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Texas Entertainment News, Episode 26 (1996)

Fred Miller

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  •  Courage Under Fire - filmed in West Texas 
  •  Corpus Christi native- Lou Diamond Phillips  
  •  Dallas native and Baylor alum - Micheal Johnson - Olympic Runner  
  •  Silsbee, TX native - Mark Henry - Olympic Weightlifter 
  •  Wichita Falls native - Elizabeth Bourland - Women's Air Rifle Olympic Team  
  •  Arlington Ball Park - Texas Rangers  
  •  Downtown Fort Worth Revitalization 
  •  Texas Music Commissioner - Texas artists and influences  
  •  The Texas Beat  
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In celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic games, this episode of Texas Entertainment News highlights Texas sports and athletes. Showcased athletes include runner Michael Johnson who at the time held the title of Fastest Man on Earth, weightlifter Mark Henry who was the Strongest Man on Earth, and Elizabeth Bourland, a member of the Women's Air Rifle Team. In keeping with the sports theme, Leisa Hart and Tom McConnell host from the The Ballpark in Arlington, where they interview the stadium's architect, David Schwarz. This episode's music spotlight features Texas Music Commissioner, Casey Monahan, and the film spotlight looks at Courage Under Fire's production in the West Texas desert.

Texas Entertainment News was created by media producer Fred Miller in 1996. Hosted by Tom McConnell and Leisa Hart (of Total Fitness "Buns of Steel" fame), its goal was to provide a weekly look into entertainment production and events throughout Texas. Airing on Sunday nights at 10:30pm, it was anchored at WFFA in Dallas and carried by 15 affiliates statewide. In addition to the television broadcast, TEN had an online component- a fairly unique experience in 1996. A total of 33 episodes were made before the show was canceled at the end of its first season.

The original URL, www.txent.com, no longer links to the Texas Entertainment News, but it still can be seen at the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.