Happy Anniversary, Flashback Dallas!

tx-centennial-light-showHappy First Anniversary, y’all! Fire up the klieg lights!

by Paula Bosse

Flashback Dallas is one year old today!

When I started this blog a year ago, it was mainly just for myself, because I thought it would be fun and a good writing exercise — and because so many of my friends had said over the years that I should do a Dallas history blog. And now, 388 posts (!) later, I can say without hesitation, that this has been one of the most personally entertaining and fulfilling things I’ve ever done. I’ve had fun writing every single post, and I hope my enthusiasm in reporting on the big and small of Dallas history has been apparent.

I’ve been so happy at the response. I’m really not very good at promoting myself, but, hell, it’s an anniversary, so, clumsily, here’s a patting-myself-on-the-back list of people or organizations who have graciously profiled, cited, or high-fived Flashback Dallas in the past year:

  • The Dallas Morning News (thank you, Robert Wilonsky, Alan Peppard, Mark Lamster, and Rudy Bush!)
  • The Dallas Observer (thank you, Lauren Smart and Eric Nicholson!)
  • D Magazine (thank you, Tim Rogers!)
  • The Ticket, Sportsradio 1310 (thank you, Orphanage guys!)
  • Candy’s Dirt (thank you Candy Evans!)
  • The State Fair of Texas
  • The DeGolyer Library, SMU
  • American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter
  • And all the bloggers who have linked to me or cited me!

And thanks especially to you, the reader! I’m thrilled that so many people have taken the time to email me and to read, reply to, “like,” and share my posts. After my first year, I have over 2,500 followers across social media (a small number for some, maybe, but for me … this would have been unimaginable a year ago) — and it’s interesting to note that the readers of Flashback Dallas cross all ethnic, socioeconomic, political, and perhaps most heartening, AGE lines.

I don’t consider myself a historian so much as a researcher who likes to write about things I find personally entertaining. Chances are if I find something interesting, someone else will, too. Life is too short to suffer through dull and dry historical accounts of events that were probably pretty interesting and lively when they happened.

I’ve learned more about my hometown this past year than I have in all the years leading up to it. Thanks so much to everyone for such a fun year!


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