A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 31, 2007
“You ain’t from Texas, are ya?” (Dr. Phil McGraw)

"You aint from Texas, are ya?” is a catchphrase of television’s “Dr. Phil” (Phillip Calvin McGraw). McGraw was born in Oklahoma, but went to school at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He gained fame when he helped Oprah Winfrey prepare for her trial against the cattle industry in Amarillo, Texas.

The “famous catch phrase” is one of several on a Dr. Phil Show website.


Wikipedia: Dr. Phil
Phillip Calvin McGraw, (born September 1, 1950), best known as Dr. Phil, is a four-time Emmy Award-nominated television personality, psychologist and author who is the host of the popular American psychology TV show Dr. Phil, who gained celebrity status following appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. McGraw is noted for his Texas accent and for his one-finger wave to his wife Robin, in the audiences at the beginning of every show.

Biography
Born in Oklahoma, to Jo and Jerry McGraw, McGraw grew up in the oilfields of North Texas, where his father was an equipment supplier. During McGraw’s childhood, his family moved so his father could pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a psychologist. McGraw attended Shawnee Mission North High School in Mission, Kansas. He was awarded a football scholarship to attend the University of Tulsa, but was injured and transferred to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. McGraw graduated from the Midwestern State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He went on to earn a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a Ph.D in clinical psychology at the University of North Texas. He also participated in the swimming programs at the two schools. 

McGraw owned a construction business with his brother-in-law while completing his residency. He did one-on-one sessions in private practice in Wichita Falls, Texas and conducted life skills seminars with his father and Thelma Box, before getting out of private practice and founding Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a trial consulting firm, in 1989 with neighbor Gary Dobbs. As president of CSI, he advised Fortune 500 companies and injured plaintiffs alike in achieving settlements.

In 1995, Oprah Winfrey hired Phil McGraw to prepare her for the Amarillo Texas beef trial. Winfrey was so impressed with McGraw that she credited him for her victory in that case, which ended in 1998. Soon after, she invited him to appear on her show. His appearance proved so successful that he began appearing weekly as a “Relationship and Life Strategy Expert” on Tuesdays starting in April 1998. In 2002, he launched his own syndicated daily TV show, Dr. Phil, produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. The format is an advice show, where he tackles a different topic on each show, offering advice for his guests’ troubles.

Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil’s Famous Catch Phrases

“Let’s do it.”
“Get real!”
“I want you to get excited about your life.”
“If you’re gonna talk to me, you’re gonna have to be honest.”
“This is gonna be a changing day in your life!”
“How’s that workin’ for you?”
“Are you stupid?!?”
“What are you thinking?”
“I didn’t just ride in on a load of turnips.”
“Sometimes, things just are what they are.”
“You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.”
“Did you fall out of the dumb tree?!!”
“Ya think?!”
“Let’s just call a spade a shovel.”
“Get your head out of the gutter!”
“I must have ‘stupid’ written on my forehead!”
“I love what you’re doing with your hair!” (to fellow bald men).”
“You ain’t from Texas, are ya?”
“Have you read my book, (Insert Book Name Here)?”
“I hate it when that happens!”
“This relationship needs a hero.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, August 31, 2007 • Permalink