San Antonio Then & Now

Dodie and my story goes back to a small two-room schoolhouse on the south side of San Antonio, Texas. She moved away and raised her family in Arizona for almost 40 years. I raised my children in Boerne, just northwest of the Alamo City.

She was quite surprised how much the city has grown and changed over the years, since her return back “home” in 2019. We now live happily in the Texas Hill Country about an hour away from the big city.

Hilton Palacio Del Rio Hotel
Tower of The Americas
Pioneer Flour Mill
Houston Street
Across from Bexar County Courthouse
Fort Sam Houston
The Quarry
The Pearl
Casa Rio Restaurant, River Walk
Hot Wells Hotel & Spa
Six Flags Rattler
Alamo St. across from Alamo
Fire Station, Gillette & Commercial Ave.
Playland Park
Sunken Gardens


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  1. I remember going to the Riverwalk about 45-50 years ago. I had a lot of fun and ate well. It brings back good memories. Thank you.


  2. I made many a pilgrimage to The Alamo when I was a wee child. I remember a bit about the river walk and visiting the Pearl Brewery, but mostly the Alamo and the stories my father told me of the battle. I took my two boys there many times, and they were, and are Texas history fanatics. My rock band played in a teen club near downtown in the late 60s, and I can’t remember the name of it, sort of a Teen A Go Go thing, along with another popular San Antonio band, could have been Sir Douglas Quintet with Doug Sahm.

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    • I may have seen you perform. Yes, Doug Sahm & Augie Meyer (with his Vox Contiential organ) what a sound. They left San Antonio for the West Coast but would come back home now & then.
      I interviewed Meyer during the height of his “Hey Baby, Que Paso” single. It must have been around 1987 or so. He was not in to good of health when I last talked to him at a HEB near his home in Bulverde. Sahm died in a Taos NM hotel room I guess in the late 1990s or very early 2000s.

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      • I knew Doug, slightly at best, talked to him once in San Antonio when we played with them. An ex band member told me it was him, but not sure if it was the Sir Douglas band. He was a bit older than us, but polite, unlike most musicians, who tend to be arrogant ass holes. Seems HEB is the place to run into everybody. It was good to see the HEB super bowl commercial and watch our fellow Texan from Whitehall Texas have his shining moment. About ten years ago, my band audtiioned a keyboard player. He showed up with a Vox Continental and the first song he played for us was “She’s About A Mover.” He didn’t work out, but damn I wanted that organ. The missus and I only shop HEB, Kroger and Aldi be damned. My sister, who lives in Plano, finally made it to the new one there, and now she is hooked.

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