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This burg is responsible for many things known world-wide that actually got started here. Let's compile a list of the good, bad, and ugly... bragging is fine.


Tex-Mex food

  • Fajitas - "Sonny "Fajita King" Falcon claimed to have opened the first "fajita stand" in Kyle, Texas, and in 1978 a "Fajita King" stand in Austin...The popularity of the dish certainly grew after Ninfa Laurenza introduced it on her menu at Ninfa's Restaurant in Houson Texas, on July 13, 1973, but that was under the name "tacos al carbon," and increased still further as a "fajita" after the item was featured at the Austin Hyatt Regency Hotel, which by 1982 was selling thirteen thousand orders per month."
  • Breakfast tacos and Migas - Perhaps not invented here but inarguably made into the ever present breakfast treat by our local fry cooks

Mass Murder

  • Charles Whitman - he single handedly invented 20th century mass-murder. We now have EMS, SWAT teams, and copycats as a result

Psychedelic Rock

  • The 13h Floor Elevators - "The first use of the term "psychedelic rock" was on the 13th Floor Elevators' business card , designed by John Cleveland, and circulated in December 1965. The term was first used in print in the Austin Statesman in an article about the band titled "Unique Elevators shine with Psychedelic Rock" , dated 10th February 1966."

Corona

  • Gambrinus introduced Corona to the US via Austin. It was mainly associated with The Oasis back then

Wakeboarding

  • "Sometime way back around 1985 in Austin, Jimmy Redmon invented a “water ski board” that would eventually become what we know today as a wakeboard."

Re: Tex Mex Food: fajitas

"•Fajitas - "Sonny "Fajita King" Falcon claimed to have opened the first "fajita stand" in Kyle, Texas, and in 1978 a "Fajita King" stand in Austin...The popularity of the dish certainly grew after Ninfa Laurenza introduced it on her menu at Ninfa's Restaurant in Houson Texas, on July 13, 1973, but that was under the name "tacos al carbon," and increased still further as a "fajita" after the item was featured at the Austin Hyatt Regency Hotel, which by 1982 was selling thirteen thousand orders per month."
•Breakfast tacos and Migas - Perhaps not invented here but inarguably made into the ever present breakfast treat by our local fry cooks"

July 13,1973 - my 6th birthday!

Serial Killers

Add to the "Mass Murder" claim, the first serial killer-- although not necessarily something we could get nostalgic about, the world's first serial killer debuted in 1884, three years before Jack the Ripper started killing. Some people think our Servant Girl Annihilator and Jack might even be the same guy...

Anyway, the enduring result-- our Moonlight Towers. Not an Austin first, but definitely unique to our town now.