News for Public Officials

Famous People from Texas > Lubbock County People > Dirk West
Famous People from Lubbock County Texas
 
Dirk West

Dirk West

Born in Littlefield, Texas in 1930 , the West family moved to Lubbock soon after. West was a famous cartoonist, journalist and mayor of Lubbock, Texas. He started his cartooning career while attending Texas Tech University where he drew cartoons for The University Daily. Beginning in the 1960's he  drew a one-panel comic  featuring caricatures of mascots and coaches mostly in the Southwest Conference for the sports section of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.  Later West expanded his cartoons to include the Big Twelve Conference.

Two of his characters would eventually be officially adopted by their respective universities: Texas Tech's Raider Red and the University of Nebraska's Herbie Husker.

West drew a semi-weekly one-panel comic in the Avalanche-Journal's sports section where he would lampoon college mascots and coaches alike, as well as the stereotypes of various universities. Thus there was the dim-witted Texas A&M Aggie, the devout but overemotional Baylor Bear, the arrogant University of Texas at Austin Longhorn and of course Raider Red, whose bullet-riddled Stetson showed by the number of holes the number of game losses for Texas Tech so far that season.

West would alter the image of his characters over the course of a sports season. A winning team's mascot would gradually get larger and tougher, the fans of losing teams would find their mascots growing thinner as the weeks went by.

West died in 1996. His cartoons are much sought after by collectors even today.

References:

Dirk West: TCU in doldrums, while Tech on verge of bowl game Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Dirk West on Wikipedia

 
Related Articles
Famous Actors from West TexasFamous Celebrities from West Texas
Famous People from Lubbock County TexasMore Lubbock County People
Lubbock County Estates with Unclaimed Inheritances

Lubbock County Unclaimed EstatesList of Lubbock County Unclaimed Inheritances

Know the Heirs? Let them know See the full list

 
 
Famous People from Midland County TexasMore Famous People from Midland Tx
 
Famous People from Lynn County TexasPeople from Lynn County Texas and Their Amazing achievments
 
Famous People from Floyd County TexasMore Famous People from Floyd County Texas
 
Famous People from Dickens County TexasMore Famous People from Dickens County Texas
 
Famous People from Motley County TexasMore People from Motley County Texas
 
Texas Estates with Unclaimed Assets Waiting to be ClaimedTexas is Selling It's Unclaimed Property
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Amazing Texas Land for Sale TodayEstate Sale Finds in Texas
 
Dirk West Collectibles, Memorabilia and Art
 

Lubbock County Treasures

Rare Artifacts, Memorabilia, Ancestry and History Records from Lubbock, Shallowater, Idalou, New Deal, Slaton and Wolfforth.

See All Lubbock County Treasures

 

Books about Lubbock County People & Places

 

Haunted Lubbock: True Ghost Stories from the Hub of the Plains

Lubbock Stories: Personal Remembrances from the Hub City

Historic Lubbock County: An Illustrated History

PINKIE: A West Texas Legend

A place set apart: The history of Ransom Canyon

Remembering Slaton, Texas: Centennial Stories, 1911-2011

. . . see more

 

Films about Lubbock

Dirty Secrets

Lightning Bolt: Power of Salad

Innocent Witness

The Lubbock Lights: Project Blue Book

Vindicated 101: Tim Cole

The Doctor is Out

 

Davick Services | News For Public Officials | TXDILAR.com | Privacy Policy