Something interesting from Jeffrey Dane...SAYS JEFFREY:
Entries on a page in the VIP Alamo Guestbook from late 1960 - early 1961. John Wayne's Alamo film premiered in San
Antonio on Oct. 24, 1960, at the Woodlawn Theatre. Many of those involved with the film were staying at the St.
Anthony Hotel. Close scrutiny of this page reveals some very familiar names, in various fields: Richard Boone; Price
Daniel; Lon Tinkle; Jessie Houston, Ruby Lee Houston, Emma Elizabeth Houston, Robert E. Evans (all relatives of Gen.
Sam Houston); Richard Nixon, and Patricia Nixon. The wealth of eminent names on this page alone makes it easy to
imagine what must grace the other pages. The boldest inscription on this page would be, for many of us in the Alamo
family, the most personally significant. It's the signature of Dimitri Tiomkin, identified here in the book (in another
hand) as Composer of the Alamo score. Tiomkin, too, had lodged at the St. Anthony, in Room 320. In his youth a
superb pianist, he had been the soloist in the European premiere of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F-Major.
A testament to his skill and endurance is that on that same program, in Paris on May 29, 1928, he was also the
piano soloist in a performance of Franz Liszt's Second Piano Concerto.