Extremely Big D

The skydivers chugging Mountain Dew and eating Taco Bell were bad, but I didn't think EXTREME marketing could reach a lower point than Extreme Pringles. Really, Pringles? You're telling me that oval-headed, handlebar-mustachioed, bowtie-wearing mascot cranks out flavors extreme enough to satisfy the extreme tastes of extreme-sport enthusiasts? You can add enough jalapeno, citric acid and MSG to your dehydrated potatoes to create a snack food that matches the thrill of watching Tony Hawk pull off a 900? Then the Dallas Historical Society upped the ante with the Extreme Dallas Tour. "Do you know where the first McDonald's was located?" asks the Web site. If it's accessible by snowboard, I'd like to see it. "How about the national landmark for Art Deco?" Whoa, I bet those architects and industrial designers could have made a sweet half-pipe. "Or the Pennsylvania Railroad engine that lead the Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Procession in 1968?" I demand to see this extremely sad artifact! Get extreme--extremely historical, that is--with tour guide Ken Holmes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday starting at the Hall of State, 3939 Grand Ave. in Fair Park. Tickets are $50 or $40 for Dallas Historical Society members. Call 214-421-4500, ext. 101 or e-mail nora@dallashistory.org for reservations.
Sat., April 18, 2009


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