Barbara Horan, Greenville native and owner of the New Texan Theater on Lee Street, recounts how a fourth grade teacher ask the class to name some things that you cannot do. She went home and ask her parents what are some of the things that I cannot do? Her parents recounted that she could do anything if the task is broken into bite size pieces. Every project must be broken down into individual units. It is kind of like eating an elephant…one bite at a time.
Barbara and her brother, James, credits their parents for the successes they have enjoyed in Greenville. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1981. Many notable personalities also attended Greenville Schools. Among them is Richard Simmons, Class of 1979. Barbara kept track of all her friends from high school and college throughout her career. She commutes between Greenville and Austin weekly. The theater restoration took many years and involved an investment of several million dollars. Today it is a venue that plays some of the top acts in the entertainment industry.
Barbara discussed saving the Texan Theater during the free program at Hump Day Happy Hour that begins at five O’clock in the theater lobby. The happy hour is hosted by Dennis Wayne Strickland. The program features sing along numbers, a local artist presentation, a musical act and a story told by notable citizens of Hunt County.