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Video Review: Bandits, Bootleggers, and Businessmen

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Video Review: Bandits, Bootleggers, and Businessmen
« on: December 31, 2006, 11:37:28 AM »
I just watched a DVD that was a part of mine and Sarah's generous wedding gift from you fine folks here at BBC.   The video, Bandits, Bootleggers, and Businessmen: A HISTORY OF THE BIG BEND, TEXAS, 1848-1948, has the production qualities of a typical local PBS station in the 80's (when it was made), but the content is priceless!  Get this, interviews with Hallie Stillwell, Gilberto Luna's son and grandson, and many more old timers from that ranching era of the early 20th century.  There is also an interview with BIBEARCH's wife regarding the early Mexican settlers.

Listening to the interviews of these old timers talk about the trials and tribulations of the time way back in "the day," is priceless stuff! Fascinating piece and worth having in any descent, respectable Big Bender's library.

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Video Review: Bandits, Bootleggers, and Businessmen
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2007, 11:28:42 AM »
Thanks.  That sounds like a good one to get.  Will have to check it out.



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Re: Video Review: Bandits, Bootleggers, and Businessmen
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2007, 02:06:41 PM »
I had been wanting to buy this video for a long time but never got around to it.  Then one day I found it at the library!  I checked it out and I agree, it is a very good production.  Most of the photos and stories are in covered in the many Big Bend history books, but it was very nice to see and hear them in a different format.  The interviews alone were worth the watch.  My dad watched it with me and he was telling me that one of the men being interviewed (can't remember his name now) was my great-grandmother's neighbor in Marathon.
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