About the Texas Highway Man
This page last updated December 24, 2016
By day, I'm known as Brian
Purcell. Although I have a bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional
Planning, a fluke got me into the computer biz even before I graduated
from college and now I'm an IT manager at a university in San Antonio.
Believe it or not, I'm not affiliated in any way with any road-building
or transportation agency or contractor. All my life, though, I've had an
interest in all forms of transportation, and this website is the
manifestation of that hobby and interest that continues to this day.
The San Antonio Express-News did a story on me in 2015. You can also read more about me on
the Bio page of
How I got the name Texas
Besides my intense interest in roads
and traffic, it seems that I also have a real knack for directions and
getting around. As a result, my younger sister started calling me
"Highway Man" and
sometime in the mid '90s drew a really cute cartoon (see below.)
When I started my website in 1998, decided that "Highway Man" would be a
good name for my online persona, but I decided to add the "Texas" to the
moniker since I knew of several fellow "highwaymen" in other places.
Other "TexasHighwayMen" on the
Over the years, I've come across a few other cases of
people using the name "TexasHighwayMan" on the Internet. For example, there are a
couple of sites where someone using that name expresses some strong
opinions on guns and abortion. That is not me. In
general, I sign most of my online posts as either "TexHwyMan"
and/or with my
actual name. In any case, if you find something posted online by "TexasHighwayMan"
or the like and you want to know if it's me, feel free to ask. If it's
something I posted, I'm certainly willing to discuss it with you.
But I don't want to take credit (or condemnation) for things I did not