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Taken 30-Dec-08
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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Val Verde County Historical Marker, Dr. John R. Brinkley
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Dimensions3872 x 2592
Original file size4.28 MB
Image typeJPEG
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Date taken30-Dec-08 10:24
Date modified30-Dec-08 10:24
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Camera modelNIKON D60
Focal length24 mm
Focal length (35mm)36 mm
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Exposure1/100 at f/5.6
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ISO speedISO 200
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Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley

Del Rio
Val Verde County, Texas
29 20.429' N 100 54.141' W
512 Qualia Drive

Text: North Carolina native John R. Brinkley (1885-1942) opened a medical clinic and radio station in Kansas and promoted controversial medical practices, including one that used goat gland implants to increase sexual "pep" in men. He became rich but was criticized by the American Medical Association and the Federal Radio Commission. In 1933, he moved his family to Del Rio, opening a hospital and setting up the powerful radio station XER in Villa Acuña, Mexico. He was a colorful, charitable individual, known for his lavish lifestyle. He buoyed the local economy during the Great Depression and brought much attention to Del Rio. Despite fame and wealth, authorities shut down the Brinkley enterprise in 1938.