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Phil Collins donates private collection of Alamo artifacts
New York Daily News ^ | 6/27/14 | Associated Press

Posted on 06/27/2014 9:42:58 PM PDT by texas_mrs

Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins sure does.

The British 1980s music icon was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in downtown San Antonio on Thursday, announcing the donation of his collection of related artifacts — one so vast it's considered the world's largest such private collection.

Collins, the 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer, joked he'd spent "all the money that I made from music" on 200-plus pieces related to the battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans. He said he wanted to ensure the collection was better cared-for in the future.

"Some people would buy Ferraris, some people would buy houses, I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper," Collins said. "It's at my home, in my basement in Switzerland. I look at it every day, but no one else was enjoying it."

Collins has been an Alamo aficionado since growing up in London and watching actor Fess Parker portray Davy Crockett in a 1950s Disney miniseries.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/phil-collins-donates-alamo-artifacts-article-1.1846660#ixzz35uD6DRXh


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: alamo; history; philcollins; texas
I always loved Phil Collins. Now I know why - how awesome is it that he loved the story of the Alamo so much he spent his fortune collecting Alamo artifacts? He loves our country more than many of our politicians.
1 posted on 06/27/2014 9:42:58 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

Always liked him and Genesis.

Home By The Sea and Mama are some of my favorites. His vocal dynamics were awesome.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 9:45:50 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: texas_mrs

Thanks Mr. Collins. Somebody inform Mr. Obama what the Alamo stands for.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 9:50:04 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: texas_mrs

Saw him years some years ago in concert. One of the best shows I have ever been to. He is a true performer.
Nice to see him do this.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 9:56:19 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: texas_mrs

In the Alamo with P.W. Herman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijyZ_fBmb2c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9YNy_v3_sQ


5 posted on 06/27/2014 9:57:54 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: texas_mrs

Not a big fan of Phil Collins (with the exception of his musical contributions to Miami Vice). However, I thank him for his generous gift to the American people.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 10:01:25 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: texas_mrs

Patrick Bateman was a big Genesis fan.


7 posted on 06/27/2014 10:01:43 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: texas_mrs

That’s actually very cool. I’m not a huge fan of Phil Collins musically, but he’s a good egg in my book for what he’s doing here.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 10:02:24 PM PDT by DemforBush (Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco.)
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To: texas_mrs

I never liked Phil Collins much. But I like him a lot more now.

We took the Flash Jrs. to the Alamo on a drizzly day last December, and Little Flash A got a coonskin cap. And yes, I got the kids the Fess Parker Davey Crockett DVD before we went.


9 posted on 06/27/2014 10:05:02 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: texas_mrs

Oh goodness, hubby hates Phil Collins so much! But hubby’s a yankee, so who cares?

I think it is lovely he’s returning his collection in this way.

I’ll have to break this to hubby gently, but good on you, Phil Collins!


10 posted on 06/27/2014 10:09:56 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: texas_mrs
More about what he is donating. Retired rock star Phil Collins 'recollects' the Alamo

..........."Among his treasures are one of Davy Crockett's rifles and his postdeath receipt from the Texian Army. They share space with Jim Bowie's knives, verbose William Barret Travis' letters, Santa Anna items and a snuffbox Sam Houston gave to a romantic interest.

That's only a few of the pieces from the Texas Revolution's big guns.

Perhaps more revealing about the depth of Collins' obsession are the hundreds of historical bits — buttons, dice, letters, weapons and IOUs — linked to the less-celebrated defenders who died at the Alamo or the hundreds of anonymous Mexican soldiers who perished with them March 6, 1836. "..................
11 posted on 06/27/2014 10:11:13 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey NSA!)
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To: texas_mrs

At one time, the walking tour by listening device featured Mr. Collins as the narrator. It may still.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 10:18:22 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: jocon307

For putting up with a Yankee you’ll get your reward in heaven. My old dad used to tell me that whenever I would ask him for a raise.

I like some of Collins music and some of his videos showed a good sense of humor and he wasn’t above poking fun at himself. Good to hear a Brit admires our history.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 10:20:00 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: texas_mrs

He’s an interesting guy.

Paid for David Crosby’s liver transplant.

Was a kid in the crowd in HARD DAY’S NIGHT.

I understand he can’t play drums anymore because of a health issue :(


14 posted on 06/27/2014 10:26:11 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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To: texas_mrs

Good on ya, Phil.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 10:28:31 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: texas_mrs

Phil gets it.

“Remember the Alamo!”


16 posted on 06/27/2014 10:30:54 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: texas_mrs

A lot of the English became experts on the American Indians and the lore of the old west....I think it was so foreign to them that they were fascinated by it


17 posted on 06/27/2014 10:35:36 PM PDT by woofie
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To: bicyclerepair

I think I saw Genesis every time they came in concert from their “And Then There Were Three” album. Sad thing is, their studio albums can never touch the dynamics of that band live. I’d give anything to see a reunion with Peter Gabriel If they performed the entire “Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” album.


18 posted on 06/27/2014 10:41:12 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: texas_mrs
Wonder what the chances of him having been there are?

It's kind of an odd obsession...

19 posted on 06/27/2014 10:41:46 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Girlene

***Among his treasures are one of Davy Crockett’s rifles ***

Another rifle of Davy’s is in the museum at the Little Rock, AR Capitol. I’ve seen it, unless the Clintons kipped it when they left office. You know how poor they are. A Percussion cap.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 11:02:54 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: texas_mrs

Wow. Thank you Mr. Collins.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 11:13:33 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: All

An Englishman gives artifacts to the Alamo. The governor of Texas gives Santa Ana’s sword to Mexico.


22 posted on 06/28/2014 1:04:03 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: texas_mrs

Collins should be made an ‘ honorary Texan ‘


23 posted on 06/28/2014 1:07:04 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: texas_mrs

>> I always loved Phil Collins

I only recall one of his music videos denigrating Ronald Reagan.


24 posted on 06/28/2014 1:08:45 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: onedoug

“Remember the Alamo!”?

Yes, but more important, “Remember San Jacinto”. (Mar 21, 1836) 18 minutes that formed a Republic and eventually the Great State of Texas.


25 posted on 06/28/2014 2:27:20 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: texas_mrs

When I was a kid we would be playing outside and at least one or two of the Mom’s would step out side and scream Davy Crockett’s on. It was game over and all of us kids would go to the closest house and all sit in the floor in front of the TV. Mrs. Tempeltons house was the best, we only had two channels and her antenna got the best reception, she also made fresh bread daily and would give us a big slice with butter and jelly and a glass of milk.


26 posted on 06/28/2014 2:48:46 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: woofie

I have an English bro-in-law who knows a vast amount of American western lore.


27 posted on 06/28/2014 3:47:27 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Yogafist

Me too.

I know “The Musical Box” does a full on cover of The Lamb. I think Phil even sat in on one of their shows. Haven’t been able to see them yet.


28 posted on 06/28/2014 3:55:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: tumblindice

yep


29 posted on 06/28/2014 3:58:51 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Dusty Road
When I was a kid we would be playing outside and at least one or two of the Mom’s would step out side and scream Davy Crockett’s on. It was game over and all of us kids would go to the closest house and all sit in the floor in front of the TV. Mrs. Tempeltons house was the best, we only had two channels and her antenna got the best reception, she also made fresh bread daily and would give us a big slice with butter and jelly and a glass of milk.

The good ol days long before the rot set in
We are now in the post-rot age of 0bunghole the Kenyan usurper of the American people. What was once a proud upright nation is now a commercial zone for billionaires, transnational corporations and illegal immigrants to free lance to their hearts content do their thing

Money is all that counts. Nationhood is near zero

30 posted on 06/28/2014 4:04:23 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: woofie

“A lot of the English became experts on the American Indians and the lore of the old west....I think it was so foreign to them that they were fascinated by it”

The hook for them may have been that many an expat was down in the thick of it all.


31 posted on 06/28/2014 4:13:14 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: texas_mrs

I’ve never cared for Collins’ music. Bores me to tears.

But, he’s always seemed like a good guy and someone who would be fascinating and cool to hang out with.


32 posted on 06/28/2014 4:13:28 AM PDT 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: texas_mrs
I liked Collins music (for the most part) and am glad he did this. In his later years, he seems like a nice guy. But in the 80s, he was as bad of an anti-Thatcher, anti-Reagan ideologue as the rest of them. Reagan and Thatcher were going to trigger a nuclear war, etc. That turned me off to him.
33 posted on 06/28/2014 5:34:48 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Dusty Road

Wow, that’s a very nice memory. Cool time to be a kid :)


34 posted on 06/28/2014 9:39:39 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: LeoWindhorse

He will be!

http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-sponsored-by-five-star-cleaners-119078/collins-to-be-declared-honorary-texan-12511026

One day after Grammy winning musician Phil Collins donated his collection of Alamo memorabilia to the state of Texas, a lawmaker said he will introduce a bill in the coming session to declare Collins to be an ‘honorary Texas.”

State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) cited Collins ‘extraordinary generosity, both monetary and in spirit.’

“Phil Collins’ dedication to the study of the events that took place at the battle of the Alamo, as well as his devotion to the collection and preservation of important artifacts is truly remarkable,” Villalba said. “As Texans we should all be inspired by his passion for learning about this critical juncture in the Texas Revolution and his admiration for the individuals who gave their lives so that Texas could be free.”

Declaring a person to be an ‘honorary Texan’ is a rare honor, and Villalba invited Collins to come to the Capitol in January to receive the honor in person.


35 posted on 06/28/2014 9:44:30 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

oh ! this is great ! good for him and good for Texas .


36 posted on 06/28/2014 10:06:35 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: texas_mrs

It sure is!


37 posted on 06/28/2014 5:45:02 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: texas_mrs

"I understand that Phil Collins, the British 1980s music icon was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. He must be really old!"


"Uh, he was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in downtown San Antonio, last Thursday, not the actual Battle of the Alamo..."


"Nevermind..."


38 posted on 06/28/2014 5:52:39 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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