Tag Archives: Bobby Rios

Blog 34 September 9, 2014

As the class coordinator/moderator/amanuensis/cat-herder, the best part of this job is the frequent opportunities to communicate with other class members. This morning, I had a super-nice, fun phone call with Beverly Cole Phillipp. We reminisced quiet a bit about the good old days and more recent events. I asked Beverly about the Class Day program event in which she and Bobby Rios did a reading from Saint Joan of Lorraine. She said she was Joan of Arc, burning on the stake, giving her impassioned plea to the French people. Bobby was a French guard. She sends greeting to all.

The Tobin Center has opened. You all remember the Municipal Auditorium, from which we graduated.  It burned in 1979, was reopened circa 1984 and pretty much fell into disuse around 2005. It has now been completely rebuilt at a cost of $251 million and re-opened this week. It is unique. The hall we knew held 5,500 people seated. The rebuilt facility was torn down, except for the front façade and now houses two separate theaters. The main auditorium has 1759 seats and a small black-box theater can seat 330. There is also a open air river plaza that can hold 650 seated or 1100 standing. The two inside theaters are two separate buildings with a 3 inch gap between to prevent sound transfer. The unique aspect is the floor, which and accommodate seven different configurations, from flat floor to a tiered seating to a rake seating as in a regular auditorium. It can change within 25 minutes. There are only three such configurations existing today—one in Vancouver, one in Spain, and the one here in San Antonio. I am going to include some renderings and some photos below.


Note the superstructure behind it, also known as the veil. It is aluminum 18,8 separate aluminum panels weighing 111,000 pounds. It has LED lights that can be programmed with various colors and designs. The façade above is the only original part of the building.

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On top is the original configuration. Below is the current configuration while under construction.


And here is a rendering of the river walk side. Originally an 18-foot wall  separated the auditorium from the river walk. The pillars up the right side commemorate the 32 medal of honor recipients from San Antonio.

This is truly a beautiful facility. Some of you took a hard hat tour while it was under construction during our reunion. I will be giving tours and ushering some, as will Don and Patsy Martin.


Pat Freeman, Aleen Smith, and Connie Mayes after the hardhat tour was over.


Betty Ann Canfield Pennick and Tinsley


A moment of mirth: Betty Sue Conrad Dube, Doug Campbell, Betty Stensland Saunders, and Warner Fassnidge

Blog 26 July 14, 2014


Time flies…I have been spending some time on this humongous class history project that I thought would be pretty straightforward. Individual write ups are straggling in slowly. So many have whined that they have done nothing significant these past sixty years. Just last week, I was speaking with (nameless person). She swore she has led a most mundane life; but the more we chatted, the more I was impressed with what she has done, and I finally told her to playback in her head all she had told me and then write it up. Trust me, it is rewarding to read about the many different paths taken in our collective lives.

By the way—if you do not have a recent picture and were at the reunion, we can use one of those.

That history project is expanding just a bit more. With so much information available via the Internet these days, I am going to try and include as many obituaries as we can dredge up. We probably have around 25 so far, provided by classmates who clipped them as they came across them in the recent years. If you happen to have saved any or a date of death, please send along the names and I will advise if we have them or not.

Photos!  Here are a couple from our senior class play.

Do you recognize these photogenic people?


Well, the one in the dress is photogenic. That is Sarah Belcia Yates and yours truly. The one below is of Nancy Grauer, Bobby Rios, and again, yours truly.


What I especially like about this photo are the two pictures hanging on the walls, left and right. The left photo is my mother’s first cousin and the one on the right is my great aunt. I think Mrs. Mac designated them Sarah Bernhard and Isadora Duncan.

One sad thing: IF you notice in both photos, there is a mike on the floor to pick up and amplify the sound. However, it was only an aid for thespians in those days. Mrs. Mac taught us to project, using our diaphragms to expel the sound out the body to the back of the auditorium. If you have been to any theater presentation recently, everyone has a battery pack and body mike, usually looking like some facial disfiguration. And the sound is amplified to overload the ear drums.

The same is true at any music venue—major over amplification to assault the senses. Somewhere along the line, people began to equate loudness with quality. We were recently invited along to hear the Irish Tenors at the Majestic. I could have stood across the street at the Gunter Hotel and heard them.

Does anyone remember these?