I am a 6th generation Texan and a 1st generation native Houstonian. In 1966 I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Houston, Main Campus with emphasis on technical theater.
One has to be skillful in supervising difficult people when stage managing, and give appropriate attention to reducing tension to take prompt measures in preventing performance and behavior problems before they become irreversible.
Some of the plays I stage managed were: “Caligula” by Albert Camus, “Thieves Carnival” by Jean Anouilh, “Skin of our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder, “William and Mary” by Jan de Hartog, just to name a few.
“Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, “The Country Girl”by William Inge effectively displayed my skills as sound technician.
After graduation from college, I took pride in contributing to The Alley Theater’s Merry-Go-Round drama school for children and teens, sometimes writing my own scripts and producing them at mid semester. At the end of each semester “The Yellow Brick Road” was produced and directed by the drama staff and their students.
From 1984 to 2013, I was dedicated to Continental Airlines as a Flight Attendant, both domestic and internationally. In 1988 a company leave of absence was offered to collaborate my leadership skills to work with Continental Airlines and The Light House of Houston. There had never existed before a Passenger Safety Information book that had been transcribed and brailled into five languages: German, French, English, Spanish, and Japanese. Truly this endeavor was a labor of love!
In 2005 I volunteered to fly Operation Iraqi Freedom in fighting the global war on terrorism. For this I was awarded the CRAF medal, Certificate of Appreciation and recognition from the United States Air Force.
Organizations I serve with pride are: The Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The Judah P. Benjamin Certificate of Award is given by the UDC in memory of the contributions of the Confederate statesman, Judah P. Benjamin. This award honors individuals for their outstanding civic, conservation, educational and patriotic endeavor for exhibiting love of country and commitment to make our nation great. This Certificate reads: “for volunteering as a flight attendant three round trips flights in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and her assistance with bringing home of returning troops the remains of wounded and the remains of American Patriots”..11June2011.
The Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal and certificate are awarded to those who have been instrumental in promoting the goal of the UDC thru essays, declamations, and other areas of special achievements. It remains one of the most prestigious awards given by the organization. This award reads: “for outstanding contributions to the preservation of Confederate history by researching and sharing the story of my Confederate ancestor, JOHN F GISCH, and the artwork he drew while a Prisoner of War at Rock Island ,Illinois”..20Jun2015
“History Detectives” was a PBS series (and the forerunner of genealogy programs) where investigators crisscrossed the country delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover truths about these artifacts. John Gisch was my personal story I shared. Speaking engagements were always available to draw attention from my presentation and then I would captivate the audience with the 18 minute power point video from History Detectives where John Gisch’s G-granddaughter appeared.
In October, 2021, I will travel to Moss Point, Mississippi for the 9th Annual Historic Griffin Cemetery Tour as the presenter for gravesite of John Gisch and his family.