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Happy birthday to Howard Barnett (MSO-64)

by NSA staff |

J.Howard Barnett (a.k.a. "Tex") was born June 7, 1943, in Huntsville, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Journalism, then went to work at Texas Parks and Wildlife as a staff writer.

He always dreamed of being an entrepreneur, starting businesses ranging from satellite sales and leasing cars to overnight shipping.

But the one business that really got his heart going was renting canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards on Lady Bird Lake in Austin. He started Zilker Park Boats in 1969 and it’s still going strong after more than 50 years.

He has a wife of 60 years, Dorothy, and daughters, Laura and Cory; one son-in-law, Jon; three grandchildren, Reagan, Hudson, and Paige. All live in Austin.