It’s always gratifying to see a deserving person get an award. That’s what’s going to happen on Tuesday, April 8, at the Omni Dallas Hotel, when Forrest Hoglund is presented with the 85th Annual Linz Award.
Just as previous Linz Awardee Walt Humann achieved his honor by heading up the expansion of Central Expressway and the development of DART, Forrest earned this distinction for the “successful leadership as chairman of the $185 million campaign to build the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.”
Under his leadership, the money was not only raised a year ahead of time, but not one cent was borrowed.
In addition, Forrest, wife Sally and the entire Hoglund brood have become well-known for the Hoglund Family Foundation’s support of non-profits.
Here’s a little history lesson for newcomers: The Linz Award is presented by The Dallas Morning News and, ironically, the Zale Corporation. The reason for inserting “ironically” is because it was originally created in 1924 by Simon Linz, who was president of Linz Brothers, a jewelry store founded in 1887. It was also 1924 that the first Zales Jewelers opened in Wichita Falls. Eventually, Linz Brothers was sold to Houston’s Gordon brothers, who ran Gordon Jewelry. In 1989, the Gordon collection of jewelry stores was sold to Zale’s.