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For the Record, LPs Celebrate an Anniversary

Some of the stuff we looked into while you were reading last month’s issue

Super Cool or Old School?

The first LP came out 75 years ago this month, when Columbia released the New York Philharmonic’s rendition of Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor as a long-playing record June 21, 1948.

Since then, we’ve hoarded records, then eight-track and cassette tapes, and compact discs. Those made way for digital files and streaming as our favorite music ended up both in a closet and in the cloud.

But take heart, record geeks: Vinyl albums outsold CDs in 2022 for the second year in a row.


Worth Repeating

“Don’t be told something is impossible. There’s always a way.”
—Robert Rodriguez

The filmmaker from San Antonio, who gave us Spy Kids, El Mariachi and Sin City, turns 55 on June 20.


Welcome Signs

With the arrival of 470,708 people in 2022, Texas became just the second state to surpass 30 million residents—now with 30,029,572. The other one? Well, that would be California, with 39,029,342.



When typing while using proper form on a QWERTY keyboard, only two U.S. states’ names can be typed using just one hand (overlooking the need for the shift key for capitalization). Texas is one of them. Ohio is the other.


Rankling News

On January 23, for the first time in the 47-year history of The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll, no team from Texas was in the Top 25. That ended an 835-week run. No sweat, though. A Texas team was ranked the next week—UT at No. 24.