"McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of Hazel Ruth (née McIver) and William Jefferson McMurtry, who was a rancher. He grew up on a ranch outside Archer City, Texas, which is the model for the town of Thalia that appears in much of his fiction. He earned degrees from North Texas State University (B.A. 1958) and Rice University (M.A. 1960)."
Looks about right. Collected letters, jot it down.
Also noted; a report of a breakthrough in nuclear fusion leading to the prospect that
mankind will one day be able to live in a world where power will be unlimited.
Mind you, one of the machines is named the Perhapsatron, which doesn't seem that serious.