I was recently interviewed by a New York radio station. The interview was arranged by my publicist in our efforts to promote my new book, “Roundtrip from Texas.” Among the many questions the host asked was one about Texas. He asked me what I considered the fundamental difference between Texas and the east coast or the country in general. I answered that when the people on the east coast were enjoying cultural events such as plays, opera, symphonies and the ballet, the Texans were fighting for their lives against the Indians and the Mexicans, that we were either killing or being killed. I continued that when Texas became a state, the borders or the land was not secure or safe and the state had not even been mapped with accuracy. I added that because of this the Texans developed a rugged sense of freedom and independence from being a country before being admitted into statehood. To be a Texan is to stand up for truth, to do the right thing. My ancestors came from Germany in the mid 1800’s. I’m proud of that, that they had the courage to come to a country they had never seen pictures of or spoke the language, that they came for freedom and that they came for the right to own land. I think most of all, the Texan has a sense of the land. We are people of the land and I’m proud to be a Texan.