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bachelor of arts degree in government and economics in 1955. Seven
years later he received a master of arts in those same subject areas.
After stints at the Texas Employment Commission and the Texas
Research League, Al went to work at the University of Texas Institute of
Texan Cultures in San Antonio, where he retired in 1990. He then
spent three years in the university advancement office at Southwest
Texas State University before retiring again to organize his private
library and buy an occasional book. He is the author of several, includ-
ing Printing Arts in Texas (1975, reprinted 1982), cited as one of John H.
Jenkins' Basic Texas Books.
Al's introduction to the Texas State Historical Association came on
Saturday, May 7, 1949. His eighth-grade history teacher, Miss Minnie
Knispel, was a generous-hearted maiden lady of middling years, who
loaded him and Clara Beth Woodall into her late model Chevy and
drove them to the Junior Historian meeting at Austin's Driskill Hotel.
Dorman Winfrey was taking up tickets at the banquet. It was only the sev-
enth annual meeting of this group. Al doesn't remember the speaker,
but remembers being hypnotized by the crystal ball, the first he had ever
seen. This was not the last banquet address he ever slept through.
Today Al and Darlyne, his wife of thirty-four years, enjoy the company
of their son, Todd; their son-in-law, Rob Northcutt; and their daughter,
Cathy, who is the mother of their three boisterous grandsons. Al contin-
ues to be active in community endeavors. He is past president of the
Texas Folklore Society (1990-1991) and the Book Club of Texas
(1992-1994). He was a member of the first Texas Committee for the
Humanities from 1971 to 1975. He has served on the advisory council
of the Texas Center for the Book since its inception and is a contribut-
ing editor of Texas Books in Review. Throughout much of the decade of
the 1970os, and in the absence of opposition, he served as Democratic
precinct chairman of the South Stringtown-Center Point-York Creek
metroplex. He and Darlyne have both served at different times as presi-
dent of the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters. He was on the
Hays County Historical Commission from 1986 to 1998. He is currently
serving his second non-consecutive term on the board of the Central
Texas Higher Education Authority. He and Darlyne are active in the
First United Methodist Church of San Marcos. They both attend meet-
ings of the Western History Association and several state and regional
historical societies. Al has presided from time to time as sheriff of the
San Antonio Corral of Westerners International. As a retired lieutenant
colonel of artillery with service in the Texas Army National Guard and
the United States Army Reserve, he also serves on the Military History
Committee of the National Guard Association of Texas.
In a day and in a university town where everybody aspires to be an
activist of some kind or another, Al is carving out an exciting new role
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