Russ, Are you aware of a board game called Texas Revolution that was published in 1981 by a fellow named Mings in Austin? It is very complicated and therefore he had trouble selling it. I found a never-used set (but missing the dice) last weekend in the rare section of Half-Price Books, for $30. You probably know Charlie Yates, who is an old friend of mine from our caving days at Southwest Texas ca. 1969-71. I had dinner with him last night and showed him the game. Turns out that he knew Mings because they both worked at TXDOT, and Mings constantly pestered Charlie with questions during the two years or so that he was developing the game and trying to make it historically accurate.
Logan McNatt, Archeology Survey Team
Hi Logan, No sir, I was not aware of that. I wonder if it is still in production?
Russ Kuykendall, Park Manager San Jacinto Battleground S.H.S.
Russ, Yes, a few are still available. This weekend I called Stephen Daniel (Dan) Mings, who is a history professor at Austin Community College. He said he produced 4,000 sets in 1981 which sold in the first year. He produced a second run of which he has only a few dozen left. They are for sale at Great Hall Games for $18, so I bought one yesterday. Ironically, GHG is on the same block as Half-Price Books! I let HPB know that the "very scarce" item I bought from them was still available almost next door, and they are going to give me a refund. Dan said he has designed another game about the Texas Revolution that will be published in the next few months by Columbia Games. They are calling it "Remember the Alamo" because anything with the word "Alamo" in it sells, but he is trying to get them to change it. You can see a preview at www.columbiagames.com
Just type Alamo in their Search box. Great Hall Games is located at 5501 N. Lamar, Austin, TX, tel 512-505-0055 or go to
www.greathallgames.com. I think the original game will make an interesting conversation piece and is worth buying, especially since there are not many left. But the rules look very complicated so I will probably never play it!
Logan McNatt, Archeology Survey Team
Pam was taken to Bayshore hospital on Sat. Oct. 14, and admitted to room 4015 at 9:30 PM. She is currently at the hospital on medication and breathing treatments. She will be there until stabilized probably until Monday, Oct. 16. She has an allergy to ragweed which is very high right now. We thank you for all your concern and help on the BB-35. We do appreciate it. Perhaps you could send this to Bill and his daughter, and Susan too, as I do not have their email address. Maybe Pam could take a "rain check" on the tour as she was thoroughly enjoying it until the event. Thanks again for your concern and prompt assistance for Pam.
Sharron & Stephen Waszkiewicz, First Texas Vols (and Pam too)
Editor’s Note: Barbara mentioned this in her report on page 2; Pam was treated and released and is fine.
My guest Barry Holtz and I had a wonderful time on the tour, and we thought all the volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Barry is still commenting to everyone he sees about how interesting the tour was. You were very helpful in squeezing us in on our tour. I look forward to coming back, maybe on 1/20. Thanks to all who helped put this together. Congratulations on that new grandbaby!
Cassie B. Stinson (Houston, Texas) & Barry Holtz (Vacaville, California)
Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s true, Barbara became a grandmother - again – congrats Barb!
Barbara, I can't say enough about the knowledge and expertise of the guides. They were great! I was also moved to know that they and the other volunteers are putting so much time and effort into saving this important part of history for future generations. Y'all are all doing a great job. I don't see how you could possibly improve. I've already got several people at my work enthused about coming on the tour next year.
Scott Mgebroff Austin, Texas
October 9 – October 15, 2006