December 19, 1987 |
In 1960, John Wayne brought his Academy Award-nominated epic "The Alamo" to the silver screen. Now, "Alamo . . . the Price of Freedom," the latest of at least a dozen movies about Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's storming of the Alamo, is readying for its screen premiere in March. But producers of this 45-minute depiction of the siege of the small Southern fort where 187 Texans holed up in their fight for independence from Mexico are themselves gearing for potential battle.
August 17, 1987 |
When Liz Carpenter went home to Texas in 1976 after nearly 3 1/2 decades in Washington, her friends filled Ford's Theater for a farewell. She had come out of small-town Texas armed with little more than a journalism degree and a super-energy personality, and she was leaving after a high-profile stint as press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson and as a public relations executive. "When I first said I was going to leave," she recalled, "everybody acted as though the Washington Monument would crumble.
March 30, 1987 |
Growing up in rural east Texas in the 1930s, Jeanette Adkins often heard her father describe how unknown white men had swindled the family out of most of the huge swath of land that her great-grandfather, a former slave, had settled here after the Civil War. It was a tale told with resignation. A black in Texas, one relative philosophized, was "like a man with a shotgun and no shells--he can't shoot."
March 15, 1987 |
Turn into a narrow dirt lane south of town for your first glimpse of the unpainted pine-board walls and red tin roof on the old Tol Barret House, canopied in the cool shade of towering pines. A pole fence circles the swept garden, a 19th-Century term for a dirt yard. Old brown bottles border flower beds along the dirt path that leads to the broad front porch, and bricks outline a flower bed in the shape of a Texas star on each side of the yard.
November 21, 1985 |
Texas by James A. Michener (Random House: $12.95) If there was ever a perfect subject for the new institutional James A. Michener "blockbuster best seller," to borrow from the old publishing jargon, it has to be Texas. Michener likes to turn out big novels about big topics, as suggested by the titles of his last two tomes, "Space" and "Poland."