"Fort Worthless” is an unfortunate—but probably inevitable—nickname of the city of Fort Worth. The nickname was popularized in the late 1980s, when speaker of the United States House of Representatives Jim Wright (who was born in Fort Worth and represented the area) was criticized by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh as “Fort Worthless Jim Wright.”
The “Fort Worthless” nickname has rarely appeared in newspapers, but has appeared with increased frequency on internet websites.
Wikipedia: Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas, 18th-largest city in the United States, as well as the fastest growing large city in the nation from 2000-2006 and was voted one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.”
Situated in North Texas, Fort Worth covers nearly 300 square miles in Tarrant and Denton counties, serving as the county seat for Tarrant County. As of the 2006 U.S. Census estimate, Fort Worth had a population of 653,320. The city is the second-largest cultural and economic center of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area (commonly called the Metroplex), the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population of 6 million in twelve counties. Fort Worth and the surrounding Metroplex area offer numerous business opportunities and a wide array of attractions.
Established originally in 1849 as a protective Army outpost at the foot of a bluff overlooking the Trinity River, the city of Fort Worth today still embraces and boasts of being more down-home, laid-back, and is proud of its traditionally old-fashioned ways when compared to its larger, more flashy eastern neighbor, Dallas.
Wikipedia: Jim Wright
James Claude Wright, Jr. (born December 22, 1922), usually known as Jim Wright, is a former U.S. Congressman from Texas who served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the Speaker of the House from 1987 to 1989.
Wright was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
Career in Congress
In 1954, he was elected to Congress from Texas’s 12th congressional district, which included Weatherford and was based in Fort Worth. He would be re-elected fourteen times, gradually rising in prominence in the party and in Congress. He was elected House Majority Leader by one vote in December 1976, serving there until 1987, when he was elected the Speaker of the House. In 1988, he chaired the party’s convention that nominated Michael Dukakis for president.
In the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Jim Wright is known for the Wright Amendment, a contentious law he sponsored that restricted air travel out of Dallas’s secondary airport, Love Field.
21 December 1986, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, “Fort Worth, the Ugly Stepsister, Hopes to Go To the Ball—Can a Cowtown Go From Rootin’ Tootin’ to High-Falutin’?” by Rick Sylvain, pg. 5T:
But critics who view it as Fort Worthless are missing the point. Don’t judge Cowtown as a whole but as the sum of very worthwhile parts: a renowned ...
18 June 1989, The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), “Justice hasn’t yet been served in Wright case”:
One thing Fort Worthless Jim didn’t count on, though, was the follow-up investigations now ongoing by the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice ...
17 December 1989, Sacramento (CA) Bee, “Rush Around the Clock: On the Road With America’s Most-Listened To Talk-Show Host,” pg. D1:
Nearly 1 million listeners are tuned in at any moment to catch the latest Homeless Update, to hear about Fort Worthless Jim Wright, to experience a Multiple ...
Google Groups: rec.sport.football.college
From: (Gary Wayne ‘Goober’ Smith)
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1992 16:57:59 GMT
Local: Sat, Jul 18 1992 11:57 am
Subject: Re: NDC (was Re: ACC vs. the SEC (plus bonus Pac Ten!!!)
I still remember the time I came down with a couple of friends for a game in College Station while working in Fort Worthless.
Google Groups: alt.fan.rush-limbaugh
From: (Tom Perigrin)
Date: 8 Sep 92 19:34:00 GMT
Subject: Re: Clinton, draft dodger. YUP!
Rush: “Fort Worthless Jim Wright”, “The (funny voice) Reverand Jackson”, “The Squeaker of the House”, feminazis, environmentalist whackos, etc.
Conservative Provocateur Or BIG BLOWHARD?
Monday, Oct. 26, 1992 By RICHARD CORLISS
Rush has been on Slick Willie’s case all year, rejoicing in the early tales of infidelity, assiduously promoting this month’s mission-to- Moscow story. He loves to rag Democratic politicians: Ted Kennedy, of course, but also “former U.S. cadaver—ahem, Senator—Alan Cranston” or “Fort Worthless Jim Wright, the former Sleazer of the House.”
John (thabigjc) wrote,
@ 2005-03-20 20:58:00
stolen from laura poo
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF - The Survey
Birthday: june 24, 1986
Birthplace: fort worthless, TX
Current Location: funky town(still)
The Third Path
Saturday, June 18, 2005
In high school, I lived in 1970’s Dull-as-a-Tick’s-ass (near Fort Worthless), surrounded by bible-thumping Southern Baptists.
The Coldest One’s “Super Groovy” Blog
April 12th, 2006
Just Another Lonely Day in Fort Worthless @ 05:38 pm
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