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How Paul Reubens's Pee Wee Herman Defined Texas For Non-TexansPaul Reubens, who was most famous for portraying the bizarro eighties icon Pee-wee Herman, died on Sunday, a month shy of his seventy-first birthday, after a six-year struggle with cancer. Reubens wasn’t a Texan—he was born in New York and lived most of his life in California—but his greatest work, 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, was surprisingly influential in defining the Texan identity for a whole generation of non-Texans. The film (which is also the debut feature of director Tim Burton) centers around the title character’s mission to find his stolen bicycle, which he’s told by a psychic is in the basement of the Alamo. That’s an absurd premise befitting a character steeped in absurdism—Pee-wee lived in a magic house, wore a gray plaid suit with a…

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