HOUSTONIANS WERE CAPTIVATED by beloved Frank Billingsley's recounting of his family history at the Heritage Society's annual luncheon, where Billingsley was the event emcee.
He told the tale of how his 11-generations-great grandfather Captain Jesse Billingsley led his men into the Battle of San Jacinto and originated the battle cry "Remember the Alamo." And this story was followed up by author Stephen Harrigan's onstage appearance, giving an insight into the pages of Big Wonderful Thing, Harrigan's latest book about Texas' struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. In conversation with podcaster Ken Wise, Harrigan discussed the Spanish explorers, Comanche warriors, Tejano activists and Texas wildcatters who have made our state so great.
Chaired by Gwen and Ed Emmett and Angela and Will Cannady, the event also honored Gary White, who is retiring from the Heritage Society after 30 years.
Jo Furr and Harriet Latimer
Donna Vallone and Kristina Somerville
Carleta Sandeen and Fran Callahan
Carol Brooks and Steve Lucchesi
Alison Bell, Gary White and Carolyn Johnson
Jean Wilson, Tim Richey and Carla Bisong
Barry Mandel and Frank Billingsley
Nancy Willerson, Jane Wise and Caroline Hassell
Will and Angela Cannady and Gwen and Ed Emmett
Mary Maxey, Nancy Willerson and Ginger Blanton
Stephen Harrigan and Ken Wise
C. C. and Duke Ensell