HR “Bum” Bright was a local Dallas businessman who, at the heighth of his career, owned a bank, an oil company and the Dallas Cowboys. By 1990, he was one of the richest men in the state of Texas. Then the oil crunch hit, the real estate market crumbled, savings and loans needed to be rescued by the government and the Dallas Cowboys experienced a lull with the firing of legendary coach Tom Landry.
Transamerica Real Estate Tax, a division of Transamerica Corporation, moved to Dallas from California in the mid 1990s and occupied several floors in the old Renaissance Tower (with the X on it) which also held the headquarter office of Blockbuster video. Firstamerica Bank was a spin-off of Transamerica due to the Bank Holding Company Act of the 1950s.