The Dallas Cowboys first draft pick ever – Bob Lilly – will visit the new Skillman Southwestern Library, 5707 Skillman, with award-winning sportswriter and neighborhood resident Sam Blair from 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 14.

The two men will promote their book, “Bob Lilly: Reflections,” which is a photo essay of pictures Lilly took throughout his Cowboys career, which lasted from 1961-1974.

Lilly, a defensive tackle, was the first Cowboy inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the first enshrined in Texas Stadium’s Ring of Honor. He played with the Cowboys when they won their first Super Bowl in 1972.

Blair worked with the Dallas Morning News for 41 years and began covering professional football in 1960 for the Cowboys’ first year in the National Football League.

Blair and Lilly met through Blair’s coverage of the team.

Lilly made the Kodak All-American Team as a senior at Texas Christian University; as part of the award, he received his first camera – along with a year’s worth of film.

Soon thereafter, Lilly was hooked on photography, he says.

“It’s a challenge like hunting. You’re hunting a picture,” Lilly says.

Lilly has had a darkroom in his home since the late ‘60s and carries a camera with him just about everywhere he goes, he says.

After viewing some of Lilly’s photographs, Blair suggested they combine efforts and put together a book with photos, anecdotes and memories of the Dallas Cowboys’ first team.

They plan to donate 12 copies of the book to the Dallas Public Library.

Call 670-6078 for information.

1950’s Street Dance Benefits Terminally Ill

It’s time to dig those poodle skirts out of the closet and dust off those leather jackets. Sept. 14 from 7:30 p.m.-midnight is the third annual “Rock ‘n Roll 50’s” Street Dance, benefiting Dot Stop, a non-profit agency that aids the terminally ill.

The party will be held on the upper level parking lot of First Interstate Bank in Lakewood, 6301 Gaston. The event includes silent and live auctions with Rex Aymond, food, dancing, and entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person.

Residents who have helped with this event include Lou Alpert, Dee Simmons, Pat Bowman, Carol Hensley, Marian Richmond, Vickie Thompson, Bill Cunningham Jr., Bud Doxey, Jeanette Crumpler and Marilyn Hansen. For event information, call Dot Stop’s Executive Director Jim Davis at 826-4099.

The East Dallas YMCA will provide child care with dinner on Sept. 14 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. for this event. Cost is $5 per child or $10 per household. Parents must register with the Y by Sept. 11. Call 824-8139.

News & Notes

A Gem of a Weekend: The Pleasant Oaks Gem and Mineral Club of Dallas presents its 29th annual Gem and Mineral Show from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Richardson Civic Center, Central Expressway and Arapaho. The show will present dealers, exhibits, videos and demonstrations in lapidary arts and jewelry-making. It will also include children’s activities. The non-profit rock club tries to foster an interest in the earth sciences, says publicity chairman Rocky Ford, who lives in our neighborhood. Call Ford at 327-8796 for information.

Neighborhood Cartoonist Prepares for Art Show: Advocate cartoonist and neighborhood artist Brad McMillan returns home to Tennessee this month for his first Memphis art show in 10 years. The exhibit will represent two years of McMillan’s work and display more than 200 of his pieces, which range from whimsical sketches to heavy satire. McMillan has used a variety of mediums, including acrylics, pastel chalk, pen and ink, colored pencil, and even spray paint. He left Memphis in 1986 to move to Dallas when his wife joined a family travel business. His mother still lives in Memphis, and he frequently returns for visits. Since 1983, McMillan also has contributed cartoons and illustrations to the Memphis Business Journal.


Craft Bazaar Benefits Church: The East Dallas Christian Church, 629 N. Peak, hosts a Fall Craft Bazaar from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 14 with entertainment and food. There is no admission charge. A percentage of the sales will benefit the church’s community outreach programs. Call 824-8185.


Dukakis Performs Shakespeare: The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas presents Olympia Dukakis of the movies “Steel Magnolias” and “Moonstruck” in her one-woman play, “Love and Vengeance: Shakespeare’s Women,” Oct. 5 at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. Dukakis has won Academy and Golden Globe awards. Tickets range from $15-$150. The $150 tickets include a private party with Dukakis Oct. 4. Call 871-2787 for tickets.


IMAX Movie Celebrates Mexican Independence: The Science Place in Fair Park celebrates Mexican Independence Day with a Sept. 19 special screening of “Mexico,” a 40-minute IMAX feature film. The film, which is in English, weaves images of Mexico’s past with current celebrations of age-old traditions. For show times, call 428-5555.

Video Festival Accepting Entries: The Dallas Video Festival, in its 10th year, is accepting entries through Sept. 20. The festival, which is Jan. 9-12 at the Dallas Museum of Art, showcases new works by independent artists. For entry information, call the Video Association of Dallas at 823-8909.


Czechoslovakian Artist Portrays Her Culture: The Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss, presents the work of Carolyn Holub, a Texas-raised Czechoslovakian artist, as part of its ongoing “Mosaics” series through Sept. 20 in its West Gallery. The series promotes artists whose ethnicity is a critical element in their work. Holub assembles a variety of materials into framed two- and three-dimensional collages as a way to explore her heritage. Call 821-2522.

Photographer Takes Visitors on World Trip: The photographs of Paul Greenberg are featured in a solo show Sept. 8-Oct. 4 in the Front Gallery at the Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss. Visitors can experience Greenberg’s world travels through this black and white collection. Greenberg uses a hand-held Widelux panorama camera for his street photography as a way to document the social landscape. Call 821-2522.

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