When Halliburton Was a Good Name 

Though referred to in last Sunday's New York Times Travel section as a now “obscure” author, Richard Halliburton’s tales of wanderlust still manage to stir the minds of modern day authors. Halliburton, a Memphian who left Princeton University to see the world, wrote several best-selling books. In fact, he was among the world’s most famous travel-adventure writers during the 1920s and 1930s — writing of swimming the length of the Panama Canal, and exploring much of the globe copiloting a biplane. His family later donated money to Rhodes College, which constructed a bell tower in his honor. Halliburton was lost at sea at age 39. To read the Times' take on Halliburton, go here.

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