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during the same weekend as the already popular Texas State Arts and Crafts
Fair. Kennedy, once a staunch Republican supporter, and flag-bearer for John
Tower, is not bashful to admit his pleasure at President and Ladybird Johnson's
visit to the Festival, accompanied by Darrell Royal and his wife, and a covey of
Secret Service men.
Over the next quarter century the Festival achieved legendary status as thou-
sands of visitors came to the annual outdoor bonanza, camping at the Quiet
Valley Ranch which became the Kennedy's home. The 63-acre ranch, alongside
a stretch of Highway 16 that was once part of the Old Spanish Trail Loop, for-
merly belonged to the Lamb family who migrated to the Hill Country from
Canada in the i86os.
Novices and leading folk musicians shared the festival's program. Kenneth
Threadgill, Steve Fromholtz, and Mance Lipscomb typify the standard set early
and maintained throughout. The author writes that once the Festival took hold,
"the spiritual optimism of Kerrville . . . would keep us together for decades."
Failures were not infrequent in his other ventures, and it was only this spirit,
together with a cadre of dedicated volunteers, that enabled him to continue with
such lasting enthusiasm.
The chapters are organized chronologically, each recording an account of
events and an update of Kennedy's lasting recreational passion-collecting and
racing such vintage sports cars as a 1959 Porsche Spyder, a D-Type Jaguar, and a
The book is a testament to the author's exemplary record-keeping, and liber-
ally illustrated with black-and-white photographs of musicians and cars. It has
been edited by Hugh C. Sparks, who has probably toned down the author's ebul-
lience, leaving readers with a stimulating if exhausting slice of twentieth-century
Austin JANE MANASTER
Pzgskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas Hzgh School Football Coaches. By Ty Cashion.
Foreword by O. A. "Bum" Phillips. (Austin: Texas State Historical Associ-
ation, 1998. Pp. xii+3o9. Foreword, acknowledgments, illustrations, intro-
duction, appendix, notes, index. ISBN o-87611-168-1. $29.95, cloth).
Pigskin Pulpit is the history of an icon who once stood almost as tall in Texas as
the cowboy-the high school football coach. Ty Cashion, relying heavily on
information gleaned from interviews with eighty-one of the game's past and pre-
sent mentors, relates those coaches' experiences to the story of twentieth-centu-
ry Texas: rural beginnings honed by depression and war, urban expansion
fueled by postwar growth, and eventual challenges to traditional values.
Although unconvincing in its contention that football was successful in molding
the character of most young men, the book's perspective should not keep histo-
rians and others from reading a revealing history of the most visible of public
school employees. Readers who delve beyond the coaches' hype will find a vivid-
ly written monograph that not only describes coaches' lives within the athletic
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