During the 38th Annual Telly Awards The Texas Bucket List won seven Telly Awards. The Telly Awards seek to honor and promote visual arts excellence, and receives over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents annually. This year The Texas Bucket List took home six Bronze Telly Awards and one Bronze People’s Telly Award. Segments from The Texas Bucket List that received Telly Awards can be viewed bellow by clicking on the title links.
Telly Award Winning segments from The Texas Bucket List include:
“A Bullfight on the Border” – This clip of The Texas Bucket List highlights the La Gloria Bloodless Bullfight, and won both a Bronze Telly and Bronze People’s Telly Award. Just miles from Mexico the tradition of bullfighting is alive and well. The small town of La Gloria has no stop sign, no stores, and very little traffic, but it does have one heck of a bull fight one weekend each year. This visual Texas treat is the only bull ring in the country dedicated to just bullfighting, and serves the purpose of putting smiles on the faces of visitors from all over the country.
“The Typewriter Repairman” – The Texas Bucket List has visited some pretty unique individuals in the history of the show, and this clip highlights a visit with one individual who has quite the unique talent. As a typewriter repairman in the digital age, Edward Smith, or “Smitty”, may know the key to life. In a shop in Houston called The Universal Typewriter Shop, Smitty has been replacing rivets, unsticking keys, and making tenacious typewriters whole again since 1967. Today repairing typewriters is more of a hobby than a means of income for Smitty, and gives him a purpose in life.
“The Broken Spoke” – In the live music capital of the world, Austin, we visited a honky-tonk with a whole lot of history in this clip of The Texas Bucket List. Half a century ago the Broken Spoke became part of the Lone Star State’s capitol city, but back then it looked a whole lot different and was off the beaten path. Country music legends like Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Strait, and Willie Nelson have graced the stage at the Broken Spoke to bring good times to those on the dance floor. Many Texan love stories have started here with the two step, cementing it as a dance hall with great food, fun, and friends.
“Texas Turtles” – The beach is typically thought of as a place to soak up some rays and release stress, but in this clip of The Texas Bucket List we find out that the shore line of South Padre Island helps release more than just stress. People from all over the world gather at the beach center here in the wee hours of the morning to watch catch and release turtle hatchlings make their way to the Gulf. The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is a native species in the Lone Star State, and their release allows folks from all over to get in touch with part of Texas nature.
“A Classic Car Restorer” – Texas is home to some pretty intriguing pieces of history, and in this clip of The Texas Bucket List we learn about the restoration of classic cars in the Lone Star State. These unique pieces of art were once a part of everyday life, but today they are rare enough to make people stop and stare. Dick’s Classic Garage in San Marcos showcases classic cars from 1901 to the 1950s, and his home to some of the rarest American automobiles in the world. The folks keeping these modern marvels in tip top shape have some unique stories of their own, and hold restoration knowledge as valuable as the cars they work to keep pristine.
“The People of Earth” – The title of this clip might make you think of space museums or alien block buster film, but this clip of The Texas Bucket List is about a small Texas town called Earth that’s home to some of the best people in the Lone Star State. With just over 1,000 people making up the town’s population, time seems to have forgotten this corner of the world. As a former part of the XIT Ranch, Earth was established in 1924, and has stayed true to its agricultural roots. No one is really sure how the town got its peculiar name, but those who reside in Earth agree that the peacefulness of small town Texas life is enjoyable as it allows them to enjoy the smaller things in life.