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Old 11-07-2007, 09:05 AM
 
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Yep, to clarfiy, Bigfoot is locked up at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), which Slick founded.
He also founded SFBR. His family is still very much involved in the place.

Now, I am not sure if this story is accurate, but I was told he founded SFBR first because he had this vision about researching health problems for Texans (hence a lot of work on diabetes and heart problems). Then realizing such a place with soft funding would not be able to generate its own income, founded SwRI to help support SFBR.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:17 AM
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When I was barely in my teens, my father retired from the Air Force and was subsequently hired by Southwest Research Institute (late 70s). I would accompany him sometimes to work (passing the old Alamo Downs horse track off Culebra Rd also!!) and while he would do his errands or go to the SWRI Credit Union, I would explore the surrounding areas including the old Victorian house (the Cable House, built in 1883, which was originally the winter home of railroad tycoon, Mr Cable)..that was still there. I remember walking up onto the porch and peeking inside this old house and seeing that it was mostly used for storage at that time. It had huge porches upstairs and downstairs that went around the house and had terrific views of downtown SA to the east. I was sad when the Institute had the house torn down but I seem to remember that they were offering it to someone if they would move it from the original site...I'll have to ask my father about that though.

My father has since retired from SWRI but before he left, and after the house was torn down, he was able to keep a large old black and white framed photograph of the house that my sister now owns and hangs in her own house. She loved the Victorian house also and begged my father for the framed photo so she lucked out with it. I'll have her take a pic of the photo with her digital camera and post it on here soon.

Edit: Found this old photo of the Cable house online..I'll still post a pic of the one my sister now has...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e255/corinth940/cable.gif (broken link)

Last edited by 940; 11-07-2007 at 09:27 AM.. Reason: found old pic online...
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:32 AM
 
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wow..thanks for that picture, 940! Amazing house! I'm honestly surprised that the "family" allowed it to be torn down. Definitely worth salvaging and restoring for historical purposes.

Tom Slick was also a huge art collector. Much of his collection ended up at the McNay Art Museum. There wasn't much this man wasn't into...
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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I never knew who Tom B Slick was, but I did now who this Tom Slick was..from the 60's cartoons
http://theimaginaryworld.com/can30.jpg
Tony...funny you would bring up that old cartoon series. I remember it running back to back with "George of the Jungle". I've often wondered if those cartoons were inspired by Tom B. Slick since he often went on jungle expeditions in the midst of traveling around the world.

Last edited by BstYet2Be; 04-07-2008 at 04:55 PM.. Reason: copyrighted material removed... use links please!
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:56 PM
 
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Oh wow! I can't believe they tore down that house!
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:22 PM
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Here's the pic I promised from the old Cable house framed photo that my sister owns.
Sorry if it's a bit dark but she was having trouble getting a good shot for me...

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Old 11-09-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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OMG.....that is unbelieveable that they tore that down. Almost as bad as when O'Neil Ford tore down the Urrutia Mansion on Broadway!!!!! That place would have been a museum or something grand!
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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wCat, I was looking at one of your earlier threads. My cousin use to fly for
Tom Slick, Slick Airlines. I know he liked Tom Slick very much and was sad to move on. My cousin was a WW 2 vet having flown bombers over the hump (far east).

closest I could get to an airplane!
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:32 PM
 
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The victorian house that the Texas Handbook is refering to would be the Cable House. Sadly it was torn down many years ago. It was a grand looking old place that, IMO, should have been restored. There is a scale model of it on display in the library.
That's what I was talking about , the old ranch house. So it was torn down not moved .I thought that might have been the case.

I read all about this stuff way back. Had two friends (brothers) worked at SWRI in the 70's.
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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[quote=wCat;1952477]OMG.....that is unbelieveable that they tore that down. Almost as bad as when O'Neil Ford tore down the Urrutia Mansion on Broadway!!!!! That place would have been a museum or something grand!

I didn't know until recently that O'neil Ford lived behind San Jose Mission. Back when I lived about three blks. in front of it. He used to have visitors such as Clint Eastwood. They hung out at "The Landing" when it was in the basement of the Nix Hospital.
Btw, was reading about the Urrutia's recently . Where was the actual home located?
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