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December 2007 Letters

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The Thrill of Discovery
Your article in September (“A Failed French Foothold”) was much appreciated. We had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer on the La Belle excavation project.

We devoted most of our weekends over four months traveling to and from Palacios to be a part of history. Most of our time was spent water-screening bucket after bucket of Matagorda Bay mud-silted artifacts. How thrilling it was to realize that we were the first to touch these objects in more than 310 years!

One day, we uncovered olive seed pits and fish bones— remains of a meal someone had enjoyed on the ship.

Our favorite artifacts were the two small wooden buttons covered in two different-size crochet threads still bearing the thread that had attached them to a garment.

Mike and Karen Fulghum, Lakehills, Bandera Electric Cooperative

Cliburn Was Engaging
Your article on Van Cliburn in the October 2007 issue brought back many memories for me. I met Van the day he returned from the piano competition in Moscow. We were both living in Kilgore and attended the same church where his mother, Rildia Bee, was my Sunday School teacher.

Van was a soft-spoken, engaging, down-to-earth young man. I visited their unassuming little frame home several times.

Catherine Tschirhart, Hondo