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Tex Robertson: The man, the myth, and now the book

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 14, 2013

If you went to Camp Longhorn, you know the stories.

Tex Robertson learned to swim in a horse trough. He invented the flip turn. He created the Frisbee, although he called it the Sail-O.

And that’s just the beginning.

Robertson became a national champion swimmer, he went to the Olympics, he was the first swim coach at the University of Texas and he served as an officer in the original Navy SEALS. He also founded the popular summer camp on Inks Lake, where campers eat off military surplus trays, participate in traditions like the Water Show and the Mile Swim, and incorporate the phrase “attawaytogo” into their vocabulary.

Now Roberton’s grandson, Ross Lucksinger, has gathered all those stories into a book aptly titled, “Tex: The Father of Texas Swimming.” The book covers Tex’s involvement in swimming, coaching, politics and summer camp, and includes a forward by former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

It’s available on Amazon for $19.95.