Calling Texas history buffs! As the town of Frisco has grown so quickly ( one of Texas top cities and fastest growing), residents and those passing through, may have wondered about the half-manse that sits at Main Street and Preston Road. The public and media are invited to meet Doug Box and get the inside scoop, with photos, of the untold tale of what life was really like on the Box Ranch, the original Southfork Ranch in the Dallas TV series. From riches and cutting horses to Frank Gifford and Monday night football, Cattle Baron’s Ball, television stars, the inside trade that financed the ranch and the blazing fire that destroyed the house and the story about the partial rebuild – it’s all there. Doug said, “This reveals the real story, the untold tale of what life was really like on the Box Ranch (known today as the Brinkmann Ranch).” In anecdotes both sweet and bitter, the youngest Box son remembers what it was like to grow up as a member of Texas royalty; if Frisco had a “first family,” the Boxes were it.
We don’t want to give away the whole story, so here’s a teaser. Doug’s father was the storied patriarch and entrepreneur Cloyce K. Box, thought by many to be the inspiration for Dallas’ J. R. Ewing. Doug’s was a one-of-a-kind childhood replete with professional athletes, television crews, celebrities, Miss America pageants, and all the glitz and glamour of southern grandeur. Ultimately, a downturn in the Texas economy would come back to haunt the Box family, leading to the eventual sale of Doug’s beloved horse, Cutter Frisco, and ultimately the ranch itself. Cutter Frisco is a powerful retelling of the end of an era, with 40 photographs and a eulogy written by Frank Gifford, which he read at Cloyce’s funeral. Kathy Lee Gifford also sang a solo of “He Giveth Me Grace.” In this book, Doug beautifully captures those early years of magnificence and magic- albeit a magnificence and magic not meant to last. Do go visit with Doug and pick up a copy of his book for a very interesting read.
When: Thursday, October 15, 2015 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Stonebriar Centre
2601 Preston Road, #1204, Frisco, TX 75034