New & Notable: Fort Worth in the spotlight

Posted Sunday, May. 18, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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If you’re looking for Fort Worth flavor, here are two new books to consider.

•  The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History by Jacqueline Hogan Towery, Robert Lindley Towery and Peter Barbour (TCU Press, $36.95) — As the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial tees off this week, it’s the perfect time for a biography recounting the lives and careers of legendary Fort Worth golf duo Royal and Ben Hogan. Jacqueline Hogan Towery, daughter of Royal, is Ben’s closest living relative and her narration brings a unique perspective and insights into the family that thrust Fort Worth into the golf — and business — spotlight. The city’s early movers and shakers are featured, along with never-before-seen family photos and snapshots of the growing city. And let’s just say there’s a reason Colonial Country Club is nicknamed Hogan’s Alley.

•  Legendary Locals of Fort Worth by Emily White Youree and Joan Kurkowski-Gillen (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99) — Youree and Kukowski-Gillen are Fort Worth-based authors with a deep appreciation for all things Cowtown, the one-time Army outpost with a rich history. Their book, peppered with names we know and names we should, is divided into six chapters: Pioneers (Ornette Coleman), Marshals and Miscreants (Cullen and Priscilla Davis), Hometown Heroes (Paulie Ayala), Fort Worth Darlings (Tuskegee airman Capt. Claude R. Platte), Innovators (Pam Minick) and Craftsmen (the Star-Telegram’s own wordsmith Tim Madigan). There are vintage photos and a helpful index. And, yes, Ben Hogan is in this book, too (in the Fort Worth Darlings chapter).

— Celeste Williams

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