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Area re-enactor ranks dwindling

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Rudy Elizondo
May 30, 2012 | 2,423 views | Post a comment

Recently, I wrote about the passing away of Wayne Vick, leader of the Connections Living History Horseback Group, and of Hovey Cowles, a portrayer of a Mexican soldado and a Spanish soldado de Cuero.

Another great member of our re-enactor ranks, Kevin Young, passed away recently. Kevin was the history advisor/consultant for the John Wayne movie, “Alamo-The Price of Freedom.” That was the event that spawned the creation of living history groups in San Antonio and in other parts of the state.

My son, Ronald, appeared in that film, as did Mike Waters and Charles Lara. Mike formed the San Antonio Living History Association (SALHA). Charles formed the Alamo Legacy and Missions Association (ALMA).

A misguided city councilman ranted and raved against the film, complaining that the film was an insult to the Hispanic community. He organized a boycott against the film. Thankfully, he was ignored.

This was a historical portrayal. Tejanos fought inside the Alamo alongside the Anglo Texans against Santa Anna’s army. Some councilmen often mistakenly consider themselves more knowledgeable than the average citizen.

Kevin was the history consultant for Alamo documentaries by the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and Graystone Productions. He assembled the re-enactor cast for these films. And I am grateful to him for selecting me to portray Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in all these productions.

When he wasn’t involved in the Alamo filmings, he traveled east to participate in Civil War re-enactments as a Union soldier.

Vaya con Dios, Kevin.

Rudy Elizondo is Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.

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