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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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1 posted on 03/03/2009 10:37:48 AM PST by castle210
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To: castle210

Well, isn’t that special.


2 posted on 03/03/2009 10:39:27 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Are you related to “Cover me up when you’re” Dunne?


3 posted on 03/03/2009 10:40:57 AM PST by wordsofearnest (Job 19:25 As for me, I know my Redeemer lives.)
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To: castle210

I am glad he is into Texas history. It’s odd, but good.


4 posted on 03/03/2009 10:41:09 AM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: castle210

Go figure. A limey with a thing for the Alamo.


5 posted on 03/03/2009 10:42:12 AM PST by llevrok (Feral Conservative)
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To: castle210
Well, Phil Collins just climbed a peg or two in my estimation. I've always considered the seige to be one of the truly great stories of North America.

It's a shame only an ever diminishing minority of US citizens have a scintilla of knowledge regarding the story. Oh well, some of them probably rent cars.

6 posted on 03/03/2009 10:43:36 AM PST by stevem
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To: castle210

Phil Collins is an Alamo fanatic. weird. Lets make him an honorable Texas citizen, um, if he is on our side.


7 posted on 03/03/2009 10:44:29 AM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: castle210

I’m glad Collins is interested in the Alamo. It’s almost a holy experience visiting there. It’s like visiting the site of the Little Big Horn battle. Very historic well known places.


8 posted on 03/03/2009 10:45:08 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Tex Pete

It does seem odd, but certainly better than him being into “Cuban Revolution” history.

Let’s at least give him credit for becomming interested in something that has some actual value (beyond just money.)


9 posted on 03/03/2009 10:46:02 AM PST by Brookhaven
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To: castle210

“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.”

Well, I’m happy that Collins is interested, but those artifacts need to be in TEXAS!


10 posted on 03/03/2009 10:46:32 AM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: castle210
This is a real nice surprise....a Brit that embraces our history more than many Americans do.....
11 posted on 03/03/2009 10:46:46 AM PST by Kimmers (Working hard so Obamas friends don't have to)
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To: llevrok
Go figure. A limey with a thing for the Alamo.

At least he treats it with more respect than that other limey, Ozzy Osbourne.

12 posted on 03/03/2009 10:47:07 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Sunshine Sister

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


13 posted on 03/03/2009 10:48:01 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: castle210

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.


14 posted on 03/03/2009 10:49:31 AM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: castle210

“Being Texan is a state-of-mind and heart”


15 posted on 03/03/2009 10:50:17 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: castle210

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.


16 posted on 03/03/2009 10:50:40 AM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: castle210

Maybe he can take it one step further by studying the history of landscaping.


17 posted on 03/03/2009 10:50:50 AM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: castle210; PhilCollins

Ping, in case you missed it.


18 posted on 03/03/2009 10:51:03 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Sunshine Sister

Phil, don’t make the same mistake Ozzy Osburne did. Use the Rest Room. They’re in the basement by the bicycle rack.


19 posted on 03/03/2009 10:52:06 AM PST by massgopguy (I ostard yet?we everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sunshine Sister; PhilCollins

Ping if you missed it.


20 posted on 03/03/2009 10:52:23 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: castle210

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.


21 posted on 03/03/2009 10:52:31 AM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: Sunshine Sister

Phil, don’t make the same mistake Ozzy Osburne did. Use the Rest Room. They’re in the basement by the bicycle rack.


22 posted on 03/03/2009 10:52:54 AM PST by massgopguy (I ostard yet?we everything to George Bailey)
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To: castle210
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.

I hope someday he will share these artifacts with the State of Texas, perhaps loan them to the Alamo museum.

23 posted on 03/03/2009 10:53:24 AM PST by McLynnan
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To: GeronL

Being a Texan is a state-of-mind and heart.


24 posted on 03/03/2009 10:53:27 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: castle210

The question is what facinates Mr. Collins about the Alamo.

Was it the daring stand for Texas sovereignty or imperialist takeover of Aztlan that is most interesting?


25 posted on 03/03/2009 10:55:17 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Nephi

Unfortunately, too many people who call themselves American would rather watch Viva Max, starring Peter Ustinov.


26 posted on 03/03/2009 10:55:32 AM PST by massgopguy (I ostard yet?we everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sunshine Sister

hmm.. I have a thing for pre 1900s Britain.. folks are always into the opposite culture..

having been from lush green Michigan, I do have a new found appreciation for desert climate.. And I also understand the love for Texas. those are real folks there. it’s damn hot and it’s humid.. a guy has be sturdy enough to take it.

I love Texas. Only been there once.


27 posted on 03/03/2009 10:55:38 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: Nephi

That was weird. I refreshed and checked several times before re-posting and this time, at least six posts showed up at once.


28 posted on 03/03/2009 10:56:32 AM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: Nephi

Do you like seeing your name and post or do you post the same thing three times in one thread all the time?


29 posted on 03/03/2009 10:58:44 AM PST by RetiredArmy (STATES RIGHTS!!!! TO HELL WITH THE MARXIST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!)
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To: castle210

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.


30 posted on 03/03/2009 10:59:48 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: llevrok

“Go figure. A limey with a thing for the Alamo.”

Better than the last one - Ozzy peed on it. We have long memories here in the Alamo City...

Colonel, USAFR


31 posted on 03/03/2009 11:00:02 AM PST by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: llevrok

A significant number of English emmigrants (and a handful of Scots and Welsh) were among the defenders at the Alamo....


32 posted on 03/03/2009 11:00:37 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Incorrigible

For me, it is the daring stand against Gen. Santa Anna for independence. That you would refer to Texians defense of liberty as imperialist is stoopid.


33 posted on 03/03/2009 11:01:07 AM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Then I’ve been one for about 20 years now.....


34 posted on 03/03/2009 11:02:44 AM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Right Cal Gal

Then welcome aboard. Calif was annexed because of the events that created Texas.


35 posted on 03/03/2009 11:05:34 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Sunshine Sister

Dont know when the last time you were at Little Big Horn, but it has succumbed to political correctness long ago. I remember going there as a kid, and hearing the story from a park ranger. My last stop there was about 7 years ago with my kids, and the park service had a native storyteller on staff give a 2 hour presentation on the indians side of the story, and how bad Custer was. The gist of the presentation was that this was not a national monument, this was a national tragedy, and that the white man was wrong and bad.


36 posted on 03/03/2009 11:11:55 AM PST by RainMan
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To: Nephi

Refresh is a no no


37 posted on 03/03/2009 11:12:56 AM PST by RainMan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

I think 5 English born defenders died at the Alamo. If that caught the attention of Phil Collins, that might explain his fascination with the battle.


38 posted on 03/03/2009 11:13:32 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: castle210
From a ZZ Top interviewl circa 1975:

Billy Gibbons: When I first saw it (the Alamo), a tear came to my eye.

Dusty Hill: Actually, he had just cut his finger on a beer can pop top.

39 posted on 03/03/2009 11:13:42 AM PST by harwood (Ann Coulter: Future SCOTUS nominee!)
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To: Nephi
That you would refer to Texians defense of liberty as imperialist is stoopid.

the way I read that comment you refer to the poster was referring to Santa Anna as the imperialist.

40 posted on 03/03/2009 11:15:00 AM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: castle210
This is wonderful. Sometimes it takes just that one person to take an interest in a cause or preservation of something.

It is great that he has taken on something for the good of history and a cause greater than himself instead of heading into a personal downward spiral as so many musicians and actors do.

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. The Alamo history was brought to life when John Wayne made the movie.

I am so glad to learn that Mr. Collins is doing what he can to preserve this big part of American history.

41 posted on 03/03/2009 11:15:24 AM PST by Swede Girl
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To: Hatteras

Do you work for the cheap movie marketing department at Walmart? lol.


42 posted on 03/03/2009 11:15:54 AM PST by Skenderbej
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

“A significant number of English emmigrants (and a handful of Scots and Welsh) were among the defenders at the Alamo...”

...and lots of “original Texans”...Mexicans who lived here, and were just as proud of Texas independence.

It is really cool to meet Texans who are of Mexican decent, but their families have been here for over 150 years. Even cooler when they have their Texas drawls.


43 posted on 03/03/2009 11:16:52 AM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: Tex Pete

“A significant number of English emmigrants (and a handful of Scots and Welsh) were among the defenders at the Alamo...”

...and lots of “original Texans”...Mexicans who lived here, and were just as proud of Texas independence.

It is really cool to meet Texans who are of Mexican decent, but their families have been here for over 150 years. Even cooler when they have their Texas drawls.”

__________

My ancestors didn’t fight at the Alamo. Sam Houston had an agreement with them to protect their backsides from the Mexicans coming through their settlement. They were Cherokee.....with southern drawls.


44 posted on 03/03/2009 11:20:35 AM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Thanks for the ping. I’m glad that I like most of his music, since I’ve heard jokes about my name almost every day for the past 25 years.


45 posted on 03/03/2009 11:26:03 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: Izzy Dunne

He’s probably looking for his stolen bicycle.


46 posted on 03/03/2009 11:28:57 AM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: Swede Girl; castle210
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. The Alamo history was brought to life when John Wayne made the movie.

It seems Davy Crockett and Fess Parker were popular overseas also.

I found this too:

Foreword by Fess Parker and
Introduction by Phil Collins

Note: Fess Parker was born in Fort Worth.

47 posted on 03/03/2009 11:31:58 AM PST by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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To: wordsofearnest
Are you related to “Cover me up when you’re” Dunne?

No.

I have brothers named Kenny B. Dunne and Willie B. Dunne, and a brother-in-law named Kenny Hackett.

48 posted on 03/03/2009 11:32:30 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: castle210

First, the title should read “Has-been Phil Collins has officially gone crazy.”

Second, I will say if you are going to go crazy and become obsessed with something, the Alamo is a good choice.

To summarize. Phil, crazy. Alamo, good.


49 posted on 03/03/2009 11:39:50 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: castle210

Which side is he on?


50 posted on 03/03/2009 11:49:45 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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