Recently Dustin and I were watching a news story about one Madeleine Pickens and her efforts Saving America's Mustangs, and though we were near a television in California and the woman on screen was walking the pastures in Nevada, we wondered aloud if she might be connected to our favorite Dallas namesake, T. Boone Pickens. Seconds later, the television confirmed she was in fact his wife.
I don't know the billionaires myself, but there are enough of them naming buildings and wings and YMCAs after themselves that there's a strange small town-ness to Texas. You think you recognize a name on a building, and it's practically guaranteed it was indeed paid for by the family you're thinking of. The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science, for instance, is just such a place. Perot as in former presidential candidate Ross Perot. And not only does he have the family name in all the usual places, from logo to donor walls, but a picture of him and his wife is quietly tucked among the portraits in Being Human Hall. (Not to be confused with the T. Boone Pickens Life Then And Now Hall.)