(Doug is shown here at a book signing in August 2015 at Barnes & Noble at Royal Lane with his cousin, Brenda Box Bristol, who is also featured in the book. Photo by Dana Driensky.)
Author Book Signing, Presentation and Q & A: Thursday, October 15 at Barnes & Noble in Frisco
When: Thursday, October 15, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Who: Doug Box, author of Cutter Frisco: Growing Up on the Original Southfork Ranch, a memoir
What: Barnes & Noble Book signing, presentation and Q & A
Where: Barnes & Noble, Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, #1204, Frisco, TX 75034
Phone number for more information: 972-668-2820
Overview: Meet Doug Box and get the inside scoop, with photos, of the untold tale of what life was really like on the Box Ranch, the original Southfork Ranch in the Dallas TV series. From riches and cutting horses to Frank Gifford and Monday night football, Cattle Baron’s Ball, television stars, the inside trade that financed the ranch and the blazing fire that destroyed the house and the story about the partial rebuild – it’s all there. Join us, meet Doug and pick up a copy of this very interesting memoir!
Description: Doug said, “This reveals the real story, the untold tale of what life was really like on the Box Ranch (known today as the Brinkmann Ranch).” In anecdotes both sweet and bitter, the youngest Box son remembers what it was like to grow up as a member of Texas royalty; if Frisco had a “first family,” the Boxes were it.
Doug’s father was the storied patriarch and entrepreneur Cloyce K. Box, thought by many to be an inspiration for Dallas’
J. R. Ewing. Doug’s was a one-of-a-kind childhood replete with professional athletes, television crews, celebrities, Miss America pageants, and all the glitz and glamour of southern grandeur. The house caught fire in 1987 and was being rebuilt in 1993, when Cloyce suffered the heart attack that killed him. The partially rebuilt house’s steel frame stands today as it was then, at the northeast intersection of Main Street and Preston Road in Frisco.
Ultimately, a downturn in the Texas economy would come back to haunt the Box family, leading to the eventual sale of Doug’s beloved horse, Cutter Frisco, and ultimately the ranch itself.
Cutter Frisco is a powerful retelling of the end of an era, with 40 photographs and a eulogy written by Frank Gifford, which he read at Cloyce’s funeral. Kathy Lee Gifford also sang a solo of “He Giveth Me Grace.” In this book, Doug beautifully captures those early years of magnificence and magic- albeit a magnificence and magic not meant to last.