PUBlic Knowledge is a new program from the Fort Worth Museum. The first Tuesday of every month a location is chosen for a guest speaker. In honor of Pearl Harbor, Vietnam Vet, Trace Chinworth, attended the gathering at Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth last night and spoke about Texans who were involved in WWII. He mentioned Doris Miller, a cook born in Waco, who was awarded the Navy Cross. Doris Miller was portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the movie Pearl Harbor. Also mentioned was Admiral Nimitz of Fredericksburg. Trace Chinworth is a member of the Organization for Texas Military Education.
Representing the Military Museum of Fort Worth was Chris Fox. The museum was opened in 2009 and the collection is housed in an old grocery store on the corner of Dorothy and 7th Street in Fort Worth. Chris said they have a warehouse full of memorabilia and change out the displays frequently. Pictures
The patio area at the Magnolia Motor Lodge was enclosed with plastic sheeting and the outside heaters kept us warm. The question and answer time brought out interesting discussions about the Japanese involvement and we discovered there was a star in our midst. A gentleman mentioned his involvement in the film Tora, Tora, Tora. His picture is on the cover of the DVD as he guides a plane in for landing.
Worldwide Influence of Musicians from North Texas is scheduled for the January 4, 2011 get together. Location – Brownstone Restaurant
Check the Fort Worth Museum web site for other 2011 featured speakers.