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A.C. Greene's 50+ Best Books on Texas

A. C. Green has left us, but his love of Texas, its various parts, its history and literature lives through his bright and lively work. Greene, in his literate and plainspoken way, gave us the great gift of a guide to Texas literature in 1982, "The 50 Best Books on Texas" and in the 1998 revised version, The 50+ Best Books on Texas". We at Texas Star Books try to keep copies from Greene's list on hand. Some are easier to find than others, so we may not have them all. To view his picks, click on the book title. Look for the book, itself in our inventory, too!
 
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Texas Star Books has retail space in
Montgomery Street Antique Mall
2601 Montgomery Street @I-30
Fort Worth, Texas
We're proud of our selection of Texana, Texas History, American History and Military History. We also have a great selection of original WWII posters.
If you're in the D/FW area, please come browse our shelves!
 
 
 
 

Welcome To Texas Star Books --Your source for Texas History, Texas Writers, Texas Photographers, Texana -- all things Texas. But you can also rely on us as a source for all kinds of history -- American, military, ancient and not-so-ancient. Please browse or search our inventory, and if you don't find the title you're seeking, drop us an e-mail with that information, and we'll do our best to help you locate it.


 

 

Dean Blair Pittman, author and photographer, dies

Dean Blair Pittman, Jr., 79, a widely known Big Bend author and a longtime photographer at the Houston Chronicle, died in Odessa, Texas, on Oct. 10, following complications from a stroke. His photographs won numerous regional and national awards, and he was known for his books on the Big Thicket and the Big Bend.

A memorial service will be held Saturday (Oct. 22) at10:30 a.m. at St.James Episcopal Church in Alpine.

Pittman photographed a story on the Big Thicket published in National Geographic Magazine in 1974, which was influential in gaining recognition for a National Wildlife Preserve. His later books included The Natural World of the Texas Big Thicket; King of the Dog People; Texas Caves; Tales From The Terlingua Porch; and More Tales From the Terlingua Porch.

His photographs appeared in National Geographic books, Time-Life books, National Wildlife Magazine, American Heritage, Smithsonian, and other national publications. Photographs from his archive are held by Texas Tech University, including photographs of Elvis Presley, Lyndon Johnson and other Texas figures.

Pittman began his career as a journalist in 1964 at the Denton Record-Chronicle, and moved to the Houston Chronicle in 1967.

A longtime friend, Roy Hamric, the former editor of the defunct Desert Mountain Times in Alpine, said Pittman’s work on the Big Thicket was a significant contribution to the creation of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

“He recognized the Thicket’s importance early on, and he devoted a decade to meeting the people and helping to tell that story. He was a student of nature and people, and after the Thicket work, his home became the Big Bend, another wild place in the Texas landscape.”

He moved to Terlingua in 1999, and lived alone in an rock casita in the desert. He was a regular member of “the porch gang” at the Terlingua Trading Post, where he gathered many of his stories for his popular books of  Big Bend tales.

In 2009, he married Jean Hardy, the owner of Front Street Books in Alpine, and in 2011, he moved to Alpine to live with her following an automobile accident.

"Blair and I shared a passion for Far West Texasand our desert and mountain country,” said Jean. “It was a joy for me to share with him the last 10 years of his life."

Pittman graduated from Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights High School in 1955. He was an Explorer Scout Troop adviser from 1958 through 1961, when he was only a few years older than his scouts. The troop specialty was caving, and they traveled throughout Texasand adjoining states, where they explored non-commercial caves and helped to map them.

One of his former Scouts and a lifelong friend, Cedric Snyder of Austin said, “When Blair moved to Big Bend, he immediately was assimilated into the culture, as evidenced by his many friends there. I was privileged to be best man when he married Jean, and she was a godsend through his health issues the last few years.”

Pittman’s sister, Sue Fox of Fort Worth, said “I was fortunate to be the little sister who sometimes got to tag along on his expeditions – mountain-climbing, rappelling, Scuba diving and cave exploring. He made me braver than I might have been, and far more daring.

“Blair had an energy about him, always excited for the next new thing, and people were drawn to that energy and enthusiasm. They wanted to be with Blair and to go with him on his next adventure.”

In 1962, Pittman married Abbie Carlene Brummett in the Caverns of Sonora, where he worked at the time, turning the natural cave into a commercial tourist attraction. They had a son, Troy Randall Pittman, now deceased.

Other former wives included Jeanne Norsworthy of Dallas, Houston, and the Big Bend, an artist and great-granddaughter of Dallas Morning News publisher George B. Dealey; writer Gay Scarborough of Houston, now both deceased..

He was born Feb. 12, 1937 to Myrtle Lawson and Dean Blair Pittman Sr., in Little Rock, Ark.; as a child, he lived briefly in Pecos, Texas, and overcame bouts of pneumonia and polio.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, and his sister, Sue Fox of Fort Worth. Survivors also include granddaughters, Elizabeth "Toni" Pittman and Rachel Smith, and her husband, Bryan; great-grandchildren, Anthony Lavender and Jasmine Simmons.

 


 

 


 

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We offer authentic, original WWII posters which hark back to a time when Americans pulled together for a cause greater than themselves. Click HERE or on the Posters category to see the listings and photos of each - a true slice of history.

 

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BLAIR PITTMAN
Blair Pittman
Photo Courtesy James Evans

We offer the work of Texas photographer and writer, Blair Pittman of Fort Worth. An award-winning photojournalist, first at the Denton Record Chronicle and later at the Houston Chronicle, Blair has had a distinguished career.

His work for National Geographic focused his keen eye on the wonders of the Texas Big Thicket, which became the subject of his first book, The Natural World of the Texas Big Thicket During his several years photographing and learning the wild variety of the Thicket, Blair was befriended by I.C. Eason. Blair's next book, I.C. Eason, King of the Dog People" recounted Eason’s tales of his struggle for survival and to save his land. Texas Caves sprang naturally from Blair’s lifelong fascination with caving. His National Speleology Society membership dates back to the early 50s!

Blair now lives in Alpine, Texas, with his wife, bookwoman Jean Hardy Pittman, owner of Front Street Books in Alpine. Blair has lived many years in the remote region of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande, many of those years in Terlingua, Texas. Tales from the Terlingua Porch, Vol. 1  was published in 2005, and late in 2009, the sequel was published, More! Tales from the Terlingua Porch, Vol. 2. Click on his photo, a book title, or on the Blair Pittman category for a listing of his books.
 
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