Colorful, outspoken publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, oilman and tireless booster of Fort Worth and West Texas, Amon Carter was a rich, loud, exuberant and boastful Texan. Through political connections, he brought to Fort Worth such economic mainstays as Carswell Air Force Base and the firm now called General Dynamics. Carter also was a prime mover in creation of Big Bend National Park. A promoter of aviation, he was a director and part owner of American Airlines. Carter was the guiding spirit of the Texas Frontier Centennial in Fort Worth in 1936.