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Mel Brown

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About Mel Brown
Email: melbjr@earthlink.net





Book Excerpts

  • CHINESE HEART OF TEXAS by Mel Brown
    The San Antonio Community, 1875-1975
    San Antonio Conservation Society "2007 BEST BOOK AWARD"

  • Author writes on "Chinese Heart of Texas"

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  • Columns:

  • A Valentine Story 2-10-11
    Valentines Day 1986 fell on a Friday as it sometimes does. For my wife Lorraine that meant a late afternoon school party with her Special Education colleagues enjoying a few goodies before heading home. And sure enough, when Mom pulled into our driveway a little before suppertime, we could see a back seat full of helium filled balloons, some red ones and a few white ones too...

  • San Antonio's New Braunfels Avenue Bridge 9-2-08

  • Adventures of Eddie Fung: Chinatown Kid, Texas Cowboy, Prisoner of War 6-26-08

  • Five Buildings of San Antonio 4-1-08
    The Star, the Pig, the Dealership, the Icehouse and the Chinese Grocery

  • Kathy Dell: A Cowboy's Sweetheart; the life of a famous unknown 2-18-08
    "Dell’s true importance to the state’s music history is found in the pioneering spirit and unconventional accomplishments of her career... in two male dominated professions, first as a rodeo star and then as a country musician and band leader."

  • J. Frank Dobie and Colonel Jack Jenkins 1-1-08
    Two Texans become friends in War-torn England
    "The two images have never before been published or even seen outside Jack Jenkins' family and I would like to share them - and the story behind them - with Texas Escapes' readers." - Mel Brown

  • Gruene 11-16-07

  • The Short Yet Semi-Happy Life of Zip the Dog 10-15-07
    Ever since seeing an old movie long ago titled “The Biscuit Eater” I have been enamored of coon dogs. Something about their especially soulful faces and incredible voices has always touched me deeply, perhaps the result of some fifteen or so generations of Southern heritage...

  • "Rattlesnake Bomber Base" - The Rattler 9-27-06

  • Humble Station, San Antonio, 1938 9-13-07

  • Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers 7-1-07

  • 35 Years of Humble Service - San Antonio's C.K. Brown 6-12-07

  • Zuehl, Texas 4-18-07

  • Hochheim General Store - photo 2-25-08



  • Biography

    Mel Brown was born in San Antonio, Texas shortly after WW II. He is a fifth generation Texan who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. Mel married Lorraine Lee of Houston in 1974, then settled in Austin where they have raised a son and two daughters. Mel has been a professional fine artist since 1976 specializing in Southwestern landscape and aviation subjects and is a member of the United States Air Force Art Program. Now as a full-time writer, CHINESE HEART of TEXAS; the San Antonio Community 1875-1975 is his third book dealing with San Antonio's rich and colorful history. "I'm a general history buff concentrating mainly on San Antonio, WW II and aviation subjects plus just about anything Texana." Mel's first book was SAN ANTONIO In Vintage Postcards while the second was Wings Over San Antonio, a photographic history of military aviation there in over 200 images. Chinese Heart of Texas is the first lengthy and detailed history of the Chinese in Texas to be published anywhere. He is currently working on a follow up to it titled TexAsian Infusion that will cover the significant Asian immigration into San Antonio since 1975. This includes the Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai/Cambodian, Filipino and Indian communities as well. A second book also currently in progress is titled San Antonio; Past, Present & Always which will be a look at that city's rich heritage and present development as depicted in over 300 vintage postcards, plus archival and modern images, most in color. Text will be largely anecdotal based on Mel's memories of growing up in the historic Alamo City and will also feature a price guide for the many postcards featured. He also can be seen in the recent PBS/KLRN production titled "Wings Over the Alamo" which is a history of aviation in San Antonio that features a number of his aviation paintings and an interview.



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