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Extraordinary Texans

The individuals who help make Texas special
Written by Randy Mallory. Photographs by Will van Overbeek.

Donna Shaver, Padre Island National Seashore.

Each Texan has a story to tell.  Each story comprises one thread in the special tapestry that is the Lone Star State. Some threads seem to sparkle especially bright, glowing with special passion. Following are eight such Texas stories. Though not household names, these Texans are respected in their fields. By virtue of talent, good luck, and fortitude, they have done extraordinary things. Each story is unique, yet together they reflect an enduring commitment to sense of place. 

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