Flaco Jiménez and Charles Butt named History-Making Texans
Leonard “Flaco” Jiménez and Charles Butt certainly know what it takes to become History-Making Texans
One helped define Tejano and Conjunto music; the other oversaw the expansion of a very Texan grocery business that makes new converts every day.
Both San Antonians will be exalted during the Texas Independence Day Dinner at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It takes places Feb. 28, two days before March 2, when Texas Independence Day is traditionally observed.
Co-chairs for the event are Jan Felts Bullock, widow of late Lt. Gov. — and museum namesake — Bob Bullock along with Carla and Brad Moran of Lubbock.
“Charles Butt has transformed the grocery industry through his leadership of H-E-B,” Carla Moran said. “He is an innovative and brilliant business pioneer and also a national voice in public education and administration. Every Texan owes him a debt of gratitude for his tireless advocacy and for being an impactful and generous community partner.”
Moran had equally winning words for the musician on the bill.
“Flaco Jiménez’s illustrious career spans seven decades on the accordion,” she said. “Recognized for his accomplishments in Tejano and Conjunto music with six Grammys, a Latin Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award, and a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, it is only fitting he add History-Making Texan to his deserved accolades.”
The list of previous honorees is long and illustrious, but let’s name a few: first lady Lady Bird Johnson, President H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, Van Cliburn, Barbara Smith Conrad and Nolan Ryan.
Some pretty fine company.