Over the past few years I have had the good fortune to chronicle the history of TXAPA in a series of articles that have appeared in the association's fine quarterly publication, Texas Asphalt. With the challenges and growing complexities of our industry, I have found a periodic view of our past to be quite instructive and even inspiring. This history portal of the new TXAPA website will provide convenient access to all of the articles that have appeared before as well as new articles and papers. At this time, the portal is broken down into three categories- History of TXAPA, articles that deal with the history of the association, TXAPA Pioneers, articles about some of the older founding member companies, and the Greatest Generation, generally lifetime members that have made outstanding contributions to the success of TXAPA. In addition to this offering, we are placing a paper that I wrote a few years ago that is a historical overview of the highway system in Texas which I found fascinating as I hope our readership does.
I hope that you will make this portal a regular stop during your on-line time. As we will be adding new material regularly, I would encourage you to check the site often. In addition, I will be placing more emphasis on member companies and new features in the future instead of the hard association history writings. Also this venue gives us a marvelous opportunity for some two way communication. I would love to hear from you with any ideas, criticisms, or just to say hello. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My cell number is 713 254-4135.
Best regards and happy reading,
Gary Corley is a fifth generation Texan, born in Dallas in 1949. He is a veteran of over forty years in the construction machinery industry and a long term associate member of TXAPA. Gary served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the early 1970's and received a B.A. in History from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2010. He is also a member of Phi Alpha Theta, an honors society for history majors, and is a member of the Texas Historical Society. Presently, Gary is working on his master's degree in history at the University of Texas San Antonio. Gary and Rosemary reside in San Antonio with their yellow lab, Cheyenne.