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Friday, October 30, 2015

Mario Salas for State Rep. 120 with supporters & friends

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dia DeLos Muertos Altar Y Celebracion @ Biblio Tech. 10-31

Radio Newsman Johnny "Solid Gold" Shannon memorial 11-14

 Johnny Shannon devoted his life to radio and passed away on October 26, 2015. For 50 years Johnny entertained audiences in New York City, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Johnny's skill at his craft is legendary. 

He was known as the "surgeon general" in the operating room, (production room)...Johnny was also known as "Solid Gold" Shannon  because his work on the air was sterling, (or solid gold). Johnny was beloved and respected by all who knew him. 

He was the consummate gentleman. Johnny was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame in. 2015

 Unfortunately Johnny passed without  life or burial insurance. The memorial service will cost $3,500 and will be held at the Medical Center Baptist Church 7015 Wurzbach Road (78240 for those who will be using your GPS) The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday November 14th.  

Anything you can do to  help with the funeral expenses will very much  appreciated. The monies raised will go to Johnny's son, John Wayne Shannon  Jr., who will dispense the expenses.  In advance, thank you for anything  you can do to help Johnny "Solid Gold" Shannon with the kind of send off he so richly deserves. Thanks so much to all of you who have donated so far to this radio legend to let him know much he was loved and admired and may God bless all of you.

Johnny Shannon Jr. (210-719-0871) 

Monday, October 26, 2015

American Legion Post 336 in Leon Valley hosts Nat'l Cdr. 10-31

Audie Murphy American Legion Post 336
Judge Advocate Steve Walker
& Post Commander Walter Geraghty
The American Legion Media Contacts:           
( Robert Masten)/ 210-497-2103 /               
(Walter Geraghty)210-684-4189 /                      

The American Legion Walk for Veterans Coming to (San Antonio)

The American Legion has just announced that it will hold a Walk for Veterans though the Raymond Rimkus Park in Leon Valley, October 31st.
Leading the Walk will be American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett and Department of Texas Commander John McKinny.

“The purpose of this Walk is to raise public awareness about the crucial issues facing America’s veterans and their families,” said Department Commander McKinny.  

“An estimated 22 veterans a day commit suicide.  Traumatic brain injuries have become a signature wound of the Global War on Terrorism and up to 20 percent of the men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are believed to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Veterans still have difficulty receiving health care in a timely manner and many have been waiting years to have their disability claims resolved.  We owe it to those who served our country to never forget their sacrifice and devotion.  We are walking for those who marched for us.”

The Walk will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday October 31st. The length of the walk is 1 mile and will start and end at the park pavilion located off the parking lot at 6440 Evers Road.

Some of the proceeds will benefit The American Legion National Emergency Fund, which has provided more than $8 million of assistance to American Legion Family members and posts that have been impacted by natural disasters in communities across the country since 1969.

The registration fee is $10 and will include a t-shirt. Local VIPs have been invited to participate. For more information about The American Legion Walk for Veterans or to register, please visit: or call 210-497-2103.

About The American Legion
The nation’s largest wartime veterans organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fundraiser for Tax Assessor Albert Uresti @ Liberty Bar, 11-12

"Just a Thought" Column continues in La Prensa of SA, 10-25

Just a Thought: Dia de Los Muertos
By Steve Walker

Next Sunday San Antonio officially celebrates Dia de Los Muertos. However yesterday and today the city got a head start on the partying by bringing together traditional art and culture with the best in live music entertainment. 

The festivities include an art market, hands-on workshops, altar exhibit and dance, drum and puppet procession.  

The Day of the Dead activities in Mexico developed from ancient traditions among its pre-Columbian cultures acknowledges the death of its ancestors.

Rituals celebrating the deaths of those ancestors have been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. The festival that developed into the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month.

The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead", corresponding to the modern La Calavera Catrina.

By the late 20th century in most regions of Mexico, the practices developed to honor dead children and infants on November 1, and to honor deceased adults on November 2.

November 1 is generally referred to as Día de los Inocentes ("Day of the Innocents") but also as Día de los Angelitos. ("Day of the Little Angels") November 2 is referred to as Día de los Muertos. (“Day of the Dead”)

Of all the Hispanic celebrations we celebrate her in San Antonio, Dia de Los Muertos is the only one to date that I have not participated in over the years. It is on my bucket list. For whatever reason I have somehow missed the opportunity to do so.

I recently discovered that the Smithsonian Institution with the University of Texas in El Paso has established a Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum and accompanying multimedia e-book: Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead.

The project's website contains some of the text and images which explain the origins of some of the customary core practices surrounding the Day of the Dead, such as the background beliefs and the offrenda. (The special altar commemorating one's deceased loved one)

The altar exhibit includes up to seven levels. They represent the levels the soul must go through to get to final rest. It includes an image of a loved one to help the soul find its home.

The traditional day of the dead colors are orange, black, purple and yellow. Incense is used to make the evil spirits go away. The use of salt purifies and avoids corruption and an ash cross cleanses the soul to the offering.

With all the various Hispanic celebrations to participate in throughout the year in the Alamo City, Dia de Los Muertos is one that has a long religious tradition. The rich history adds to the diverse culture of the city we know as San Antonio. 

As always, what I write is "Just a Thought.”  

Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran, former Journalist & Judge

San Antonio Community Pride Special to air on government station

Parade will begin with a wreath laying ceremony at Alamo,
Saturday, Nov. 7th, Parade begins at noon

The SA Community Pride Special will air at the following times on PATV:
Sunday October 25th and November 1st at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
 Wednesday October 28th and November 4th at 10 a.m.
Frank W. Burns, Jr. Television Programming Coordinator Dept. of Government & Public Affairs City of San Antonio (210) 207-4000

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton's recent visit to the Alamo City draws huge crowd

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Carlitos Uresti former SA Hispanic Chamber Chair Patricia Stout, SA Hispanic Chamber CEO Ramiro Cavazos,Univision 41 Anchor Antonio Guillen, Linda Montellano, Sylvia Don, Bexar County Young Democrats President Carlos DeLeon, Ivalis Meza Gonzalez,judicial candidate Rosie Alvarado, former Councilwoman Leticia Cantu, Bexar County Sheriff candidate Javier Salazar, Dr. Gloria Rodriguez, St. Rep District 117 candidate Carlos Antonio Raymond, Clinton supporters Hillary sign held by Henry Rodriguez

Close to a thousand supporters turned out to hear Democratic Presidential candidateHillary Clinton speak to a Latino Summit  with the US Hispanic Chamber ofCommerce and a Hillary for President rally at Sunset Station