Folklorist and oral history pioneer Mody Boatright was no stranger to the tall tale. Raised in a West Texas ranching family in the early twentieth century, he was descended from pioneers, cattlemen, and merchants. He grew up immersed in stories of the Texas frontier.
Audio: Houston Public Media
Image: Mody Coggin Boatright. From Ernest B. Speck, ed., Mody Boatright, Folklorist: A Collection of Essays (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973). Courtesy of Texas Folklore Society.