Who was “Dif” Smith?

If you were not raised in Texas or live outside the US, this Texas hero may have escaped your history lessons. Erastus Smith was born in New York on April 19, 1787.   In 1798, at age 11, his family moved to Port Gibson, Mississippi Territory (near Natchez) where he finished his formative years.  According to…

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You Can’t Lick a Team That Won’t Be Licked

Remember the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, the story of the 1924 Olympic track team? While Mike Murphy wasn’t a member or a coach of the famous 1924 team that won 32 medals in the Summer Olympics in Paris, the team owes its legacy to him. Murphy (1860-1913) was a sprinter, one of the first football…

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