Dallas General Information
Few will dispute that everything is big in Dallas. Big Mansions. Big cars. Big
money. Big business. Big hair.
Dallas is also a city where big business and big hair have merged from time to
time to produce some of the world's most famous women entrepreneurs. The kitchen
is where Mary Kay Ash in 1963 created the marketing plan for Mary Kay Cosmetics.
He wasn't about to spend a dime in Dallas. And, there's evidence the rivalry
still exists. A new national home magazine called Dwell recently called up
this Fort Worth humor: "What does Dallas have that Fort Worth doesn't?
Answer: A nice city 30 miles away." Ouch!
||It was in her Dallas kitchen in 1956 where
Bette Nesmith Graham used her blender to concoct a chalky white liquid that
revolutionized the typing pool. She sold Liquid Paper for $47.5 million in
1980. It was in the mid-1950s that Mary Crowley founded Home Interiors and
Gifts Inc., a company that mobilized women to sell home accessories on the
The mention of Dallas still brings to mind J.R. Ewing of the 1980s hit TV
show named after the city, or, more likely, the black and white memories of
a brisk and sad November day in 1963, when a president was assassinated
here. But whatever images the city produces in your mind, be sure to
pronounce it "Deh-lis," according to columnist and author Molly Ivins.
Built by oil and cattle barons, and run by big business such as Electronic
Data Systems, Texas Instruments, 7-Eleven, Southwest Airlines and J.C.
Penney today, Dallas grew up snootier than it's next-door neighbor, Fort
Worth. For years, there was fierce competition between the two cities. Amon
Carter, Sr., the late publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, brought
along a sack lunch whenever he had to attend a meeting in Dallas:
While Amon Carter worried about nickels and dimes, today's business traveler to
"Big D" is likely to spend more than a few dimes, but there's plenty to see and
do on an extra day in this metropolis that is home to trade, transport, tech and
The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau says that of the 13.1 million visitors
to Dallas in 2001, 3.5 million were business travelers.
Whether visited in the mild winters or hot summers, when air conditioning is an
absolute necessity, Dallas offers true southern hospitality, be it in a humble
apartment or in the Mansion on Turtle Creek, ranked in 2004 as one of the
world's top hotels by CondeNast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Harper's Hideaway
Report among others. And with a 10th of its workforce in the hospitality
industry, Dallas is always a welcoming city.
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