Well, Ive been persuaded. Im not sure I have a lot to say, but its nice to be wanted. I know most of you guys, and I hope to meet the rest of you this summer. I have had some great ALAMO experiences in my 50 or so years . My love for the ALAMO story goes back to the third grade. I'll be sharing some pics from time to time. If I was smarter Id post them myself. In the meantime I'll be sending stuff to Ned who has been so kind to post for me. The new ALAMO book is beiing released this week. I recieved my copy last night. Its really well done. More of a tribute to the film than a chronological retelling of the filming. The pics are OUTSTANDING!! I have quite a collection of original Batjac pics, many in the book, and there are still quite a few things I've never seen. Lee Feifer really did it right.
AS far as some of my random ALAMO beliefs and thoughts..... (1) Im a musician and a romantic. I love the emotion and humanity of the story. " Its the people, Davy" These people were real. Breathing, living, flesh and blood! Not just names on a page. What they did on those 12 long frightning days and that terrible, unimaginable, horrific Sunday morning is difficult for me to comprehend or visualize. I cant let go of that. (2) I dont know how David died, and neither does anyone else. It makes no differance. It changes nothing. (3) Travis letter of the 23rd is one of the most human, and heroic pieces of literature in American history. It was an honor to record it for several projects, but I could never do it justice. (4)ALAMO MOVIES: quick thoughts... Walt Disney's DC....My first...impossible to replace. Played with Fess in and in front of the ALAMO Wayne's ALAMO....Big, Loud, Colors, Visuals... A lifetime of involvement. Married in the set "13 Days..."...Sleeping at Happy"s...walking to the set...Alec Baldwin, pretty nice guy we still comunicate. ALAMO 2004...Michael Corenblith...JLH...Frank...Steve Hardin...what else can I say Billy Bob on the wall with the Fiddle...Plastered in my brain! (5)My love and interest in the ALAMO has helped shape my life. It has given me my closest friends. Now it looks like, with the help of this website, it will be giving me many more. To paraphrase Fess, " I hope that the next time I stand in front of you, I have something more important to say. Stay well, Tony Pasqua, NJ
I live in Manahawkin...(Exit 63 GSP) between Toms River and Atlantic City. I grew up in Laurence Harbor, so I know Hazlet and Monmouth County very well. I 've lived in NJ all my life, but South Jersey is like a different state to me. We have a pretty strong ALAMO contingent here in Jersey, including Mike Boldt, Bill Chemerka, Dr. Murrey Weissman, Phil Milani. Tom Feely was here and now lives in PA. We visit him regularly. TP
As John Wayne, (as Davy Crockett) says in THE ALAMO, "I may sound like some Bible beater yelling up a revival at a river-crossing camp meeting, but that don't change the truth none. There's right and there's wrong. You've got to do one, or the other. You do the one and you're living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you are dead..."