Following two days of events in Beaumont, I drove to Waco on Friday, May 29, to participate in the “Lone Star History Conference.” The conference was organized by Bob Alexander, a retired U.S. Treasury agent who launched a second career as an author. Bob has focused his research on lawmen and outlaws of frontier Texas. He writes with keen understanding of peace officers and lawbreakers, and his books have been highly popular.
|Lt. Wende Wakeman|
|Friday night reception|
Bob’s 2016 Lone Star History Conference focused on Texas Rangers, and the event was expanded to Friday evening and Sunday morning, as well as Saturday and Saturday evening. The conference leadoff program on Friday evening was an hour with Lt. Wende Wakeman, the first woman to advance to the rank of lieutenant in the Texas Rangers. Energetic and personable, Wendy was impressive in her Ranger uniform as she regaled us – aided by PowerPoint images – with the fascinating story of her life and career, in the DPS as well as the Rangers. Back at the hotel later in the evening, we socialized over a delicious spread provided by Bob and his sponsors.
|In the John Knox Memorial Center|
Frank Hamer is the subject of an outstanding new biography by John Boessenecker, a former policeman and currently a lawyer and author. Boessenecker’s discussion of The Legendary Frank Hamer, Fact vs. Fiction, was a highlight of the conference, at which his book made its debut. Other authors describing their latest books included Bob Alexander (Whiskey River Ranger: Baz Outlaw), Bill Neal (Skullduggery, Secrets and Murder: The Wells Fargo Scam), and Dave Johnson (The Fighting Horrells and the Lampasas Calamity).
|Doug Dukes holding a small Colt|
five-shooter in his right hand and,
in his left a big Walker Colt
|DPS Crime Lab Vehicle|
|Frank Malinak, Assistant Chief of|
the Texas Rangers
To watch a brief overview: http://wccc.tv/videos/view/165021200
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|Rose and Bob DeArment, a WWII vet and a |
distinguished author of the Old West
|With publisher Billy Huckaby, who recently released|
my new book on Sam Houston
|Bob Alexander introducing John Boessenecker,|
who premiered his standout new biography
of Frank Hamer at the conference
|Ron Chrisman (holding plaque) asked all UNT authors|
to join him when he received a award for
publishing Old West books
|Standing beside "Frank Hamer" and a 1934 Ford|
|Replica of a late 1800s Ranger camp|