Since March is National Women’s History Month, I thought I would throw a little trivia into this week’s travel blog. Today we’re going to talk about the cozy little ocean-front city of Corpus Christi, which gave birth to a woman whose invention is still in use today.
Anyone who has ever used a typewriter knows and loves this Texas lady’s brainstorm – Liquid Paper. I’m talking about Bette Nesmith Graham, (23 March 1924 – 12 May 1980) who was born Bette Clair McMurray in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1946 she found herself a divorced, single mother and to support herself she went to work as a bank secretary. Eventually she rose to the position of executive secretary, the highest position available to women in that industry at the time. In order to make extra money, Bette had a side job painting holiday windows. She combined these two talents to create her product, which she originally called “Mistake Out” in 1956 and created her own company. In 1979 she sold Liquid Paper to the Gillette Corporation for a whopping US $47.5 million. Sadly she died a year later at the young age of 56.
To celebrate this feisty Texas entrepreneur, why not take a trip to Corpus Christi? You can visit the Texas State Aquarium, transport yourself back in time on the USS LEXINGTON, or just relax and unwind in the Corpus Christi Bay area on the beach. While you’re there, take a moment to think about and thank Bette for her courage, foresight, and indomitable Texas spirit.
Until next time . . .
Paige aka PJsTravelinTexas
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