THE HISTORY OF MAVERICK REGION
The following was originally written for the 30th anniversary of MR and has been updated through 2015.
PCA-MR was "born" in November 1962 at the Fiesta Best Western Motel in Arlington. The official charter from the national offices of PCA was issued on December 24, 1962. There were 15 charter members of PCA-MR. Most have gone, but Manson Mathis and John Starnes, are still around. They live to the South, but keep in touch. And Jeff Horsfall is living in Desoto, but he changed his last name to Hamilton.
Jim & Marge Ables
Jeff & Alverne Horsfall
Manson & Suellen Mathis
Stan & Jan Simm
John & Sue Starnes
In 1965, Bill Holderness named the newsletter, "Slipstream", an aviation term...many of our early members were airline pilots. An equivalent automotive term would be "draft", so I guess we are lucky!
Our membership growth has been excellent, considering that PCA-MR is generally invisible; we seldom have an event that generates much publicity. The following chart shows our membership levels. I found many different values for our membership numbers.
The variables seem to be:
When the membership is counted during the year
Use the PCA-MR accounting or the PCA National accounting?
I've used my intuition to pick the (hopefully) correct numbers.
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I have annotated the chart with some interesting/significant events. These don't necessarily explain the peaks and valleys...or do they?
In researching the early years of Maverick Region, I was reminded that SW Bell Telephone had "funny" telephone numbers. For example, I found that Roger Chaney's 1963 phone number was TE 4-1826. Does anybody remember what mnemonic was assigned to "TE"? Perhaps TExas, or even better, TEch? Even in 1971, Don Spaulding's number was PE 8-8998 (PEn?).