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I I i [ + Visit our website at ," .C0N + Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Pres 'VOX POP' ..,,~oun~"isto~,c'~ommiss,onto,c,een documentary on '30s radio personality Parks Johnson pioneered the man-on-the-street and audience-participation style of radio programming that became so popular across the nation in the 1930s. Johnson began his VOX POP (which means "voice of the people") at Houston's KTRH radio station in 1932. Three years later, the program was picked up by the national NBC radio network, taking the Johnsons to NewYork City. Using early recordings of the show as well as photo- graphs, the documentary traces the history of VOX POP, including some original recordings of the program. Nine interviews were com- pleted around the country with people associated with the show or with early radio; four of the interviews took place at the Library of American Broadcasting in Maryland. Excerpts from a rescued 1958 interview with Parks and his wife Louise is also featured in the program. After his success in radio, Johnson moved to Wim- berley where he and his wife Louise spent the next 20 years working with the Wimberley community. Their son, Bill Johnson, and his wife, M.E, still reside at the family's Sabino Ranch; Bill is among those who were inter- viewed for the documentary. Directed by Richard Kidd, the film was produced by HCHC chairperson Kate Johnson, who said she was first drawn to the project because she was fascinated by Bill Johnson's treasure chest of his father's memo- rabilia. Bill has many of his father's recordings, clippings, notebooks and photos, along with his own memories of growing up in NewYork dur- ing the Vox Pop days. In addition to using the information Bill Johnson provided, Kidd and Kate Johnson conducted research for the documentary at the COURTESY PHOTO The Hays County Historical Commission will screen its newest documen- tary, Vox Pop: The Story of Parks Johnson, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at the Old Kyle City Hall, 101 Burleson Street in Kyle. The public is invited to the event, which will be free of charge. Library of American Broad- terviewed family friend and casting at the University of former Wimberley resident, Maryland, which houses Louise Denham. more than 200 LP recordings DVD copies of the program of Vox Pop and serves as its will be available for purchase historian. They also traveled at the screening, and refresh- to Vermont, where they in- ments will also be provided. memorial a season Vbyterans Day was observed ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: the Uhland commtmity flying the United States flag at many homes and busi- nesses. Mayor Daniel Heide- man placed flags on the graves of the many military personal in the Uhland Live Oak Cem- etery, Several flags representing branches of the military were they have done and are doing. received and will be placed on Thanks. the memorywall in the Uhland ... Community Center. Several more pictures and information Gravesite services for Mar- about former residents of the shall Fuchs were held Saturday community and Armed Forces morning in the Uhland Live Oak were received and will be added Cemete~ Visitation and lunch to the wall. It is hoped there will was held in St. John Lutheran be more coming. If you have Rec. Center. Members of St. no picture ofyour loved one John Lutheran Church, friends in uniform, please send any and relatives furnished the food. picture you may have; even a Alarge crowd paid their re- group picture will be used to spects to the family of Marshall. make a picture of the individual. ... There are no words adequate to express our thanks to all our The public is invited to attend military personnel for what a Christmas concert at St. John Lutheran Church of Uhland on Sunday, December 4. A light meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by the free concert at 1 p.m. You are also welcome to at- tend morning worship services at 10:30 a.m. Weekend visitor of Hulda Wlsian was her daughter Shirley Grooves of Midland. Along with vis'lting they also took a drive to Bastrop. Speaking of visiting, coming to visit with Raymond at the rehab center in Kyle were Jean Gallaher, Annie Schultz, Lois Daugherty. and Mike, Debbie, Cooper and Raney Moore. Also Dennis, Kim, Kassie, Hanna and Maddy Heideman, Chloe Schultz and Karen Gallaher. They came on different days. Thanks to all includingAdelene Wisian and Clarence Heide-' man. Here I am again "a daylate and a dollar short," well maybe a few more, in wishing Hanna Heideman a"Happy Birthday" on Nov. 14. Hope you had a happy day. On November 19, Herbert Schwertfiger of Temple will cel- ebrate his 90th birthday. Herbert and Patfline moved to Temple from Lockhart. We wish him a happy and healthy bhthday. ooo Gary Elweli of San Marcos passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral ser- vices were held at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Maxwell on Nov. 15. Graveside services followed at Uhland Live Oak Cemetery. Sympathy is extend- ed to the family. LACKEY Edward (Eddie) H. Lackey, 59, passed away on Friday; No- vember 4, 2011 at his residence in Nie- derwald, Texas, sur- rounded by loved ones. Eddie was born in Austin, Texas on December 22, 1951 to Virgil Leroy and HazelViola Lackey. He spent his youth between Texas and California settling his adult years around the Austin area. He is preceded in death by both parents and brothersVirgil and Johnny Lackey. He is survived by his wife, Christine Harris Lackey. daughter and son -in-law Tina and Tim Pena and grand- children Hunter and Hayden Pena of Austin, sister and brother-in-law Brenda and Percy Heaslet of Marble Falls, Texas brother Tommy Lackey of Bridgeport, Texas, nieces Cathy Heaslet, of Marble Falls, Sherry Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico and TriciaWacker of Denver, Colorado along with aunts, cousins and nu- merous other nieces, nephews and extended family members which loved him dearly. Prior to Eddie's career in road and utility construc- tion, he was a carpenter and loved building things with his hands. He began his career in road and utility construc- tion in the early 1980s, being employed for 22-plus years with Ned Ross Company as a Project Manager resulting in his handiwork and expertise becoming major roads and City Improvement Projects within the infrastructure design of Austin. He changed his employer in April of 2002 to partner with and launch John Thames Excavating, based in Buda, Texas where he was employed at the time he lost his battle with lung cancer. Eddie was an expert in his field, knowing all angles of the construction industry. He wore many hats in his profes- sion, earning great respect and admiration for his knowledge, years of experience and com- mon horse sense. His legacy can be seen in various projects around Hays, Travis and Wfl- liamson counties. Eddie grew up hunting and experiencing the great out- doors which he loved. He was an excellent marksman and enjoyed the challenge. His love for the animal kingdom was enormous as he had a natu- ral magnetism with the wild critters. He sought pleasure in water sports, motorcycles, fishing, boating and relaxing at the lake or ocean. He was a world traveler with his favorite destinations being an island where he could scuba or snor- kel. A true rare breed of a man. A celebration of Eddie's life be held on Saturday, De- cember 17, 2011 at the Ruby Ranch Lodge in Buda, Texas beginning at 10 a.m. For any- one wishing to honor Eddie's life, the family asks donations to be made to CTMC Hospice Care in San Marcus, Texas or the World Wildlife Fund in lieu of flowers. SPIVEY Mary K. New- Spivey was born on August 26, 1930 and passed away on November 14, 2011 at her home in Kyle. She retired from Sweet Clean- ers after more than 30 years of service. She is survived by her mother, Mable New; brother, James Edgar New; sister, Beverly Oliver; four sons and their wives, William T. Spivey and Helen; John W. Spivey and Sherra, Mike Spivey and Con- nie, and Brett A. Spivey and Linda; all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren Hill miss their "Memaw". Nieces, nephews, and other family members also survive her. She was preceded in death by her father, Talmadge Edgar New; brother, Talmadge Eu- gene New and sister, Mattie O. Klelber. The family received friends on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle. A graveside service was held onWednesday morning, November 16, 2011 at Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca. MARTINEZ Paul Mendez Martinez, 65, of Austin, formerly of Seguin, passed away on Friday, No- vember 4, 2011. He was born in Luling, Texas on May 18, 1946. He was formerly of Seguin and was a retired machinist who worked at Conetrol Scope Mounts for 15 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aurora Martinez, and father, Pablo Martinez. He is survived by his mother, Tomasa Martinez; sons, Moses Fernandez Mar- tinez, Paul Martinez III and wife, Julia, Anthony Martinez and Rene Martinez; daugh- ters, Venus Martinez, Cynthia Renue and husband, Buddy and Marilyn Fernandez Mar- tinez; brothers, Raul Martinez and wife, Guadalupe Marti- nez, Thomas Martinez and wife, Mary; sisters, Mary Natal and Guadalupe Natal, Mag- gie Luna and husband, Adam, Florine M. Linthicum, Louisa Gonzales and husband, An- thony, 25 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and nu- merous nieces, nephews and other family members. The Rosary was recited on November 9, 2011. Mass was held November 10, 2011 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kyle and interment followed at San Juan Cemetery #2 in Prairie Lea. DOWNS Velma B. Downs, age 83, of Manchaca passed away, November 9, 2011. She was preceded in death by her hus- band, Senter Downs; sister, Rita Meeks; and brother, John Monaghan, Jr. She is survived by her sons, Thomas Downs and wife De- nise, Michael Downs and wife Sara; brother, Jim Monaghan; grandchildren, Kim Lucas, Wen@ Downs, Josh and John Carroll; three great-grandchil- dren; nieces and nephews. Graveside service was held Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Live Oak Cemetery, Manchaca. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. Memorials and guest- book online at www.wcfish. com November 16, 2011 Rodriguez and Linck to wed M~nTd Mrs. John Cynthia Rodriguez of Buda announce the engage- ment of their son, Andrew "AJ" Rodri- guez to Anna Noelle Linck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Shawna Linck of Oklahoma City. Andrew is the grandson of Mr. Onesimo "Teet" Rodrigu~ Rodriguez of Buda, and Genevieve Warv dote Warwick of Austin. Anna is the granddaughter of Mr. and ) L'mck of Kemah, TX and Mr. and Mrs. R( Spake of The Villages, FL. Andrew is a 2006 graduate of Jack C. t 2011 graduate of Texas A&M at Galvesto: Studies. Anna will graduate from Texas A December majoring in Marine Biology. The couple will marry January 7,201 Catholic Church in Galveston. ~z and the late Virginia ck and the late Thee- ks. Ed and Bernice ger and Marjorie [ays High School and a I majoring in Maritime kM at Galveston this at St. Patrick's S United in marriage Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 Adthmy Hilton sends a "big ankyou" to all who onated to the Hays County Food Drive so far. Curbside pick up on Sunday brought in 141 cans. Through Saturday, No- vember 19, please donate cans at either of the drop-off locations located at each entrance at the information signs. They look like trash- cans. Amy picks up daily and challenges each household to donate a minimum of six CanS. NancyWaddell sends word from Midland that she's thankflfl for no traffic and no humidity and being less than 3.5 hours from Ruidoso. She and Rick have survived three dust storms. She adds, "The people are so nice (no of- fense to Mountain City- after all, that is home), I miss you all. Hope all of my birdies are well at Kyle Elementary." Dil estab Veter men1 ers: C Road Corn As nan3 see h to thi to jee yout, An who 1 keep me al or te) 512-E I you notice that many Lishments observed ms Daywith comple- ary meals or appetiz- .hjli's, Applebee's, Texas aouse, Outback, Mc- ick & Schmick's. ahe proud wife of aViet- reteran, I'm grateful to mor finally openly paid ~se who returned home rs and sneers. Thank all veterans! [, I'm grateful to those urnish tidbits. Please ahem coming! Email t or leave a message at 17-5678. +