I started this website in 2019 to have a place for my writing. I’ve changed directions a few times since I began this journey. It took some trial and error to figure out what I wanted to do with this, and more importantly, how to do it.
Nowadays, the focus of my website is on exploring the past and present of Arlington, Texas. I call my content “Local Unknown.” The name is a tribute to Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” docuseries, one of my favorite TV shows. While I’ll never be able to travel the world as Tony did, maybe I can bring that same adventurous and wanderlust spirit to my hometown.
I was born in Arlington but grew up in the neighboring town of Mansfield. Growing up, Arlington was always the big city next door, which is still today. After 24 years in Mansfield, I was looking for something different. Moving to Arlington seemed like a natural choice, so that’s what I did in 2007. Yet, I’ve always felt like a stranger in this town. It was only recently that I started to explore Arlington in depth. When I did, it led to a strong interest in local history.
I serve on Arlington’s Landmark Preservation Commission and volunteer with the Arlington Historical Society. I consider myself an “Arlington Advocate,” especially when it comes to local history and lesser-known stories. Even though I’m still learning about this city and its history, it’s become a passion of mine.
I was surprised when Arlington became my muse — I surely didn’t see that coming. I enjoy writing, taking photos, and exploring Arlington. Most of my explorations fall under what I call HOAC — history, oddities, arts, and culture. If you’re looking for trendy things to do around Arlington, you probably won’t find them here. Instead, maybe you’ll learn a few things about Arlington that you didn’t know. I see myself more as a writer and explorer, less as a historian or journalist.
While local history is my main interest, today and tomorrow are just as important. I hope to tie together Arlington’s past, present, and future with my efforts.
And finally, while I do this for fun, I intend for it to lead to something more significant in the future. My dream job is to write for the City of Arlington and its fine folks.
Jason S. Sullivan, 08-15-22
Jason is 39 years old and lives in Arlington, Texas, with his wife, Jennifer, and their three cats – Cavender, Merry, and Milo. When not exploring, he enjoys writing, reading, photography, listening to music, and watching documentaries.