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NOTE: This blog was published on statesman.com in October 2017. I did eat the bugs. When my coworkers ignored this story and failed to promote it on the homepage, I didn't forgive them.
I ate this bug for journalism. At the State Fair, you can eat one, too.
Dawn of the Picnic: 40 years ago Eddie Wilson got Willie off to a steady start
NOTE: This story was published in the Austin American-Statesman in 2013.
40 years ago, Dripping Springs Reunion helped create Austin’s musical identity
Months of site work and hundreds of thousands of dollars had led to this Super Bowl of country music. But the promoters didn’t promote, not nearly enough. And the crowds were a fraction of what was expected. Almost everybody lost money. ... This is the story of the failure that did as much as anything to make Austin what it is today.
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