Give The Perfect Birthday Gift to Your Friends & Family Born in March!
Can you believe it’s March already? A new month means it’s time to celebrate! March birthdays are in the house and we have some great gift ideas. Coffee lovers love coffee, right? So a gift subscription to Texas Coffee Club is perfect. So is a Texas Coffee Club gift card! Both deliver freshly roasted coffee delivered right to their door. What more could a coffee aficionado hope for on their birthday?
The March birthday lineup is brimming with well-known Texans born in March. We have everything from a Supreme Court Justice to a bank robber – now that’s variety! But our first March birthday is “out of this world”. Or at least he has been.
Shoot For the Stars
First in our lineup is Alan Bean who was the fourth person to walk on the moon. Bean was born March 15, 1932 in Wheeler. He went on to enlist in the Navy for a year, then left the navy and attended University of Texas in Austin.
After graduating UT with his Aeronautical Engineering degree, he went back to the Navy where he was a fighter pilot and test pilot. That is already an incredible career, but Bean wasn’t finished. He then went to NASA. They sent him to the moon and later to the Skylab space station. He certainly makes Texas proud.
From One Extreme to The Other
Second is someone Texas is not so proud of. Clyde Barrow, half of the Bonnie and Clyde duo, was born March 24, 1909 in Rowena. His family was very poor and even spent a few months living under their wagon in West Dallas until they got enough money to buy a tent.
Breaking the law seemed to be Barrow’s specialty. His first arrest was at the age of 17, but apparently, it did nothing to help him choose the straight and narrow. Instead, he went on to steal turkeys, crack safes, rob stores, and steal cars. This led to his being sent to Eastham Prison Farm at only 21.
After a few years of hard labor in the fields with Eastham, he purposely chopped off two of his toes to get out of the field labor. Shortly thereafter he was paroled and left prison a different person, and not for the better. He continued robbing stores, graduated to robbing banks and escalated still further to murders.
The crime spree continued for a couple of years. Finally Barrow was caught in a trap laid by 6 officers who killed both Bonnie and Clyde in a blaze of bullets.
From Death to The Undead
Third is a very famous Houstonian who you may only know by his ring name. Mark Calaway was born March 24, 1965 and grew up to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. One of his best-known ring names is The Undertaker, which included a whole gruesome persona. The Undertaker’s presence was the complete package: funeral bells tolling, fog, thunder, lightening, throat slashing gestures, and so on. He had a whole storyline and lots of props and gimmicks. It was quite the production.
Some of his props were caskets, body bags, hearses, etc., that was supposed to ruin his rivals’ confidence by insinuating their death. He even had a signature move, Tombstone Piledriver, that further fueled the whole character. His gimmicks were so good that he received Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Best Gimmick Award for 5 years in a row.
Our fourth March birthday is none other than former American professional basketball player, Sheryl Swoopes. She was born March 25, 1971 in Brownfield and began by playing basketball with her older brothers. At age 7 she joined Little Dribblers, a local little league basketball team, and then went on to play basketball for her high school.
After high school, she played a couple of years for South Plains College then transferred to Texas Tech. At Tech she got busy setting school records such as scoring 955 points in a single season. In her senior year, Swoopes’ Lady Raiders won the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. She received other awards and accolades during college such as Naismith College Player of the Year, the Honda Sports Award, WBCA Player of the Year, and more.
After college Swoopes represented USA on the national stage all over the world. Swoopes earned 3 gold medals when she represented Team USA in three different Olympics: Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens. When she wasn’t an Olympic athlete, she was a World Cup athlete in Germany, China, Australia, and Brazil. Plus she competed in Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg.
Shortly after her first Olympic gold medal, she was recruited by the Houston Comets for the WNBA. In fact, she was the first player the WNBA signed. As expected, she was a power house in the WNBA and won many awards, some of them multiple times. These include WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, WNBA All-Star, scoring champion, steals leader, and peak performer. She is truly an All Star Athlete.
Next we have a first for women. Sandra Day O’Connor, born March 26, 1930 in El Paso, was the first woman nominated and the first woman confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. However, she came from humble beginnings on a cattle ranch without running water or electricity in her home until she was 7 years old.
She graduated magna cum laude with her undergrad from Stanford then went on to Stanford Law School where she earned her law degree in 1952. Believe it or not, her first job as an attorney did not pay a salary. In the 50’s she couldn’t get a paying job as an attorney because she was a woman. So she agreed to work with the deputy county attorney in San Mateo for no pay. She also did not have an office; instead, she shared space with the secretary.
While there she did legal research and wrote memos, and in time, they began paying her a small salary. Later her husband was drafted so she went with him to Germany where she worked as a civilian attorney for the Army’s Quartermaster Corps.
After Germany they relocated to Arizona. She later served as assistant Attorney General of Arizona for 3-4 years until she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Arizona Senate. When the seat came up for election, she won it and served two full terms. The time in the Senate served her well and she became known as being a skilled negotiator.
The Tyler Rose
Our last March special Texan is Earl Campbell, born March 29, 1955 in Tyler. Campbell started playing football when he was in 5th grade. His first position was kicker, but after seeing Dick Butkus play he became a linebacker like Butkus. His mom tried to talk him out of football, but he just loved it. He led his high school to the Texas 4A State Championship and was noticed by ESPN who named him Mr. Football USA that year!
Next came college football with UT Austin. He was a force to be reckoned with, and his freshman year he played all 11 games. What a way to start!
He was recognized and awarded profusely his last year of college, including receiving the Heisman Memorial Trophy, the Davey O’Brien Memorial Trophy, named football player of the year, and unanimously named All-American.
It’s no surprise he was the first draft pick for the pros. Earl was snatched up by the Houston Oilers and did not disappoint. By the end of his professional football career he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, AFC Offensive Player of the Year, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and NFL MVP.
He was a dynamic player with an aggressive style that delighted fans. He went on to play 8 seasons and is still considered one of the best power running backs in NFL’s history.
Birthdays Mean Birthday Presents…
I hope you enjoyed our lineup for March birthdays. Remember: birthday peeps like presents! You can’t go wrong with Texas Coffee Club!