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picture of Chris and Martin's wedding June 1, 1985 in Austin, Texas

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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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Alpine, Texas

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Martin, Mom, Sally, Don & Dad 1984

In 1984, martin took his Mom & dad back to Ohio and Pennsylvania where they grew up, went to school, worked met and married

Martin 1984

Chris at sunset in West Texas

Chris & Martin met on October 5, 1984.  view movies celebrating Chris' 2004 birthday

Chris & Martin's first date started with dinner at Austin's Pelican Wharf and then an evening with Peter Butcher at "Rollingwood Recording" an Austin recording studio.

picture of Riverside Recording Studio

picture of Riverside Recording Studio

On the right is Martin's answering machine that missed Chris' UK call that she had switched airlines.

 

 

Chris and Martin at Frat party with Housewives Choice

Chris and Martin at Frat party with Housewives ChoiceJames & Housewives Choice at Frat party

James & Housewives Choice at Frat party

Chris and Martin at Frat party with Housewives Choice

Chris and Martin at Frat party with Housewives Choice

Mary Ann TAylor, Chris & Martin as "White Trash" going to Austin's 6th Street on Halloween 1984

Mary Ann Taylor, Chris & Martin as "White Trash" going to Austin's 6th Street on Halloween 1984

Austin's 6th Street on Halloween 1984

Austin's 6th Street on Halloween 1984

Chris, Martin, Ceda and Orion on the roof of the earth house Chris was building in Lockhart

picture of Chris, Gloria & Martin

Martin, Chris & Gloria in Lockhart

Thanksgiving with Gloria 1984

Chris & Martin with Karen & Montie

Chris & Martin with Karen & Montie

Chris & Martin at Martin's townhouse

Chris & Martin at Martin's townhouse

Chris' Honda Prelude

By buying 12 blank videotapes Martin received a Scotch coupon for buy one get one free flight on Republic Airlines. The flight had to be used by Dec 15, 1984. So Chris & Martin found the furthermost they could go over a weekend was Washington D.C.

Chris & Martin in Washington DC in Dec 1984

Chris & Martin in Washington DC in Dec 1984. Flight to DC on Republic Air was provided by Martin's Scotch video tape purchases . Camera is setting on a Coke can and the star effect was unintentional.

Chris and Martin in Washington DC in 1984

Chris & Martin in Washington DC in Dec 1984.

Peg, Joe & Peggy Anne

Chris, Martin's Mom & Dad, Ken & Anthony Dec, 2004

Chris, Martin's Mom & Dad, Ken & Anthony Dec, 1984

 

Chris,& Martin with Martin's family

Chris in Lockhart during early 1985 snow

Chris in snow, Lockhart 1985

Chris, Martin, Ceda nd Orion  in Lockhart during early 1985 snow

Chris, Martin, Ceda  and Orion in snow, Lockhart 1985

 

Peg, Ollie & Bitsie - Alpine 1985

Chris on the Pecos High River Bridge 1985

Ollie, Peg, Chris & Martin Indian Lodge 1985

Chris, Karen & Paul - Alpine 1985

 

Martin, Chris Orion & Ceda in snow, Lockhart 1985

 

Chris, Martin with DHS folks

Chris, Martin with DHS folks at Diane Scott's just before they found home with James (next pic)

 

 

James, Chris & Martin at Tangleridge Circle

James Mikulenka (base player for Shammy, Austin American States manager and real estate), Chris & Martin at Tangleridge Circle

Chris and Martin new Tangleridge Circle home

Chris and Martin new Tangleridge Circle dining room

 

picture of Peg & Oliie's store in Alpine

Peg & Ollie's store in Alpine

Chris & Martin's wedding invitation for June 1, 1985 in Austin, Texas

Chris & Martin's wedding invitation for June 1, 1985 in Austin, Texas

Chris & Martin early in the wedding day

 

Martin surprised Chris with a Limo

 

picture of Anthony, Chris, Martin and Ken at wedding June 1, 1985

Anthony, Chris, Martin & Ken on June 1, 1985

 

 

Methodist Pastor Kim married Chris & Martin

June 1, 1985

Chris & Martin's wedding June 1, 1987 (back row) Claudia King, John King, Joe King (in John's arms), Anthony Perez, Kenneth Alan Perez, (front row) Karen Karvonen, Paul King, Peggy King, Chris, Martin, Margaret Theophilus and Ollie Theophilus

Anthony  and Ken in limo with Martin's Mom

Chris, Martin & M's Dad on June 1, 1985

Chris & Martin's wedding reception

Martin, Chris & Sherry (who introduced us)

Chris & Martin's wedding reception

Martin & Sister Peggy

Martin's Mom swimming at C & M's wedding reception

Mom with Ned Kelly and BBC production team on the Hess Ranch for film segment of the BBC production "Making of the Continents"

Mom with Ned Kelly and BBC production team on the Hess Ranch for film segment of the BBC production "Making of the Continents" Mom went to England (on Chris & Martin's honeymoon - Nov 3 to Nov 16, 1985) and traveled to Bristol (Nov 7) where she watched some of the editing and was then shown the entire movie).  Mom was credited for her part in accessing the Hess ranch for the BBC enabling that segment.

British BBC film crew filming fossils on the Hess Ranch near Marathon, Texas.  Access to the ranch was coordinated by Martin's Mom, Margaret Theophilus.

Cuckoo Tye Farm where Chris grew up

Tree on "Back Lane" at Cuckoo Tye farm in 1985 which was blown down in a storm

Acton Church Mum and Chris

 

Chris' Mum's home

Back of Chris' Mum's home

Chris & Martin's honeymoon to Chris' home in Sudbury, Suffolk, UK - Nov 3 to Nov 16, 1985

Mum, Chris & Martin at Cuckoo Tye Farm

Martin, Mom, Chris, Mum, Ms. Chenry 1985

Mom, Chris and Mum at Mum's home

Mom, Sheila & Chris at Shelia's in 1985

Sylvia & Mum 1985

Sheila, Chris & Martin

Amy, Chris and Sheila

Amy & Chris

 

Elizabeth & daughter Rowena

Peter & Chris

Peter's combine harvester at work

Harvesting sugar beet

Sugar beet piles

Joe, Sheila , Mum, Chris & Martin 1985

Nick

Mum and Chris

 

Chris & Sheila

Lynn fixing dinner

Dinner at Lynn and Peters

Chris, Mum, Lynn's sister, Peter, Nick  & Lynn

Lynn's sister's husband, Peter, Sheila, Lynn & Mum

Peter & Lynn

Chris and Lynn

Lavenham, Suffolk

Mom & Chris Lavenham

Horse boarded at Cuckoo Tye Farm

Tree down "back lane" at Cuckoo Tye was lost in a storm

When Peter remodeled the family's Cuckoo Tye Farm, he researched its history and found stacks of documents in parchment at a solicitors office. 

Mum, Chris & Martin at the Rose and Crown pub

 

The Magna Carta was signed near this spot in Bury St. Edmonds in 1215

Martin & Chris

 

Mom with Ned Kelly, BBC in Bristol during editing of the "Making of the Continents"

Peg Theophilus (center) Scotland 1985

 

After visiting Ned Kelly in Bristol, Peg went to Wales (Nov 8) and Scotland (Nov 9).  In Scotland she visited her cousin Jim Shewan (Nov 10).  Pictured above Neil, Carol, Rozalin, Nora & Jimmy.

 

Chris & Mum visiting Walter who used to work at the family's Cuckoo Tye Farm

Chris aunts Bethia and Ina with Derek

Chris and martin spent a few days in London after Martin's Mom headed to Bristol and Scotland

Victoria Station

Chris with birds in Hyde Park

Lime Tree Hotel London

Came across procession in London

London tube being dug

London tube during WWII

Chris at London's Charing Cross tube station

initial Concord test plane at Duxford UK

Concord engines

Concord cockpit

Chris and her Mum

London 1985

Dinner last night before heading home.  Martin's Mom, Peter, Sheila, Lynn, Mum, Chris & Martin

Chris Martin taken by Martin's Mom on way back from trip to UK to meet Chris' family in 1985

Peg then travelled to Cambridge University where she donated many of her Big Bend fossils and signed the same book as Henry VIII who donated the original land for the university in 1546.

1987 Chris & Sheila at Cambridge University where Martin's Mom donated fossils from West Texas

 

Chris & Martin in new home 1985

picture of Martin's Mom "Peg" in Alpine First Presbyterian Church Choir

Martin's Mom "Peg" (first row center with white hair) in Alpine First Presbyterian Church Choir

Chris Martin Ceda Orion

Chris Martin Ceda Orion 1985

The family Thanksgiving 1985

Thanksgiving 1985 - out for walk on Tangleridge Circle. 
Ceda, Orion, Chris, Mom, Joe, Karen, Peggy & Paul
Last photo of Martin's Mom who passed away on
December 22, 1985

 

Margaret "Peg" Theophilus passed away

December 22, 1985 - Martin's letter to paper

After Martin's Mom passed away in December of 1985, his Dad donated a new organ to the Alpine First Presbyterian church in her name.   This is the church's program from the organ's dedication.

Martin's Dad donated an organ in memory of Martin's Mom to the First presbyterian Church in Alpine. 

Ellen Boyd playing Alpine's First Presbyterian Church's organ donated by Martin's Dad in memory of Martin's Mom

 

Dad with Jim and his wife and child.  Dad worked at the Anthony's store in Alpine as an accountant after selling Shopper's Guide Press.

 

Christmas at Austin after Mom passed away

Karen, Montie and kids in Lockhart

Dad, Chris & Martin

Rare photo of Martin BBQing

The family at George Karvonen's wedding after Martin's Mom passed away

 

Ceda Orion 1986

Ceda Newspaper - video

Ceda "flying" to catch ball

Chris & Martin at Taco Villa in Ruidosa, NM

Chris & Martin at Taco Villa in Ruidosa, NM

Chris & Martin Skiing at Cloudcroft, NM

 

Ken and Anthony at Ken's Lockhart HS graduation

Chris with Ken at Ken's HS graduation

Dad "Ollie" & brother Bud

Chris & martin at mcDonald Observatoy

Chris & Martin at McDonald Observatory

Chris in Big Bend overlooking Rio Grande 1985

Ken, Chris & Martin in Fort Davis 1986 • Mom's Player Piano

 

Ken, Chris & Martin at old Marfa Army Air Base having just finished walking the old runways at Midnight.  The actual Marfa Lights are in the background of the picture.   Picture was taken directly South from the old Main Gate.

Ken, Chris & Martin at old Marfa Army Air Base having just finished walking the old runways at Midnight.  The actual Marfa Lights are in the background of the picture.   Picture was taken directly South from the old Main Gate.

Dad (right) and Rotary friends managing pancake supper at elementary school in Alpine.   Rev Newbill on left

 

 

Martin and Dad late 1986

Dad and Martin late 1986 while taking postcard pictures in Alpine area

 

 

Dad showing plaque for Mom's contributions to geology in the Big Bend

Dad at Indian Lodge

 

Sale of Shoppers Guide Press

Dad (second from right) at grand opening of Shoppers Guide Press after it was bought by the Merrihews in 1986

Martin & Chris in El Paso while Dad in hospital 1986

In 1986 prior to Thanksgiving, Martin & Chris took Ollie to El Paso to have surgery to repair a hole in his heart that was causing serious health problems. The surgery after Thanksgiving was successful, however Ollie experienced a stroke at which time he lost his ability to speak.  In a horrendous situation a "cooling bed" that was being used to stabilize his temperature, malfunctioned.  Ollie received 3rd degree burns and was unable to let the nursing staff know. Martin stayed with Ollie all the time, Chris came and stayed as often as she could and Peggy & John and other family members and friends from Alpine visited.  Ollie passed away the morning of New Years Day, January 1, 1987.  He would have turned 70 in April.

 

Martin and Chris back in Austin for Christmas 1986 while Peggy Anne and John were with Ollie in the hospital in El Paso.

 

Dad passed away January 1, 1987

Dripping Spring restaurant with Mike Kanda, Elsie, Bud Sally, Don & Jim

Dripping Spring restaurant with Mike Kanda, Sally, Judy & Jim, Chris Elsie, Bud & Don

Orion at Lake Travis

Chris at Lake Travis

Martin at Lake Travis

Ceda and orion at Lake Travis

Ceda and Orion at Lake Travis - view video

Karen's Mum, Karen & Chris

Karen's Mum, Karen & Chris

Chris & Martin with Gloria

Chris & Martin with Gloria

Chris, Martin, Anthony & Ken

Anthony & Chris - UT graduation

Anthony, Martin & Chris in UK

Anthony, Martin & Chris in UK

 

 

 

Renaissance Festival UK Anthony & Martin archery

 

 

 

 

Sheila with Amy four legs

Sheila & Amy

Sheila with Amy four legs

Chris & Anthony

Chris & Mum

Chris, & Mum

Lynn, Chris & Sheila at Miller farm

Mum, Holly & Roe

Elizabeth, Lynn, Holly & Roe

Chris, Shelia and Joe

Martin, Chris, Sheila and Joe

Sheila's Tortoises

Chris' Mum with Ms. Chinree & Martin

Joe, Martin, Chris, Mum, Lynn & Sheila

Mum & Chris   -  view video from 1987 trip

Peter, Sheila, Mum & Chris

Chris & Peter

Peter and Chris 1986

Harvesting on the Miller farm

Martin, Mum, Chris

Martin, Chris Sheila & Joe in Sheila's garden

Chris & Sheila at Cambridge University where Martin's Mom donated fossils from West Texas

Mum, Ina, Pathia and  at Cambridge reunion

Anne, Sheila, Ivan Chris, Martin & Anne daughter

 

John, Claudia, Paul, Karen, Joe, Margaret & Peggy

 

picture of Chris & martin with Yamaha 360

Chris and Martin with Yamaha 360 in 1986

 

Chris, Martin, Bud, Elsie, Sally, Don, Jim & Judy and their son in San Antonio 1987

 

Martin, Chris and Ken

Martin & Chris with Peggy & family

Chris & Martin Halloween

Chris & Martin Halloween

 

Martin & Chris with Peggy & family

Anthony, Martin & Chris outside Portland, OR

Chris & Mary

Thanksgiving 1988

Christmas 1988

Alpine Rotary newsletter

Sul Ross State University Bon Fire

Sul Ross State University Pep Rally Bon Fire - Alpine, Texas - view video

 

Martin, Anne's daughter , Anne & Chris in Dallas

Martin, Ken & Chris - Ken's first navy leave

 

Chris in Oregon

Chris in Oregon

Ken & Chris in San Diego

Ken & Chris in San Diego 1986

Chris & martin San Diego

Chris & Martin in San Diego 1986

Ken & Chris in San Diego 1986 on USS Truxtun

Ken - USS Truxtun, San Diego 1986

Chris & Ken - USS Truxtun, San Diego 1986

Martin, Chris, Ken Jake & Mark Luke in LA for Montie Music CD recording sessions

 

Chris & Mary during Phoenix visit

Chris & Mary with friends during Phoenix visit

Don, Sally, Bud & helen

Don, Sally, Bud & Helen

Chris & Martin at PPI Offices

Chris & Martin at PPI Offices top of Radisson

Karen's High School graduation picture

  

Karen riding in Dallas near DFW airport

 

Chris riding (Western) in Dallas near DFW airport

Martin riding in Dallas near DFW airport

Chris' Mum

Chris' Mum

Peter, Elaine Chris, Martin & Sheila

Vic, Sheila, Hazel Chris & Martin

Chris, Sheila & Peter

Chris on swing at Sheils's in UK

Chris on swing at Sheila's in UK

 

Sylvia, Nick & Stuart visit Tanglewood Circle

 

Anthony, Chris Martin

Gulf Coast trip with Jane & Johnny

 

Martin's Aunt Sally & Uncle Don

 

Theophilus Superbowl party - Johnny, Elaine, Donna, Dee, Rusty, Charlotte Laura, Chris & Martin

Theophilus Superbowl party - Cheryl, Donna, Dee, Mike, Rusty, Mary, Elaine, Johnny & Chris

Minoru (Mike) Kanda from Tokyo visiting the Alamo with Chris & Martin.   Mike came to the US regularly to attend the County Music Awards in Nashville and came to Austin to check out the music scene.  Interestingly while we were introducing Mike to San Antonio's Emerald Studios Sunny and Mitchell, we left a cassette of Tracie Lynn.  Emerald subsequently produced an album for Tracie.   

Ceda and Orion

Chris, Orion & Umbrella

view video of Storm at Tangleridge  #2

Ceda in drive with her blanket

Mum passed away August 30, 1989

Christmas 1989

In 1989, Martin was looking for a unique  birthday present for Chris.  The result was a Hot Air Ballooning class at Austin Community College.  The class was taught by Dan Sherrill who had catered our wedding from Railroad Bar BQ.  Martin video taped the class as a memory and Dan asked if we'd want to produce a Crew Training tape for hot Air Ballooning.  We did and the tape (now a DVD) has sold in all 50 states and in 15 foreign countries.  It is the crew training standard for many events around the world.

Chris & Martin with Central texas hot air ballooning folks

Chris & Martin with Central texas hot air ballooning folks

 

Dan then asked us to document his Harris Branch balloon fest, the 1991 and 1992 Baltimore Preakness Balloon races and the Guanajuato, Mexico event (pics & video below).   Subsequently we were asked to document the Poteet Strawberry Festival Balloon Race which resulted in an ongoing relationship with the Strawberry Festival to document their primary festival every couple of years.

Chris & Martin in Guanajuato, Mexico

 

Chris being escorted around Andrews Air Force Base

Chris & Martin's  Hot Air Balloon video production also took them to Washington DC for the Andrews Air Force Base Kodak ballooning event, the United Kingdom hot air balloon factories and additional events around Texas.  Here are some video clips that include some of the scenes and a few clips from the final production.  All Phantom's Hot Air Ballooning video are available at this link.  Phantom's Hot Air Ballooning DVD's

Chris & Martin in Washington DC

Chris & Martin in Washington DC while filming the Kodak Andrews Air Force Base Hot Air Balloon Show 1991

Pontiac balloon taking off behind Air Force Thunderbirds Washington DC Air Show video by Phantom.

Flying over hanger for Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC

Chris at Marco's restaurant during Guanajuato, Mexico balloon event 1992 • view video clip

Martin taping during Guanajuato, Mexico balloon event 1992

Phantom was contracted to shoot a time lapse hot air balloon launch for NASA MCET.  The opening sequence appeared in a series of NASA educational satellite broadcasts; then was made available on CD to schools & the National Air & Space Museum

NASA MCET

CTBA party at Cheryl & Henry's

   

Martin's DHS office Winters building Austin

On May 30, 1990 Martin leaves the Texas Department of human Resources after 22 years of service

Chris & Ina

Chris & Ina

Martin, Chris, Anne, & family

 

Finding family...

In the mid '90's Chris & I (Martin) were preparing to go see Chris' family in England.    I had received an email from an Andrew Theophilus in Stevenage, England. It turned out his family came from Swansea, Wales which is where my Dad's family was from.  At the same time my Aunt Sally came across a family cousin in Pennsylvania who mentioned that an Uncle in Florida had my Great Grandparents wedding certificate.  The Uncle FedExed the certificate and it arrived in Austin just as we were leaving for the Austin airport to fly to the UK.

We visited Andrew Theophilus family in Stevenage and then drove to Wales to see what could be found. 

The Wales village where my Great Grandparents were married was Rhandirmwyn.  It is in a beautiful setting.  We were surprised to find one third of the grave yards are filled with Theophili. Chris & I found a pub store and they suggested we try talking to folks at the school.  At the school, a man said we needed to meet Dorie Theophilus.  He led us to her home.  She pulled out Theophilus documents and brought us some tea.  She then informed us that she needed to go shopping and left us in her home to look at the information.  Dorie led us to William Theophilus and his family.  We found similar links in our families, however no exact matches.  We have continued to communicate with William and exchanged Christmas cards with Dorie.  We were very saddened to learn that she passed away in 2007.

 

Pannig Street was where Martin's Great grandmother lived in Rhandirmwyn when she was married.

View video of visit to Rhandirmwyn

William Theophilus on his farm in Rhandirmwyn. 

Chris, Theophilus' in Wales & Martin

Peggy, Martin's Sister (2003)

John, Paul,Karen,Claudia,Joe,George,Margaret,Karl & Peggy (Martin's Sister)

Martin & Chris in Virgin islands visiting Anthony

Anthony in the Virgin Islands

Anthony & Chris in the Virgin Islands - view video

Chris & Martin sailing with Frank David from DHS

Chris & Martin sailing with Frank David from DHS • View video

Laura, Jeff & Ben

Joe, Margaret, Peggy, John & Karen

Chris & Ken - Houston apartment

Martin,  Chris & Ken (while Ken at Art Institute in Houston)

 

Martin, Chris & Ken

Chris & Ken with Grandparents Perez in Houston

Chris & Ken with Perez family in Houston

 

Ken & Janette in Houston during C&M visit

Chris, Ken & Mindy

Thanksgiving - Peggy (arrived late left early), Ken, Ken's friend, Mindy John, Margaret, Joe, C & M

Chris, Ken & Mindy

Chris, Martin, Ken & Mindy

Laura & Jeff watching Tracie Lynn play at Gruene Hall

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