Should We Enlist Phil Collins to Help Us Plan DRI2015?

As we work to create the best possible program for the DRI2015 Conference(mark your calendar for March 1-4, 2015!), we’re also learning more about our fantastic host city, San Antonio, TX. And the most surprising thing we’ve learned so far: singer-songwriter Phil Collins is also an expert on the Alamo, and he’s donating his collection to San Antonio for the world to appreciate!

Apparently, the award-winning recording artist is also a lifelong Texas Revolution fan and collector, stemming from his childhood love of the Disney Davey Crockett series. Here are some of the most surprising facts gleaned from this article:


  • Collins decided to donate his collection after cleaning out his house in Switzerland — so yes, it would seem he was keeping his Alamo collection in Switzerland.
  • He is said to have the world’s largest private collection of Alamo artifacts.
  • He owns “hundreds” of cannonballs, documents and other paraphernalia.
  • His “most prized possession”? A receipt for 32 head of cattle, signed by Alamo commander William Barrett Harris.


You might even say that Phil Collins and San Antonio have agroovy kind of love. (Sorry, sorry!)


Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind Of Love (Official Music Video)
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love

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