Webb Report: A group of ‘King of the Hill’ fans celebrate the ‘bwaahh’


Any fan of Mike Judge’s animated “King of the Hill” knows that’s what Texas paterfamilias Hank Hill sounds like under stress of any kind. (Or however it is you spell “Bwaahh.”) For a gathering of fans in Dallas, that noise was a rallying cry Oct. 7.

Organized through a Facebook event titled “Yell ‘Bwaahh’ like Hank Hill,” a group of “King of the Hill” enthusiasts met at the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge to do their best collective impression of the famous fictional propane salesman. The bwaahh-en-masse wasn’t the only agenda item at this Arlen-centric celebration. The Facebook event called for people to dress up like their favorite characters, too.

The impressions didn’t stop at that famous onomatopoeia and included several other catchphrases. According to the Facebook event page, high-fives were awarded for:

  • Longest Bwaahh
  • Best Bwaahh
  • Best “I tell you what.”
  • Best “Dang it, Bobby.”
  • Best “That boy ain’t right.”
  • Best Boomhauer speech
  • Best Peggy Hill “WHOOOYEAHHHHH!”

“The goal of the event is really just to laugh and bond and meet new people that love ‘King of the Hill,’” event organizer Denise Rodriguez told TV station the CW 33.

Judging by the Facebook Live broadcasts and photos from the pop-up propane party, it looks like fun was had, indeed.

Attendees (aka “propaniacs”) posted selfies with their prizes — drawn portraits of “King of the Hill” characters like Hank and Peggy Hill — in the Facebook event after it was all over.

Dang it, Bobby. We’re sad we couldn’t go. It also seems like series creator Judge wished he could be there, too: “Good luck with this,” Judge tweeted on Oct. 6 in reference to the event.

Not so enchanted after all

As a place where people have camped for more than 12,000 years, Enchanted Rock State Park has a lot of mystery and lore surrounding it. Stories of spirits haunting the area and enchantments set on certain area have not been proven, but that doesn’t stop people from believing in them.

One of those people is a woman named Maria, who wrote in a letter to the state park that she was returning a rock she took from the park because she “has had nothing but bad luck” since she took it. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook page posted the letter last week.

The note read: “I’m returning this rock to it’s owner— ENCHANTED ROCK. I’ve had nothing but bad luck since I took it. Sorry I did it. P.S. No able to do it in person. Sincerely, Maria,” with the rock attached.

Maria’s “bad luck” is not elaborated upon in the note, but here’s one legend Maria might have been thinking of when she returned the rock: A Native American woman saw her tribe killed by an enemy, and then she threw herself off the top of Enchanted Rock. Legend says her spirit haunts the big rock to this day.

Whether the legends are true or not doesn’t matter — according to the TPWD’s website, it is against federal and state law to take “plants, animals and artifacts” from Texas parks.

— Jake Harris, American-Statesman staff

Chance the Commentator

A little politics to go with your festival news …

Last weekend, Vice President Mike Pence attended an NFL game in his home state of Indiana. He left early.

“I left today’s Colts game because @ POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence said on Twitter on Oct. 8.

President Donald Trump later tweeted that he told Pence to leave the game.

“I asked @ VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @ SecondLadyKaren,” Trump’s tweet read.

Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, a headliner at Austin City Limits Music Festival, quote-tweeted the vice president on the next day with an explanation as to why many NFL players are kneeling for the national anthem: “Do you believe that there is such thing as police brutality, racial injustice or inequality in this country? I know you read this.”

Chance (née Chancelor Bennett), who raps about social issues in his songs (”Summer Friends,” “Same Drugs,” “Angels”) and donates to the Chicago public school system, has also spoken up about his hometown’s police brutality and murder rate, a statistic that Trump has often touted.

Here’s Chance, fom a Huffington Post interview in 2016: “There’s a larger conversation we need to have about the role of police officers, their relationship to the people as enemy or executioner, when they’re not supposed to be either.”

— Jake Harris, American-Statesman staff

Shut up and drive

Ride-hailing service Lyft recently released a list of the top destinations for riders picked up from the University of Texas at Austin. And, wow, you Longhorns love the dollar aisle.

Target wasn’t the No. 1 destination for UT students, as Texas Monthly reports, but it was No. 9, which might not sound high. However, it was ahead of No. 10 Walmart, No. 24 Whole Foods and several high-ranking restaurants, including No. 11 Plucker’s, No. 15 Kerbey Lane and No. 18 Torchy’s Tacos.

Kids these days, man. They love to eat food.

You know what Target didn’t beat, though? No. 5 H-E-B. And the list’s top three spots — Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and East and West Sixth Street.

— Amanda O’Donnell, American-Statesman staff


Who knew Halloween candy could be so divisive? The American-Statesman newsroom did, as it’s recently been embroiled in a candy-war over a “definitive” ranking of Halloween sweets which ran in this very column last week. That list included Tootsie Rolls among the top three.

But get a load of this: We found a map that purports to rank the favorite candies of each state based on candy sale data compiled by online bulk candy site candystore.com, which allows you to purchase “straight from the comfort of home.”

According to the data, Texas’ favorite Halloween candy is Starbursts, of which state residents purchased almost 2 million pounds around the holiday last year.

Texans’ No. 2 favorite candy is Reese’s Cups, and No. 3 is Almond Joy. Two years ago a similar map showed candy corn as the state’s No. 1 preferred candy. How far we’ve come … Happy tricking and treating, Texans!

— Amanda O’Donnell, American-Statesman staff

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