27: The San Antonio Storybook

27: The San Antonio Storybook

The Works may be coming to an end but we have many more stories to tell. Each episode of the San Antonio Storybook will tell a different story about the Alamo City. The stories will be about the sounds you hear and the places you see as you drive around San Antonio.

If you want to subscribe to the San Antonio Storybook, here are some links to follow:

iTunes

Stitcher

Special Thanks to:

Music by Chris Zabriski and Olive Musique

26: Game Of Cones

26: Game Of Cones

Most people who visit Alamo Plaza are are there to see the Alamo. But some people are there to sell snow cones. Their story is not what you might expect: it is a song of ice and syrup and government-sponsored lotteries.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

The Alamo

City of San Antonio Center City Development and Operations Department

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Special Thanks to:

Lucy Treveño

Jaime Hernandez

Rachel Stevens

Lucas Belury

25: Come and Borrow It

25: Come and Borrow It

In Gonzales, Texas there’s a museum that was built to memorialize a battle. It is a fine museum, but that’s not why we remember the battle today. We remember it because of a flag.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

The Gonzales Memorial Museum

Gonzales, Texas

City of Gonzales website

The Gonzales Inquirer

Dixie Flag And Banner Company

The Come And Take It Festival

Special Thanks to:

Gary Schurig

Pete Van de Putte

Sarah Reveley

Christine Fennessy

Kathleen McGovern 

Rachel Stevens

Mayor Connie Kacir

Music by Toby WilsonSteve Vaus and Tony Salomone

24: The Tree Lot

24: The Tree Lot

There is a lot on the side of Austin Highway in San Antonio that sits empty for most of the year. But about a month before Christmas every year it is transformed into a special place where memories are made.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

Historic photos of Austin Highway

Optimist International

USDA guide to grades of Christmas trees

The Noble Mountain Tree Farm

A Christmas Tree Shaker

Special Thanks to:

Kevin Kiser

The Alamo Heights Optimist Club

Music by Dan Lerch and Wooden Shjips

23: The Love Station

23: The Love Station

In a small building on the side of US Highway 90 a woman works tirelessly to make sure her community is able to stay connected with the outside world. This is the story of the postmaster of Valentine, Texas.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

The Transom Traveling Workshop

Marfa Public Radio

An article about the workshop in the Big Bend Sentinel

The original broadcast on Marfa Public Radio

A short history of Valentine, Texas

The post office in Valentine, Texas

Special Thanks to:

Rob Rosenthal

Matt Largey

Leslie Williams

Music by The Karaoke Session Band was originally performed by Stevie Wonder

22: Lest We Forget

22: Lest We Forget

What a city chooses to build speaks volumes about its past – or at least about the past it wants to remember. What it chooses to tear down can tell us just as much about who they want to be in the future. 

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

Travis Park

The city council vote

The removal

Special Thanks to:

Aaron Seward

Artist GiGi

Superstar 818

Music by Chris Zabriskie, Glenn Miller, Jay Ungar and Billie Holiday

21: Under The Dome

21: Under The Dome

A planetarium is very special place designed for a very special purpose. Even though most people have sat under a planetarium’s dome few know the story of how they came to be or how scientists have come to use them today.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

The Noble Planetarium at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The Adler Planetarium

The Atwood Sphere at the Adler Planetarium

The Robert Wollman Planetarium

The Scobee Education Center

A trailer for “One World, One Sky”

Theaters of Time and Space by Jordan Marché

Special Thanks to:

Laura Peck

Michelle Risse

Doctor Doug Roberts

Voice of Elmo by J.M. Addison

Music by Chris Zabriskie

20: The View

20: The View

Architecture can serve many purposes. It can provide shelter and comfort for its inhabitants but it can also frame a view. Sometimes that view is mundane but other times it can literally be out of this world.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

The International Space Station

Apollo 16

Moonwalker by Charlie and Dotty Duke

1972 documentary of Apollo 16

raw photos form Apollo 16

raw video from Apollo 16

Special Thanks to:

Charlie Duke

Reid Wiseman

Blake Dumesnil

Nicole Cloutier

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

19: El Lienzo

19: El Lienzo

Most sports are played in featureless rectangles with little connection between the sport and the field on which it is played. This is not the case with the Mexican rodeo also known as the charreada.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

A history of the charrería

A video showing several charrería events

A video showing the women's' escaramuzas event

The San Antonio Charro Association

Hoosiers

Special Thanks to:

Mario Durand

Clara Hightower

Voice of Adolf Loos by Christian Enner

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

18: The Architect Plays Himself

18: The Architect Plays Himself

Although movies rarely feature what architects do, movies often feature characters who are architects. So what does it mean when a character is identified as an architect?

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

A blog dedicated to the portrayal of architects in film

A blog dedicated to the portrayal of architectural models in film

Inception

Momma Mia!

Sleepless in Seattle

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Freightener

Return to Me

Love Actually

White Noise

Taken

Death Wish

The Towering Inferno

12 Angry Men

Three Men and a Baby

Housesitter

The Lake House

The Matrix Reloaded

The Fountainhead

Indecent Proposal

One Fine Day

MTV parody of The Matrix Reloaded

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Special Thanks to:

Warner Brothers

Universal

The BBC

Paramount

20th Century Fox

United Artists

Buena Vista

Viacom

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

17: Taming The Mighty San Antonio

17: Taming The Mighty San Antonio

For three hundred years San Antonio has sought to tame the river that runs through it. But for three hundred years the river has also tamed the city of San Antonio.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

The San Antonio River

The River Walk

Hemisfair '68

American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio River

Ford, Powell & Carson

Alamo Architects

Special Thanks to:

Boone Powell

Lewis Fisher

Irby Hightower

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

16: Whatabuilding

16: Whatabuilding

The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas. When it comes to hamburgers and the buildings one company built to sell them, that saying turns out to be absolutely true.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

Whataburger

The history of Whataburger

The Whataburger Story

Special Thanks to:

Jafar Chughtai

Michael Kriegshauser

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

15: West Of The Pecos

15: West Of The Pecos

Lee Hoy is a bearded man who moved west of the Pecos River to start a new life working at the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center - a museum that memorializes another bearded man who also moved out west to start a new life. 

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

Judge Roy Bean

The Westerner

Judge Roy Bean 

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Special Thanks to:

Lee Hoy

The Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

14: The Museum

14: The Museum

Barney Smith has been both a preacher and a plumber but he is best known as the creator of the Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. It wasn’t the legacy he set out to create, but it’s one he is proud to own.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some Links to follow:

video history of Bemis Manufacturing

An article or two about the Toilet Seat Art Museum

video or two about the Toilet Seat Art Museum

Field of Dreams

Special Thanks to:

Barney Smith

The Toilet Seat Art Museum

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

13: The Flying Fortress And The Flying Boxcar

13: The Flying Fortress And The Flying Boxcar

On paper, the B-24 was a better aircraft than the B-17. But as is the case with architecture, function alone does not determine what we remember. That is why we remember the Flying Fortress and not the Flying Boxcar.

The transcript for the episode can be found here

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney’s Der Fuehrer's Face and Victory Through Air Power

Twelve O’clock High

The War Lover

Memphis Belle (1943)

Memphis Belle (1990)

Artwork by Mel Brown

Parham Airfield Museum

Special Thanks to:

Theodore Kirkpatrick

The Commemorative Air Force Gulf Coast Wing

John Cotter

Jeff Foltz

Nancy Kwiecien

Ole Nygren

Voice work by Michael Corley  

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

And as promised, here's a slideshow of B-17s and B-24s:

12: 1100 West Abram

12: 1100 West Abram

At the corner of Summit Avenue and West Abram Street in Arlington, Texas sits a single story brick house. Built in 1950, it has four bedrooms and two baths. Form the outside it looks like a normal suburban home but it is actually a container of memories.

The transcript for the episode can be found here

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

Zillow listing for 1100 West Abram Street

Byrd’s Second Expedition to Antarctica

Gunn Junior High

Rudy Vallee's “The Gentleman Obviously Doesn’t Believe”

Gene Autry’s “Deep in the Heart of Texas”

The Mercury Theatre on the Air production of “War of the Worlds”

“Hee Haw”

“The Muppet Show”

Special Thanks to:

Carlton Hightower

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

And as promised, here's a slideshow of the house at 1100 West Abram:

11: Overland To China

11: Overland To China

Overland Partners was established in San Antonio in 1987. They thought they were going to design cool architecture in Texas but nearly three decades later, they're doing work much further from home.

The Transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

Overland Partners

The TEDx event James will be speaking at on March 5th, 2016

Viva Las Vegas the movie and the Viva Las Vegas the song

Special Thanks to:

Tim Blonkvist

James Andrews

Elvis impersonation by Albert Hathazi 

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

10: The Plaza

10: The Plaza

In the early decades of the 20th Century, Dallas city leaders sought to build a plaza to memorialize their founder, John Neely Bryan. They succeeded in doing this, but then something happened that forever changed what the plaza was understood to mean.

The transcript for the episode can be found here

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

The history of Dallas, Texas

John Neely Bryan

The Plaza

Aerial view of the Plaza

The book by John Slate and Willis Winters

The museum directed by Nicola Longford

Special Thanks to:

John Slate

Willis Winters

Nicola Longford

CBS News

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

09: Designing For The Pope

09: Designing For The Pope

Alamo Architects is a 50-person firm in San Antonio. Its mission is to change the world through design – one project at a time. Some of their projects have been quite large but one project in particular was truly Biblical in proportions.

The transcript for the episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

Pope John Paul II

Alamo Architects

Zeitgraph Inc.

San Antonio Express-News 25th anniversary retrospective on the Papal visit 

KSAT 12’s live coverage of the event is available on YouTube

Simon and Garfunkel’s The Concert In Central Park is available on iTunes

Special Thanks to:

Beth Hudson

KSAT 12

Warner Music Group

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

08: The Kiddie Park

08: The Kiddie Park

Near the intersection of Broadway and Mulberry in San Antonio sits a small children's amusement park. Established in 1925, the park is billed as "the perfect way for children and adults to enjoy a nostalgic day of old-fashioned fun." However, the experience of going there is something else entirely.

The transcript for the episode can be found here

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

The Kiddie Park

The Kiddie Park's history

The Herschell Spillman carousel company

Special Thanks to:

Sammy Hightower

The Kiddie Park

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood