In 1996, Colorado author Phil Ross finally completed his long-time quest to visit all 254 counties in Texas -- most of any U.S. state -- when he stepped foot in Red River County in Northeast Texas. Consequently, years later, he compiled his "rare bird" thoughts in a feature story for a Texas Monthly magazine contest (his entry did not win but received much reader response) and created a 100-name Texas place-name pronunciation test.
Regarding the shirt-collecting hobby, Phil has gathered 79 T- or sweat shirts from 35 colleges in 22 states.
(Download the contest-entry story and name test on the images just below this)
Phil Ross's 2015 Contest Entry on Visiting All 254 Lone Star Counties
When not immersed in writing his own books, or editing those of other authors, Colorado author Phil Ross finds time to respond to individual lawmakers' invitations or volunteer by testifying on selected House or Senate bills. Phil testified 20 times during the '17 session -- which ended in early May -- and four bills were signed into law by the governor.
The measures that now are state law include SB 1279 (Construction Defects Reform), SB 11 (Limited Pilot Program for Disabled Transit Access), HB 1172 (Penalties for Child Sex Trafficking) and HB 1093 (Tax Exemption for Life Insurance). Each bill had wide bipartisan support.