L. Watson, Ph.D.
1040 Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-4152 send email
edition of the Port Aransas South Jetty newspaper
The South Jetty newspaper was started in
1971 by Suzanna Reeder and Steve Frishman. Suzanna's father Ray
funded the project, if I remember correctly. Corky Furlow and
Richard Moore were writers in the first issue. Sorry about the
terrible quality of some of the photographs, but that is what happens
to slides that spend decades on boats and in un air-conditioned
storage. This ought to bring some memories back to a lot of old
islanders. HINT, you can make the images larger by hitting CTRL +
and smaller with CTRL -.
June 29, 1971
Dick's was a hippy and biker bar at the present location of Pelican's
Landing restaurant. By bikers, I don't mean middle aged doctors
and lawyers on Harleys wearing bs colors and do-rags, I mean the
Bandido motorcycle gang. It was time to leave when pool balls
started sticking in the wall and people started picking up the chairs
(cut off pilings with a square of plywood and carpet).
buggy trails around gunmounts 1970
These are some of the beach buggy
and 4wd trails mentioned in the article by Richard Moore, a Ph.D.
candidate at UTMSI.
This was the traveling display poster
that was mentioned by Richard
Moore. This and our articles and presentations lead to Nueces
County introducing dune protection laws. The state then followed
Posters created by Port Aransas Middle School kids to protect the
someone will tell me who they
are, I will put their names here.
Matt Ward on left, Billy Gaskins, and Mike
Trent Moore is on the
left, unknown and unknown
We had two divisions
for different age groups. There were $25 to $50 prizes for the
best posters. That was a HUGE amount of money to a grade school
kid in 1970. We had the high prizes so that they would talk it up
at home and get their parents involved and educated. It worked.
We got rid of the signs threatening penalties and put up educational
These were provided by John Thompson, the lab manager of UTMSI at the
a few photos of the John Alden schooner Mariposa, formerly Ya Wim.
Ann "Char" Caston, owner of the Mariposa
Richard Watson and ex Judy at the helm of
Mariposa in 1971
Richard was captain of Mariposa