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Martin in Phantom's recording van in El Paso with Carol Wilson

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These pages were initially created to transfer photos from traditional scrapbooks to the internet in order to both preserve and make the pictures and history available to family and friends. It has become more extensive than I intended. However, I see it as a way to save the details before they slip away.

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Part 1 1878 to 1945

Part 2 1946 to 1956

Part 3 1957 to 1963

Part 4  1963 to 1966

Part 5 1967 to 1970

Part 6  1970 to 1977

Part 7 1978 to 1982

Part 8 1982 to 1984

1984 to present

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Dad & Mom & Martin on their 40th wedding anniversary November 22, 1981

 

  1978 El Paso, Texas to 1982 Austin, Texas  

El Paso DHS staff on retreat in Ruidosa, NM.  Martin, Carol, George, Mary Ann, Ken & Gary

Martin's El Paso DHS office in 1978

New van for Phantom Productions, Inc.  09/05/78 Martin flew to Midland & was picked up by a Big Spring dealer, picked up the van and drove home to El Paso.

Van being customized in El Paso.

Van complete

 

Van interior completed

Cheryl & Martin El Paso house

 

Martin shot promotional photos for Gayle Myers (Cheryl's DHS assistant)

Gayle with Brady

On June 7, 1978, Cheryl and Martin were in Houston on a TxDHS training assignment.  Our neighbor, who was a Chaplain for the El Paso Police Dept. was looking after Brandy (above) and Kelly.  As they'd tried to run off a couple of times, Brandy was on a long lead so she could move around.  Unfortunately she climbed up on the 2 story dog house, tried to jump over the fence and accidentally hung herself.  Incredibly hard on Kelly and us, as well as the Pastor.  Kelly below.

A month later Kelly ran away and was gone several days.  When we found her, it turned out she was pregnant.

Kelly's pups 1978

Martin in Phantom's recording van in El Paso with Carol Wilson

Carol & Eddie Wilson at Cowpokes recording session

The CowPokes (last concert), Viscount Club, El Paso, Texas.

Luis. Mary Ann & Carol

 

Mary Ann & her art

Mary Ann and Martin worked for the El Paso DHS region training unit.  A good friendship developed.  One weekend Mary Ann went to her cabin in New Mexico for the weekend.  When she didn't arrive first thing Monday morning at the office, Luis (another friend and co-worker) became concerned about Mary Ann's dog.  She'd left the dog with plenty of food and water for the weekend, however, we thought we'd better go check on him.  Arriving at her house, we looked through the garage window and it looked like the dogs water bowl was empty.  (cont'd)

So we went to a grocery store and bought some packets of dog food, crumpled it up and threw it under the garage door.  Thinking the dog might also need water, we turned on the hose and ran water under the garage door.  When we returned to work, Mary Ann was there.  It turned out we'd gone to the wrong house.  I'm sure that dog had a good story when their masters returned.  Lucky for Luis and I, the neighbors hadn't called the police.

Luis Macias El Paso TxDHS office

Martin's DHS office El Paso - 1978

Just several months after moving to El Paso, Martin was offered and took a Training job with TxDHS in Austin (which is what he'd been working toward since 1968).

Martin continued work for the TxDHS as a Child Protective Services and Management trainer

Later he became Chief of the data section which liaisoned with regional staff.

 

Billie O'Dowdy and Sylvia were in Austin in December 1978 making a child placement.  Martin had just moved to Austin from El Paso.

  Sylvia Austin Lake Travis 1978  

Sylvia & Martin Lake Travis 1978

 

After renting a bug infested apartment on Guadalupe in Austin, a DHS investigator  rented her home on Deadwood to Martin

   
 

Martin was assigned to TxDHS Disaster Assistance Training and when the Witchita Falls tornado occurred, Martin went to document the disaster and subsequent training. He shot this cover photo for the TxDHS "WE" magazine from a National Guard helicopter.

After the 1979 Witchita Falls tornado TxDHS staff were housed at Sheppard AFB. Staff including Sylvia were pulled from all over the State to manage the disaster assistance application.

 

 

01/03/1979 Martin attended Harry Chapin's concert at Armadillo World Headquarters and later on April 10, '79 at the Austin Paramount Theater.
 

First Austin on-location job upon moving company to Austin was at St. David's Episcopal Church recording Mendelssohn's Elijah..  Darryl Marler (below) helped with several Phantom recordings during this period.

 

Martin recorded recitals at UT

Martin, while working for the State, began building Highland Sound/Phantom Productions recording business in Austin.  Cheryl stayed in El Paso to sell our home and continued working for Child Protective Services while working on a transfer to Austin.

Phantom taped flautist Megan Meisenbach at an Austin Soiree sponsored by the owners of the San Antonio and a piano recital at UT

 

And taped events at Antone's in Austin

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New generations productions staff in Austin Custom records offices

Martin began working with Peter Butcher, a British music producer.  They both were on the Board of NGP.  New generations productions staff in Austin Custom Records offices. 

 

 

Austin Custom Records where Martin worked as Chief Engineer while still working for TxDHS.  Most often that state job happened during the day and in the evening and weekends Martin would complete the recording work.  That usually fit with the musicians schedules as well.

picture of ACR studio recorders and mixers

There was no glass in the window between the control room and the sound recording rooms.  Engineer had to use headphones

Recording Sweethome Baptist Church with Darrel & Cheryl

Martin, Cheryl, Peter, Peter's daughter and friends

 

 

Martin produced the company's first Austin album with Dan & Dave "Live at the Backroom"

 

Martin & Peter produced album for Rich MichaelsMartin Cayce & Peter working on Rich Michaels record  view more View video of Peter producing in Cedar Creek Studio

Peter (standing center above) and Martin began working with James Mikulinka with the band Lucky Stripes.  Cheryl and Martin met James when he was hosting an open house on Sun Vista in Austin.  We bought the home.

James & Larry (above) with Lucky Stripes play at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas 1980

Cheryl & M's house - 6002 Sun Vista 1979

View from roof of 6002 Sun Vista - now there's lots of homes, a school and a very different Austin skyline

Kelly and Shannon in Phantom's van

Martin & Cheryl 1980

Bruce, Jackie & Cole

Karvonen, Theophilus, Crerar 1980

Carter family at Cheryl's Aunt & Uncle in Granberry, Texas

1980 Cheryl's sister Cindy & husband mike, Granberry

Kelly & her pups 1980

Christmas 1980

Cheryl Kelly & Shannon 1980 - Cheryl got Shannon in El Paso before she moved to Austin.

Cheryl Kelly & Shannon 1980

Cheryl Kelly & Shannon 1980

Cheryl's B-Day 6/11/81

 

Peg (Margaret Crerar) and Ollie (Oliver Theophilus 40th wedding anniversary

Dad & Mom & Martin on their 40th wedding anniversary November 22, 1981

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary - November 22, 1981

 

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary

Juda & Lee McCollum With daughters

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary - Karl, Martin, Peg, Ollie, Karen, Peggy Anne, Tom & George

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary - Mr McCollum & Ollie

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary  - Keri, Karl & Cheryl

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary - Peggy Anne with parent plaque

Peg & Oliver's 40th wedding anniversary 11/22/1981

Karl, Keri, Karen & Tom

Cheryl's Aunt & Uncle's home in Arkansas Thanksgiving 1981

Cheryl's aunt and uncle in Arkansas

Cheryl's Uncle's hunting dogs

Cheryl's aunt and uncle's farm in Arkansas

Christmas in Alpine 1981 Tom, George, George's wife, Peggy, Karen, Peg, Karl, Cheryl, Martin & Ollie

Christmas in Alpine 1981 Karl & Karen

Christmas in Alpine 1981 Ollie, Martin & Cheryl

Ollie & Karl - Christmas 81

Cheryl & Martin Christmas 81 (with Kelly below)

Cheryl found Shannon in El Paso before she moved to Austin

82 Kelly & one of her pups with Shannon

Louie, Mary Ann and Martin waiting at the El Paso airport

Karl flew into Lakeway to visit Cheryl & Martin 04/11/82

Alpine Presbyterian church recording 1980s

May 1982 back of house on Sun Vista, Austin, TX

June 1982 back of house on Sun Vista with new deck

Kelly and Shannon's dog house on Sun Vista

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