Galveston Lore, Legend and Downright Lies

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Part history, part folklore, with a hearty dash of gossip, Gini Fendler-Brown's five-minute "Love Letters" are legendary. Her subjects range from scrappy East Enders like Leroy Columbo, stone deaf but credited with saving nearly one thousand lives from the treacherous Gulf surf, to Charlie Cronea, the grizzled old watermelon man of the 1890s who told anyone who would listen about his boyhood as a cabin boy in Jean Lafitte's buccaneer fleet. Join that to stories of Galveston speakeasies and gambling houses, fabled...
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Overview

Part history, part folklore, with a hearty dash of gossip, Gini Fendler-Brown's five-minute "Love Letters" are legendary. Her subjects range from scrappy East Enders like Leroy Columbo, stone deaf but credited with saving nearly one thousand lives from the treacherous Gulf surf, to Charlie Cronea, the grizzled old watermelon man of the 1890s who told anyone who would listen about his boyhood as a cabin boy in Jean Lafitte's buccaneer fleet. Join that to stories of Galveston speakeasies and gambling houses, fabled names like the Balinese Room, the Turf Club, and the Hollywood Supper Club.

Gini Fendler-Brown has been sharing her engaging tales about Galveston with audiences at summertime Beach Band concerts since 1989. Born and raised on the coast of Long Island Sound, she has lived most of her life by the water.

Max Rizley, Jr., a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, began his love affair with Galveston in 1978, after he earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked at the venerable "Galveston Daily News" for a decade. He has also served as editor-in-chief of "The Islander Magazine," and his freelance work includes a Sunday column in the "Texas City Sun."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571684417
  • Publisher: Wild Horse Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 1,167,643
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword     xi
Introduction     xiii
Prologue: "And The Band Played On!"     xv
Land, Sea, and Sky
From Snakes, 'Gators, to Geese-Man and Animal Share an Island of Sand     3
Galveston: A Bird's-Eye Perspective     5
Isle Fog Has a Mind of Its Own     8
Through Storm, Fire, Famine, and War, the Oleander City Keeps Blooming     11
Winter on the Isle: Not So Cold, But...     15
The Bolivar Fersy: Who Says You Can't Get Somethin' for Nothin'?     17
Rich Man, Poor Man, Indian Chief
The Karankawas: Ultimate B.O.I.s     23
Germans' Stamp on Galveston Lives on at Garten Verein     26
To Know Galveston, Know the East Enders     28
Nicholas J. Clayton: Dreams and Doodles in Brick and Mortar     31
Henry Rosenberg Quenched More Than the Thirst for Knowledge     35
LeRoy Columbo Never Heard a Cry for Help-But He Answered Nearly 1,000 of Them     36
Charlie Bertolino: Father, Fisherman, Friend to All     39
You Don't Cuss at Sonny's Place...and You Don't Shoot at Junior!     42
To Savvas and Katina-Whose Grasp Exceeded Their Dreams     44
Two Mayors, One Island, and a Wealth of History     47
Some are Islanders, SomeJust Live Here     50
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Ashton Villa: Grande Dame of Galveston's "Broadway Beauties"     55
Isle's "Old Lady" Made as Much History as She Reported     57
Isle's Heart Beats in Historic Neighborhoods     60
The 1900 Storm: A Shattered City, a Strengthened People     62
The Seawall: Robert's Rule for Nature     66
Islanders Won Their Home Back from the Sea in Grade-Raising     69
The 1880s: Birth of the Beachfront     71
From Parading Butchers to Splash Day, Islanders Love a Party     77
The Bay Froze, the Snow Drifted, but Isle Streetcars Rolled On     80
Auto's Advent Rattled Isle into Twentieth Century     82
Isle Aviation Takes Off with New Airport, "Wrong-Way" Corrigan     84
Of Nickel Ice Cream, Soda Fizzes, and Warm Isle Evenings     87
Wartime: Soldiers, Sweethearts, Carousels and Moonlit Beaches     89
Galveston's Summer of '42: Lonely GIs Ashore, U-Boats Offshore     92
When People Rode Trains, They Rode Them to Galveston     94
Even Strong Hearts Got Weak-Kneed on the Mountain Speedway     90
1958: Slow Dancing at the Marine Room, Utah Carl on the Motorola     99
Tropic Isle Proves Poor Retirement Home for Geriatric Lobster     101
UTMB: Tomorrow's Doctors Bloom Today in the Oleander City     104
Grand Opera House's Rescue Saves More Than a Theater     106
The Strand: "The More Things Change..."     109
Lore, Legend, and Downright Lies
Friends, Romans...Galvestonians?     115
Jean Lafitte: The Heart of a Legend     117
Bolivar Watermelon Man Last of Lafitte's Corsairs     121
"Think Snow"-But Carefully!"     126
Galveston's "Golden Age": Burning the Candle at Both Ends     128
From "Love by the Ton" to Mortified Church Ladies, Postoffice Street Has Seen It All     131
Isolated Beaches Drew More Than Beachcombers During Prohibition Era     135
World War II: Sailors, Sheep, and Swine Kept Pelican Island Safe for Democracy     138
Semper Fi: Isle Marines March Off to War-and Rivalry     140
The City of Galveston Flies Off to War     142
Texas Tradition Takes a Twist with Bolivar Goat Roundup     144
Galveston's Ghosts: How Many "D.O.I.s" Haunt Isle Nights?     147
Demolition Banishes More Than Just Old Buildings     150
Epilogue: Today, Tomorrow, and Always
With Dreams of the Future in Our Heads     155
And So, to Bed     159
More Lore, Historical Resources     163
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