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A summary of the history of The New Legacy

New Legacy            New Legacy                  Texas Business


Author, Tieman H. Dippel, Jr.

Country: United States of America

Language: English

Genre: Politics, Economics, Culture

Publisher: Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas

21 Century Update: Texas Peacemaker Publications, LLC

Publication: 1987 (Original Edition), 2002 (Updated Edition)


The New Legacy was the first book in The Language of Conscience Series written by Tieman H.  Dippel, Jr. This individual book was assisted by George and Robyn Pond. Following Dippel’s Chairmanship and Presidency of the initial Texas Lyceum, Taylor Publishing and Texas Business encouraged him to write a book capturing much of the thought of the original Lyceums of 1980 and 1981, which focused on a “Third Coast of Thought” for Texas (also often referred to as the Texas Model of Economic Development[1]). The Lyceum had included the participation of much of the leadership of the state and included Governor Bill Clements’ efforts on a vision for Texas 2000. The Lyceum invited various stakeholders using Aristotle’s focus on ethics and wisdom, which gave it a unique positioning as a vehicle for discussion with the intervention of political, economic, and cultural leaders from all races, genders, and economic spectrums.


This book served as a cover story for Texas Business[2] and was also widely discussed in the political and economic deliberations of Texas in the 1980’s. " . . . I greatly welcome a tool like The New Legacy that puts a clear focus on the future of Texas . . . it does not look to party or political persuasion but instead to integrity, character, and a vision of Texas' destiny. It takes the best of the old values and blends them with a realistic, intelligent agenda for a modern world. I am personally sending a copy to every member of the Texas House of Representatives." said Gib Lewis, Former Speaker, Texas House of Representatives.[3]  Dippel served as one of the catalysts for the Speaker’s Economic Advisory Group that made significant changes in the State’s governmental approach to economic development as well as the creation of the Texas Economic Development Commission in 1986.[4] The New Legacy received endorsements from almost every state official of both parties as a balanced vision of how Texas could emerge from an agricultural/oil and gas/trade economy to a newer model of economic growth embracing the new technology and information age.




Tim Richardson, founding editor of the Austin political newsletter, the Quorum Report, noted in his cover insert, “ . . . it is the synergism of the masterful perspective of life, of responsibility, and history that blend with a vacuum that presently exists in Texas. This book is an inspiration to the sense of destiny because it gives Texans a choice between two futures. There could be increasingly partisan politics in a mottling through, or a vision of Texas being a third coast of thought for the common good with coordinated goals.”[5] 


The New Legacy emerged as a chronicling of Texas in the unique period of the late 70’s and early 80’s as Texas moved from a parochial state to one that engaged nationally not only economically but individually.  Bill Murchison of the Dallas Morning News noted, "What James Michener couldn't do in a thousand pages—show us the soul and spirit of Texas—Tieman Dippel deftly achieves in 159 pages . . . .”[6]  Dippel’s service as President of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, the Texas State Chamber of Commerce and as a leader for the consolidation and evolution of the various business organizations of the state, which eventually merged in the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, gave him practical insight of the State’s economic institutions.  As a Legislative Chairman for the Texas Commission of the Arts and Humanities, he wrote the “State of the Arts in Texas” as a legislative presentation in 1979, which required him to define the core principles of Texas culture. This was later abridged and published by the journal, Leonardo of Paris.[7] He had been particularly active in politics serving in statewide roles for political leaders’ campaigns of both parties often reflected as an Independent at a unique time in Texas politics. What made The New Legacy unique was the practical blend of the interaction of politics, economics, and culture in this unique period of transition.


His themes for economic growth were based largely on an appreciation of much of the work of Dean George Kozmetsky, a co-founder of Teledyne and Dean of the University of Texas School of Business and the founder of the Institute of Constructive Capitalism. Dippel, Valedictorian of the University of Texas School of Business in 1966, attracted the attention of Kozmetsky who became a mentor and co-sponsor of the Lyceum effort. The 1980 Texas Lyceum was focused on Texas in the year 2000 and brought together presentations by nearly all of Texas’ living Governors of both parties, much of the state leadership in business, a younger generation of bi-partisan leaders who formed the Texas Lyceum Association, and various business organizations and universities. It also involved the chronicling of many of the future alternatives for the state by Texas Business. By blending the theorists of the universities with the realists of politics, and bringing national and international speakers to Texas, the Lyceum created a unique intellectual environment that broadened perspectives of the state at a time when transportation and better communication began to unify Texas’ diverse regions, and an appreciation of the power of technology was gaining increasing strength. However, beyond the economics discussed in the Lyceum in the form of Texas being a “Third Coast of Thought”, the composite of three powers—economics, politics, and media (in later books more appropriately described as a broader culture)—were discussed in their context. Culture increasingly became the important point The New Legacy emphasized —the power of family and the necessity of responsibility. Wisdom was knowledge combined with values. The book’s arguments were that a Texas “Third Coast of Thought” economically had to be based on a culture of responsibility and civic integrity in order to truly succeed. The book was a handbook to allow diverse groups to develop a common vision.  Former Governor of Texas, John B. Connally focused on a key point of why the book was influential—the method or approach to bring unity required a transformational rather than transactional purpose. He noted, “. . . integrity, honor and courage are attributes to be sought and to be revered, but he also knows that in the pursuit of principles that you have to be fair and reasonable in the implementation of your own ideas in order to persuade people to follow the example that you set . . .  Principle seasoned with logic and reason is indeed a great leader, and that clearly is reflected in Skipper's book, The New Legacy."[8] The book presented a way of thinking based on the recognition of dignity and the Common Good personally being translated into the avoidance of moral hazard socially.


Democratic Commissioner Garry Mauro of the Texas General Land Office noted “. . .  he understands a Texas future that must shift emphasis from natural resources to human resources; and calls for a politics that rises to that challenge with maturity, honor, and principle . . .”[9]  Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower described the concept in terms of internal transformation. "Like a cat watching the wrong mouse hole, too many of our business, governmental and academic leaders are looking to out-of-state conglomerates and foreign investors as the salvation of the Texas economy. Skipper Dippel does all of us a favor in The New Legacy by nudging the myopics among us to consider another source of economic regeneration—the hard work, native intelligence, and gumption of our own people and their enterprises."[10] U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison noted the value of growth. “The New Legacy is not only informative and thought provoking, but very readable. We need to be constantly reminded of the lessons of past civilizations. Skipper has explored the effects on other societies when the emphasis has shifted from increasing the pie to dividing it. It puts today's problems in perspective."[11]


Of significant note as well is that The New Legacy involved the first publication of the final conversation with his father entitled, “One Father’s Last Words,”[12] which included the advice on the importance of dignity and how his Grandfather who founded the Brenham Wholesale had to let half of his employees go in the Great Depression. When his father returned from the university to help, his first job was to gently crack some eggs and cut not-too-damaging slashes in flour sacks so they could be “earned as damaged goods” by those who had helped him build the business and came seeking a job, retaining their dignity by accepting assistance instead of charity. This description of family dignity became a core of The Language of Conscience Series but was also a specific impact in the Chinese interest in the book series. The composite of the initial thoughts were given the name of “Enlightened Conservatism” by Tim Richardson.  The New Legacy was distributed by Attorney General John Ben Shepperd to most of the libraries in Texas, and various other groups, such as the Texas Association of Business, mailed copies to their membership. Attorney General Shepperd noted, "In The New Legacy the best of the old values of honor, stewardship, and responsibility are blended with the realistic perspectives of the modern world. It is must reading for all generations.”[13] As such, it helped create a base of understanding for many of the arguments put forth at the early Texas Lyceum for the importance of Texas finding a method of economic/cultural development—primarily with low taxes, limited regulation, and a cultural unity based on responsibility, opportunity, and dignity.  Perhaps the best description of the book is the observation of the aforementioned founding editor of the Quorum Report, Tim Richardson, who noted, "The virtue of The New Legacy is not the seeking of answers, but the formulation of the fundamental questions which demand to be addressed if we are to master the challenges of our rapidly evolving society. The New Legacy provides the perspective, which allows us to judge our actions and assume our responsibilities. In addition, it may well be the most compelling modern statement of enlightened conservatism and statesmanship."[14]




1.     Tieman H. Dippel, Jr., The Wisdom of Generations (Brenham, Texas: Texas Peacemaker Publications, L.L.C., 2012), 196-206.

2.     Texas Business, September 1987, cover story, “Be The Best,” by Brux Austin, 41-53.

3.     Gib Lewis, Former Speaker, Texas House of Representatives, comment in The New Legacy, 2002, Updated Edition, front pages.

4.     Tieman H. Dippel, Jr., The New Legacy (Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1987), 197.

5.     Tim Richardson, inside dust jacket of The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002.

6.     Bill Murchison, Dallas Morning News, comment in The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002, front pages.

7.     Leonardo, XII, No. 4, Pergamon Press 1979, “The State of the Arts in Texas in the 1970s.”

8.     Former Governor, John Connally’s comment in The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002, front pages, page 2 (unnumbered).

9.     Former Commissioner Texas General Land Office, Gary Mauro’s comment in The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002, front pages.

10.  Agriculture Commissioner, Jim Hightower’s comment in The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002, front pages.

11.  Former US Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison’s comment in The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002, front pages.

12.  Tieman H. Dippel, Jr., The New Legacy (Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1987), 1.

13.  Attorney General, John Ben Shepperd’s comment in The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002, front pages.

14.  Founding Editor of the Quorum Report, Tim Richardson’s comment in The New Legacy, Updated Edition, 2002, front pages.



External Links:


1.     Wikipedia - The Language of Conscience Series

2.     Wikipedia - Tieman H. Dippel, Jr.

3. (Texas Lyceum Website) 

4. (Texas Association of Business website)




Related Topics:


1.     The Language of Conscience Series (Texas Peacemaker Publications, L.L.C.)

2.     The New Legacy, 1st Edition (Taylor Publishing 1987), Updated Edition 2002

3.     The Language of Conscience, 2002

4.     Instilling Values in Transcending Generations, 2006

5.     Understanding Enlightened Conservatism, 2007

6.     The Essentials of The Language of Conscience, 2008

7.     The Wisdom of Generations, 2012

8.     One Father’s Last Words

9.     The Language of Conscience Concept



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