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BNIIIH mullu.n _ ......................-, ......................... Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press March 23, 2011 + + Frank Buck, the celebrated adventurer who bmught exotic wildlife "back alive," took his last breath not in a far- away jungle but in a Houston hospital on March 25, 1950. The Texan that grew up to be one of the most recogniz- able Americans of the 1930s was born in 1884 in Gaines- Amy Leslie, drama critic for zoos and well-heeled private him practically penniless. But "children mention this book to Chicago's Century of Progress citizens with unusual crea- loans from generous friends me and tell me how much they in 1933 and brought the exhib- tures from distant lands. And helped him pull through and learned about animals and the it out of mothballs for the 1939 that never-a-dull-moment occupation kept him busy for the next 18 years. While he loved animals and hated to see them suffer, Buck was not a wildlife conserva- tionist, It was just that his cus- tomers were willing to pay top get back on his feet. Then in 1930 the WorldWar I correspondent Hoyd Gib- bons made the suggestion that changed Buck's life. Why didn't the world traveler put his excit- Lug exploits down on paper? With the professional as- jungle from it." With his books selling like hot cakes, the next logical medium was motion pictures. Dressed in his trademark safari attire, Buck starred as himself in the successful screen versions of "Bring 'Em World's Fair. On his first visit to his birth- place in 48 years, Gainesville rolled out the red carpet for its famous native son in 1937. The local zoo, one of many he helped to stock, was renamed in his honor in 1954. vilie and raised in Dallas. the Chicago Daily News. Fascinated by animals from an The groom had just turned dollar only for live specimens sistance of author Edward Back Alive" (1932) and "Wild Buck never recovered com- early age, he was punished by 17, and the bride was 46. The not dead ones. Anthony, Buck ,,wrote "Bring Cargo" 0934). pletely from injuries sustained his mother for playing with a May-December marriage last- In spite of Buck's best el- 'Era Back Alive.' It was an Other, mostly forgettable in a taxicab wreck in 1947. copperhead. "Never again let ed more than a decade, nine forts, an alarming number instant sensation that book- films were "Fang and Claws" Hoping to find the cause of his me see you with a snake!" he and a half years longer than did die in transit. But it was stores could not keep in stock. (1935}, a 15-part serial called declining health, he under- remembered her warning, anyone would have given it. hardly his fault that climate The duo followed their first "Jungle Menace" (1937),went a battery of tests in a Deciding seven grades of One morning in 1911, Buck controlled shipping contain- best-seller with a second - "Jungle Cavalcade" (1941), Houston hospital. classroom confinement was emerged bleary-eyed from a e rs and veterinary antibiotics "Wild Cargo." "Jacare" (1942) end"Tiger The diagnosis was advanced all the formal education he marathon poker game with were years in the future. Frank"Bring 'Era Back Fangs" C1943). The bottom of lung cancer. The lifelong could stand, Buck dropped $3,500 in winnings. Suddenly On most of his trips, Buck Alive" Buck was born, one of the barrel was scraped in 1949 smoker, who had endorsed out of school. He left home he had the money to do what was accompanied by his sec- the best known Americans of with '~'ica Screams" also cigarettes in newspaper and a few years later to ride herd he always had wanted- travel end wife Nine. She is remem- his day ranking right up there shown under the tide "Abbott magazine ads, died in March on a cattle train bound for the the world and collect animals, bered for her post-divorce with Charles Lindbergh, Babe and Costello in Africa." 1950 eight days after his sixty- stockyards of Chicago. He kissed his soon-to-be quote, '~s long as I live, I don't Ruth and Jack Dempsey. At the peak of his popular- sixth birthday. The young Texan stayed in ex-wife goodbye and booked want to see any animals wilder There were more books to it),, Buck toured with the Ring- the Windy City and went to passage far Brazil. or bigger than a kitten." come, but Buck was proudest ling Brothers and Barnum & Column collections avail- work for a local hotel, in 1901 Buck was pleasantly sur- Bad business practices of a grade-school reader enti- Bailey Circus. He shook hands able at or request the handsome bellboy mar- prised to learn that a good liv- and the stock market crash of tied "On Jungle Trails." "Wher- width two million visitors to listfromBarteeHaile, RO.Box tied a permanent guest named ing could be made supplying 1929 wiped Buck out leaving ever I go," he liked to point out, Frank Buck's Jungle Camp" at 152, Friendswood, TX 7754. ' I' I u?iness is a butterfly ch, when pursued, is ways just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon yOU. - Nathaniel Hawthorne ASK CHRIS The triple curled parsley that I planted last fall has now for the larvae stage of but- , reached a height of three and terfiies. They are called 'host a half feet and has hundreds of plants. By planting the right beautiful blooms, hosts, you can attract the types And busy eating the foliage of butterflies that you would is the caterpillar or larvae for like to see in your garden. the black swallowtail butterfly., For black swallowtails, the Soon these multi-colored curled and flat-leaf (Italian) caterpillars will find a quiet parsleys work well. The butter- place to form a chrysalis and flies seem to track them down, begin their metamorphosis even if I have them growing in into adult butterflies,pots in the greenhouse. , Plants such as the triple Other host plants for this curled parsley are a food source butterfly species are dill, fen- nel and me (Ruta graveolens). For monarch and queen butterflies, m/planting butter- flyweed (Asdepias tuberose). This tropical milkweed grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet, and has beautiful orange and ted flowers. Besides being a host plant, milkweed also attracts butter- flies because of its abundance of nectar. Nectar plants act as fueling stations or pit stops for many different species. Other great nectar plants commonly found in our central Texas gardens are l ntan , butterfly bu he (Buddied), pentas, mistflowers (Eupatoriums), mealy sages, Turk's caps and wild bergamot. The list of host and nectar plants is long and includes many native and adaptive species that thrive in our region with little care. Many add beauty with water conservation in mind. Why not add a few of these drought-hardy species to your garden and be a good Lepi- dopteral host to these marvels of nature? Happy butterfly garddning, everyone - and this weekend we're going to be setting up our stand at the Zflker Garden Fes- tival. If you are over that way, please drop by to say hello! If you have a quaaaon for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme:11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 J A L H FM 2770 & Kohler's Crossing Wills at No Cost 1715 Kirby, Kyle, TX 78640 Ct~madon in Plum Creek New Building with 512-268-8200 + MILLER Miller was I~0i-~i to'fiibtlier, Geraldine Crosby and father, Donald Calvert in Carlinvllle, llli- nois on September 1, 1942. She moved to Houston as a YwOO.thung child and grew up there her mother. She gradu- ated from Jesse H. Jones High School in Houston, class of 1960. Kathy met and married Royce Miller in 1963. Royce joined the Air Force and together they traveled to loca- lions in the U.S. They adopted their first child,'lYacie, in 1971 and had their second child, Jason in 1973. The family continued to travel and was last stationed in Tokyo, Japan, before mov- ing to Austin in 1984 where Royce retired from the mili- tary. Kathy continued to work in accounting and administra- tive departments atVeteran's Affairs. She then retired and moved to Buda. In Buda she mademany friends and gath-. ered frequently with them. She continued to work as an assistant to Mrs. Dahlstrom. She is survived by children Tracie Miller, Jason and Avery Miller and grandchildren, Addi- son and Harper. A viewing was held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle. A memorial will be held Saturda~ March 26 at 1 p.m. in Giddings, at the residence of her cousin, Jerre Paseur. MCPHAUL Clarence H. McPhaul, Jr., 72, of Buda died Saturday, March 19, 2011. He was a retired state highway depart- ment engineer. Graveside ser- vices areWednesday, March 23, at Live Oak Cemetery, Manchaca. ' lit Thyme GARDEN CENTER THIS SUNDAY , Texas Crossword and S udoku sponsored by | See Solution, page 6C ACROSS 1 TXism: "big _-.- 45 of locks" (hairy)46 5 TXism: =the good 47 Lord willing ~and the creeks don'~ " 46 6 Park, TX 49 7 Rising ___., TX 8 TX Noian Ryan 50 baseball cards 17 TXism: "it belongs 52 to me __ the bank" 18 Travis drew _ __ -- ---- dirtt at Alamo 21 concerning 22 TXism: =put _- ~- the back bu=mer" 23 TX Ginger's=" -- the Darlk (44) 24 TXtsm: =rough as 53 ---..--- si'H0atS" 29 TXism for ~u~ 30 TXism: "beer sheds" 31 dir. to Hous~ton from Dallas; 32 this sails from Galveston ((2 wds.) 34 Ranger Nelllie Cruz objectives 35 "Magnificer~t" Yul (inn.) 36 a NASA shtuttle 37 TX actress Sharo~ who was sllaln by Manson "lau~lly" 38 mother of Irx Ginger Rogers 40 hit by TX Hleniey's group: "Take __ _ The Limit" 41 TXiem: 'locked "(fought) 43 TX JoBe~ Williams film: "Dese~rt seamstress in Bowie Co. on 67 "Remember the ............ t" TXism: "sticks out like ................... thumb" TXism: =table grazed" TXism: "we __ out our differences" this Lois plays a cowboy's == wife in The Honkers" Jimmy Johnson replaced this coach at Miami ('96) 1 2 13 5 I 6 I i 17 I i 21 a Gulf tide 54 former ABC anchor: TX Lisa Mc__ F--- 55 stat for Ranger C.J. Wilson 14 TXism: '1here's DOWN more of them than 1 former right-hand ~ in Texas" Ranger reliever from 15 TXism: "tie up the Florida ('93-'94) loose __" 2 "One ___, ..-- 16 pig's place Ranger" t9 TXism:" 3 Lee Harvey is colder than freon" 4 TX Janis Joplin's (ruthless) last album 20 dlr. to Bryan 9 "chow down" (2. Uom 10 dull, s~upid person 22 the "Duke" in film 11 TXism: "born" `The ~Jiat Man" (amateur) 24 before AD 12 TXlam: "big biscuit 25 ~tlonal sister of __ the pan" (boss)TX Ime Hogg 13 TXISm: "he'll -- 26 wagon wheel track to his own 27 meaning of apani~ funeral" (unreliable) name, Lampasas 28 29 3O 33 34 by Charley & Guy Orbison Copyright 2011 by Odotson OreS. ll 10 11 12 i 3 ............................ ! i ,-I ............. 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