Uncle Carroll! Thinking of You and Tyler too!

It's Memorial Day, the official day that should really be everyday - the day we recall in honor all those who have given their lives in service to the defense of our country.

It’s Memorial Day, the official day that should really be everyday – the day we recall in honor, all those who have given their lives in service to the defense of our country.

Happy Memorial Day, Everybody!

I can’t express my thoughts any better than I did a few years ago. Here’s a link to the memoir I wrote about my late uncle from World War II, Major Carroll Houston Teas, United State Army Air Corps, Pacific Theater.


And Tyler too! ... John Tyler, born in 1790 to later serve as 10th President of the United States has two grandsons who are still living.

And Tyler too! … John Tyler, born in 1790 to later serve as 10th President of the United States, has two grandsons who are both still living.

Like me, you may have read or heard the incredible story sometime in the past year that our 10th president, John Tyler, who was born in 1790, still has two living grandsons. Writer Dan Amira wrote an article for the Daily Intelligencer exactly a year ago on May 27, 2012.  Like many things lately, the light was a little late reaching this still eager mind with the tired eyes, but it arrived – and it landed with excited amusement for me over this incredibly improbable news.


Harrison Tyler, 2006 Grandson of John Tyler

Harrison Tyler, 2006
Grandson of John Tyler

It’s all in the article, but here’s the easiest line to follow on how it matches up for Harrison Tyler, the grandson interviewed by Amira for his column report:

(1) President John Tyler was born in 1790, back in George Washington’s first term.

(2) Tyler’s son, the one who became the father of Harrison Tyler was not born until 1853, when the aging former 10th President was already age 63,

(3) That prolific son of the old president did not become father to Harrison Tyler until 1928, when the mn was already 75 years of age.

(4) Harrison Tyler is now 84 and will turn 85 before 2013 is done. He lives at the Sherwood Forest Plantation in Virginia that once belonged to his grandfather, President John Tyler. This time last year, he was still playing tennis.

The article does not reveal if Mr. Harrison Tyler has plans for having any more children of his own.

… and while we’re at it, let’s also “Remember the Astrodome” beyond today and into all the tomorrows that shall ever be. A writer named named Jere Longman has written one of the best articles we’ve ever seen this morning on why the grand old girl of Houston’s place in architectural history should be spared the ignominy of the wrecking ball. We also want to thank friends Tal Smith and Darrell Pittman for alerting The Pecan Park Eagle to the story. The Astrodome truly is – Houston’s Eiffel Tower.

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One Response to “Uncle Carroll! Thinking of You and Tyler too!”

  1. Bill McCurdy Says:

    From Bruce Biundo …

    I received this beautiful comment from an old friend and UH fraternity brother by private e-mail. It was simply too good not to share with all of you here:

    “Bill, a brief comment about your St. Thomas HS anniversary article. As you may recall, I was one year behind you in high school; I attended the 25th and had a part in our planning the 50th, six years ago. In the intervening years since that 50th, I have been notified that my classmates were getting together, nothing that sounded like a reunion, but more like just ‘getting together’ for a lunch and visiting. This year, when I was called about it, I looked carefully at my schedule and saw that I could drive over – no real good reason not to make it except, obviously, that it took a little more effort than just a short drive. An added benefit this year was that it was held at Middendorf’s restaurant in Manchac, an excellent, long-standing restaurant with a good reputation, relatively close to my home town. Something that remains constant in my experience is the relative ease, lack of pretense in striking up conversations with old, in both the figurative and literal sense of the word, friends. It’s good to be among people with whom you have a relatively common background. Back to your article: I was struck by your sense of nostalgia, of dreams achieved and missed, of life moving on, but, for most of us, with a greater sense of appreciation of what we have been through, our acquired wisdom. While these golden years can have their limitations, particularly physical, they also afford us that broad picture, the ability to take life in larger reflections than we were capable of years in younger years. Thanks, Bruce”

    – from Bruce Biundo, Memorial Day, 2013.

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