Hardly a day passes when a “Woodrow influence” isn’t felt in Dallas-Fort Worth. Buying groceries? Minyard and Tom Thumb have grown from mom-and-pop operations to large chains, led by Woodrow grads.

Need a bite to eat? Try Buffalo George’s Joey Tomato’s, Le Cour’s Blue Front, The Mecca, Mariano’s, Mr. C’s Seafood, La Suprema, Howdy’s and Wall’s Catering, American Produce, and even Doug’s Drive-In for the best inexpensive BBQ.

Highland Park Cafeteria, Kracker’s and Dan’s Lakewood Café will be inherited by Woodrow grads.

Gone but not forgotten are Kirby’s Steakhouse, Magoo’s, Little Gus, Genaro’s and Randy Tar.

Buy bicycles at Amendson’s, plumbing parts at Teter’s, hardware at Lindop’s. Sell or buy homes with Clements or Herschel Forester. Make yourself comfortable at Weir’s Furniture. Ride your Harley to Stovall’s Motor Cycle Shop. Higginbotham-Bailey and Gibson Discount Stores had Woodrow grads at each end of Swiss Avenue.

Turn on the TV, and Walter Evans delivers the news, Mr. Peppermint entertains the kids, Peggy Smithart is hawking Grape Nuts, and Burton Gilliam is pushing Pace Picante when he’s not on Evening Shade or Blazing Saddles.

On the radio are Super Handyman Al Carrell, ZZ Top and Steve Miller. The Super Handyman also appears in newspapers, as does Denne Freeman of the Associated Press. Terry Walsh retired as editor of the Dallas Morning News, but former sports editor Sam Blair still writes a column.

Then there are all the Trammell Crow buildings, some designed and built by Woodrow grads. Southwestern Life Insurance is one of the country’s largest, but don’t forget Cunningham Insurance in Lakewood, located next to ophthalmologist Lynn Erhardt and over from dentist Dwight Hirsch.

Of course, hundreds in the medical profession attended Woodrow, including Boone Powell Jr., head of Baylor Hospital; Dr. Pat Evans, head of the Tom Landry Sports Center; Dr. Max Cole, who led Presbyterian Hospital; and Dr. Tom Shires, former head of surgery for Cornell University and now Texas Tech’s chief. The recently deceased Dr. James Cain of the Mayo Clinic was LBJ’s personal physician.

Get your car fixed at Herb’s Paint and Body, or buy a new one from Cadillac King Jerry Griffin at Sewell. Of course, don’t forget Bankston, because his assistant, Mrs. Towne, sent her kids to Woodrow, as did district attorney (Roe vs. Wade) Henry Wade.

Although many current assistant district attorneys and police officers are Woodrow alums, so is one of the City’s best criminal defense attorneys, Charles Tessemer. Locke Purnell Rain Harrell was founded by the Rain brothers. To put out fires, call Dallas fire chief Dodd Miller. The O’Brien Award occurs in February, but don’t forget about basketball and Alton Lister of Golden State.

Catch a play at the Ruth Collins Sharp building at SMU, or take a course at the Trammell Crow building. The Patterson building supplies security and utilities for SMU, and the Lawyer’s Inn will be the Carr P. Collins Jr. building.

Get on R.L. Thornton Freeway (his descendants are Woodrow grads), go to the (retired president William Kieshnick) Arco station, and use lots of (CEO W.C. McCord) Lone Star Gas. Print your flyers at Hill Printing or your book at Wilson Engraving.

And, of course, there are many more I haven’t listed – write me!


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