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Phil Collins to speak in Dallas about his Alamo fascination

Phil CollinsPhil Collins has won seven Grammy Awards and sold nearly 40 million solo albums in the United States.

But perhaps his biggest passion isn't music, it's the Alamo. It all began during his childhood, when the young Collins was amazed by Fess Parker's television portrayal of the titular character in Davy Crockett.

Decades later, Collins has gathered what has been considered "one of the largest private collections of Alamo memorabilia in the world." He's said he has "hundreds of cannonballs, documents and other artifacts from the Alamo at his home in Switzerland." One of his most treasured possessions is a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barrett Travis for 32 head of cattle that fed Alamo defenders. Also, Collins is co-writing a book on the Alamo and the Texas Revolution that should be published in 2011.

Collins will speak about his Alamo fascination at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall in the Hall of State at Fair Park, 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas. Tickets are $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers, and $150 for VIP program seating and a reception with Collins. For tickets, call 214-421-4500, ext. 101, or go to www.dallashistory.org.

© Dallesnews, by Mario Tarradell

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