Lone Star Junction

Since 1995

A Family Friendly Website
About Texas and Its Rich History

E-mail from our Viewers

1996 Correspondence

Fri, 27 Dec 1996
I enjoyed your page with Texas events and Texans on stamps. I think you could add another stamp. A Texas Windmill was depicted on a stamp about 20 years ago. See the following page: http://keynes.fb12.tu-berlin.de/luftraum/konst/stamps/texas.html. --Joseph Ward, Salt Lake City, UT (wardjw@caedm.et.byu.edu)
...Hi Joseph. Great find! And thanks for your email. We will add the windmill stamp to our Texas Scrapbook pages soon. Its interesting that someone in Utah located the Texas stamp on a web server in Germany, then notified someone in Virginia (where I now live). With the internet, the world's getting smaller every day. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 5 Dec 1996
During the last legislative session, the Legislature designated the Monarch Butterfly as the Official Insect of the State of Texas. Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth sponsored the resolution at the request of school students in her district. Recently, the same school district informed us that they will have access to the internet. Rep. Wohlgemuth would like to direct the same students to your internet site. The students will be able to learn more and better enjoy Texas history. Would it be possible to place a picture of the Monarch on your web site? We can assist with a photo if you are agreeable. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you. --Chris Britton (Chris.Britton@house.state.tx.us)
...Hi, Chris. Thanks for your email. Yes, we will be delighted to place the image on Lone Star Junction. Just send the photo and we will get it "on the net" within a few days. Will send more via email. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Mon, 18 Nov 1996
Congratulations! Just found your site this evening and was very impressed with its structure and historical content. Good job! --Byron A. Johnson, Director, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco (bjohnson@eramp.net)

Fri, 15 Nov 1996
What a joy to find your page!!! I remember sitting around the piano as a kid listening to my dad play many of those same songs! Especially the Scott Joplin Rags!!!! He's gone now for 13 yrs, and I had forgotten the rich treasure of being able to listen to him play! I have five children that he never got to see; I just wish I had recorded his piano playing! Thanks so much for the memories. PS: We are a home schooling family and I intend to use your website for a Texas History unit in the near future. --Kate Huffman, Hickory Creek, TX (huffmans@airmail.net)

Fri, 8 Nov 1996
I'm writing to offer my services as a volunteer to help with the site, per your appeal. I'm a native of Liberty, graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (1978) and Baylor (1980). Since 1985 I've been an editor with the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). Right now I'm in Mbabane, Swaziland and have disposable time. I'll help anyway I can. --Rick Rhodes, Mbabane, Swaziland (rsrhodes@iafrica.sz)
...We sincerely appreciate your offer, Rick. We'll be in touch via email soon. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Wed, 6 Nov 1996
Love your site...So much so that I finally decided to move home to Austin around the first of the year. Thanks. --Jim Murphy, Medford, Oregon (jimurphy@jeffnet.org)
...Hi Jim. We're flattered that Lone Star Junction helped convince you to move back to Texas. As indicated on our "About Lone Star Junction" page, we are also exiles, now living in Fairfax, VA, and hope some day to move back to the Lone Star State. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Sat, 2 Nov 1996
A million pardons, but the Texas Horned Lizard is NOT a/k/a a horned frog. Rather, it is commonly known, at least in North Central Texas, (Dallas) as a "horny toad."
.....Yes, it is understood that this could well develop into the great debate as to whether the creature at hand is more often referred to as a "horned frog", or a "horny toad", but such is not the intent of this correspondence. The intent is just to bring to light the fact that after 30 years in this state (since the day I was born), and having captured many of the above described creatures, I have never heard them refered to as "horned frogs." [Students at] TCU may disagree, but I still think of the cold blooded suckers as "horny toads!"
.....Anyway, I think your page is great, and I just wanted to share a few of my thoughts concerning the possible misnomer of this famous Texas creature with you all. I would hate for the rest of the nation to be misled as to the common nomenclature used to describe some of our more unique wildlife. Heaven knows, as we all put our horses to stable on our thousand acre ranches each night, and have someone stand watch for the Indians, we would all sleep better knowing the world has an accurate picture of our rich and independent culture in this great State. Very truly yours,
--David Rankin (drankin@wt.net)
...David, you are absolutely correct, and we have changed the reference to our Horny Toad Image accordingly. I guess we were being a little too accommodating to our friends at TCU. Thanks for your input. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Wed, 30 Oct 1996
This is the most wonderful website, and sure helps the homesick blues! My son actually is impressed that I could sing Texas, Our Texas (back when I went to school in Round Rock, we had to memorize it in 2nd grade). Your great website is now my number one favorite spot. I'm helping with the family tree, and your site also gives some great links. Once again, thanks--and please, keep up this website! --Carol, Fayetteville, AR (Cls0115@aol.com)

Sat, 26 Oct 1996
Hi, I'm a student at the University of Houston. Y'all seem to have a skill at music. How are y'all "recording" this music to midi files? I am a member of a fraternity at UH and we have been racking our brains trying to figure out how to convert a couple of songs out of our fraternity song book into midi files for our home page. Thanks for any suggestions. I really enjoy the Lone Star Junction. --E. Ty Thomas (tythomas@ix.netcom.com)
...Hi Ty. Thanks for your interest in Lone Star Junction. The easiest and most common way to record midi music is with a keyboard. We use a Roland E-86, a full-featured stand-alone model. Other less expensive units can be obtained, however, that plug directly into your computer, and make use of the computer's sound card, storage, software, etc. Check with someone in your music department to see if a keyboard (and more importantly, a keyboard player) might be available. Good luck. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 24 Oct 1996
You have most probably been told this many times before. But once more, all the way from Singapore: you have a GREAT website and I have thoroughly enjoyed dropping in to savour the sights and sounds of Texas. --Thomas W. Koh, Singapore (twk@po.pacific.net.sg)

Thu, 17 Oct 1996
This web page is fantastic. Its loaded with information, and I can't wait to send the URL to my buddies. --Mark Slagle (mrslagle@ionet.net)

Thu, 19 Sep 1996
What a joy to this old Texican! Love what you are doing. Thanks for Lone Star Junction! --Rolfe Wagner (rolfe@cyberport.com)

Sun, 1 Sep 1996
Finding your web site was like striking oil! I love the songs and I am very interested in the early Texas folklore, some of which may involve my ancestors. --M. B. Barbre, Sacramento, CA (mbbarbre@aol.com)

Sat, 24 Aug 1996
Your web site is awesome and much appreciated. I've added a link to your site in my web page so more folks can enjoy what you're doing. --Charles M. Yates, Dripping Springs, TX (cmyates@ix.netcom.com)

Tue, 20 Aug 1996
Keep up the excellent work you're doing as editor of Lone Star Junction. This web site was a godsend to say the least. I'm always amazed at the wealth of knowledge that exists with people from so many parts of the state! I plan on visiting the site daily, and look forward to any and all information on Texas history. Thanks again. --Bill Liles, San Antonio, TX (ulysseus@ix.netcom.com)

Sat, 17 Aug 1996
As a Texan currently living in "foreign parts" (Atlanta, GA), I'd like to thank you for this great site. Just by browsing through it, I can almost feel like I'm back home in southeast Texas. Thanks. --Russell Goforth (RWG@interramp.com)

Wed, 14 Aug 1996
This has got to be the best website I have ever seen. --Alice Benson, Austin, TX (bigred3@ix.netcom.com)

Tue, 30 Jul 1996
Howdy from Sarajevo. Just a little note to say howdy to y'all from Sarajevo, Bosnia. I'm currently serving with the U. S. Army here with the IFOR information campaigne. I was surfing the net and found your site and downloaded the (Texas) screen-saver. Some of the (out-of-state) guys aren't to happy with it, but, hey, I out-rank them! Keep up the good work. Will be coming home in October and am looking forward to going home and spending Christmas with my family. Serving proudly in Sarajevo, --SSG John M. Seagraves, Sarajevo, Bosnia (seagravesj@cjcimic.sarajevo.5sigcmd.army.mil)

Sat, 27 Jul 1996
This is a terrific website! Wonderful photos and bios are a real treat to find. You do, however, have a mistake in one of your biographies. For David G. Burnet, the article says that he is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin. This is not correct. He is buried next to Sidney Sherman in Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston. Thanks for the great efforts on this website. More historic photos are always welcome. --Bill Liles, San Antonio (Ulysseus@ix.netcom.com)
...Thanks Bill, for your kind words about Lone Star Junction and your valuable input on David Burnet. We have made the correction. We appreciate your interest in our website and always welcome critique of our pages. Thanks again. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Wed, 10 Jul 1996
Absolutely Fabulous! A friend discovered your page this morning and we have been rockin' to Texas music, history, people, etc., all day long. I have the screen saver up and runnin' and can't say enough good things about this place. I will try to pass the good word along to correspondents far removed so they can have a bit of Texas too. I am listening to "Deep in the Heart" as I write this. --Barbara Lee Gates (bjgates@e-tex.com)

Mon, 8 Jul 1996
Loved it! Your Website definitely makes my Top Ten List! It is very well done and you have made some great resources available to those of us who love Texana. Please tell Mrs. Hardeman thank you very much for sharing her Texas stamp collection. It made for delightful browsing! Keep up the good work. I'll be back often. --Jan (Jnhouse@aol.com)

Sun, 7 Jul 1996
Great Site. I just finished a quick tour of the Lone Star Junction. What a great site. Thanks for the opportunity to visit Texas from my desktop. --Mike Godfrey (MJGodfrey@aol.com)

Thu, 4 Jul 1996
Love your website. As a seventh generation East Texan and longtime member of Daughters of the Republic of Texas, I am a true "Texasphile". I look forward to more good things on your site. Your genealogy and history section is great. Keep up the good work. --Bonnie Woolverton (bonniew@e-tex.com)

Thu, 27 Jun 1996
Hi. I am a senior editor at Texas Monthly in Austin and am researching part of a major feature we are doing on Texas web sites [scheduled for our August issue]. I came across Lone Star Junction, which I consider a real find. The area I am researching is Texas history sites, and I'd love to know if you have any favorite history sites, particularly about the Alamo or heroes of the Revolution. --Pat Sharpe, Texas Monthly (editors@texasmonthly.com)
...Hi Pat, and thank you for the kind words about Lone Star Junction. Our favorite Texas history sites are listed on our Weblinks page, accessable directly from the home page. Of particular interest for your present project would be The Alamo: An Illustrated Chronology, provided by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and Texas, Texans and the Alamo, sponsored by the Center for American History in Austin. For thumnail biographies of about thirty five early Texans, including about twenty that took part in the Texas Revolution, see Notable Texans Before 1900 found in The Archives section of Lone Star Junction. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Sun, 26 May 1996
This is one of the best www sites I have seen on the net. I will be moving to Texas (Houston) from Norway this summer, and I like the patriotism you people down there have. Just like home. Keep it up. --Owe Hernes (berger@telepost.no)

Tue, 14 May 1996
I love the Lone Star Junction web site!! As a former resident of Corpus Christi and a distant relative of Sam Houston, it makes me proud and homesick! Keep up the good work! --Scott Houston (sahousto@mtu.edu)

Fri, 3 May 1996
I recently found your location and I love it. I live in Montana now, but was born and raised in Mexia, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M. Even though I love my new home, I have been known to get homesick and your site is a shot in the arm. I also enjoy being able to show pictures of armadillos and horny toads to my kids. Keep up the good work. --Bruce F. Fain (bruce@murphkirk.com)

Fri, 3 May 1996
Hello! Great site, I am enjoying reading about Texas-especially since my partner and I are being transfered there from Alberta, Canada, very soon. --Jeanne Ross (rossj@cybersurf.net)

Mon, 29 Apr 1996
Thanks for some solid and handsomely presented material. I'm researching locations for a historical mini-series that may be filmed in Texas, and this is a great place to learn what happened where. Good work!! --Carol Pirie, Texas Film Commission (cpirie@governor.texas.gov)

Sat, 20 Apr 1996
Uncle Lyman, Lone Star Junction is GREAT!!! I love it! I'm sure any Texan loves it! I know I do. I have one comment about Lone Star Junction. You might want to include an area or just a small section for kids. Like have a puzzle about your homepage or Texas History or a test or quiz-like section with questions about Texas History. I read your E-mail page. It was neat. --Ginger Hardeman (bhardem@bihs.net)
...Ginger, it's really nice to receive your e-mail--from 1500 miles away in cyberspace. I'm glad that you are enjoying our website. You make a pretty convincing case to start a new section on Lone Star Junction. With such an outstanding idea from such a smart niece, how can I say no! We'll get to work on a kid's section soon. --Uncle Lyman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 11 Apr 1996
Thanks for your great page. I have added a link from my own home page to help others find you. Do you have any suggestion regarding my problem with the screen saver? I get the starry background, but not the revolving icon. Thanks again. --Jerry Mullen (jmullen@flash.net)
...Thank you, Jerry, for the heads-up on the problem with the Texas screen saver, accessible free of charge from Lone Star Junction's home page. Upon investigation, we have been able to replicate the problem on another Windows machine. The problem is related to the process of installing the screen saver into the same directory as that used by the installation files. To correct the problem, we have revised the installation procedure, as outlined on the screen saver web page. Please let us know if you have any further difficulty. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)]
...Fri, 19 Apr 1996: YES! Your new instructions fixed my problem with the screen saver. Thanks again, and keep up the good work! --Jerry Mullen

Thu, 21 Mar 1996
You are to be commended for your effort to represent the State to create the feeling of a special place without the usual feeling of overt bragging. Thank you. --David Sturges (sunny10@hiline.net)

Sat, 9 Mar 1996
What you have done is great. I love it... Thank you. I will be back to your site! Keep up the good work. --Daphne Gerald (d.gerald@mail.utexas.edu)

Sat, 2 Mar 1996
Hi, thank you for your page on Stephen F. Austin. My daughter has a report to do about this famous Texan and your information is a big help... thanks, --Carl Twilley (csp@onramp.net)

Tue, 27 Feb 1996
What a great web sight. I needed a picture of Stephen F. Austin for my son's school project and found you by searching for this. --Bob Cox (rcox@autotest.com)

Sat, 20 Jan 1996
I'm a (temporarily, I hope) displaced Texan living in Alexandria, Virginia. Wanted to register that I've put a link to the Lone Star Junction in my home page. Thanks for a nice service. --Stephen Strom (strom@acm.org)

Mon, 15 Jan 1996
Hi, Just thought I'd let you know that my homepage has a link to your Lone Star Junction. Let me know if you should object for any reason. Thanks, --Jeff Chavez (jeffc@earthlink.net)
...No, Jeff, we don't object at all. In fact, we encourage such links and are delighted that you chose to provide it. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 4 Jan 1996
Howdy, from a fifth-generation Texan in Oxford (England, not Mississippi, unfortunately). Just wanted to let you know that I've encountered your web site, and appreciate what you're doing. Have a nice New Year. Via con Dios, --David Key Canfil (d8782@cix.compulink.co.uk)

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