1967 Flying over the Big Bend • Brewster County Communications/CD Center • Carol and Martin's wedding and Honeymoon • view video Part 2 Six Flags
1967 Santa Fe Train Wreck • Alpine Band • Christmas1967 • view video
In 1967 Corky Thornton, Carol and Martin's Sul Ross classmate and Police Dispatch co-worker, asked if we wanted to go to a Santa Fe train wreck south of the old Marfa Army Airbase. Corky's Dad was the track manager for Santa Fe and in spite of warning the company about potential rock slides, Santa Fe had not had a chance to fix the area. Corky arranged for his Mom, Carol and Martin to accompany the work crew to the wreck site. Unfortunately there was limited room on the work cart, so Corky ended up walking the couple of miles. It was very interesting to watch Santa Fe to move the large heavy engines and place them back on the track. Also we noticed they clipped into the telephone wires, so they had communication. Simpler time. Unfortunately Martin ran out of film and had to shoot brief clips at the end.
Corky and Martin were both Sul Ross Music Education majors. Normally, when graduating Seniors completed their Practice Teaching, they spent a full semester, either Fall or Spring. Due to the nature of the high school music programs, the Fall was marching band and the Spring was concert band focused. Corky and Martin convinced AHS and SR to allow the to share the Practice Teaching assignments for the full school year. This enabled us to learn the entire spectrum of the music program. Sharing the 1967-1968 wit Corky was truly fun. Martin's first band directing contract offer was with Fort Davis and he was warned by the Parks and Wildlife Officer Sanford DeVoll, a friend and Fort Davis School Board member that the band program was being eliminated. Martin verified it was true, withdrew his application and went to work for Sul Ross' security, while also taking some graduate courses. He subsequently has hired by the Texas Department of Human Services where he worked in Child Protective Services and Training for 22 years. One other comment. While working for the State, Martin visited Corky in Bronte, TX where Corky began his band directing career. After sitting in on some elementary classes and 5th grade lunchroom monitoring, Martin went away thankful that he had not persuaded a band directing job. Interestingly, Martin's education was to be a band director and he went into social work. His Brother-in-law at the time, Tom Karvonen, graduated with a degree in social work and spent his career as a band director. So, I guess, we offset the universe.
1967 Christmas at the Avants and Theophilus homes and with the Karvonens • note the large box that Martin's Dad is moving. He often wrapped these big boxes, with many descending sized boxes for Martin's Mom.