Other Musical Greats
Chet Garner began by mentioning Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, George Strait and Roy Orbison because they were born in small Texas towns [Wink’s Spectacle, September 2019]. He missed the singer with by far the best voice that was born in a small Texas town—Johnny Mathis, from Gilmer.
Joe E. and Sharon McIntyre
Big Bend Beckons
The Window Trail is an easy hike that emanates from the Chisos Mountain Lodge and provides a truly wondrous view of the valley below. And to see Casa Grande Peak lit up at sunrise is a sight one never forgets. Thanks to E. Dan Klepper [Big Bend’s Golden Triangle] and Joe Nick Patoski [Which Big Bend?] in September for their superb commentaries.
Tim O’Neil | Paige
Definitely on my bucket list! I’ve been to Big Bend twice but never Fort Davis!
Patricia Janecek Burt | Via Facebook
I enjoyed Which Big Bend?, but it needed some fact-checking. Big Bend National Park gets about 400,000 visitors annually, not 4 million.
Cathryn Hoyt | Big Bend National Park
Rio Grande EC
Editor’s note: Our astute readers help keep us sharp, for which we are grateful. The online version of this story has been corrected.
Point of History
As a Texas history teacher for more than 30 years, I often use Texas Co-op Power articles as supplementary reading in my classroom. I was excited to see the story about Gail Borden but was disappointed it did not mention that he was one of the original 300 colonists brought by Stephen F. Austin—something your readers learned from their seventh grade teachers but probably have forgotten [Gail Borden’s Follies, September 2019].
Donna English | Highland Village
Any military pilot who read your Almanac item in Currents [September 2019] probably could correct the facts surrounding George H.W. Bush’s being downed by anti-aircraft fire in 1944. Ejection seats didn’t exist in 1944, so he actually went over the side (bailed out), hitting his head as he did so.
Willy Carroll | Kerrville
Central Texas EC
Sally the Mountain Lion
Fun in the Past Tense [August 2019] mentioned a mountain lion named Sally that a man from Pearsall had kept as a pet. That man was my father, Jack “Hoss” Keith.
The bigger mountain lion in the same museum is Charlie. During breeding, Charlie killed Sally. My father was well known in the Pearsall area as an avid cat hunter with his dogs.
Allen Keith | Boerne