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-111Wir “Mir he Texas Obsery ening the Eyes of Texas for Fifty 0 II es ‘Tide Open or 50 years, The Texas Observr has uncovered and reported ories ignored and underreport41 by the mainstream press tical stories about our air, our ter, our health, our children’s ducation, our prisons, our govrnment, and our politics. We’ve so taken a critical look at that d sub-genre: Texas lit. We’ve made our mark and taked our reputation on stoes that matter to the people o live in this state. We’ve also I ade a pretty good argument r honest and open government d the democratic participation at keeps it alive. We did it with our supportfinancial, moral, MarkYour en s `ar for December 4 To celebrate 50 years opening the eyes of Texas, we’ve planned Saturday, Dec. 4 in Austin. We want you to be a part of it and we promise you won’t have this much fun again until 2054. Join us during the day to hear some of the best journalists in the country discuss “Politics and the Independent Media.” om 1 e Nelson and Bill Moyers for the Gala Evening Just after sunset on Dec. 4, head for The University of Texas Union Ballroom for the Texas Observer’s 50th Anniversary Gala reception and dinner, honoring five decades of award-winning, truth-telling, ass-kicking journalism. There will be speeches, stories, special guests, and foot-stomping music. Stand or The Texas Observer We have a bigger goal: establishing an endowment, a so financial foundation. We’re celebrating the past, but looking toward the future. We all knowthe only way to have a free press is to own one. So we’re asking you to invest in The Texas Observer, and reminding you it’s tax-deduct ible. An endowment will ensure an Observer that strengthens the tradition of independent journalism and continues to do the same fine work for another 50 ears. We’re counting ow us or e m is pane . e e e rate wi us at e ersary a. ecure e server $ tore wt n e owment e a difference. Individual tickets go on sale in late September. To make a special contribution, or for table sponsorships, contact Charlotte ob or call 512-477-0746. Watch our web site for updates: www.texasobserver-o