San Antonio Class Trip Cancelled

March 12, 2020

San Antonio travelers- given the current state of affairs relating to the Virus, I think the best course of action is to postpone the trip. I am thinking about rescheduling for around the same time next year. I am working with the vendors now and hope that any expenses will be muted. As soon as I get all the numbers, I will let everyone know what you owe. 

If you sent a check to Fritz, my guess is that he has not cashed it. If that is the case, he will rip it up and I will send out a new bill. If he did cash it, I will send you a refund minus expenses. 

I apologize for any transportation costs you might have to incur, but I see no other prudent course of action. Here’s to San Antonio ‘21. I thank everyone who weighed in with their thoughts. R.


For those of you planning on WACO, Bob Wright informs me that Waco, too, is cancelled. We'll try again next year.


Wednesday March 25 – Sunday March 29, 2020

Trip leader Robby Robinson reports the trip is at full capacity with 45 classmates signed up – but there can be last-minute cancellations. Contact Robby to be put on the wait list.

Here's the working itinerary:

Thurs Mar 26 – After breakfast at the hotel, board buses and spend the day in Fredericksburg, including the Nimitz Museum with a special tour guide, and the LBJ Ranch. Dinner at the ranch of  classmate Bart English.

Friday Mar 27 – Breakfast at the hotel followed by a day of history, touring the Alamo and visiting some of the other missions which were such a large part of early Texas history and the battle for independence. Initial plans are for Professor Sean Wilentz to lead us in battle!! Dinner will be a dine-around in downtown San Antonio. 

Sat Mar 28 -- Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a barge trip along the famous River Walk and tour of the historic Pearl Brewery. Other attractions include a cooking demonstration of some local delicacies, and viewing the work of some  talented artisans. Dinner will be at a private venue in town. 

Sun Mar 29-  Breakfast at the hotel, included in the trip cost. For those heading to Waco for the trip add-on (see below), a mid-morning departure is needed to get folks there by mid afternoon. For everyone else. safe travels home.

Trip participants

Frances Ashley
Russ and Kathy Ayres
Larry and Carol Barbour
Sandy Bieber and Linda Rosenzweig
Freeman Craig
Jack and Meg Crews
Bill and BJ deGolian
Norm and Liz Duffett
Ray and Helen DuBois
Bart English
Mark and Lynn Extein
Burcham and Alicia Fuqua
Tom and Maryanne Guido
Bob and Shelly Gunn
Glenn and Irene Haas
Jesse Hackell and Judy Esterow
Rick and Chris Hammitt
Doug and Joan Harrison
Mike and Martile Schroder
Rob and Christine Smart
Mike and Toni Stoll
Ed Strauss
Rich Sun and Phyliss Hollenback

Tim and Patty Howard
David and Maureen Kimball
David and Wendy Kixmiller
Charlie Kohl and Philio Cushing
Larry and Melissa Kurtz
Grace Labatt and Bob Swartz
Barbara Lang
Alan Makovsky
Ed and Jeanne McConnell
Locke and Joy McKenzie
Rod and Becky McNealy
Nikos Monoyios and Valerie Brackett
Merc Morris and Ginny Boyle
Bruce and Bev Nickerson
Mary O’Boyle
Don and Gail Pyle
Skip and Camille Rankin
Jim and Chris Robinson
Randy and Lisa Swenson
Tony Tichenor
Brad Walter
Bob and Sallie Wright

WACO: Optional trip add-on courtesy of Bob and Sallie Wright

Bob and Sallie are offering this option for '72 San Antonio travelers who might like to spend another couple of nights in Texas and enjoy some Central Texas hospitality.  

Bob reports that rooms are reserved at the Waco Downtown Hilton, situated across from the Brazos River, for Sunday and Monday nights (March 29-30) after the San Antonio trip concludes.

Plans for  Sunday include a late afternoon cocktail reception at Sallie’s family’s home near downtown Waco.  Built in 1892, when Cotton was King, it has been owned and occupied by her family continuously for over 100 years.  It is on the Texas and National Historic Registers and is an amazing place to visit.  Sallie’s sister Elizabeth and her husband, Stuart Smith, have lived there since 1994, and will be our hosts.  Stuart is a renowned mountain climber of the world’s highest summits and was the first American to accomplish the Explorer’s Grand Slam. Dinner at a downtown restaurant will follow the reception.

Waco highlights on the flexible itinerary for Sunday and Monday include:

  • Magnolia Market at the Silos (for Fixer-Upper fans)
  • the Waco Mammoth National Monument
  • the Waco Suspension Bridge (completed in 1870) – the first toll bridge for cattle on the Chisholm Trail, an engineering marvel for its time, and the first major suspension bridge in Texas, its cabling coming all the way from the Roebling Company in New York (which later built the Brooklyn Bridge)
  • the Dr. Pepper Museum
  • the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  • parks, jogging trails and other attractive amenities along the Brazos River downtown.  

Monday lunch will be at the Baylor Club, located within the new Baylor Stadium. (Interesting side note from Bob – Robby handled the bond financing for the stadium!).  And dinner that night will be at Sallie’s family's farm in China Spring, 13 miles northwest of Waco. Bob adds, "I can tell you from many years of personal experience that it’s a delightful place to spend a nice spring evening."  

 For traveling home, American Airlines flies out of Waco to Dallas.  Many Wacoans, however, just drive to Austin or Dallas (DFW) and fly from there (about 1 hr. 45 mins. to get to either).