Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wordless Way-Back Wednesday: The Gang Gets Together, May 31, 1976


Almost 40 years ago!  A get-together with some of my St. Agnes Academy friends, a little over a year after we graduated.  From the left:  Nancy Mathews, Audrey Beust, me, Sandra Wedin, Annette Taylor, and Martha Ramos.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Those Places Thursday: Cooper's Alley and Cantina Santa Fe

I'm in the midst of planning a long weekend trip to Corpus Christi for next month, so naturally that makes me nostalgic for the time I used to live there - April 1979 through October 1984.

I worked for the city government, first in the Park and Recreation Department, then for Information Services (which in those days meant the public information office), and finally for the Budget Office. Early on, though, I met a lot of the bigwigs in city government, and somehow got invited to join them at local bars after work. Two stand out in my mind, since they were so close to where City Hall was at that time (on the bayfront).

Cooper's Alley was located at No. 15 Gaslight Square (1016 Santa Fe), in a two-story building.  Lawyer and former Texas State Representative, Corpus Christi native  W. O. "Bill" Harrison and his friend Larry Williams owned and operated Cooper's Alley Restaurant and Saloon from 1975 through 1986.

I found an early reference to the place on page 133 of the March 1976  Texas Monthly, in the Corpus Christi Restaurants section under "Small, new, or offbeat places to try":

"Among a rash of new restaurants, Cooper's Alley stands out for its inspired decor.  A wealth of oriental rugs cover the wide plank floors, and a second-floor area with wing chairs and fireplace offers cozy and refined evening dining."

The March 1977 Texas Monthly, on page 23, described it further:

"The atmosphere is extremely well done, with artifacts from the historic old Nueces Hotel, and other early Corpus Christi-ana."

And in May 1979, Texas Monthly had this to say (on page 34):

"Choose a spot for romantic dining - upstairs by the fireplace, on the balcony viewing backgammon players under the ceiling fans, in a cozy booth, or a private room with stained glass."

I don't remember eating there much though.  So for me, this description on page 41 of the November 1980 Texas Monthly describes the Cooper's Alley I most remember:

"The saga of Cooper's Alley continues.  Happy hour is a rookery of councilmen, legislators, young professionals, and beautiful women, set against a backdrop of nostalgi-ana from turn-of-the-century Corpus Christi.  But if happy hour is animated, the dinner hour consistently suffers from the culinary blahs....Obviously food isn't always the point here, as evidenced by huge Monday night crowds that come just to drink and make merry."

SO true!  All of it.  I don't remember eating there much, so I can't really comment on the food, but it was THE place to go for anyone connected with local government.  For example, I remember being introduced to ouzo by Jimmy Lontos, the city's director of engineering services who was of Greek origin, on one memorable visit (and no, I did not get sick).

In Texas Monthly's May 1983 issue (p.136), in an article on "The 89 Greatest Texas Bars," Cooper's Alley was, "...despite all the brass and old railroad ties and pina coladas and lip gloss, it's the bar for the young and upwardly mobile."

I have SO many good memories of this place.  Unfortunately, no pictures from the interior, though.  Just the matchbox cover pictured above, and the wooden nickels pictured below (not sure what THAT promotion was all about).  Gaslight Square and the building Cooper's Alley was in still exist; it now is a wedding/event venue - which makes me happy.


Just across the street, at 1011 Santa Fe, was another bar - aptly named the Cantina Santa Fe.  I also found an early reference to the place on page 133 of the March 1976  Texas Monthly:  "This new club is quite popular..."

The March 1977 Texas Monthly, on page 23, described it further:

"A Southwestern flavor, augmented by stained glass and unpainted wood, presides here, and a trellised patio in the back enhances the casual, happy atmosphere.  Frequented by the young professional set."

And in May 1979, Texas Monthly had this to say (on page 32):

"Take a stroll through a Southwestern setting adorned with photos of Mexican revolutionaries Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.  Weekends usually offer Austin area jazz bands."

The description on page 38 of the November 1980 Texas Monthly is a little different, when it comes to the music:

"The mood here is relaxed and laid back in a setting reminiscent of the Southwest and Mexico.  There aren't many attractions on weeknights, so we recommend going on weekends when live duo or solo acoustical acts perform.  If you prefer just good conversation, have a drink on the verandah out back - very civilized.  Young crowds with deep tans and long blond hair."

My husband (who back then was part of my bar crowd) took these two pictures of a group performing at Cantina Santa Fe, sometime in this time period.  He doesn't remember the name of the group, only that the trio played a banjo, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar, and that the girl did an outstanding rendition of the Eagles' song "Desperado."


I don't remember going here a whole lot.  Neither of us remember this feature in the men's room, mentioned in the article on "The 89 Greatest Texas Bars" in  Texas Monthly's May 1983 issue (p.136):

"Worth noting if only for the niftiest rest-room gimmick I came across:  a large wall unit that dispensed Brut, Aramis, or Musk Oil for a quarter."  Cologne?!

Cantina Santa Fe was still in existence in November 1999, but it's not clear after that.


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday's Faces From the Past: Photographs and Memory - A Wedding I Don't Remember!


Yesterday (May 12) was the 37th wedding anniversary for my college friends Lynn Purnell and Don Hagan.  Lynn posted a wedding picture of herself and Don on Facebook and tagged me, saying I was at the wedding.

Trouble is - I don't remember being there!  She said I was in a picture of her throwing her bouquet, and she posted it later.  Sure enough - I was there!

The wedding was in Bellaire (a suburb of Houston) and it was Mother's Day weekend.  I had started my first post-graduation professional full-time job as an administrative assistant to the director of the Parks and Recreation department of the City of Corpus Christi, Texas, at the beginning of April.  However, apparently I traveled nearly every weekend the first month and a half, to Houston (I know I was there April 7-8 too, for my birthday), Ingram (April 20-22), and College Station (April 28-29).

Unlike the other events, I just didn't have any other pictures from Lynn's and Don's wedding in my photo album, which is probably why I was having trouble remembering it.  I guess I forgot my camera that weekend.  Or perhaps it has something to do with my being barefoot - not sure why THAT was the case.

I do remember the dress I am wearing in this picture.  It was a wrap dress with elastic gathers all around the neckline (and on the short sleeves as well).  My mother made it and another dress (out of a blue fabric) from the same pattern.  I LOVED those dresses and wore them many times over the next five years - and I DO remember one special time I wore the blue one - even without a photo!

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Mother's Day

Me and my mom, Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape, 1957


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sibling Saturday: 1965


Karen (age 7), sitting in Dad's rocking chair and holding Mary (age 1) and a Raggedy Ann doll; Mark (age 5) holding a football, and Brian (age 3) in front.  Christmas 1965, at 8015 Sharpview, Houston, Texas.


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday's Face From the Past: RPTS Stories - RP Club Friends, 1989-2006

I've been sharing a number of stories recently here in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences (RPTS) Department at Texas A&M University.  This isn't an "RPTS story" per se, because it's not about events or activities that occurred in that department. 

Rather, this is the last in a series of some postings of "RPTS stories" about what happened afterwards - the lifelong friendships made and the fun meet-ups former members of the Recreation and Parks (RP) Club and I had over the following years, in places all over the state and country.  

While I lived in Washington state (late 1985 until early 2006), I didn't see my RP friends as much.  When I did, though, it was often with our growing families.

The pictures below were taken in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Euless, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Stephenville, Texas; between 1989 and 2006.  You'll notice that our children are a big part of the pictures:


Above:  A get-together in Portland, Oregon, with our kids.  The adults from the left are Wilfred Korth '79, Barbara Dennis (not RP), Mark B. (not RP), Amanda Pape '78, Karen Bellinghausen '79 and Cody Jetton '79.  At the time, Amanda lived in the Seattle area, Cody and Karen in the Portland area, and Wilfred's in-laws were living in Portland.  Spring 1992.

Below:  Amanda Pape '78, her son Eric Bolme, and Josetta Hawthorne '80 in Seattle, April 1989.  Josetta (who was also a high school classmate) was there with the Discovery Channel.



Above:  Amanda Pape '78 and Mark Gray '76 in Euless, Texas, Spring 1999.

Below:  Wilfred Korth '79 in Houston, Texas, Spring 1999.  Wilfred was visiting from his position as Chief Ranger at Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, part of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.



Above:  Josetta Hawthorne '80 and daughter Laynna at their home in Houston, August 31, 2004.  At that time, Josetta was (and still is) executive director of the Council for Environmental Education.

Below:  It's a small world sometimes - I came to Tarleton State University in July 2006, only to learn that Jim Pack '78, my former right-hand man (I was 1977-78 RP Club president, he was vice-president) was already at Tarleton as its director of facilities maintenance!  This photo was taken at a new faculty reception on September 12, 2006.




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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: TAMU RPTS Stories - My Favorite T-Shirt

I've been sharing a number of stories recently here in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences (RPTS) Department at Texas A&M University.  This isn't an "RPTS story" per se, because it's not about events or activities that occurred in that department. Instead, it's about t-shirts.

I have saved a bunch of t-shirts from my college years, and plan to have them (and other t-shirts commemorating later special events in my life) made into a quilt some day.  Most of the shirts related to the Recreation and Parks Club (as it was called back then) at A&M were actually shirts commemorating particular events or conferences - like TRAPS (Texas Recreation and Parks Society) or STRAPS (Student Texas Recreation and Park Society), or ones RPTS hosted like AIN (Association of Interpretive Naturalists).

The year I was RP Club president (1977-78), we sold some iron-on decals for t-shirts for $1 each.  As I recall, there were three designs - one for the department itself (nearly identical to the one shown just below, except the blue and green were different shades), one for the club (as pictured below), and one with the old "Welcome to Aggieland" metal water tower that had been part of campus until it was torn down in late 1975.

I still have two of the three shirts.  Here's the front of the one where I applied the club decal.  As you can see, iron-on decals don't hold up as well as today's screen-printed t-shirts - especially when they are worn and laundered as much as mine was:


And here is what was added to the back of mine, with iron-on letters and numbers:


"Wonder Woman" was a name I picked up while working as a volunteer at the 9th RMI (Recreation Management Institute) hosted by RPTS in March 1977.


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: TAMU RPTS Stories - RP Club Friends, 1984

I've been sharing a number of stories recently here in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences (RPTS) Department at Texas A&M University.  This isn't an "RPTS story" per se, because it's not about events or activities that occurred in that department. 

Rather, the next few postings of "RPTS stories" will be about what happened afterwards - the lifelong friendships made and the fun meet-ups former members of the Recreation and Parks (RP) Club and I had over the following years, in places all over the state and country.  

The year 1984 was my last in Texas for a while.  I'd moved up within the City of Corpus Christi to the Budget Office.  I'd gotten married the year before and my husband and I moved to his home state of Washington, leaving in mid-October.  Before then, though, I had a few get-togethers with my friends:



Below:  Peggy Cook '80 and Amanda Pape '78 - Peggy was visiting Amanda in Corpus Christi from her then-home in Florida.  Summer 1984.



Cody Jetton '79 (above) and Wilfred Korth '79 (below) at a get-together at Wilfred's home between Victoria and Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, where Wilfred was a park ranger.  Summer 1984.



Elida and Dale Zuck '79 (above) and Karen Bellinghausen '79 (below) at a get-together at the home of Wilfred Korth between Victoria, Texas, and Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, where Dale was a park ranger.  Summer 1984.




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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sibling Saturday: Pape Girls, Summer 1966

A very overexposed picture of my sisters Karen (age 8), Mary (age 2), and me (age 9) in the summer of 1966, on the driveway of our house at 8015 Sharpview in Houston, Texas.



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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday's Faces From the Past: TAMU RPTS Stories - RP Club Friends, 1982-3

I've been sharing a number of stories recently here in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences (RPTS) Department at Texas A&M University.  This isn't an "RPTS story" per se, because it's not about events or activities that occurred in that department. 

Rather, the next few postings of "RPTS stories" will be about what happened afterwards - the lifelong friendships made and the fun meet-ups former members of the Recreation and Parks (RP) Club and I had over the following years, in places all over the state and country.  

By 1982, I was no longer working directly in parks and recreation.  In October of the previous year, I had moved to the City of Corpus Christi's Information Services Office.  I still kept in touch with my old friends, though, many of whom were still in the field.  Like this time:


Below:  RP Club Reunion at Lake Somerville State Park, September 6, 1982.  Left to right:  Amanda Pape '78,  Cody Jetton '79, Mark B. (not RP), Karen Bellinghausen '79, Glen Korth '81, Peggy Cook '80, Steve Holland (MS '79, PhD '85), Dale Zuck '79, and Wilfred Korth '79.  At this point, Amanda was with the City of Corpus Christi Information Services Office; Cody, Karen, Steve, and Peggy were all in graduate school at Texas A&M; Wilfred and Dale were park rangers at Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, and Glen was a park ranger at Lake Somerville State Park's Birch Creek Unit.






Wilfred Korth '79 and Cody Jetton '79 (above); and Dale Zuck '79 and Peggy Cook '80 (below), looking at photos from 1976 through 1981; at a get-together at Lake Somerville State Park on September 6, 1982.




Above:  Dale Zuck '79 brought his sailboat, and took Cody Jetton '79 out in it on Lake Somerville.
Below:  Amanda Pape '78 and Cody Jetton '79 at the RP get-together, September 6, 1982.



Above:  Lynn Timken '79, Debbie Bishop '79, and Amanda Pape '78 at Amanda's apartment in Corpus Christi, Texas, May 1983.  Lynn was visiting from Keystone, Colorado, where she was working with the ski resort there; Debbie was with the Victoria YMCA, and Amanda had just been promoted to the City of Corpus Christi Budget Office.

Below:  Lynn, Amanda, and Debbie clown around in the next four pictures.








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