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Alamo is new passion for Phil Collins
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/03/2009 | Scott Huddleston

Posted on 03/03/2009 10:37:48 AM PST by castle210

Singer Phil Collins said his life now revolves around the Alamo.

Collins is in town, set to appear at local events commemorating the anniversary of the siege and battle of the Alamo. Though he's mulling the idea of recording a tribute cover album of 1960s songs, he said he's making the Alamo “my main thing” as a collector, history buff and possible author.

“Basically, now I've stopped being Phil Collins the singer. This has become what I do,” he said Monday, standing beside a 13-foot-by-15-foot model of the 1836 Alamo compound that will open to the public this week.

Collins, who is British, said he has “hundreds” of cannonballs, documents and other artifacts from the Alamo, possibly the largest private collection anywhere, in the basement of his home in Switzerland. He said he's collaborating with artist Gary Zaboly on a book about his collection.

His most prized item is a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barret Travis for 32 head of cattle used to feed the Alamo defenders.

His latest involvement in Alamo history is narrating the introduction of a 13-minute “Alamo diorama light and sound show” at the History Shop at 713 E. Houston St., by the Alamo. Invited guests at a preview tonight will also see a battle site excavation covered with a window on the floor of the shop, which is near the Alamo's north wall, where much of the heaviest fighting occurred.


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To: Secret Agent Man

What’s the matter with being into the Alamo?

I think it’s cool!


51 posted on 03/03/2009 11:53:52 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: PhilCollins; All

My apologies for the double post. Was FR acting up earlier? The error didn’t appear to be on my side of the net.


52 posted on 03/03/2009 11:58:56 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Is San Antonio good for conservatives? I know Austin and probably Houston are out. A bunch of us want to pack up and get out of state (all NRA members, BTW), so if you can offer any suggestions, I’d appreciate it.


53 posted on 03/03/2009 12:04:22 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Texas Fossil

“Being Texan is a ‘state of mind’ and heart.”

When I lived overseas foreigners always asked other foreigners where they were from. Those of us from the US but not Texas would always answer, “the US.” Texans would always answer, “Texas.”


54 posted on 03/03/2009 12:09:41 PM PST by yazoo
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I don’t think FR was acting up earlier. I didn’t have that problem, today.


55 posted on 03/03/2009 12:11:31 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: castle210

Pretty cool.

Never cared for him as a singer, but he has always seemed like a nice guy.


56 posted on 03/03/2009 12:18:50 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Right Cal Gal

San Antonio has lots of retired military and they tend to be conservative. San Antonio is too humid and hot for me in the Summer. I like the arid dry part of Texas, but I grew up there. And I spent 14 years in NM, hot & dry (and in the mountains).

There are only a few counties in Texas that are liberal tainted. Austin is one of those areas.

My daughter and son-in-law live in Williamson County, just outside Austin. Very conservative area.

General rule, Cities are Liberal, Rural Areas are Conservative.

The Mexican border influence is a consideration now. It is not a racial issue, but corruption issue. Proximity to the border increases potential problems with violence.


57 posted on 03/03/2009 12:24:15 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: jdub
the way I read that comment you refer to the poster was referring to Santa Anna as the imperialist.

So Santa Anna was the imperialist taking Aztlan from the Texians? That is still stoopid.

58 posted on 03/03/2009 12:24:20 PM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: Travis McGee

Don’t know, but he did sing “It’s no fun, being an illegal alien” in the 80’s. This is a good sign


59 posted on 03/03/2009 12:25:11 PM PST by hugorand
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To: luckystarmom

Please actually read the whole post before replying.


60 posted on 03/03/2009 12:34:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: AuntB

I agree!


61 posted on 03/03/2009 12:43:42 PM PST by Texas56 (It is time for true patriots to stand up for their country.)
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To: Texas Fossil

It is not humid here in San Antonio - hot though - yes, plenty of that! Now Houston - that there’s humid!!!! It just never seems to rain here. La Nina is killing us. Drought is unreal. As to politics, generally Bexar County goes GOP, but this last time actually went Obama.


62 posted on 03/03/2009 12:45:02 PM PST by Tuxedo (Reboot)
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To: Tuxedo

“It is not humid here in San Antonio - hot though - yes, plenty of that!”

I was judging it on my trips through the area. We too, in Haskell Co. are having a drought. Dry conditions are normal for us here, but this year is really dry. I can take the heat, but not the humidity. Have lived in the West all my life.

Hottest time I remember is 2 weeks I spent in Barstow CA. 2 weeks spent around July 4th, wheeee! 116 degrees f. in the shade.


63 posted on 03/03/2009 12:56:03 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Secret Agent Man
“Basically, now I've stopped being Phil Collins the singer. This has become what I do,”

Hee-hee... crazy...

I thought he said he was into composing scores for movies when he gave up singing.

-PJ

64 posted on 03/03/2009 1:00:23 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Chuzzlewit

I visited once too. I loved San Antonio and the Alamo was awesome.

I’m to much of a wuss to handle the humidity. It gets really humid in Kansas but NOTHING like Texas.


65 posted on 03/03/2009 1:01:13 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
If that caught the attention of Phil Collins, that might explain his fascination with the battle.

I would have figured thought the only battle Phil knew about was "The Battle of Epping Forest." (One of the best Genesis tunes, ever)

66 posted on 03/03/2009 1:03:46 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: RetiredArmy
I had some trouble with posts not showing up but I just blew it off. Figured they would show up eventually.

I think there was a hiccup in the system.

67 posted on 03/03/2009 1:03:48 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Skooz
Never cared for him as a singer, but he has always seemed like a nice guy.

I really liked him as singer on the first few post-Gabriel Genesis albums, but he started over-singing right around "Duke."

But as a drummer, he's tops.

68 posted on 03/03/2009 1:05:36 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: RainMan
My sweetie and I went there as part of the best vacation we ever took. We went to all the points of interest and looked at the monuments but missed all the presentations.

I agree that Custer got what he had coming to him but it was too bad he dragged all those other men with him. I have seen the native American shows on TV about the battle and while I found them interesting, they were certainly biased. Not surprising.

69 posted on 03/03/2009 1:08:52 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Texas Fossil

Yeah it may be a touch more humid here than West Texas. Depends on the arrival of sea fronts off the GOM. It is so dry that it is depressing. My water bill is going to be astronomical at least until we get the mandatory rationing. El Nino is so much more fun than La Nina. People on the hurricane threads always wonder why we hope we get hit - need the rain, that’s why! The optimal strike is between CCTX and Brownsville, not as populated and the rain would come in buckets.


70 posted on 03/03/2009 1:26:08 PM PST by Tuxedo (Reboot)
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To: AuntB

I agree. Let Americans and really ALL visitors to the Alamo see them.

I wonder how much all of that has cost to ship overseas.


71 posted on 03/03/2009 1:29:50 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: stevem
I've done some reading of the Alamo, tho not as much as I'd like. The story of the Alamo is truly that awesome. It's about courage in the face of being denied supplies, munitions, etc., and still FULFILLING THE MISSION.

Standing One's Ground, no matter what. Cool on Phil Collins. :)

72 posted on 03/03/2009 3:29:12 PM PST by Alia
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To: Swede Girl
In the mid 1950’s the Davy Crockett character was all the rage with kids due to the program on TV with Fess Parker. Every young boy had a coon skin hat and toy fortress with the soldiers and characters, etc

:) In the -very- early 60s.. I still have the photo of my brothers 'n me in our coon skin hats, our long rifles, hatchets, etc. We were in another country; and boy did we look strange playing out our childhood heroes and dramas. lol! I tended to get the optional parts like.. nurse, local native American Indian girl playing negotiator for a truce, and new character Annie Oakley. One photo has us all in pajamas and props..behind trees, shooting from the hip, etc. So, I think the Alamo stuff got sent to us for a Christmas.

73 posted on 03/03/2009 3:37:45 PM PST by Alia
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To: castle210
Go Phil! :)

Hell I'd sit down and have a BBQ with him. (Texan)

I'd hope that one day he loans his collection to the Alamo museum for a while. But hey, it's his stuff.

74 posted on 03/03/2009 3:41:19 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I did. I don’t think Phil Collins is crazy. I think it’s cool that he is into the Alamo. I have always liked Phil Collins. I’m also a Texan, and I love the Alamo.


75 posted on 03/03/2009 3:49:26 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom

Okay, it seems like I have to spell it out for you since you cannot figure out what I am clearly saying (and that I actually said TWICE).

Phil Collins is not crazy because he happened to like the Alamo. Picking the Alamo is not what makes Phil crazy. Phil is crazy because he sounds crazy by his own statements and it appears he is way overboard obsessed with something to the point he makes ridiculous personal statements that make him sound like a crazy person.

I also said at least he picked a good thing to go nuts over.

Please learn to read much much better if you’re going to be commenting on things here on FR.


76 posted on 03/03/2009 3:59:18 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Sunshine Sister

“I agree that Custer got what he had coming to him but it was too bad he dragged all those other men with him.”


As an veteran of the United States Army let me be the first to say, Holy Cow!


77 posted on 03/03/2009 5:02:00 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ansel12
I don't understand your remark.

I come from a LONG line of warriors. I'm also a student of history. Custer was a pompous, self centered bottom feeder. I use those terms because we are asked not to use profanity here. He was not a hero in my estimation.

Please explain yourself.

78 posted on 03/04/2009 6:28:45 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

LOL, I don’t have to explain anything. American GIs are massacred by the enemy and a major battle lost and your take is that you think the Lt. Colonel in charge was a jerk anyway that deserved it, although you do feel bad about the rest of the GIs that were defeated and then massacred afterward with no American soldier allowed to live.

I wanted them to win that battle, I wanted my guys to succeed with no losses, I didn’t want our wounded to die horribly as they were tortured and mutilated after the battle instead of being treated as POWs.

Which other times when American GIs have been massacred are you so casual about?

I know that you probably didn’t mean any harm by your post, for some reason many people in our society have been led to put the GIs that fought Indians at a lower level than GIs that fought Nazis or in the Middle East.

For instance no one ever takes Malmedy lightly, yet people joke, write humorous songs about, and mock the Americans that suffered massacre at the Little Bighorn.

These attitudes enabled the left in 1991 to rename Custer Battlefield National Monument named after the US Army officer to Little BigHorn Battlefield National Monument to better reflect where modern America’s sympathies lie.


79 posted on 03/04/2009 7:26:17 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ansel12
I understand your point of view but that doesn't change the fact that Custer got what he asked for.

I'm sorry our guys got hammered but you can't change history except in the minds of the politically correct buffoons who renamed the battlefield. The fact is that we lost. Period

I'm lead to believe that you would have approved if the Indian dead and wounded were treated the way ours were. I can't imagine that either. I hope I'm terrible wrong.

80 posted on 03/04/2009 7:42:13 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

You really are a work, you mock my fellow GIs being tortured and mutilated until they are all dead, you say that their commanding officer deserved his death because you don’t like him.

You know that you are addressing an army veteran that used the Malmedy massacre as an example while explaining his outrage at your belittling the loss of and murder of American soldiers at the Little Bighorn massacre and you claim that I only want to equal the Nazis and Indians in the murderous barbarity

Let me guess, your bragging about a long line of warriors was really other people that didn’t include you, I’ll make another guess you are super patriot woman.

Show some respect for our dead that died in battle for this nation.


81 posted on 03/04/2009 8:04:26 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ansel12
I can't help it that I know history. Okay have it your way. Custer is a hero and so is every person who has ever served. You are correct. I didn't serve. The only reason is that they didn't take women in the military when I went to sign up.

My father served in WWII, my grandfather in WWI. An uncle had a leg cut off by a Japanese pilot after he bailed out of his aircraft. I can prove all of this and I can trace my Fathers family clear back to those that served in the Revolutionary War.

You need an attitude adjustment. Just because someone served in the armed service didn't mean they were good people. I dare you to go to Leavenworth to see for yourself. And as a matter of fact I am a patriot.

82 posted on 03/04/2009 8:33:14 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

“The only reason is that they didn’t take women in the military when I went to sign up.”


That isn’t true Hillary Clinton. Just for grins since you “can’t help it that I know history” what year was that they didn’t take women when you tried to sign up?


83 posted on 03/04/2009 8:48:31 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ansel12

1970. I was in college and the Vietnam war was raging. I wanted to join but the only position back then for women in the military was in the medical field. You can’t show me a needle that doesn’t make me faint. I was NOT a candidate.


84 posted on 03/04/2009 9:02:36 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

I remember the era, in fact I enlisted the following year I remember many women that were not in medical, I simply enlisted with no requests for specific duty, they could put me wherever they wanted to, is that what you tried, because by 1970 the military was years past the days when they limited female enlistments to 2%.


85 posted on 03/04/2009 9:48:53 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ansel12

All I know is that’s what the recruiter said. Maybe he was old school. Who knows. There’s a lot of water under the bridge since then.


86 posted on 03/04/2009 12:25:31 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

That was exactly what Hillary said.


87 posted on 03/04/2009 12:47:42 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ansel12

Thanks a lot. Everyone knows Hillary is a liar. I’m not.


88 posted on 03/04/2009 1:40:41 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: RetiredArmy

You’ll never believe this, RetiredArmy, but I found a $5 copy of John Wayne’s “Alamo.” It’s a great movie. I can see why Collins admires the courage of Texans.


89 posted on 03/04/2009 1:46:40 PM PST by jla (Sarah! sarahpac.com)
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To: jla

I guess I am a sucker, I bought it years and years ago for a higher price.


90 posted on 03/04/2009 3:42:31 PM PST by RetiredArmy (STATES RIGHTS!!!! TO HELL WITH THE MARXIST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!)
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To: RetiredArmy

I was only kidding around.


91 posted on 03/04/2009 3:45:59 PM PST by jla (Sarah! sarahpac.com)
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