Lane Crockett

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Lane Tyler Crockett

(Shreveport syndicated columnist)

Born November 8, 1941
Ballinger, Runnels County

Resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, since 1968

Political Party Independent

Lane Tyler Crockett (born November 8, 1941) is the retired entertainment writer and theater/arts critic of The Shreveport Times, the largest newspaper in North Louisiana. While he was at The Times, Gannett syndicated Crockett for a decade as a film and television writer. Sometimes called the "prince of performance critics", he subsequently wrote entertainment articles from 2004 to 2008 for The Forum Newsweekly, an Internet and print newspaper which circulates in northwestern Louisiana and East Texas.[1]  


Crockett was born in Ballinger in Runnels County, Texas, to D. B. Crockett (1915–2007), a World War II veteran and the owner for many years of Bal-Tex Distributing Company,[2] and the former Wanda Lane (1919–2004).[3] Located northeast of San Angelo in West Texas with a 2010 census population of 3,767, Ballinger calls itself "The Greatest Little Town in Texas."  D. B. and Wanda Crockett were active in the Christian Church in Ballinger.[4]

Crockett graduated in 1960 from Ballinger High School and obtained bachelor's degrees in 1964 in both journalism and history from Texas Tech University in Lubbbock.[1] For three years, he was the entertainment editor for the Texas Tech student newspaper, The Daily Toreador. After graduation, he entered the United States Air Force for four years and wrote for the Stars & Stripes military newspaper.[5] In 1968, at the age of twenty-six, Crockett moved to Shreveport  to join the staff of the since defunct Shreveport Journal under then publisher Douglas Fisher Attaway. In 1977, after Attaway had already sold The Journal to businessman and professor Charles T. Beaird, Crockett joined the staff of The Shreveport Times, at which he remained until his retirement in 2004.[1]   Crockett still resides in Shreveport and is involved in various cultural activities and is a strong supporter of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Arts Council.[1] A Shreveport blogger writes that Crockett "has the ability to touch upon all aspects of a performance, from book to players to the scene. His writing has a conversational flow but demonstrates deep background. While his critical remarks are moderate - focus on what he omitted to get the full tale - they fulfill a distinct need."

Crockett is single. His sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Wayne Johnson, and his two nieces, Vicki Bowman and Cindy Spreen, all reside in Ballinger, Texas.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lane Crockett. Retrieved on May 16, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 D. B. Crockett. Retrieved on May 16, 2015.
  3. Wanda Lane Crockett. Retrieved on May 16, 2015.
  4. Wanda Crockett. San Angelo Standard-Times (April 20, 2004). Retrieved on May 16, 2015.
  5. "Miss Minden Pageant Judges Announced", Minden Press-Herald, March 20, 1975, p. 1.