines" with first- and second-graders in the Bronx.
More than 10,000 books have been distributed to the Knicks' Cheering for
Children After School Program.
also knows about points on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Last season,
he launched "The Kurt Thomas Investment Challenge," which gave 500 students
from five New York City high schools a hypothetical $100,000 to invest
in the market over a 10-week period. Through the program, inner city youths
learn the art of investing and compete for internships at Merrill Lynch,
which sponsors the contest.
up faster recipes
Susan Hawthorne Nash Gilpin '73 (MEd '79)
knows these are changing times at the Southern Living Cooking School.
Twenty-five years ago the culinary academy was a traveling two-hour stage
production, a live-action version of the magazine that prepared every
pastry and casserole from scratch.
who has time for that now? Today, the school's winning recipes begin with
some kind of head start -- such as a Betty Crocker cake mix or Pillsbury
not cheating. It's realistic," said Gilpin, who is now food marketing
director for the magazine. "Our lifestyles have changed. Time is a major
cooking school is now an interactive, advertising-rich convention in a
supermarket parking lot. Get a few pointers, taste a new dish and get
the kids to practice.
magazine's contests are still as popular as ever. In fact, Gilpin is currently
promoting a national recipes contest in which the winner receives a $100,000
prize at a cook-off event in Orlando emceed by Al Roker. More than 20,000
entries have been submitted so far.
update: Our numbers on the Corbin Small-cap Value Fund, started and
managed by David A. Corbin '89 in 1992, were dated when we went to press
last issue. So we wanted to note that the fund is currently up 2.5 percent
in 2002 after increasing a whopping 53.66 percent the year before. Its
total assets are currently about $25 million. It was ranked No. 3 by Morningstar
and No. 1 by Lipper among all equity funds at the end of 2001.