Talk to TH: December 2012
EDITOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Scott Moore of Cleburne, winner of September’s “Where in Texas Are You?” contest. Mr. Moore’s name was drawn from close to 2,000 entries that correctly identified the location of the photo as the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. Big thanks to Southwest Airlines for providing airfare again this year, and to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau and participating attractions for creating the fabulous Culinary Tour of San Antonio!
“Beautiful October issue! Autumn is East Texas at its best.”
RITA JOHNSON POOLE, TH Facebook Fan
El Paso’s Lure
“My Lunch with Tom Lea” by the legendary singer-songwriter Tom Russell [October] was a beautiful tribute to one of El Paso’s finest artists and, little did I know, a fellow former El Paso newspaperman. Few have captured the essence of the Southwest on canvas and the magic of la frontera on vinyl as have Lea and Russell. Of all the places these two well-traveled, talented artists could have lived, they chose El Paso del Norte. Listen to Russell’s Borderland if you want to hear the soul of the bicultural crossroads masterfully interpreted. Tom Lea and Tom Russell—to borrow a line from Texas troubadour Guy Clark: “Now there’s a pair to draw to.”
ROB McCORKLE, Kerrville
The story on Tom Lea brought memories and a bit of envy. Tom Russell got to meet Tom Lea. When I moved to El Paso years ago, I was only vaguely aware of Tom Lea, but it wasn’t long before I was very conscious of his status in that community. I think my first inkling came when seeing an exhibition of sketches and studies for his history of the King Ranch. When I saw the books at the White House department store, I really wanted them, but on my artist’s salary, they were out of reach.
PAUL HUDGINS, Lake Dallas
Home on the Ranch
Many thanks for your feature on Black Beauty Ranch [Postcards, October]. In 1981, my husband and I adopted one of the rescued burros. She was with foal, so we were fortunate to have Jenny and the baby, whom we named Cannonball. Jenny died in 2001, so I decided to adopt two more burros. We have a 126-acre ranch in East Texas that these little burros (including Cannonball) call home. This country is blessed to have Black Beauty Ranch. They have saved so many abused and neglected animals—mine included.
JOAN FIELDS, New London
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Good ‘cue in Smithville
Anyone traveling Texas 71 between Columbus and Austin should stop at Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ in Smithville. A great family operation: The brisket, ribs, and chicken are as good as there is; and the beef hotlinks are the best you will ever taste. Try ‘em. Love Texas Highways.
STEVE GOERTZ, Spring
From the December 2012 issue.