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Merge: January 2014

A great magazine. Been subscribing since 1976. Look forward to it each month. -Kenneth Keath, TH Facebook Fan

Life of Pie

Regarding December’s “Eyes on the Pies”: My boyfriend and I recently stopped in Marble Falls, driving through on our way to the Three Sisters scenic drive. I had lemon-cream pie and he had peanut-butter-cream pie at the Blue Bonnet Cafe. It was to die for! There’s never a bad time for pie.

LISA SWANN MARQUEZ, TH Facebook Fan

Letter from Home

I enjoy reading Texas Highways because it takes me back home, if only for a moment. I have been in Colorado since 1990, but I plan on moving to the Marble Falls area as soon as I can. I loved the photo of the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights in the December issue and am looking forward to your weekend spent in Boerne in the January issue [see page 27]. From a Cajun-born, Texan-bred guy living in Colorado, thank you again, and keep ’em comin’.

MARK BUTAUD, Castle Rock, Colorado

Monumental Texans 

I read with great interest the story of the “Monument to Texas,” by Gene Fowler [December]. The Texas Capitol is a symbol of Texas heritage … and Mr. Fowler rightly spotlights significant heroes such as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and others. One of the most significant heroes displayed at the State Capitol is Lorenzo de Zavala. 

According to Sons of DeWitt Colony Texas, ©1997-2009, Wallace L. McKeehan www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/zavalatribute.htm]: “In person-al attainment he had no equal in Texas. He read, wrote and spoke fluently English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, and Latin and other languages. His research work attracted world-wide attention … he was made a member of the Geographical and Scientific Society of France … . He was the author of the [Mexican] Constitution of 1824, and his name is the one signed first to that instrument as the president of the Congress adopting it. He openly advocated the separation of Texas from Mexico before many would dare to even think of it. ... ”

LARRY D. SOTO

November 22, 1963

Regarding November’s story on JFK: Everyone remembers where they were when President Kennedy was shot. My mother took me to see Jackie in her pretty pink suit. She drove me to Lemmon Avenue, but I didn’t get a good look. So then we drove up to I-35, but by that time the cars were flying down the freeway to the hospital. It still gives me chills. 



LESLEY EPPS BOWEN, TH Facebook Fan

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to everyone who shared memories of that dark day. Find more at texashighways.com/merge.

 

O’Keeffe Connection

Thank you for the wonderful November issue, and especially for the great work on the Georgia O’Keeffe story by Kathryn Jones.

O’Keeffe’s formative years in the Panhandle have always been oddly unheralded, even in the Panhandle. More than 20 years ago, my late father, Dr. Fred Stoker, longtime professor and dean at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, did groundbreaking research on O’Keeffe’s years in the Panhandle, including tracking down and interviewing the single remaining living person who had actually known her during her Texas years. He would have been ecstatic to have seen his love of the Panhandle, Canyon, and West Texas A&M shared with the legions of your subscribers.

I’ve seen thousands of photos of the canyonlands in the Panhandle, but Tim Fitzharris’ takes first prize. Dazzling!

PAUL STOKER

Our favorite social media of the month...

I sent my son in New Jersey a copy of the November issue with the great article on the King Ranch so he can show his kids where he grew up. There’s always something new to learn in TH.

Molly Boyd

Readers Recommend

Antiques and TacosOn our way to the Round Top antiques show we stopped in Giddings for breakfast at the Taqueria Chihuahua. Fantastic, made-to-order breakfast burritos made with hot-off-the-griddle tortillas.  If you are looking for break-fast or brunch, don’t miss it.

                                                              JOHN and BILLIE CHAPMAN

Taqueria Chihuahua is at 1935 E. Austin St. in Giddings, 979/542-3927. More on Round Top’s antiques shows at www.roundtop.org.

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